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Not robot masters, singers

2003-11-24 11:49:25.122675+00 by meuon 7 comments

NY Times Story or listen yourself from here.

Seems the next job replaced by computer/robot will be singing. Several articles mention it is targeted at background voice roles. Although truly amazing and better than some of the soloists I've heard in church, the demo of "Amazing Grace" needs the background organ and sound effects. I don't understand the Japanese, but their versions sound better. Of course, they may not understand the English inflections as well. Still, the pop/techno/rock music world may have a new star. The future will be interesting.

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#Comment Re: Not robot masters, singers made: 2003-11-24 17:11:49.416728+00 by: Jerry Kindall

Yamaha's product has much better quality, but if you want to play with something similar, grab a copy of VocalWriter.

#Comment Re: Not robot masters, singers made: 2003-11-24 17:44:06.675939+00 by: meuon

VocalWriter is for a Mac. The music industry has always loved Mac's, and the high end recording world has gone nuts over the current level of hardware and OS-X. And every time I play with one, I think the same thing, but never do.

#Comment Re: Not robot masters, singers made: 2003-11-24 18:33:03.688944+00 by: Jerry Kindall

Oh yeah... true, it's for a Mac. They do have MP3s on that site, though, which are fun to listen to.

#Comment Re: Not robot masters, singers made: 2003-11-24 19:03:54.829161+00 by: Mars Saxman

it's a race! which genere will grab this first, industrial or trance?


#Comment Re: Not robot masters, singers made: 2003-11-24 19:15:07.350938+00 by: Dan Lyke

Pop has been using some pretty hefty signal processing to clean up the voices of young untrained female vocalists for years. Remember when that breathy sound was just Margo Timmons? That was real, the rest of 'em are using a beasty that I can't find the link to right now, but that sits in the rack along side everything else and makes absolute crap sound like it's actually on-key.

As usual, the porn sellers, in this case those who are pimping the Brittany Spears like acts, get there first.

#Comment Re: Not robot masters, singers made: 2003-11-24 19:59:55.326539+00 by: Diane Reese

I just listened to the "Amazing Grace" demo and I couldn't understand much of it. The "... like me" was completely unclear and obviously not human-generated. Yeah, OK, it's a start, but I wouldn't say it's worth crowing about (yet).

I wanna hear some trance using this technology, that would (um, let's see if I get this right)... *SO* R0XX0RZ!

#Comment Re: Not robot masters, singers made: 2003-11-25 21:19:04.328914+00 by: Dan Lyke

So Diane, if you and I try to emulate script-kiddy speak are we anthropologists or posers?