Roland VP-550 Vocal Synth Jam

This video, via Gerard Howell, offers an impressive demo + synth jam with the Roland VP-550 vocal synthesizer.

The VP-550 uses vocal-modeling technology to let you create classical choirs, gospel choirs, pop and jazz voices, male & female ensembles, vintage vocoders, and string/vocal hybrids.

SONiVOX Vocalizer Sneak Preview

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This video offers a sneak preview of SONiVOX Vocalizer – a new vocal synthesis audio effect.

Here’s what SONiVOX has to say about Vocalizer:

Part effects plug-in, part synthesizer, VOCALIZER is entirely new. Speak, sing, whisper, yell, or even run your drum tracks or anything else through it, VOCALIZER will take your source input apart and pitch, harmonize, de-harmonize, modify, fortify, enhance, re-fry, re-synthesize, and reassemble to your imagination’s outermost limit.

The brain child of SONiVOX’s Nemesynth Audio Reasearch Group, VOCALIZER takes the science of sound and puts it on Steroids. VOCALIZER takes anything you input into it and almost magically teleports it into a dimension previously only theorized about. This is the sound of tomorrow’s hits and must be heard to be believed.

Vocalizer retails for $149.99.

Requiem Light – The Junior Mini-Jumbo Monster Choral Library

Tonehammer has released Requiem Light, a mini-jumbo version of its Requiem Pro library.

Requiem Pro contains three full (5.1) microphone positions, updated to 5 solo singers and full effects section. Requiem Light contains one premixed microphone position, 2 solo singers and a more limited effects section, no convolution effects.

The library can sound like a real choir  (check out the audio demos above) and includes both full choir (SATB), divisi groups (males/females) and two solo singers (soprano and tenor) – all recorded in 24 bit / 44.1khz with 1 microphone position (pre-mixed from Requiem Pro (5.1) mics. The library contains true (polyphonic) legato intervals from piano to forte, sustains from piano to forte, staccato with repetitions, ultra forte marcato, BPM (host-synced) based latin chants recorded at different speeds across entire interval of choir, tons of choral effects including whispers, shouts, clusters, demonic chants, sweeps, consonants without tone, claps, snaps and over +50 different types of effects.

Requiem is designed for Kontakt version 4+ and is compatible with the Free Kontakt Player from Native Instruments. This means you don’t have to purchase the full retail version of Kontakt to use this product. All you have to do is to download the free Kontakt Player and you will be in business. Requiem Light is a downloadable product and the library is custom water marked for each customer.

Requiem Light is available now for $299.

Musikemesse: TC-Helicon VoiceTone Synth

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Musikmesse: TC-Helicon today announced VoiceTone Synth, described as radical vocal processing in a pedal.

VoiceTone Synth brings together a collection of extreme exotic and contemporary sonic effects, including jagged HardTune effects (Auto-Tune), classic Vocoder effects, a voice-controlled synthesizer and vocal distortion and megaphone effects.

VoiceTone Synth Features:

  • HardTune effect with user-selectable key or instrument-sensing
  • Vocoder carrier can be driven by internal voice-controlled synth or instrument input (such as guitar)
  • Transducer effects, such as megaphones, distortion and radio voices
  • All effects can run simultaneously
  • Includes Tone feature for adaptive live engineer sound processing
  • Presets that can be edited and stored
  • Instrument Thru allows normal instrument amplification and vocoding

Details below.

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PowerFX Releases “Sweet” Robo Vocalist

Sweet AnnPowerFX has released Sweet Ann, the first of their new line of vocal libraries employing Yamaha’s Vocaloid2 software. Vocaloid software applications let users type in words and melody and have the virtual vocalist “sing” back the input.

If it all sounds a bit creepy and cool, check out the demos at the PowerFX site or visit Sweet Ann’s Myspace page.

“We are extremely excited about the release of Sweet Ann and developing vocal libraries for Vocaloid,” said PowerFX CEO Bil Bryant. “Vocal synthesis and voice modelling is an evolving technology that is still in its infancy, but the developments and functions of Vocaloid2 make it such an incredibly useful tool for any digital music maker that we had to get involved.” Continue reading

Screaming Bee Releases Enhanced Version of MorphVOX Pro Voice Changer Software

Screaming Bee has released an enhanced version of MorphVOX Pro Voice Changer. This software tool provides voice morphing to online games, instant messaging, and the professional studio. The software’s new “Adaptive Clarity” feature introduces extended pitch-modification capabilities and superior audio quality.

“We are quite happy with the enhancements to MorphVOX Pro,” says Mark Ramirez, CEO of Screaming Bee. He adds, “With Adaptive Clarity, your online game characters and your multimedia voice-overs will sound amazingly clear.”

The new algorithm can shift a voice’s pitch more than two octaves with excellent quality, while using minimal computer resources. (demo below)

MorphVOX Pro can be used with games like World of Warcraft, Second Life, EVE Online, EverQuest 2, Guild Wars, Counter-Strike and many more. It also works well with chat programs such as Xfire, TeamSpeak, Skype, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Messenger, and Ventrilo.

MorphVOX Pro can also morph an existing audio file or record a voice directly to file. The program’s simple and intuitive interface makes it easy for users to create voice-overs or narrations.