Stockholm, Sweden (November 5, 2007)–Have you every dreamed of typing words into your computer and having them sung back? Got an idea for a song or would like to send someone a singing e-mail message? Now it is reportedly possible with the virtual vocalist, “Sweet Ann,” just released by sound developer and digital distributor, PowerFX Systems AB.
The software is called Vocaloid and is developed by Yamaha. The first version was released in 2004 and is now upgraded and improved to Vocaloid 2. The addition of the PowerFX vocal library/artists “Sweet Ann” and the upcoming “Big Al” add a whole new dimension to singing and digital music making. Now your computer can “sing” back melodies, background vocals or even create a choir, as Sweet Ann can sing up to 16 times vocal lines simultaneously.
“We are extremely excited about the release of Sweet Ann and developing vocal libraries for Vocaloid,” said PowerFX CEO Bil Bryant. “Vocal synthesis and voice modeling is an evolving technology that is still in its infancy, but the developments and functions of Vocaloid 2 make it such an incredibly useful tool for any digital music maker that we had to get involved.”
Sweet Ann’s vocals come from a real singer who was recorded extensively, enabling PowerFX to create a comprehensive library of her vocal sounds. Vocaloid software users type in words and assign melodies to Sweet Ann. She then emulates the words and notes given to her. Expressive effects, vibrato and dynamics can also be added to her singing. Users compose using Sweet Ann as their demo vocalist, and create and experiment with new musical styles–from remixes, vocal fx, and DJ scratch vocals, to jazz, pop, funky house music and electronica genres, all with Sweet Ann as their virtual vocalist. Hear Sweet Ann sing a variety of styles at her MySpace page, located at www.myspace.com/vocaloidsweetann, or see her duel with a world-class rock singer in, “Sweet Ann vs. Kitto” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6rcB9UKITg.