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Bark is a transformer-based text-to-audio model created by Suno. Bark can generate highly realistic, multilingual speech as well as other audio – including music, background noise and simple sound effects. The model can also produce nonverbal communications like laughing, sighing and crying. To support the research community, we are providing access to pretrained model checkpoints ready for inference.

🔊 Demos

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🤖 Usage

from bark import SAMPLE_RATE, generate_audio
from IPython.display import Audio

text_prompt = """
     Hello, my name is Suno. And, uh — and I like pizza. [laughs] 
     But I also have other interests such as playing tic tac toe.
audio_array = generate_audio(text_prompt)
Audio(audio_array, rate=SAMPLE_RATE)


🌎 Foreign Language

Bark supports various languages out-of-the-box and automatically determines language from input text. When prompted with code-switched text, Bark will even attempt to employ the native accent for the respective languages in the same voice.

text_prompt = """
    Buenos días Miguel. Tu colega piensa que tu alemán es extremadamente malo. 
    But I suppose your english isn't terrible.
audio_array = generate_audio(text_prompt)


🎶 Music

Bark can generate all types of audio, and, in principle, doesn’t see a difference between speech and music. Sometimes Bark chooses to generate text as music, but you can help it out by adding music notes around your lyrics.

text_prompt = """
    ♪ In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion barks tonight ♪
audio_array = generate_audio(text_prompt)


🎤 Voice/Audio Cloning

Bark has the capability to fully clone voices – including tone, pitch, emotion and prosody. The model also attempts to preserve music, ambient noise, etc. from input audio. However, to mitigate misuse of this technology, we limit the audio history prompts to a limited set of Suno-provided, fully synthetic options to choose from for each language. Specify following the pattern: {lang_code}_speaker_{number}.

text_prompt = """
    I have a silky smooth voice, and today I will tell you about 
    the exercise regimen of the common sloth.
audio_array = generate_audio(text_prompt, history_prompt="en_speaker_1")


Note: since Bark recognizes languages automatically from input text, it is possible to use for example a german history prompt with english text. This usually leads to english audio with a german accent.

👥 Speaker Prompts

You can provide certain speaker prompts such as NARRATOR, MAN, WOMAN, etc. Please note that these are not always respected, especially if a conflicting audio history prompt is given.

text_prompt = """
    WOMAN: I would like an oatmilk latte please.
    MAN: Wow, that's expensive!
audio_array = generate_audio(text_prompt)


💻 Installation

pip install git+


git clone
cd bark && pip install . 

🛠️ Hardware and Inference Speed

Bark has been tested and works on both CPU and GPU (pytorch 2.0+, CUDA 11.7 and CUDA 12.0).
Running Bark requires running >100M parameter transformer models.
On modern GPUs and PyTorch nightly, Bark can generate audio in roughly realtime. On older GPUs, default colab, or CPU, inference time might be 10-100x slower.

If you don’t have new hardware available or if you want to play with bigger versions of our models, you can also sign up for early access to our model playground here.

⚙️ Details

Similar to Vall-E and some other amazing work in the field, Bark uses GPT-style
models to generate audio from scratch. Different from Vall-E, the initial text prompt is embedded into high-level semantic tokens without the use of phonemes. It can therefore generalize to arbitrary instructions beyond speech that occur in the training data, such as music lyrics, sound effects or other non-speech sounds. A subsequent second model is used to convert the generated semantic tokens into audio codec tokens to generate the full waveform. To enable the community to use Bark via public code we used the fantastic
EnCodec codec from Facebook to act as an audio representation.

Below is a list of some known non-speech sounds, but we are finding more every day. Please let us know if you find patterns that work particularly well on Discord!

  • [laughter]
  • [laughs]
  • [sighs]
  • [music]
  • [gasps]
  • [clears throat]
  • or ... for hesitations
  • for song lyrics
  • capitalization for emphasis of a word
  • MAN/WOMAN: for bias towards speaker

Supported Languages

Language Status
English (en)
German (de)
Spanish (es)
French (fr)
Hindi (hi)
Italian (it)
Japanese (ja)
Korean (ko)
Polish (pl)
Portuguese (pt)
Russian (ru)
Turkish (tr)
Chinese, simplified (zh)
Arabic Coming soon!
Bengali Coming soon!
Telugu Coming soon!

🙏 Appreciation

  • nanoGPT for a dead-simple and blazing fast implementation of GPT-style models
  • EnCodec for a state-of-the-art implementation of a fantastic audio codec
  • AudioLM for very related training and inference code
  • Vall-E, AudioLM and many other ground-breaking papers that enabled the development of Bark

© License

Bark is licensed under a non-commercial license: CC-BY 4.0 NC. The Suno models themselves may be used commercially. However, this version of Bark uses EnCodec as a neural codec backend, which is licensed under a non-commercial license.

Please contact us at if you need access to a larger version of the model and/or a version of the model you can use commercially.

📱 Community

🎧 Suno Studio (Early Access)

We’re developing a playground for our models, including Bark.

If you are interested, you can sign up for early access here.

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