Long story. I had a DAW built years ago, which was then state of the art. I'm nearly finished the score for my musical. All that's needed are the vocals (which until now have been VIs of oos and ahhs). Since I can't afford to hire singers, I am toying with the idea of using something like Vocaloid 2 Prima because the demos, while not spectacular, sounded good enough and they will work with my system as it is.
First Question: Will it work with Sonar 6 (Producer's Edition)? Preferably, as a VI / plug-in.
If not, can I just export the existing vocal track from Sonar as a MIDI file, import it into Vocaloid, make a vocal track and save it as a WAV, then import it back into Sonar in place of the original track?
Second Question (okay, technically, the third): If one of the above methods works, is there a version of Vocaloid 2 or an add-on for it with a male vocalist available anywhere?
Big Fish Audio is currently selling one with a female vocalist (Prima) at a discount for Columbus Day weekend (2016).
Thanks. This is still my go-to place for obscure musical info, though the forum seems to be hanging on by a thread, as it were.
Just to update the previous post, as there now appears to be more info on the Big Fish web site. There are several virtual vocalists (one of which is male) for Vocaloid 2&3 that will apparently work with Windows XP.
These all include a parameter for "gender". I'm not sure if that means you can make a female voice sound like a man's, or vice versa (or if that even matters if the range isn't also extended up or down).
It says that these will not work with Sonar as a VST, but it should work with Re-wire.
Does anyone have experience using this, or a similar app, with Re-wire in Sonar 6?
Or experience with the "gender" parameter in Vocaloid 2 or 3?
I can not help you, but thanks for the idea of Vocaloid.
After looking it up, I now know that you can not use this with Sonar. I have heard the word "rewire" but it is blaw blaw to me, please let me know if you are successful (if you buy it). I am hanging on by a thread here too....
I don't think synthesized voices will ever be a substitute for real singers. But I was hoping to get something that was just good enough to demo my score. I'd even consider exporting all the accompaniment from Sonar as WAV files, and all the vocal tracks as MIDI and import them into another app on a newer machine and do the vocals there. But I haven't been able to find anything remotely convincing.
Prima sounded like it was barely acceptable, but it seems like you only need one unconvincing phoneme (or transition between two of them) to ruin the whole effect. It's like one synthetic sound in the melody line makes the whole vocal track sound artificial. I really don't want the listener focusing on things like that when I'm trying to sell the score.
I don't know what your financial situation is, but I have been experimenting with EastWest Symphonic Choirs with fairly good results. Granted we are many years from a computer besting the human voice, but with the ability of the EWSC to sing words as well as tones, it has been a major contributor to my own choral sales.
As a matter of fact, I did try the East West Choirs once, when it was first released, but it didn't work for me. Mainly because about 2/3 of the numbers in my musical are solos, duets, or trios and the choirs could only be used on the chorus numbers. If I remember correctly, you couldn't use the word builder feature on the solo voices and the only male soloist was a boy soprano.
Also, the style of singing for the choruses was too classical for this show. While my music sounds a bit more classical than standard Broadway fare (big band or pop) the East West Choirs were just too classical-sounding. Fortunately, I was able to return this product to the vendor (after a lot of back and forth). The Vocaloid Prima singer sounded okay for one of my two female leads. The other, younger character, should sound more like some of the Vocaloid pop singers -- except that all those I listened to were a bit too robotic. And the one male voice (Toni) was way over-the-top operatic (and robotic as well).