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Virtual singer 15 bucks?
Jul 3 2004
19:23
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I just downloaded a demo program which is a midi sequencer/assistant. The full program costs 15 bucks. The demo has a virtual singer included. The virtual singer is another 15 bucks for the full program. It uses real voices, and sang one of my midi files right off. The words weren’t in the correct location, as the lyric input format is different. There are other voices available free at the site also. I’m still playing with it and haven’t got the full versions as of yet. There are many interesting things at the site such as a program to scan sheet music and make a midi file from it. The site is http://www.myriad-online.com in case anyone’s interested. If I can get a decent sound, maybe Joe will allow me to post it here.

Jul 3 2004
20:47
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Actually, I have a page full of demos for that program. Here:
http://www.icogitate.com/~morestuff/rsd … ndorma.htm

Perhaps the best demo is “O Soave Fanciulla,” from La Boheme.

I’ve used that program since it was first introduced (long before Vocaloid). When Vocaloid first came out, there was a lot of discussion about it, on the user forum for the above-mentioned product.

My demos use a database modeled on my own voice (recorded in my living room, with $15 mike). The database is only 800Kb – 1.5Mb in size, depending on language (English has more phonemes than Italian). Recording is only at one frequency, and most phonemes are isolated (P and L are recorded, but not PL or LP).

From my page, you can download the source music files and play with them yourself. From the Myriad page, you can download the demo programs, and also my own voice database files (free) as “goodies.” I put some instructions in the zip file that contains my source files.

My demos are a bit like Vocaloid, in that the voice is “modeled from” mine. When done that way, it is referred to as “Real Singer.” But there is also an entirely synth Virtual Singer (adjustable) that is built into the program. Since the Myriad product has fewer phonemes, the voice is necessarily “stiffer” than with Vocaloid. That’s OK for Opera or art songs, which are sung stiffly. It’s not good for jazz or folk-pop.

Vocaloid has much more capability than the Myriad program – you are comparing voice databases that differ by a factor of over 100 in complexity, as well as a few hours amateur “engineering” compared to lengthy professional studio work by Zero-G. So, even at the low price, the Myriad product is no threat to Vocaloid, since the Virtual Singer is not intended for studio-grade work. Likewise, Vocaloid is no threat to Virtual Singer, due to the price difference and manner of usage.

Shortly after Vocaloid Lola was available, I had the opprtunity to try it on someone else’s machine – they wanted to see if I (a known user of another program) could get more out of Vocaloid than they could. Yes, mostly because I understood that “as sung” phonemes are often different than “as pronounced.” But I haven’t had another chance to use Vocaloid, so I haven’t had anything to say since then.

Vocaloid, Myriad Virtual Singer, and other products such as VirSyn Cantor simply split the market according to their own specialized needs. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Jul 3 2004
23:23
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I used this program a couple of years ago when I was still using TextAsst. Except for the fact that it used a real voice a model, I didn’t much care for it. TextAssit was more understandable. Maybe they’ve improved on it. I’ll have to give it a try.

Jul 4 2004
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Pretty good stuff Rob. I can hear what you mean about the phonemes.
They may have added some though as there has been updates to the programs. If I get any satisfactory results I’ll post it here.

Jul 5 2004
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Interesting software and all at a [b:1bzx78i6]very [/b:1bzx78i6]reasonable price. The voice synthesis is good considering what you pay for it – a [u:1bzx78i6]fraction [/u:1bzx78i6]of the cost of Vocaloid. I think I will stick with Lola for the moment – it’s the (Vocaloid) synthesis engine that needs improving, not the voice itself. I wasn’t too keen on the notation interface in the Myriad sofware. The resolution of my PC seems to screw up the text and icons and make them almost impossible to read/see. I don’t lake the way notes are entered, but that is just my preference, having used other similar software and gotten used to it. The score reader is by far the most useful product for my purposes. Probably worth the money for that.
Chris

Aug 19 2009
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