New Gear Review: Yamaha Vocaloid Singing Voice Synthesis Technology

Yamaha VOCALOID 4 enables users to input melody and type in lyrics to synthesize a singing voice. What’s new is the Cyber Diva voice library in American English and the VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase. Cyber Diva is the first VOCALOID exclusive Singer Library with an American English female voice that delivers remarkable expression with clear speech, powerful long tones and smooth vocalizations.

The editing package includes a new feature called Growl Expression to add hard tremolo for harsher and rougher vocal tones. Then for smoother vocalizations, there is Pitch Render for editing and smoothing pitch linkage or the level of vibrato application.

Cyber Diva also comes with instrument features for building temporary instrumental tracks for the virtual vocalist. Geared toward professional music producers, the Cross-Synthesis feature lets users design nuanced voice tones by blending two different sound libraries—one to enhance power and attack, the other to emphasize expressiveness like the sustain and release of notes.

Cyber Diva, VOCALOID Editor for Cubase and VOCALOID4 Editor are $130.99 each.