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Vocaloid Phoneme Chart
Apr 27 2004
14:18
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I have just added a Phoneme Chart to the tutorials section of this site. (The definitions window includes some background info on Vocaloid phonetics which may be useful)

Please leave any comments here….

Apr 27 2004
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Thanks Joe, great job and really helpful.
Just two points. The liquid l sound you give f[b:3sxcac3w]l[/b:3sxcac3w]y or fee[b:3sxcac3w]l[/b:3sxcac3w] as an example. I think the two are slightly different. Do you mean the sound as in bottle or little? (Not as spoken in the London area though!!)?
Is there a simple way of printing this chart out. Pasting into my word processor produces some odd effects.
Thanks
Chris

Apr 27 2004
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Glad you like it.

not really sure what you mean about the l (lower-case L). I purposely used those 2 example words because they sound different, but they are both definitely the l phoneme….. hmm the sound in both bottle and little are also l!!! So l (L) encompasses all the sounds you mention.

perhaps this is a dialect issue?

by the way I tried to use 3 example words for each, where the phoneme features at the start, middle and end of the words. Because they do sound slightly different in different contexts. This is not always possible… For example no english word begins with N (ng).

There is a print page option but it will print all those colours aswell… I will make a colourless printer friendly version soon.

Apr 27 2004
16:46
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This will be very handy in a printable version. When I printed it printed everything on the page except the lower half of the phoneme charts.

Apr 27 2004
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Ditto; many thanks for the extremely useful info but there seem to be problems in printing the whole thing out.

Apr 27 2004
17:25
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You might try copying and pasting it into what ever word processor you use. I use MS Word and it pasted easily into that. I removed the color backgrounds before printing just to make the text easier to read.

Apr 27 2004
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I will try to add a printable version in the next few days… and use less/no colour so it wont wipe out your ink cartridges!!

do you want the definitions (key) window printable aswell?

Also does it all make sense? I have really tried to make this as simple to use and understand as possible, but it’s not a simple subject! If you find anything confusing please say.

Apr 27 2004
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I think its going to be easy to use. It seems to be much more complete than the one in the handbook and the alternates will keep us from having to dig for alternate phonemes. The color didn’t show in my print either BTW.

Apr 28 2004
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Thanks for the reply, Joe.
Another question, related to diphthongs. A bit of an anorak question this, sorry. When Vocaloid is asked to sing a diphthong, let’s say as at the end of the word “goodbye”, at what point in the diphthong aI does the sound shange from a to I. To put it another way, is the change gradual/uniform across the whole length of the note, or does Vocaloid hold the first part of the diphthong longer and release it towards the end of the note. This is very important on long notes with diphthongs, obviously. The big question is… can the transition rate or point from the 1st sound to the 2nd be controlled or adjusted by the user, or is this fixed within the synthesis. If not, will it be possible to do this in the future?
Note: Classical singers tend to hold the first part of the diphthong until almost the end of the note. Pop singers usually change about half way or even sooner. (Too soon and you get good- by – EE! )
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Chris

Apr 28 2004
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the transition in a diphthong happens at the end of the note. So the sustained part is nearly always the first sound.. normally when a singer sings ‘bye’ on a long note, it sounds like ‘buuuuuuuuuh…….y’.

I agree it would be useful to have more control over where the transition happens. It is fixed at the moment though.

May 2 2004
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It looks so cool. :)

Great job Admin!

May 5 2004
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I have just updated the phoneme chart so it can be printed.

Open the chart as normal and when it comes up, just click at the top right, where is says “Print Friendly Version”. The chart should open in a new window. I have checked “print preview” from my browser and it seems to print ok when its in a seperate window.

(because in order to have the definitions window functioning correctly I had to put the whole chart in an iframe, which was confusing the print function).

I have also added a link to a print friendly version of the key (definitions window) just incase anyone wants to print that.

please say if you encounter any problems.

May 6 2004
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Printed just fine Joe. Well done. The chart on my manual was just about worn into, I’ve used it so much. Thanks

May 6 2004
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Thanks Joe. I’ve managed to paste the whole thing into Word and reduce the font size / line spacing enough to get the whole thing onto one page.
Cheers

May 20 2004
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Yeah – thanks Joe – godsend on the chart.

Dec 20 2008
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http://www.csdgn.org/vocaloid.html

A table with the Japanese Phonemes. I did my best to give them English examples, but Japanese is not English.

Dec 20 2008
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If anyone knows how to get the rest of the vowel sounds, it would make me very happy.

Aug 25 2009
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I have two computers and one printer. How do I setup my network to share the printer? I am running vista on both computers. Is there a way to setup printer sharing through my router or do i have to buy a switch or something like that?

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