Obtaining subscription Keys

To get started using the Custom Speech Service, you first need to link your user account to an Azure subscription. Subscriptions to free and paid tiers are available. For information about the tiers, please visit the pricing page.

Please follow the steps to get a subscription key from Azure portal:

  1. Either go to Azure portal and add a new Cognitive Service API by searching for 'Cognitive Services'

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    and then selecting 'Cognitive Services APIs'

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    or go directly to the Cognitive Services APIs blade.

  2. Fill in the required fields:

    • For the Account name use something which works for you. This name you have to remember to find your Cognitive Service subscription within the all resources list.
    • For Subscription select one from your Azure subscriptions
    • As API type please select 'Custom Speech Service (Preview)'
    • Location is currently 'West US'
    • For Pricing tier select the one which works for you. F0 is the free tier with given quotas as explained on the pricing page

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  3. Now, you should either find a blade on your dashboard or a service with the provided Account name in your resources list. When you select it you can see an overview of your service. In the list of the left side ribbon you can find under Resource Management a menu item called Keys. Clicking this item brings you to the page showing your subscription keys. Please copy 'KEY 1'.

    This subscription key is required in the next steps.

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    ![NOTE] Please do not copy the 'Subscription ID' from the overview page. We need the subscription key in the next step!

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    To enter your subscription key, click on your user account in the right side of the top ribbon and click on Subscriptions in the drop-down menu.

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    This brings you to a table of subscriptions, which will be empty the first time.

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  4. Click on Add new. Enter a name for the subscription and the subscription key. This can either be the 'KEY 1' (primary key) or the 'KEY 2' (secondary key) from your subscription.

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In order to be able to upload data, to train a model or to do a deployment you need to link your Custom Speech Service activities to an Azure subscription. This can either be a free-tier or paid tier subscription. For further information please visit the pricing page. To get a subscription id please go to your Azure portal and search for cognitive services and Custom Speech Service and follow the instructions there.

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The subscription key is required later in this process.

Now you are ready to follow up with the next steps