SoundsOnline.com, 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.
Here’s a video intro to Avanna:
VOCALOID3 EDITOR Lite is included with Avanna and offers the following features:
- Piano-roll style note editor, importing functionality from a standard MIDI file
- 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
- Saving vocal data as a .wav file
- Changing synthesis parameters
- Playback .wav files
Pricing & Availability:
Available at SoundsOnline.com, or SoundsOnline-Europe.com for European customers.
For additional product info and demo songs visit the AVANNA webpage.
18 thoughts on “SoundsOnline Ships Vocaloid Avanna, The Robo Enya”
Mixed reaction here. I’ve heard better implementations, sonically. But this does seem to be all artificial, so it might have more flexibility. Seems a little tedious on the programming end of it– i.e. typing in each word into each note. Though it may have some incredibly sophisticated things going on under the hood, the price seems a little high. If it is not too high, I think they need a better demo to show more of what it can do. That demo is showing me $39 software.
Avanna…… Avanna Humpalot
I, for one, welcome our robotic musical overlords!
Eh…just record yourself and use Auto tune or Celemony to make it sound different. Or make friends with a singer. This looks useful for videogame composers, but seem stoo tedious for regular music unless you’re planning to abuse the technology in some fashion.
Not compatible with Mac?? What is this 1998?
I’m on a Mac. I feel sure my world won’t crumble because I can’t pretend to channel Enya or sound like an anime girl with a frog in her bra. Its a clever effect, but like obvious auto-tuning, its too freeze-dried for me.
course not. it´s 1984 friend.
gunna stay that way too.
Way too enforced to my liking. It seems to me as if they’re forcefully trying to make a product work for a market it wasn’t designed for.
Now, I don’t speak nor understand fluent Japanese but I know my way around, I can manage to grasp certain basics. And if you look into the Japanese vocal banks you’ll notice that it sounds much more realistic and as such also a lot better. For example, check out the Kaito vocal bank here:
But when listening to Avanna this doesn’t sound as natural at all. I get the impression that the voice bank is way too focused on certain vowels, thus making it almost sound like English with a Japanese accent.
All of the vocaloid voices sound better in Japanese. Japanese is a syllabic language – that is, there are a finite number of syllables which can be arranged to form words – whereas English is much more complex, with longer vowels, diphthongs, and triphthongs.
Did someone say ‘thongs’?
I think this would be really useful for writing and demoing, even though it’s going to force me to use a PC. In fact I just tried to buy it, but it doesn’t seem to be available in Europe yet.
Vocaloid has been around for several years, if this particular soundset is not available there must be a dozen others that you could buy.
A perfect voice…
~ for tentacle penetration, (sorry, apparently the ‘r’ word is a faux paus, in this culture.
who ever decided to put a manga illustration on the box needs a bitchslap. i am entirely serious.
Did you not know that Vocaloid is Japanese, just like Manga?!
also the uncanny valley remark is right on the money. i have a unease in my gut from the few examples i heard.
If they make one that sounds like Elizabeth Fraser I will definitely buy it.