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

iMPC Pro 1.1 Offers Bug Fixes, New Features

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.

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Realivox Blue Lets You Turn Text Into Vocals

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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.

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Voxen Vocal Synthesizer For iPad

voxenDeveloper 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.

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