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Sweet Ann - PowerFX Release Info ...
Jun 29 2007
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PowerFX Releases Sweet Ann, the Next Generation Virtual Vocalist

This first Vocaloid2 software product is ideal for electronic dance music artists and producers

STOCKHOLM—PowerFX announced today they have released Sweet Ann, the first of their new line of vocal libraries which employs Yamaha’s VOCALOID2 upgraded software. Vocaloid software applications enable users to type in words and melody and have the vocal library “artist” sing back the input.

PowerFX’s Sweet Ann vocal library package is available for $149 download/$169 DVD directly from PowerFX and includes a stand alone version, a VSTi plugin with real-time keyboard performance and ReWire ™ connectivity to a host sequencer and. For more information, visit http://www.powerfx.com.

“We are extremely excited about the release of Sweet Ann and developing vocal libraries for VOCALOID,” said PowerFX CEO Bil Bryant. “Vocal synthesis and voice modelling is an evolving technology that is still in its infancy, but the developments and functions of VOCALOID 2 make it such an incredibly useful tool for any digital music maker that we had to get involved.”

Sweet Ann is a pure “popstress.” Her realistic vocals include a warm vibrato and an unmatchable range. While she can sing lead or harmony parts, PowerFX really envisions her as essential to the music labs of producers and electronic dance artists who depend on unique vocals for their genre.

“I always looked at VOCALOID like the initial drum machines. I think innovative electronic musicians will really be able to make new and creative music based on the technology Yamaha has been developing,” continued Bryant.

Not only relegated to the electronic dance music, Sweet Ann and her contemporaries are used by songwriters for their demos, solo artists who desire realistic background vocalists, as well as other musicians who want to experiment with the new sounds and textures these virtual singers provide.

Sweet Ann’s vocals come from a real singer who was recorded extensively, enabling PowerFX to create a comprehensive library of her vocal sounds. VOCALOID software users type in words and assign melodies to Sweet Ann. She then emulates the words and notes given to her. Expressive effects, vibrato and dynamics can also be added to her singing. All of this makes for an exciting songwriting and recording process. Users compose using Sweet Ann as their demo vocalist, and even create and experiment with new musical styles, from remixes, vocal fx, and DJ scratch vocals, to jazz, pop, funky house music and electronica genres, all with the benefit of Sweet Ann as their virtual vocalist. Hear Sweet Ann sing a variety of styles at her MySpace page, located http://www.myspace.com/vocaloidsweetann

Nov 4 2007
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from http://www.myspace.com/vocaloidsweetann
Sorry – the quality here of vocaloid 2 demos is hardly better than version 1.1 –
unless you know the song,most of the the lyrics are unintelligable and sound like the singer has a bad lisp,especially in the ‘killing me softly’ demo song.
There is still the impresion (she) is singing through a cheap and nasty vocoder – i.e. – there is little to no pronounciation of the letters ‘t’ or ‘s’ on the beginnings of lyrics,and the overall quality resembles a bad VOIP phone line.

I really hope yamaha doesn’t charge even more for this unfortunate ‘upgrade’ – in my opinion it simply isn’t worth it.
For real back up singing back quality (and so far vocaloid seems to be only good for back ups) check out the roland ‘vari phrase’ library.
‘Real’ singers !

Nov 5 2007
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Hola a todos,

Quiero contestar a Alpal desde este foro, ya que esta persona, esta haciendo una campaña muy negativa de Vocaloid sin ningún motivo. (este usuario es solamente un oyente mas y no ha demostrado que ha usado el producto ni nada mas).

Vocaloid puede gustar o no, Es una nueva e innovadora herramienta para hacer música, con voz sintética emulada. Ni Yamaha, ni PowerFx ni Zero-G ni Crypton han pretendido nunca sustituir la voz humana, dentro de 500 años quizás.

Con Vocaloid se pueden hacer coros, o emular a un cantante solista. Es una herramienta fascinante de trabajo que incluso Mike Oldfield ha usado en varias de sus composiciones y se debe emplear como un BANCO DE SONIDO (SOUNDFONT) MÁS.
Si Alpal ha usado alguna vez algún banco de sonido sabe a lo que me refiero.
Yo hago demostraciones para PowerFx y Zero-G GRATUITAMENTE, no cobro dinero por hacerlo. Ustedes mismos pueden oír desde esta misma pagina VOCALOID-USER la evolución de mis demos con Vocaloid.
Sweet Ann es una voz MAGNIFICA con la que se pueden hacer grandes canciones y muy buenas.
Alpal me ha demostrado que no sabe escuchar, todavía no se ha dado cuenta que la canción "Killing me softly" no canta Sweet Ann si no LOLA (Vocaloid 1), Use en esta canción a Lola como solista y a Lola León y Miriam para los coros, en esta misma pagina VOCALOID-USER podéis oír y ver con que fuentes están hechas las voces, Sweet Ann aun estaba en proceso de creación pero a Bill (PowerFx) le pareció una buena demo.
Próximamente escucharemos a Prima con alguna demo hecha por mí, y es la voz más fascinante y natural con la que he trabajado. Yo apuesto por el futuro de Vocaloid y anímo a PowerFx a Zero-G y a Crypton a que sigan sampleando voces nuevas para poder crear un mundo virtual de sonidos "humanos".
Creo que a estas alturas sobra explicar que es Vocaloid y para quien va dirigido

Gracias a todos por leer mi post. Giuseppe (Jose)

Hi everyone;
I want to answer Alpal using this forum for it, just because he is on a very negative campaign against Vocaloid with no sense at all. (This user is just a mere listener and at the moment haven’t demonstrate he has used this product or something else)
Vocaloid can like or not, is a new and innovative tool to compose music with emulated sintetic voices. I really think that Yamaha nor Zero-G nor PowerFX nor Crypton was expecting to substitute human voices, maybe in five hundreds of years.
You can make choruses with Vocaloid or just emilate a solo singer. Is a fascinating working tool with wich even Mike Oldfield had worked in some of his compositions and must be used as a soundfont, just one more of them. If Alpal has used soundfonts somtimes he knwos what I want to mean. Now I’m doing some demoes for ZeroG and PowerFX for free, I earn no money for it All of you can hear at them here, in vocloid user page and can see the evolution of my demoes using Vocaloid.
Sweet Ann is an SPLENDID voice to do great and very good songs with.
Alpal has shown me he doesn’t know how to listen, just becasuse he hasn’t found out that " Killing me softly" is not sung by Sweet Ann but is Lola who does and using Vocaloid1. I used for this song Lola as solo voice and Lola Miriam and Leon to the choruses; you can listen at it in this web and read wich fonts were used to make it and the used voices. sweet Ann was still in her creation process, but Bill from PowerFx tought it was a good demo,
Soon I hope we can hear at some demoes made by me when Prima will be launched and have to say it is the most natural and fascinated voice I have worked with. I bet on the future of Vocaloid and encoourage all of them, Power FX, ZeroG and Crypton to keep on sampling new voices to create a whole vitual world of ‘human’ sounds.
To this point I think is not necessary to explain what is Vocaloid and who is addressed to.
Thanks everyone who have read my post.
Giusseppe Jose

Aug 4 2009
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What was the last dance that you learned and could do really great? Is there a dance thats very popular now that you could do very well? I never was a good dancer, i pretty much just go with my instincts when i’m out on the dance floor. What was the most popular dance that you could do yourself and you knew you were great at it?

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