Virtual Vocalist Hatsune Miku ‘performed’ on Late night with David Letterman earlier this week – taking the show on a detour into a William Gibson world, where millions of people worship virtual popstars.
Retronyms and Akai have submitted an update for iMPC Pro to Apple. iMPC Pro version 1.1 includes several bug and performance fixes, plus adds a sound delete option.
This video offers a sneak preview of the changes in the new version. Continue reading
RealiTone has released Realivox Blue – a new vocal synthesizer that can translate words you type into vocals.
Realivox Blue is based on 12,000 samples, carefully edited to allow individual sounds to be composited into words and phrases.
Here a video intro to Realivox Blue: Continue reading
Developer Mod Phon Ltd has introduced Voxen – a new voice synthesizer for iPad.
Voxen is a voice synthesizer. It’s designed not for realistic text-to-speech vocal effects, but for creating synthesized ‘singing voices’.
Here’s what the developer has to say about Voxen:
Voxen is *not* a text-to-speech system. You cannot provide it with lyrics and expect it to sing them. Voxen is a synthesizer that acoustically simulates a glottis and vocal tract, allowing you to manually control the sound. It synthesizes sounds, not words.
Because a human voice is more complex than nearly any other musical instrument, a synthesizer of human voices is also very complex. To control one can require the real-time manipulation and coordination of dozens of separate parameters.
If you are looking for something that creates a musical performance from a piece of sheet music and some lyrics on a scrap of paper, hire a good vocalist. On the other hand, if you are looking some new and different sounds, use Voxen.
Omenie has introduced Sopranotron – a new app that they call the first ‘virtual soprano’ for iPad.
Sopranotron is Omenie’s M3000 HD ‘English Soprano’ library, provided as a standalone instrument. Soprano Caitlin Downie, right, has been recorded and assembled into a huge vocal collection.
The instrument features 525 different samples, 15 different voices, with chromatic sampling over the M3000’s 35-note range, and note stretching below and above the range to deliver 5 octaves in total. Continue reading
Cicadas is a sound art project, created by Berlin-based musician/sound artist Bob Meanza, that explores the idea of creating artificial ambient soundscapes with robotic insects.
The project is based on small, battery-powered ‘insects’, which are built using programmed AVR microcontrollers and sound emitting components (relays, piezos, buzzers…). Continue reading
The Computer Orchestra is a crowdsourcing platform, created by Simon de Diesbach, Jonas Lacôte, Laura Perrenoud, that allows users to create and conduct their own orchestra.
Users can choose to upload their own music or download samples to integrate into their formation Once the ‘orchestra’ is configured, users can direct it with the movements of their body.
Here’s a demo of the Computer Orchestra: Continue reading