LOLA is a plug-in VIRTUAL FEMALE SOUL VOCALIST from ZERO-G®, powered by Yamaha VOCALOID® Singing Synthesis Technology.
The Human Voice.
It's still the most expressive and emotionally communicative musical instrument available to mankind.
UNLESS, of course, you cannot sing. Or you don't have access to a quality singer when you need one, to bring reality to your ideas or your lyrics.
Either you can sing or you can't. Either you have a great singer who realizes your ideas or you don't. For most creative music producers, this means that in one sense the human voice has also always been a sonic boundary - a musical frontier, through thousands of years of evolution: UNTIL NOW!!
A true revolution.
When it comes to creating quality vocal tracks, Yamaha's VOCALOID singing synthesis technology literally changes everything. The future will now be very different. The last bastion of human musical expression - the singing voice - has been realistically harnessed in synthesis. Now it's time for YOU to express your music in YOUR own words. You can sing your heart out - through LOLA, LEON, MIRIAM, and other VOCALOID virtual vocalists from Zero-G, thanks to the incredible new technology developed by Yamaha.
LOLA is a virtual female soul vocalist modelled on a real professional singer, and when she is installed into your PC she will literally allow you to create singing of superb quality and realism. LOLA will sing ANY words you ask her to in English - literally anything - be they beautiful lyrics or comical trivialities, Monteverdi madrigals or manic chants. You can create vocal tracks of soulful singing in any lyrics you want. You just type in lyrics, and synthesize. Then add expression to taste. LOLA is under your total control, and the really mind-blowing thing is - she can truly sound like a professional singing voice. With very little practice the results you get from LOLA will completely fool your friends - they will not guess that it is not a real singer. The question you will hear will always be "WHO is that?", and not "What is that?".
Your own lead and backing singers, 24/7, and no session fees.
With VOCALOID, creating your own professional sounding backing vocals is quick and easy - even for complex harmonies and arrangements. And as you develop your VOCALOID editing skills, you will find that even lead vocal lines become a reality, thanks to the arsenal of expression tools provided, which permit manipulation of the finest nuances. Make no mistake, we are talking about LOLA being capable of taking the role of lead singer on a hit record.
IMAGINE what all this means for your music!!
Now you can COMMUNICATE emotion so directly. You can add HUMANITY to ANY production in ANY style without needing a human. You can CONTROL and PERFORM your OWN private virtual professional soul vocalist. You can even scat. You can create awesome backing vocals in harmonies for your tracks - in minutes. You can create stunning realism. OR... you can live in the exciting world between human and machine, where LOLA can even easily perform like a superhuman virtuoso android - as a true hybrid of human voice and synthesizer. The potential for innovation here is limited only by your own imagination.
What will YOU make LOLA sing?
Do you simply want her to perform your lyrical ideas as an aid to your songwriting process? Or will you use her freedom from human limitations to create stunningly innovative and experimental vocal effects? She can sing over a superb pitch range, she can sing much faster than a human could if you want her to, as fast as you like in fact, and she can jump any interval yet hit every note beautifully, IF that's want YOU want her to do. And she'll NEVER tire or complain.
In addition to singing any words or combination of syllables you can imagine, LOLA will spread any sustained vowel (or voiced consonant) across as many notes as you like, with perfect legato. You can select from several different natural vibrato types and drag and drop your chosen type to any note or notes, and control the time-position and amount of the vibrato for superb expressiveness and realism.
And that's just the beginning! - you have control over all of the following parameters, which you can bring to bear on any part of your creation:
Changing syllables/phonemes (e.g. enter "liddle" instead of "little" etc).
Timing of each note (precise position/length).
Vibrato (you can change its type/position/amount/frequency).
Crescendo or diminuendo.
Pitch bend (amount, and positionable in time).
And of course, you can even change the singer (if you have purchased and installed more than one virtual singer) - perhaps get LEON or MIRIAM to sing your creation instead of LOLA. Instantly.
How Does It Work? Why does LOLA sound so real?
Few events have dramatically diverted the course of musical history. Synthesis, MIDI, Sampling - inventions of this magnitude are very rare events indeed. Singing Synthesis is such an event. Most acoustic instruments can be simulated well using various synthesis techniques, but (until Yamaha's VOCALOID techology came along) the singing voice resisted any serious simulation attempts. Hardly surprising, since singing has an extremely wide range of articulations, timbres, and transitions between sounds. And singing can communicate words as well as melody, which means you have a double layer of meaning, unlike other instruments. The human ear is so used to hearing the voice that even the finest tonal shifts or anomalies are immediately noticed. However, Yamaha's VOCALOID is in fact a totally new vocal-synthesis technology, achieving a much higher level of sophistication in this exciting area! The team at the Yamaha Advanced System Development Center in Japan has created software that emulates the singing voice with incredible accuracy.
Zero-G's development team have been working closely with Yamaha to create many 'vocal fonts' (virtual vocalists) for the VOCALOID system. The team starts each project by recording a professional vocalist singing literally all possible phonemes and transitions between syllables. Each transition is slightly different depending on the particular combination of phonemes, and these differences play a big part in how we understand words and whether a vocal track sounds natural or artificial. For example, the phoneme "p" sounds slightly different at the beginning of a word than it does at the end, and it affects the vowels next to it differently than, say, the phoneme "t".
The recordings of the professional singers are converted to the frequency domain using Fast Fourier Transform and divided into thousands of separate phonetic transitions which are processed in a unique way and then stored for use with the Vocaloid synthesis engine. Expressive tools such as vibrato, pitch bend, and attack are also derived from the real singing and stored separately.
To create a vocal track, you enter music and lyrics into the VOCALOID Editor (see screenshot). The melody can be entered by hand in the piano-roll style Editor or imported from a Standard MIDI File; the words are entered manually (either as words or as phonemes). Expressive elements can be imported from a MIDI File previously saved by the VOCALOID Editor, or entered via a graphic palette using drag-and-drop. Further detailed programming of expression parameters can be done graphically, for finely detailed results.
The data that you have entered in the Editor is sent to the synthesis engine, which fetches what it needs from the phonetic and expression databases to synthesize the track. To sing the word "part", for example, the software combines four elements from the phonetic database: "p" (as it sounds at the beginning of a word), "p-ar" (the transition from "p" to "ar"), "ar-t" (the transition from "ar" to "t"), and "t" (as it sounds at the end of a word). The two "ar" elements are blended together, and the resulting vowel "a" is lengthened as necessary to accommodate your chosen melody and rhythm.
Different pitches are derived by shifting the fundamental and overtones while leaving the vowel formants relatively untouched. The database elements were derived from phrases originally sung at different pitches, limiting the amount of shifting the engine needs to do (and therefore improving ultimate realism). A Pentium 4/ 2GHz computer takes less than one-third real time to render the track in the frequency domain and convert it into the time domain for use. For example, a 1-minute track can be rendered in less than 20 seconds.
The potential for Yamaha's Singing Synthesis Technology is virtually unlimited. LOLA (together with her companion LEON) are the genesis, the "Adam and Eve" of the new era of virtual singing. A third virtual vocalist, MIRIAM will take Vocaloid to new heights. Pretty soon you are going to hear synthesized vocals in a lot of music. Don't get left out of the picture. Experience the difference LOLA can make for yourself!
VOCALOID "LOLA" - VOCALS WITHOUT FRONTIERS - THE HOLY GRAIL OF SYNTHESIS - SHE WILL MAKE YOUR HEART SING !!
VOCALOID VST Instrument
VOCALOID LOLA Female Vocal Font
VOCALOID Editor Features:
Vocal Edit & Synthesis environment.
Piano-roll note editor.
Easy-to use lyric editing.
Drag & Drop musical expression assigning.
Reads VOCALOID vocal libraries.
Synthesizing vocal tracks.
Saving vocal data as wave files.
Up to 16 vocal tracks.
Standard MIDI File Input/Output
VOCALOID VST/ReWire Instrument:
Reads VOCALOID vocal libraries.
Plays vocal MIDI tracks generated by VOCALOID Editor via VST- or ReWire-compatible host sequencer.
Easy to manipulate voice characteristics.
VOCALOID LOLA Vocal Library (virtual female soul vocalist):
Complete female voice in English, in professional quality.
Suits all soul and dance music styles, but also many other styles.
Full coverage of phonemes. You can use any English lyrics you want.
Vibrato templates and expression templates as typically used in natural singing.
Minimum System Requirements:
Windows XP or Windows 2000.
Pentium III, 1 GHz or faster.
512MB of RAM or more.
Approx 700 Mb Hard disk space or more (actual amount to be advised nearer release)
SVGA Display (1024x768)
Sound Card with Microsoft DirectSound Compatible driver.
LAN/network card must be installed, or a USB network card must be connected to the USB port (SEE MORE INFO ABOUT LAN/NETWORK CARD REQUIREMENT, BELOW)
Pentium 4, 1.7 GHz or faster.
I GB of RAM or more
Supported Interfaces & Standards:
VST 2.0, ReWire, Windows MME. (Please note however that VST with Cakewalk Sonar is not supported)