Zero-G has announced the release of Avanna – their first release and the first English female singing voice for the Vocaloid 3 engine. Ideally suited to pop and Celtic music, Avanna can also be used in a myriad of musical styles.
The new Vocaloid 3 interface allows the user to import wav files so Avanna can sing along with their compositions from within Vocaloid. Avanna also comes with a default reverb for added realism and to add vibrato and expression to the voice.
Avanna ships with Vocaloid 3 Editor Lite (also known as Tiny Vocaloid3 Editor) which has the following features:
- Piano-roll style note editor, importing functionality from a standard MIDI file (limited for 1 track and 17 bars).
- Inputting lyrics and automatic conversion to phonemes.
- Assigning musical expression templates from an Icon Palette.
- Sending notes, lyrics and musical expression to the Synthesis Engine.
- Saving vocal data as a .wav file.
- Changing synthesis parameters.
- Effects (Reverb only).
- Playback .wav files.
Price: £79.95 / €94.95 / $119.00. The full Vocaloid 3 Editor software which offers the full range of editing features is available to buy separately. Avanna is available to buy now as a download and also as a DVD from Zero-G distributor Time+Space
Originally, developed by Yamaha and released in 2004, the Vocaloid software enables users to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and melody. The software can change the stress of the pronunciations, add effects such as vibrato, or change the dynamics and tone of the voice.