This article is also available in print: Quaker Campus, Volume 19 — Issue 1, dated Aug. 24, 2021, on the Whittier College campus.
Over the past year and a half, the Quaker Campus has seen a lot of change. From moving entirely online to expanding our presence on social media, the QC is better than ever! One of the most recent changes we have made at the QC is our level of accessibility — specifically, that of people’s ability to view our website. Instead of having to physically read every single article, you now have the option to listen to it. Just below the featured image of every article is an audio player that will read out the title, author, and content of each piece we publish; you even have the ability to speed up or slow down the pace of the narration by pressing the default ‘1x’ button on the bottom left corner of the player. You will notice, too, on the bottom left corner of the audio player, the name of the company that helped us put all of this together.
Meet Ad Auris, an AI-powered audio studio whose mission is “to drive engagement for content creators by instantly providing audio accessibility to their written work.” The company provides an instant turn-around time for articles published online, with extremely reasonable prices, especially for student-led newspapers across college campuses. You can get a quote from them anytime on their website; they have an easy-to-fill-out form that only requires your first and last name, email address, phone number, and a brief message for the Ad Auris team.
Ad Auris provides many options for use of their audio services. Instant narration, for example, includes a 15-second turnaround time, and a simple, one-click narration. They also offer custom narrations, which have a 24-hour turnaround time, and offer a high production control. For small, independent bloggers, Ad Auris even offers free services, which includes 10 narrations a month, one custom narration, and more!
One of the main goals of Ad Auris is to help publications become more accessible. In doing so, they also increase readership of the publications that choose to use their services, as having audio players attached to articles makes it more convenient for readers to access articles at any time of day, without having to give their undivided attention to the page, or a screen. According to National Public Media, over 43 percent of the U.S. population listens to spoken word on a daily basis. That is nearly half of the U.S. that tunes into articles, podcasts, etc. from a device that can read the audio to them.
It is not just persons with disabilities that audio services like the ones Ad Auris provide are helping; the CEO of the company, Logan Underwood, himself, used to commute to school, and found it difficult to read articles in the morning while he was commuting. Thus, the idea of Ad Auris came about — prompted by personal obstacles and a search for the answer to: How can we solve this?
On top of the convenient services they provide, Ad Auris has an efficient, quick-to-reply team that can help set up their program on your website. The Ad Auris team, which consists of CEO Logan Underwood, COO Tina Haertel, and CTO Varun Sharma, are there every step of the way in setting up their audio services on your website.
Thanks to Ad Auris, the QC’s articles are now readily available to listen to — when you are studying, for example, and have your eyes on something other than your screen or our paper. So, as a warm welcome back to the Quaker Campus, and as a second introduction to Ad Auris, scroll to the top of this article, just under the picture of the Ad Auris team, and try listening to this article!
Featured Image: Courtesy of Ad Auris