The acapela-box service is priced using a model based on prepaid credits. Listening to a text is free of charge, while the price for downloading a text as a sound file has a price that is depending on the length of the text and the type of voice chosen.
In short, when using normal voices the number of credits needed is the same as the length of the text, while for Premium voice the number of credits needed is higher then the length of the text, see the corresponding section in the FAQ to learn more about Premium voices. The length of the text is given by the number of characters in the text, but there are few exception, see the corresponding section in the FAQ to learn more about these exceptions.
The length of the current text and the price for downloading the corresponding audio file using the current voice is always displayed in the line below the text box. After clicking on DOWNLOAD a pop-up message is also displayed asking to confirm the amount to be paid, in credits.
To refill your account you need to purchase a package according to table here below, and the corresponding number of credits in the package is added to your account. Every time you download a text as sound file, the corresponding credits are subtracted from the account. You can refill the amount of credits on your account at any time by purchasing a new package.
|Pack||Amount €||Amount € |
|Number of credits||Approx. audio time|
|b-500||500 €||605€||87000||96 m 40 s|
|b-300||300 €||363€||51000||56 m 40 s|
|b-150||150 €||181.5€||25000||27 m 46 s|
|b-75||75 €||90.75€||12250||13 m 36 s|
|b-30||30 €||36.3€||4750||5 m 16 s|
|b-15||15 €||18.15€||2250||2 m 30 s|
|b-5||5 €||6.05€||715||47 s|
(*) Approx audio time is an estimation based on usage of normal voices, not premium voices.
VAT is 21%
Whenever you generate and download a sound file, the amount of credits on your account is diminished according to the corresponding number of credits required to convert the current text into speech. You can refill the amount of credits on your account at any time by purchasing a new package. The amount of credits currently available on your account is always displayed below the box, together with the number of characters currently typed in the box and the number of credits required to download the text as audio file.
Let’s make an example:
Let’s say that you start by purchasing a b-5 package. After the purchase you will have 715 credits on your account. Let's assume that you do not use TAGS, Pronunciation Editor or Premium voices, so that the number of credits required to convert a text is exactly the same as the number of characters in the text.
At this point you type a text that is 110 characters long, listen to it and then download it as a sound file. The cost for downloading this file is 110 credits, so after the download 110 credits will be subtracted from your account. You will then have 605 credits left on your account.
Then you type a new text that is 435 characters long and download it as a sound file. 435 credits will be subtracted from your account and you will have 170 credits left.
If you now purchase a b-30 package, 4750 credits will be added to your account, meaning that you will now have 4920 credit on your account.
Now let’s assume that you type a new text of 650 characters but using a premium voice. The cost in credit for downloading this text as audio file is then 1300 credits. After downloading this text as audio with a premium voice, you will have 3620 credits left of your account.