VocController Tutorial – Part 3

By Joe Hogan – July 2004

This article describes how to use Tazman-Audio VocController, to control the Vocaloid VSTi, please read parts 1&2 first.

Making a simple tune

If you play some notes quite fast you will notice that all the notes are of the same length, the 1/4 note length that you specified in part 2. This limitation can be overcome when using the built in step sequencer….. more on that later

But first lets make a quick tune using this method. Please listen to

this example

It was the first tune I made using VocController and Vocaloid Miriam. I played it live on the keyboard, it took literally 1 minute to make. (and a minute to set up the reverb, so 2 minutes altogether)

Velocity: Please click the ‘Link Vel’ button, this detects the velocity of the note you played and uses it to control which ever vocaloid parameter you have selected in the adjacent box. The default setting is ‘to: harmonics’. Play a few notes at varying volume and you will notice that the volume of the voice changes accordingly. Now set this to ‘to: clearness’ and play some loud and quiet notes and you will notice how the timbre of the voice becomes softer on the quiet notes aswell as getting lower in volume. The ‘Vel’ knob controls the velocity sensitivity, please leave it at 127 for the moment.

Note length, Vibrato and Attack: In the ‘Note Control’ section set the note length to 1 bar, by dragging the gray block across.

Now click where the black box says ‘No Vib’ and select ‘Slight’. Next to this box is a long wobbly line in a box, this specifies the position of the vibrato on the note, please move the ‘[‘ and ‘]’ markers so the vibrato happens on the second half of the note. You can drag both markers seperately or by clicking in the middle you can drag both at once. You wont hear any vibrato yet because both the ‘Vib Rate’ and ‘Vib Depth’ knobs are set to 0. Please set them to ’59’ and ’25’. You should now hear vibrato on the notes you play.

Now click where the black box says ‘No Attack’ and select ‘Legato’. If you play some notes, you will probably not hear any legato affects between the notes. This is because Vocaloid doesn’t have full functionality when the ‘Note Delay’ is set to a value below about half a second. Please set this value to 2/4 and try playing a few notes. There is now a significant latency, but you should hear a smooth glide between the notes.

Reverb: Now add some reverb to the output of the Vocaloid VSTi. In cubase SX2, create a FX track in the project window and use the mixer (F3) to set up an effects send from the Vocaloid VSTi channel which should be the only green channel in the mixer.

Recording a tune: Now have a quick play around and decide which notes you want to use. Click midi track 1 in the project window, and make sure that the ‘Record Enable’ button (red circle) is illuminated. Now press record and play your tune. The 2/4 delay can be distracting, but as you can see you can still get interesting results.

You may find the note delay a little disorientating, so now try recording your tune with ‘note delay’ set to 0/4, and then return it to 2/4 on play back. The timing is better using 0/4, but due to the nature of the current Vocaloid synthesis engine the legato attacks dont happen. So its a compromise which ever setting you use.

Press stop when you are done and replay your tune, you may find that you want to adjust the timing or the velocty of some of the notes. Please use your sequencers midi editing functions to correct anything. If there is a gap in the tune where you want a smooth legato glide then probably the second of the 2 notes is too late.

You should end up with something that sounds like

this example

(This was made using Vocaloid Miriam).

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