Play Hatsune Miku Songs Live! With The Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard
The keyboard is made possible by the relative simplicity of Japanese phonology, with only fifty or so possible syllables in the language altogether. Syllables are selected by simultaneously pressing a Roman alphabet key with a D-pad-shape modifier for one of the five Japanese vowels — so, for example the “K” key with an “A” directional press would result in a “KA” consonant. This is all done with the left hand, with the right hand controlling each syllable’s pitch via a standard keyboard layout, and there’s an LED display to confirm character input. The interface seems simple and logical for Japanese speakers, though it will take some practice to get right — Yamaha says that several players so far have been able to play nursery rhymes after around three hours with the device.
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The keyboard is still in development with no solid plans for a commercial release, and the prototype still looks pretty rough from a design standpoint. The company says it’s more likely that it would provide the sound chip inside for other companies to use in their own hardware. However, if a product ever sees the light of day it could well be the next step along the way to Vocaloid domination of J-pop.
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Dubspot Instructor Dan Freeman explains and demonstrates tips and tricks for processing live vocals with Ableton Live. This video is aimed at folks who want to take advantage of Ableton Live’s powerful effects and use them for live vocal performance. This is also for producers who what to know how to route vocals into Live and work with the vocoder effect.
Ableton Live Producer Program starts online the week of February 5th and in NYC the week of February 22nd. Course details and registration info here: http://bit.ly/oqTbm1
Prime Loops tell us that Lil Jon, T.I. and Ludacris were some of the inspirations for their latest release, Dirty South Vocal Samples. They say that it’s the ultimate one-stop for all the Dirty and Southern vocal hooks, group shouts, urban hype hooks and hip hop phrases you’ll need to make your tracks stand out.
Here’s all the details in Prime Loops’ own words…
For this sample pack the Prime Loops team has brought no less than three top-notch MCs into the studio, each delivering a multitude of spoken gems. Many of these vocals come in several variations, which makes this collection extremely versatile. “Dirty South Vocal Samples” gives you 400+ shout-outs, phrases and stanzas and have been arranged over 6 folders with names such as “Area Shouts”, “Dirty Hollas”, “Dirty Shots”, Group Spittin”, “Smooth Talkin” and “Straight Shootin” and all samples have been recorded, edited and mastered by Prime Loops’ sound specialists.
All of “Dirty South Vocal Samples” is 100% royalty-free so you don’t have to worry about any sample clearances! Simply load these pre-formatted vocal patches into your favourite software sampler, or drag and drop the 24Bit samples straight into any sequencer of your choice – then listen through, pick what you list, twist it to your tastes or not and enjoy the authentic Dirty South touch!
Whether you want to be the next Luke Skywalker with some extra fast 2 Live Crew – embracing Miami Bass beats or slow things down in a “Chopped and Screwed” style – vocal chords really can’t get much more Southern and Dirty than this! And even if you’re coming from any other genre, such as house, dance or electro; with this selection of southern hooks and hype vocals you’re sure to ad a right street edge to your tracks!
Formats include: .WAV, Acid Samples, Akai MPC, Garageband, Reason Refill, Kontakt, Halion, EXS24, Sonar SFZ and more.
Pricing and Availability:
Dirty South Vocal Samples is available for download for £17.95
Melodyne editor 2.0 comes with extended timing tools. See in this video, how the new Time Handles and the Attack Speed tool allow for even more detailed editing of your audio tracks.
New in this release:
- Attack Speed tool for editing transients. (That could make this a lot more interesting creatively.) New Time Handles for changing time in the notes. These tools have special applicability to percussion and vocal phrasing, respectively, but may have some other interesting alternative applications.
- Edit notes in other scales, temperaments, and tunings. (Re-tuning to alternative tuning systems, anyone?)
- Keyboard shortcuts work in plug-in mode, display and highlight is improved.
- Work via ReWire with hosts that lack plug-ins. Read: Reason. And that could make this an interesting companion to Reason’s record workflows.
More about Melodyne editor 2.0:
Here’s the pitch:
Shape audio as never before
Vocal polishing of the highest quality, the removal of wrong notes from piano recordings, incredible harmonic and rhythmic freedom: Melodyne editor is the most powerful edition of our one-track product family and offers you the entire spectrum of Melodyne’s award-winning capabilities
Unique and award winning
Melodyne editor, with its Direct Note Access technology, makes possible what had previously been considered impossible: access to individual notes in polyphonic audio material. Correct wrong notes in a piano recording; change the chords in a guitar accompaniment after the recording is over; refashion a sample lick. Only Melodyne editor gives you the freedom to work like this with audio. And allows you to do things you could only dream of doing before.
Edit music and not just audio data
With Melodyne editor you can edit your audio material in an intuitive and flexible way. Simply move an audio note to a different pitch or a different position. Make notes longer or shorter, louder or softer. Delete notes from chords or add new ones by copying. Use a multitude of scales, create your own or extract scales from audio recordings. Control the timing in detail and even the time course within notes. These functions for shaping audio will give you an experience you don‘t want to miss.
Best sound, best reputation, best of company
Melodyne editor is at home in all the great studios of the world and can be heard on countless productions. Leading producers are of one voice in praising the sound quality, flexibility, speed and reliability. Whether used as a problem solver in the hard day-to-day work of production or as a source of ideas and creative tool: Melodyne editor quickly becomes indispensible and inspires time and again.
The future of audio
Melodyne editor will change the way you work with audio. The note-based approach and intuitive operation of Melodyne editor will soon seem so natural to you and so much a matter of course that you will no longer regard audio as something fixed and given but quite simply as music. As music you can shape and refashion virtually at will. To correct and optimize or fully restructure in order to make new ideas reality. This is how we picture the future of audio editing. And with Melodyne editor, this future is yours already today.
Freaky Loops has released Future Tech Vocals, a collection of one word single shot samples, glitched vocal sounds, vox stabs, Fx Processed Loops, vocal hooks and re-sequenced parts which together form a formidable collection of samples for any producer looking to introduce the human element to loops and sections of their productions.
Future Tech Vocals, includes over 750 vocal loops and samples. In this unique pack you can expect to find vocoded and distorted, dry and compressed vocals.
This pack is suitable for electro, dubstep, minimal, tech house, progressive house, grime, glitch or big room electro.. no matter what genre, these vocals will top off your production nicely. Concentrating on single phrases and short, catchy lines, this is perfect for hooks and top lines.
Future Tech Vocals features
- 460 MB content, featuring 150 loops at 128 Bpm, and over 600 Single Hit Vocal samples recorded at 24 bit quality.
- Includes 100 Glitched Vocal Loops, 50 Twisted Vocal Loops, 32 Vocal FX, 157 Voice Phrases, 195 One Shot Vox, plus 222 Vocal Words.
- All loops are tempo labeled.
Future Tech Vocals is available to purchase for £24.95 GBP.
More information: Future Tech Vocals
More info: http://bit.ly/sEqxOG
In this video tutorial, Dubspot Instructor Matt Cellitti offers tips and tricks for transforming and shaping ordinary sounds with Native Instruments Maschine’s high-performance sampler and and turning them into versatile sampled instruments. Cellitti is co-designer and developer of our Maschine program, along with our very own Heinrich Zwahlen. For those looking for high quality training on Maschine’s hardware/software combination, this is the program. The classes will be available in our school in New York City and at Dubspot Online this January.
Virsyn has announced the release of KLON 1.1 vocal designer plug-in.
New Features in version 1.1:
- VST3 / VST2.4: 64-bit version for Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
- VST3: AI Knob Interface integrated.
The heart of the vocal designer plugin KLON is a harmonic pitch shifter for natural pitch and formant manipulation of vocal sounds in realtime. It takes your voice and adds up to 16 different copies of your voice in realtime.
Pricing and Availability:
KLON will be available for 99 Euros until December 31st, 2011.
The upgrade to KLON 1.1 is free of charge for users of KLON.
I guess how professional it is remains to be seen, if you have tried it feel free to leave your comments.
VocaLive for iPad now available in the iTunes App Store! VocaLive for iPad takes an already powerful vocal processing app that has become a favorite on the iPhone® and iPod touch® and makes it even more powerful. The iPad version adds a fourth effect slot to the signal processing chain, and two of those effect slots can hold the specific “vocal effects” compared to just one vocal effect per chain on the iPhone version. The preset browser is also available in the main window of the interface making loading and saving VocaLive presets even easier. The Favorites section has been expanded from 4 to 40 in the iPad version utilizing a new bank button. Favorites put presets right in the bottom panel on large, accessible buttons for immediate loading of the artist’s most-used settings.
VocaLive includes 5 Vocal Effects — Pitch Fix (for tuning correction or stylized quantization FX), Choir (a 3-part harmonizer), Morph (an X-Y pitch and formant shifter that changes the tonal quality of the voice from subtle deepening to radical gender bending) Double (Double effect gets unlocked by registering) and De-Esser — along with 7 Studio Effects — Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter — that together create the perfect vocal processing solution.
VocaLive for iPad features:
- Real time vocal processor + recording app
- 4-processor vocal effects chain
- 12 professional studio quality vocal effects
- Single track recorder expandable to a full 8-track recording studio with master effects section, available for purchase in the in-app Shop
- Import and play songs to be used as backing tracks directly from your music library or computer
- Voice Cancel feature lets you create sing-along backing tracks by removing the vocal track from existing recordings
- 50 presets included with 4 Favorites for fast recall
- Includes metronome and vocal warm-up tools
- Low-latency for real time vocal processing
Here’s a preview of a new vocal synth for Windows:
My vocal synthesizer VstPlugin in action.
The sounds are completely synthesized / modifyed (no samples used) .
Voxengo has released version 2.6 of Voxformer, a multi-functional vocal channel strip effect plugin for Windows and Mac.
The most important change this version implements is the addition of 3 new saturation modes that extend the sound coloration palette you can use to process your tracks.
Changes in Voxformer v2.6
- Added 3 new modes to the saturation module.
- Plugin’s popup-windows now recover last position after reopening.
- Mouse backward and forward buttons can be used for filter type and parameter value selection.
- The “Alt” key can now be used to adjust knob parameters synchronously in several channel groups.
- The “Min Infrastructure” user interface display mode added.
- The “Flat Level Meters” level meter display mode added.
- The “Show All Filter Shapes” global switch added.
- Version change history information window added.
- The “Do Not Show Latency Changes” global switch added.
Voxformer for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $69.95 USD.
Voxformer is a multi-functional vocal channel strip plug-in for professional audio applications. Combining several professional quality processing modules, Voxformer was designed to be a comprehensive solution for all your vocal processing needs – be it spoken or sung vocals.
The coolest feature of Voxformer is its one-knob vocal compressor. Using only a single knob, you can get a tight, open and definitive professional vocal sound with an excellent articulation in no time. You do not have to worry about common ratio and make-up gain controls since they are automatically selected by the advanced compression algorithm while attack and release parameters are stored in a mode preset. Moreover, Voxformer features two compressors of this type, allowing you to apply either a two-band or a two-stage (serial) vocal compression.
Voxformer also features the de-esser with selectable center frequency and threshold. Multi-band noise gate is available, which, in a manner similar to the compressor, was designed to bring ease of tuning while providing excellent sonic results. For those who like a saturated vocal sound, Voxformer implements a special module which applies a smooth saturation. Another useful feature Voxformer has to offer is the presence boosting module, which you can use to add some shine and space to the vocals.
As a finishing touch, Voxformer offers you a flexible easy-handling 5-band parametric equalizer (pre/post selectable) with a real-time output stage fast Fourier transform (FFT) spectrum analyzer display. In most cases Voxformer can be used for processing of a wide range of instruments beside vocals.