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My experiences with Prima
Jul 4 2011
17:25
tonyl
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Hi folks,

I have spent several days trying to use Prima and here are my impressions so far:

The phoneme/lyric editor is clunky indeed. There are so many features that I would expect from a half decent editor that just are not there. Trying to enter a song has the feeling of trying to run in high heels.

The dictionary is very limited. Some 80% of the words I entered were not in the dictionary. Many of the ones that did yield dictionary phonemes were miles out. So much of the work involved editing phonemes plus trial and error…if only there were a way to easily hear the results of this editing as one made small changes. But I persisted and managed to write a single verse of a simple song in English. It took me 2 days.

I rendered the file to audio and imported it to my DAW (Reaper) to hear the results with some backing tracks. The results were not spectacular…it sounded like somebody singing in a foreign language. Listening carefully I managed to decipher some of the lyrics but they seem to be in a heavy Japanese accent. Many of the phonemes sound wrong and there doesn’t seem to be any way to alter them in the Vocaloid 2 editor. I understand that Vocaloid 1 does offer some sort of phoneme tweaking.

OK, so I decided to lower my expectations. Maybe I could make do with a few aaahs and ooohs strategically placed on a track. I set up a few backing chords. Loaded the Vocaloid Prima vst ready to drive it in real time from the keyboard. All was well when I entered some basic ‘aaah’ sounds into the Vocaloid VST lyric editor. I started up the backing track….then Prima went mute ! There seems to be some incompatibility between Reaper and Vocaloid Prima. Whenever a backing track is played audio from Vocaloid 2 stops and can only be restored by removing and adding the vst back in.

I’ve now decided that Vocaloid programming is not for me..it is too much of a chore and not enough fun. The Reaper problems were the last straw for me. TBH the front-end of the software seems clunky and amateurish and even if the underlying song engine were superb the dreadful UI makes good results very very difficult to achieve.

The vendors operate a ‘no refunds’ policy and my advice to anybody is to try it out before committing any money to a purchase. I learned the hard way not to be sucked in by the glowing blurb in the vendors ad copy.

Sincerely
TonyL

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