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

SoundsOnline Ships Vocaloid Avanna, The Robo Enya, a division of EastWest, has begun shipping its “Celtic-inspired” vocaloid virtual vocalist, Avanna.

If you check out the demos on their site, ‘Celtic-inspired’ translates roughly into ‘robo-Enya’.

Yamaha’s Vocaloid technology is designed to let you create virtual vocals by entering lyrics and notes. At this point, the voice synthesis technology is realistic enough to take you into ‘uncanny valley’ territory, sounding realistic-esque.

The new Vocaloid 3 interface lets you import wav files, so Avanna can “sing along” with your compositions from within Vocaloid. Avanna comes with a default reverb for added realism; you can also add vibrato and expression to “her” voice. Continue reading

Isao Tomita To Premier Work With Virtual Singer Miku

Electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita, 80, has announced he will feature a virtual singer Hatsune Miku as the main singer in his upcoming orchestra concert on November 23rd at Tokyo Opera City Hall in Tokyo.

His new piece Ihatov Symphony, which expresses the world of Kenji Miyazawa’s novel, will be performed by Japan Philharmonic Orchestra with a conductor Naoto Otomo. Miku will appear on stage as 3D image and sing and dance in time to music.

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Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard Lets You Do Live Vocal Synthesis

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Yamaha has created a unique synthesizer, Vocaloid Keyboard, which is designed for real-time vocal synthesis using Vocaloid.

The proof-of-concept keyboard is optimized for entering Japanese characters with one hand. It has 16 buttons, for consonants, vowels, and the two types of voicing marks. The user enters those with the left hard, while playing notes with the right. This makes it possible to synthesize singing using the hardware alone.

The entered text and the pronounced text are shown in katakana on the LED display, so you can check that the content played is correct. There are also three parameter knobs, which you can use to adjust the vocal sound.

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PowerFX Intros Virtual Choir Boy, Oliver

PowerFX has introduced a new virtual vocalist, Oliver, based on a 12 year-old choir boy.

Oliver is a Vocaloid 3 virtual instrument, doing vocal synthesis based on a sampled vocalist.


  • Piano-roll style note editor, importing functionality from a standard MIDI file (limited for 1 track and 17 bars).
  • Inputting lyrics and automatic conversion to phonemes.
  • Assigning musical expression templates from an Icon Palette.
  • Sending notes, lyrics and musical expression to the Synthesis Engine as set forth below and activating synthesis.
  • Saving vocal data as a wave file.
  • Changing synthesis parameters.
  • Effects (Reverb only).
  • Playback .wav files.

Oliver is available now for US $129. See the PowerFX site for an audio demo and details.

Vocaloid Live Concert – Synthesized Vocals, Virtual Vocalist

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This video captures a bizarre “live” Vocaloid Live concert performance, featuring live musicians and a virtual vocalist.

Vocaloid is a software application that lets vocals be synthesized from sampled vocal elements.

Unfortunately, the next logical step is to replace the audience with robots……..

Vocaloid Big Al Makes Voice Synthesis Cheap, Still Creepy As Ever

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PowerFX has released Big Al, a vocal performance synthesizer for Windows.

At $179, Voicaloid Big Al puts slightly creepy voice synthesis within reach of just about anyone.

Type in words and notes, and Big Al’s voice synthesis technology will create a virtual vocal performance.

Check out the Vocaloid Big Al voice synthesis demo above. If that doesn’t peg your creep-o-meter at 11, don’t miss the Vocaloid Big Al & Sweet Ann duet below. Continue reading

Vocaloid Sonika Puts A Creepy Teen Virtual Vocalist At Your Fingertips

vocaloid-sonika-boxZero G has announced Vocaloid SONIKA, a virtual vocalist modelled on the voice of a young girl pop singer.

According to Zero-G:

  • Sonika is a sweet virtual voice at your fingertips…
  • Sonika is a new cyberspace starlet who will hit those high notes every time with perfect accuracy.
  • Sonika can sing any word from the English language (and other languages too with a little work).
  • Sonika is also very well suited if you want to be adventurous and experimental, since her voice can be easily modified and shaped in many ways.
  • SONIKA will spread any sustained vowel (or voiced consonant) across as many notes as you like, with perfect legato. You can select from several different natural vibrato types and drag and drop your chosen type to any note or notes, and control the time-position and amount of the vibrato.

Vocaloid Sonika also can sound pretty creepy, possibly unintentionally, as you’ll hear in this audio demo:

Vocaloid Sonika retails for $199.95 USD (169 Euros / £114.95 GBP).

Let me know what you think of virtual young girl pop singer Sonika!

Should she keep her day job?