The Vocaloid keyboard lets users synthesize a singing voice in real time (Photo: DigInfo)
The Vocaloid keyborad lets users input lyrics with their left hand and "sing" with their right (Photo: DigInfo)
The Vocaloid keyboard has an LED display to show entered and pronounced text (Photo: DigInfo)
The 16 buttons used to input consonants, vowels and two types of voicing marks (Photo: DigInfo)
Growing out a of a research project led by Kenmochi Hideki at Spain’s Pompeu Fabra University in 2000, Yamaha’s Vocaloid is a singing synthesizer that lets those with a voice like Roseanne Barr after a big night out synthesize more pleasing vocals by inputting lyrics and melody. While the current commercial version of Vocaloid 3 requires these inputs to be prepared on a PC prior to a performance, Yamaha has now developed a Vocaloid keyboard prototype that lets users input lyrics and melody and generate a singing voice in real time.
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