The voice behind Apple’s Siri voice assistant has finally came forward. It’s none other than Georgia based voice over artist Susan Bennett. Bennett has done voice work for automated systems since the 1970s. Her first job in the biz was as the voice of Tilly the all-time teller, the first ATM machine. She’s also lent her vocals to GPS devices, automated telephone systems and even Delta airlines terminals.
“The Siri voices were recorded in 2005, in the month of July, four hours a day for the whole month . When I recorded those voices, I had absolutely no idea where they would end up.”
Though Bennett’s thought was that the voice samples would be used in company telephone systems, she first heard her voice as Siri in 2011 the same way many of us did – on Apple’s iPhone 4s.
“The first time I actually heard my voice as Siri was when my friend emailed me and said, ‘Isn’t this you?’ Bennett said. “And because I didn’t have the newest version of the iPhone, I went to the Apple site and that’s where I heard the voice, and I just went, ‘Ohh, hmm. That is me.’”