Will voice synthesis technology replace human singers?
Remember the days when musicians actually had to go to the studio and play real instruments? What if I told you that even recording vocals will become the matter of past?
A couple of days ago I stumbled upon something I’ve been dreaming about for years.
Here is my background: for my songwriting demos I book a session singer who sings according to my melody and lyrics. This process takes time: preparing everything for the singer, recording, pitch correction… Wouldn’t it be nice if I’d have a software that sings instead of a singer? Actually there is, it’s name is Vocaloid, and it is working very well.
According to Vocaloid’s official website:
Vocaloid is a voice synthesis technology and software developed by Yamaha. Just put in a melody and lyrics and your virtual singer will sing for you.
Cyber Diva – create future music, with a future voice
As soon as I got Vocaloid, I started to play around with vocal called Cyber Diva. Software is pretty easy to work with, and it looks like midi view of any DAW. The quality of vocals is very good. Here is the official song sung by Cyber Diva.
Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness cover by Vocaloid
There is another Vocaloid vocal called Miriam, and I’m absolutely amazed by her perfomance.
Hatsune Miku – the holographic star
Even Japanese holographic stars use Vocaloid.
The future of voice synthesis technology
There is already the 4th version of Vocaloid software out there and it’s improving every day.
Vocaloid is not the only software in this field. I recently found a German company with a similar product CANTOR 2 – The Vocal Machine on their website, although haven’t tried it yet.
In the future, this kind of software may register singer’s voice by recording specific tones and letters. From that information it could reproduce any word-melody combination. This way singers could release new songs continuously forever: without rehearsals and long days in the studios.
Isn’t this amazing?