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Performance Modeling technology can Enhance Yamaha Vocaloid!

7th Example: Could LEON and MIRIAM be opera singers?
June, 02, 2004.


Note: Originally, this example was created with only LEON library (which was the only Vocaloid voice that we had then), and it had to do both parts. Now we that we have all three libraries, we re-made it with MIRIAM doing Christine and LEON impersonating The Phantom.

This example is the continuation of our experiments in an attempt to give MIRIAM and LEON academic sounding - singing with a stable Vibrato and quite strong pressure. The choice of the example - the main tune of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom Of The Opera" is not random. This is a beautiful and popular melody, performed by two singers. It can be interpreted, combining classical intonations with rock energy - the exact thing needed to teach MIRIAM and LEON classical singing.

For melodic parts PMStyles have calculated:

  • Velocity changes
  • Auto phrasing, legato and pauses
  • Harmonics curve
  • Pitch Wheel gliding
  • Parameters of "Vibrato Objects"
  • Noise curve
  • Resonance 03 Band Width and Amplitude curves
  • Resonance 04 Band Width and Amplitude curves

No manual editing at all!

To analyze the result yourself you can take the following files in mp3 and *.mid format:

The_Phantom_Of_The_Opera_(voice_and_background).mp3 [1,88MB]

Christine_Part_-_Yamaha_Vocaloid_(MIRIAM)_data_file.mid [92,6KB]
Phantom_Part_-_Yamaha_Vocaloid_(LEON)_data_file.mid [181KB]

Christine (MIRIAM) and Phantom (LEON) parts were rendered using different Vocaloid settings: MIRIAM using default settings, and LEON accordantly to the tab placed below (unmarked parameters were not changed):

Gender Factor 60
Harmonics 60
Noise 60
Frequency 01 -
Band Width 01 22
Amplitude 01 80
Frequency 02 -
Band Width 02 22
Amplitude 02 80
Frequency 03 -
Band Width 03 22
Amplitude 03 80
Frequency 04 -
Band Width 04 22
Amplitude 04 80

Comments by Alexei Ustinov, CTO Jasmine Music Technology

I like this example in common, because I am an old admirer of this Andrew Lloyd Webber's theme. I wouldn't say that I am completely satisfied with the result but I can see that we can provide Vocaloid singers with some academic characters. The most important is that the series of experiments performed in the last month or two has confirmed our assumptions and given us enough data on how to build YV Enhancer, considering the peculiarities of Yamaha vocal synthesis, and how to project and adjust PMStyles for it. We are optimistic though I am perfectly aware that the main work is yet to come.

For this example I have used Leonid Rikh's arrangement of Webber's wonderful tune, which he did in a dance manner. I have slightly adjusted Bass line and accompaniment tracks, and also changed Trumpet solo to Distortion Guitar solo. Thanks again, Leonid!

Demo Song details:
Music - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics - Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe

Arrangement - L.Rikh / A. Ustinov

The Phantom Of The Opera

In sleep he sang to me
In dreams he came
That voice which calls to me
And speaks my name
And do I dream again?
For now I find
The phantom of the opera is there,
Inside my mind

Sing once again with me
Our strange duet
My power over you
Grows stronger yet
And though you turn from me
to glance behind
The phantom of the opera is there
Inside your mind