PowerFX releases Oliver, a virtual vocalist for Vocaloid 3 29/02/12
PowerFX has announced the release of Oliver, their first product for Vocaloid 3, the updated singing synthesis software from Yamaha. They tell us that Oliver is modeled after a real vocalist, a 12 year old choir boy with a pure and clear voice.
Bil Bryant of PowerFX, told Sonic State, "Oliver has the best pronunciation of any Vocaloid to date. Improvements in the synthesis software and the addition of being able to record tri-phones have improved the quality and naturalness of the vocal."
The release of Vocaloid 3 is a departure from the previous two versions of Vocaloid where each title included the editor and the voice bank (the Artist). As of Vocaloid 3, an artist title includes the voice bank and a lite version of the editor. The lite version is only 17 bars long and allows one imported stereo track. The full version of the Vocaloid 3 editor is sold separately and can be used with many different Vocaloid 3 artists as well as Vocaloid 2 artists. Another difference with Vocaloid 3 is that it is a standalone version only with no VST implementation.
Bil Bryant had this to say about it, "I think the Vocaloid 3 editor is easier to use than previous versions. We are really excited to hear what users are going to create with Vocaloid 3". Pricing and Availability:
Oliver is available as a digital download for £95 and the DVD is £110, which includes free shipping. The Vocaloid 3 editor alone is £79 and PowerFX has an introductory offer of Oliver and the full Vocaloid 3 editor for £119 including shipping.