I thought I would risk the slings and arrows of the NS forum and post this DIVA Extended (DivaX) demo. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] The goal of the song \"Diva 8\" (link below) was to put Diva in a variety of musical backdrops while using the new DivaX as much as possible. In this song, Diva plays a lead and supporting roll in backgrounds ranging from string sections, full orchestra, percussion beds and so on. The song is very simple and triadic, letting Diva carry the main melodies, and at one point Diva provides counterpoint to clarinet. Actually, a lot of the structure is more like a pop song than otherwise, but I have always been an advocate of the rock n\' roll orchestra. Some have accused me of not letting the Diva breath, but virtual Diva\'s don\'t need air! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Actually, I was assuming two singers, and indeed at one subtle point, both Diva and DivaX are singing. I began with a goal of demonstrating various techniques, and ended up really enjoying what I was doing quite a bit. It became a fun song to do, and a nice break from the more dramatic militaristic stuff I had been doing recently.
The human voice as a sample-based instrument is probably the hardest technical challenge in sampling technology. No other instrument is as expressive as the human voice. Trying to duplicate the attacks, bends, quavers, slurs, tones, vibrato, breathing etc., in a convincing way is a monumental task. Diva goes a long way towards this goal and now provides a good number of tools to get some good results for those willing to put some time and effort into Diva. Even in this song I was using the main instruments while also constructing things with bits and pieces of the provided material. For example, the intervals are a fixed length of time from attack to interval. However, you can use staccatos, track envelopes, sustains and technique to gain complete control over the intervals to make them do exactly what you want. Future material for Diva will further expand the possibilities. Meanwhile, Diva is a unique and useful tool.