Virtual Vocalist, Hatsune Miku, ‘Announces’ US Tour


Like something out of a William Gibson novel, virtual vocalist Hatsune Miku has ‘announced’ plans for a 2016 US concert tour.

Hatsune Miku – whose name translates to ‘sound of the future’ –  is a anime vocalist, with a voice synthesized using Yamaha’s Vocaloid. Vocaloid works by combining text with note and performance information, entered on a piano roll interface. Continue reading

Free Voice Synthesis Plugin, Alter/Ego


Plogue has released Alter/Ego a free vocal synthesis plugin, for Mac & Windows, that is tailored for musical needs.

To use, type in your lyrics, and then play on your MIDI keyboard. It’s a true synthesizer, the sound can be extensively modified for easy and expressive performances.

Daisy is the first voice bank available and is free. Additional voice banks are planned. Continue reading

Realivox Ladies 2.0 Puts Top Session Singers In Your DAW

Realitone has released Realivox Ladies 2.0 – a major update to their female virtual vocalist sample library for Kontakt.

Realitone says that the updated Realivox Ladies is designed to be a vocal sample library, that you can play on your keyboard, that sounds smooth and real.  Continue reading

Questionably Barbershop Is ‘4-Part Harmony In A Box’

barbershop-quartet-sound-librarySoundiron has introduced Questionably Barbershop – a 4-piece male vocal ensemble sound library, crafted in the style of an ‘old timey’ Barbershop Quartet.

Soundiron describes the new vocal library as ‘4-part harmony in a box.’

Here’s what they have to say about Questionably Barbershop:

Each one of our singers (Mike: Tenor Lead, Gregg: Baritone, Spencer: Bass and ‘Mikey’: Tenor Falsetto) performed 3 types of sustains and staccatos: Doo, Lah and Woh. Using our custom GUI controls, these 3 different sounds can also act as pure Oo, Ah and Oh vowel sounds, with adjustable durations and attack shaping.

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Voice Of Rapture: The Alto Puts An Opera Singer In Your DAW

Kindra_Scharich_as_DidoSoundiron has released Voice of Rapture: The Alto, a new sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, based on the voice of Kindra Scharich, right.

Voice of Rapture: The Alto is a solo operatic mezzo-soprano vocal library that captures the voice of Scharich, with a wide variety of playable chromatic articulations and melodic elements.

The Alto includes a wide variety of playable chromatic articulations, true legato and emotionally charged melodic elements (Vowel, Latin, French, Hum and Whistle) with tempo-synch, key transposing and phrase building. Continue reading

Yamaha Intros English-Speaking Cyber Diva

Yamaha Vocaloid Cyber Diva Box

At the 2015 NAMM Show, Yamaha introduced new software products built on Vocaloid 4, the company’s voice synthesis engine.

Vocaloid is designed to let you you synthesize virtual vocals, by inputing melodies and typing in lyrics. Making their debut on the platform are the Cyber Diva voice library in American English and Vocaloid 4 Editor for Cubase.

Cyber Diva is the first Vocaloid Singer Library with an American English female voice. Geared toward professional music producers, Cyber Diva lets users input melodies or lyrics to create the vocal lines. Continue reading