Monthly Archives: November 2016

Vibrato

I’ve added vibrato back into synSinger. Vibrato is applied when one or more voiced nucleii are longer than some minimum duration, which can be selected by the user. An envelope controlling the vibrato amplitude is constructed, and passed to the … Continue reading

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Men, Woman and Children

Despite knowing that formant synthesis really doesn’t do it all that well, I decided to have a go at trying to add a female and child voice to synSinger. Rather than do it properly, I decided to take a cue … Continue reading

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Silent Letter

For a while, the pop group America had a pattern of starting the names of their albums with the letter “H”… a “silent letter.” However, the /H/ in synSinger turned out to be less than silent. The phoneme /H/ is … Continue reading

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Reworking Fricatives

I’m making a second pass through the consonants, starting with the fricatives. Voiced fricatives are essentially the same as unvoiced fricatives, with the addition of a voice bar. I’d accomplished this by using a vb (voice bar) parameter track, so … Continue reading

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Number 15)

It’s been about 6 months since I’ve posted any examples from synSinger. So here’s the latest: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star #15 There are some obvious tweaks that need to be done to some of the phonemes. For example, the /EL/ … Continue reading

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Amplitude of Voicing Envelopes

One of the problems with synSinger has been transitions silence and voiced phonemes. Earlier versions had all the parameters transition during the transition time. But since the voicing transition is often shorter than the formant transition time, this led to … Continue reading

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Singing Again

With most of the phonemes in place, I was able to get synSinger “talk” through “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” in monotone. That meant the next thing to do was add support for singing pitches. I was able to re-use a … Continue reading

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