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Postby Guest » Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:23 pm

Hello
Is there a program out there that would allow me to enter a few notes for words please
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Re: computer generated voice

Postby N i g e l » Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:16 pm

do you mean Text to speech or voice FX like vocoder ?
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Re: computer generated voice

Postby Logarhythm » Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:34 pm

tonyztigger wrote:Hello
Is there a program out there that would allow me to enter a few notes for words please
What sort of thing are you looking for?
For a basic "does this work in roughly the sort of way I'd hope for if I had an actual singer" (I can't sing at all ;) ), or for intentionally slightly weird vocals, there is the free Alter/Ego VST from Plogue: https://www.plogue.com/products/alter-ego.html
Takes bit of work to get it to sound at all "right", or as close as it's likely to get to it, and even then it's highly unlikely to ever be mistaken for a human.

At the other end of the scale there are things like EastWest's Symphonic Choirs, which was reviewed in the mag a little while ago: https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/east-west-quantum-leap-symphonic-choirs
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Re: computer generated voice

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:48 pm

For me the one that started it off was SAM (Software Automatic Mouth), which I often demoed for Atari on the Atari 8-bit computers way back in the early 1980's when I was working for them. It was incredibly basic by today's standards, yet still fun. There's a good on-line demo here to give you an idea of its (very limited) capabilities: https://discordier.github.io/sam/

You can also download a Windows executable file here if you want to have a go yourself:

https://simulationcorner.net/index.php?page=sam

With a little effort you can even make SAM sing (very badly, but sometimes this is exactly the crunchy result that some people are after :mrgreen: )

https://simulationcorner.net/SAM/sing.wav


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Re: computer generated voice

Postby The Elf » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:10 am

Ah, I remember using SAM to generate some weird sounding stuff for my tunes back in the day.

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Re: computer generated voice

Postby jaminem » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:12 pm

...putting this in every song from now on...
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Re: computer generated voice

Postby wireman » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:43 pm

It's not very good at "gimme square pears"
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Re: computer generated voice

Postby N i g e l » Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:11 pm

SOS have reviewed the Vocaloid virtual singer a few times

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/vocaloid-miriam
https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/ya ... -leon-lola
https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/po ... -sweet-ann

the technology has probably moved on in the past 10 years.

There are also VSTs which can correct, re-formant and re-pitch your own voice, although the more you manipulate a sample, the more robotic it will sound (pro or con ?).
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