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  1. #1 Vocaloid - Miku Hatsune 
    Miku Hatsune is probably the most popular vocaloid right now. This technology fascinates me. Although the vocaloid's "voice" was sampled from a real human, the range and effects bear no real relation to human vocal parameters.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTXO7KGHtjI
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    japs are messed up.

    Vocaloid? so they hold pop concerts to watch a virtual computer voiced anime character?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zafod View Post
    japs are messed up.

    Vocaloid? so they hold pop concerts to watch a virtual computer voiced anime character?
    Kind of . The vocaloid can sing in ways that are impossible for humans to duplicate naturally. The vocaloid image is infinitely malleable so any kind of image (not just anime) is possible including photorealistic images.

    Vocaloids remove a lot of the "problems" of human performers: they don't get drunk, drugged, old, fat, or join annoying religions, groups, or causes. It's pure entertainment. Right now, it's in its infancy but with better tech, vocaloids could someday compete favorably with human performers. Especially with the way ticket prices are going. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Kind of . The vocaloid can sing in ways that are impossible for humans to duplicate naturally. The vocaloid image is infinitely malleable so any kind of image (not just anime) is possible including photorealistic images.

    Vocaloids remove a lot of the "problems" of human performers: they don't get drunk, drugged, old, fat, or join annoying religions, groups, or causes. It's pure entertainment. Right now, it's in its infancy but with better tech, vocaloids could someday compete favorably with human performers. Especially with the way ticket prices are going. ;)
    Hmmm .... I'm with Zaf on this one. Why anyone would actually pay good money to listen to such cack is beyond me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zafod View Post
    japs are messed up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampshirebrit View Post
    Hmmm .... I'm with Zaf on this one. Why anyone would actually pay good money to listen to such cack is beyond me.
    Well, the music is just typical pop music and quite a lot of people pay good money for that in way or another. The technology can support any music so it can be used for whatever genre you like. I would be fascinated to see this used for opera. It would be possible to recreate the voices of castrati and it would dramatically open up staging possibilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Well, the music is just typical pop music and quite a lot of people pay good money for that in way or another. The technology can support any music so it can be used for whatever genre you like. I would be fascinated to see this used for opera. It would be possible to recreate the voices of castrati and it would dramatically open up staging possibilities.
    The real problem is it isn't a human voice.Music stirs emotions and machines lack that ability .Theremin music is interesting but it's still mechanical sounding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-ywH1Vj8_U

    A virtual robots making sounds imitating humans voices are just that, virtual and not real humans .Would you enjoy a performance of Duettino Sull'aria Le nozze di Figaro " by a machine ?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtTCw...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd5nFd3utLg

    We are able to relate to the human condition in the music when we hear a human voice or the unmistakable sound conveyed by the human musician ,not so a machine .Mozart's music touches us so deeply not by its
    perfection of performance so much as it conveys understandable human feelings .Mozart's music speaks to the human soul.
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    A virtual robots making sounds imitating humans voices are just that, virtual and not real humans .Would you enjoy a performance of Duettino Sull'aria Le nozze di Figaro " by a machine ?
    Yeah, I think I would if the machine was sophisticated enough. I'm interested in this technology because it isn't human. It has possibilities that aren't constrained by human anatomy.
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    One does not greet death when he knocks at your door.

    Nay you repeatedly punch him in the throat as he slowly drags you away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    The real problem is it isn't a human voice.Music stirs emotions and machines lack that ability .

    We are able to relate to the human condition in the music when we hear a human voice or the unmistakable sound conveyed by the human musician ,not so a machine .Mozart's music touches us so deeply not by its
    perfection of performance so much as it conveys understandable human feelings .Mozart's music speaks to the human soul.
    Spot on.

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