Yamaha Corporation announced that is has begun to market Vocaloid4 Library Cyber Songman, a new PC-based software that they say can create natural singing voices in authentic English pronunciation. This new software can be downloaded, beginning today, from the official Vocaloid Shop.
Vocaloid is a technology developed by Yamaha in 2003 to create artificial singing voices just by inputting words and melodies. By installing a Voice Bank, filled with sound bite parts of human voices, and the Vocaloid Editor to input the words, melodies, and singing styles desired, you can instruct the virtual singer of your choice to perform any time and anywhere.
Vocaloid is continuing to evolve, and is presently available for creating cyber singing voices in Japanese, English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Voice Bank software is available from Yamaha and other sources within and outside of Japan. Yamaha announced Vocaloid 4, the latest version, in November 2014. This version offers richer, more natural and expressive singing voices than ever before.
Cyber Songman is a new Voice Bank developed especially for users in the English-speaking world. This new Voice Bank is based on recorded sound parts taken from the singing of a native speaker from the United States, and the pronunciation is clear and crisp American English that fits in well with almost any musical genre. If users also use the Growl function, it is possible to create the high levels of expressiveness needed, for example, in blues and rock songs.
Cyber Songman was developed for wide global use, and it is offered for sale as a product that can be downloaded even from outside Japan. The price is JPY10,000 (before tax), and sales began today on the dedicated Vocaloid Official Shop. For Vocaloid beginners, Yamaha offer two starter kits on the Vocaloid shop. One consists of Cyber Songman and Vocaloid4 Editor, the other consists of Cyber Songman and Vocaloid4 Editor for Cubase. The both products are offered at a discounted price.
*Yamaha are also considering offering the new Voice Bank for download on other websites operated by Yamaha.
*This product cannot be used on a stand-alone basis and must be used with Vocaloid4 Editor or Vocaloid4 Editor for Cubase and the Cubase Series.