製品情報

ヤマハが開発した初のアメリカ英語男性歌声ライブラリ「VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN」、VOCALOID SHOPにてダウンロード版発売開始

ヤマハが開発したアメリカ英語男性歌声ライブラリ「VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN」発売

アメリカ英語にも対応。自然な英語に集中特化した「男声」の歌声ライブラリ。
『VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN』

ヤマハ株式会社は、男性ネイティブスピーカーの自然な発音で、表現豊かな英語の歌声を作り出すことができるパソコン用ソフトウェア『VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN』を発売。当サイト(VOCALOID SHOP)にて2016年10月31日よりダウンロード販売を開始いたしました。

Promotional Video & Demo Songs

まずは『VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN』の公式デモソングでその歌声をご確認ください。

Rinse, Repeat
(作詞:Crusher-P/作曲:The Living Tombstone)

Fighter
(作詞:YusukeKira,cheesum/作曲:YusukeKira)

 

Promotional Video

 

『VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN』の特長紹介

VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN
  • VOCALOIDの最新バージョンであるVOCALOID4に対応した、ヤマハ製英語男性ライブラリ
  • あらゆる音楽ジャンルを歌いこなす、明瞭な低音、伸びやかな中音域、そしてキレのある高音域
  • ラフ、ハーシュな表現も自由自在。VOCALOID4の専用機能「グロウル」に対応
  • 「VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase」に対応。WindowsでもMacでも歌声制作が楽しめる
  • アメリカ英語が可能となる発音辞書(ユーザー辞書)を収録
『CYBER SONGMAN』詳細ページ

あらゆる音楽ジャンルを歌いこなす、自然な英語発音と明瞭でキレのある歌声
ヤマハ初のVOCALOID4 男性アメリカ英語 歌声ライブラリ製品

「VOCALOID4」におけるスタンダードな英語の男声ライブラリを目指して開発しました。明瞭な低音、伸びやかな中音域、キレのある高音域によってあらゆるジャンルの楽曲をクリーンに歌いこなします。 また、米国出身のネイティブスピーカーを起用することで違和感のない自然な英語発音を実現しています。

・推奨音域:A1~A3 推奨テンポ:70~190BPM

ラフ、ハーシュな表現も自由自在。VOCALOID4専用機能「グロウル」に対応。

本製品は、「VOCALOID4」から搭載された新機能「グロウル」の性能を最大限に引き出すことができるように開発された歌声ライブラリです。ロックやソウル、ブルースなどで活躍する、少しざらついたかすれた声によるRough(ラフ)な声や、激しく唸って耳をつんざくようなHarsh(ハーシュ)な声など、多様な歌声表現を追求することができる製品です。

▶︎ 詳しいグロウルの使い方はこちらから
▶︎ グロウルが簡単に使えるJobプラグインをVOCALOIDメルマガご購読者の方にプレゼントしています

グロウルのサンプル

「VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase」に対応。
WindowsでもMacでも歌声制作が楽しめる。

VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase インターフェイス

本製品は、スタインバーグ社のDAWソフトウェア「Cubase」に「VOCALOID」の機能を組み込んで使用することができる歌声編集ソフト「VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase」に対応しています。「VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase」とスタインバーグ社のソフトウェア「Cubase 7 シリーズ」もしくは「Cubase 8 シリーズ」と本製品をあわせて使用すれば、Windows/Macいずれでの環境でも「Cubase」の豊富な機能を使って編集したり、歌声にエフェクトなどの効果を加えることが可能となります。

▶︎ VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubaseについてはこちらから

自然なアメリカ英語の発音になる、専用ユーザー辞書も付属。

「VOCALOID」では通常、イギリス英語に近い発音記号を使って英語の歌声合成を行いますが、本製品に付属する「CYBER SONGMAN専用ユーザー辞書ファイル」を、 「VOCALOID4 Editor」または「VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase」に設定することで、自然なアメリカ英語の発音で歌声を制作できるようになっています。

▶︎ [参考動画] ユーザー辞書のつかいかた

[参考]前半:ユーザー辞書なしでの発音 / 後半:ユーザー辞書を使用した発音

『VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN』製品詳細

本製品は、グローバルに広くご利用いただきたいという考えのもと企画されたもので、国内外問わずインターネットから購入できるダウンロード専用商品となっています。 まずは当サイトにてダウンロード販売を開始いたします。

品名 VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN
品番 CYBERSONGMAN
価格 10,000円(税抜)
発売日 2016年10月31日

※ 『CYBER SONGMAN』は単体では使用できません。『VOCALOID4 Editor』または『VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase』のいずれかが必要です。
※ 本製品はダウンロード販売のみとなります。
※ 本製品の動作環境につきましては、「CYBER SONGMAN」製品詳細ページよりご確認いただけます。

『CYBER SONGMAN』開発者インタビュー

『VOCALOID4 Library CYBER DIVA』『VOCALOID4 Library Fukase』の開発も手がけたマイケル・ウィルソン(ヤマハ株式会社 研究開発統括部)による『VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN』の開発秘話です。

 
Developer Interview

I'm Michael Wilson from Yamaha Corporation's Research and Development Division. I was the lead developer for Cyber Songman and I'd like to tell you some of the Voice Bank's history and details.

VOCALOID Voice Banks are based on samples of human singers, obtained by having a singer sing lines from a recording script. I wrote a new recording script for Yamaha's Cyber Diva Voice Bank (released in February 2015) which was also used for Yamaha's Fukase English Voice Bank (released in January 2016). Even before Cyber Diva's release I knew there was room to improve the script. The recording script I made ensured that the samples we recorded had the correct sounds, but it was difficult for the singers to follow. I wanted to make a script that had the best of all worlds: short, easy to read, and still free from the labeling errors that affected some earlier English Voice Banks.

I was allowed to continue to work on the recording script after Cyber Diva's development was done in March 2014, so I reviewed every diphone and triphone we could represent in English VOCALOID and searched for words that would produce the necessary sounds on first read. Because English doesn't have a strong connection between the spelling of a word and its pronunciation, and because most English speakers haven't studied phonetic transcription so we can't rely on that to prompt the sounds we need, this is harder than it may seem! A consonant or vowel may also modify the sound of nearby consonants and vowels, sometimes drastically, so avoiding those effects while keeping the script a reasonable length and still easily readable was an interesting challenge for me.

In July of 2014 the new script was complete. In the end I had to make some compromises, but my personal testing implied that the new script was easier to read while maintaining correctness. I was ready to test it with a real singer. We chose a singer with a great voice and lots of experience, so I had high hopes for the test.

We did the test recording, and the results were positive. The singer said that the script was easy to read although still not really like anything you'd normally sing (perhaps the next script can resolve this problem). Feedback from the recording session let me tune the script a bit more.

I made a test Voice Bank and verified that the results were within my expectations. Informal listening tests with my coworkers implied that intelligibility was still high and the "singing feeling" of the Voice Bank was good. It seemed like the project was a tentative success. At the time there were no plans for additional English product recordings so we set the script aside.

Later Cyber Diva and Fukase were released and confirmed that we had raised the bar for English VOCALOID intelligibility. Product planning wanted to release an American English male Voice Bank to complement our lineup. Baba-san, who made Cyber Diva's Voice Bank, suggested that if we used the same singer we used for the recording script test then we had a good chance of making a good product, since the test results had been uncommonly good. I had been working on a few techniques and software tools to help with Voice Bank creation, and while they were still rough prototypes I felt like they were ready to use on a product. So I said that as long as we could re-record the same singer I would personally make a product-level Voice Bank. And product planning took me up on the offer.

We did another recording with the singer, then I shut myself away in a studio until development was done. There were a lot of unforeseen challenges in making the Voice Bank, including me coming down with the flu at the end of the development period, but after development, testing, and release checking the Voice Bank was ready.

I was even able to squeeze two additional phonetic symbols into the Voice Bank: [4] and [@l].

[4] is the American English tap-t sound. This is close to but different from the [d] symbol, and is mostly used in place of a syllable-ending [t] which is between two vowels. For instance, "better" would become [bh e 4] [@r]. It can also be used to soften pronunciation at the end of a phrase. Some of our third-party licensees also include this symbol in their VOCALOID4 Voice Banks, and I think it's useful for creating songs with an American English accent.

[@l] is a syllabic [l] sound (that's lower-case L). When we were working on Cyber Diva there was a lot of discussion about what the best vowel was for things like the second syllable of "apple" -- this phoneme helps fill that role. It's designed to always be followed by an [l] phoneme but it can be used on its own too with varying degrees of success. Try using it in place of a [V], [U] or [@] in unstressed syllables that end in [l] for best results. For instance, the aforementioned "apple" would become [{ p] [@l l].

[参考] 0:00〜 いままでの発音
0:04ごろ〜 新しい発音記号を手動で入力(careful -> [kh e@] [f @l l] apple -> [{ p] [@l l] better -> [bh e 4] [@r] get up -> [gh e 4] [V p])

The Voice Bank also includes a growl (GWL parameter) that can add a touch of emotion or strain when applied lightly or moderately at the start or end of a word. When pegged to the max and combined with VOCALOID's Pitch Snap Mode it adds a robotic quality to the voice that may be useful for certain kinds of electronic music.

I feel very fortunate to have been part of this project, and as always I am grateful to my Research Division colleagues for their advice and support, to the development team for their work in testing and productizing the Voice Bank, and to product planning and marketing for their efforts in sales, promotion, naming, and visual design. There are still many unsolved problems in the field of singing synthesis, and we here at Yamaha are already hard at work on the next steps for VOCALOID. To all of the VOCALOID users, fans, and critics out there, we're listening to your comments. Your feedback is valuable so please continue to put it out there and we'll continue to read it. I'm sincerely looking forward to hearing what you think about and the music you make with Cyber Songman. Thank you for your interest and support.

インタビューを読む
 

メロディーと歌詞を入力するだけ!
VOCALOIDはカンタン操作で歌わせることができます。

VOCALOIDはメロディーと歌詞を打ち込むだけのカンタン操作で歌わせることができるソフトウェアです。 はじめてVOCALOIDをお使いになられる方は右の動画をご覧ください。
(右の動画では歌声ライブラリに「VY1V4」を使用しています。)
※「VOCALOID4 Editor」または「VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase」(いずれも別売)をご使用ください。

▶︎ [参考]はじめてのVOCALOID

VOCALOID4 初めての操作ガイド

『VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN』はVOCALOID SHOPにて販売中です。

『VOCALOID4 Library CYBER SONGMAN』はVOCALOIDの歌声ライブラリ製品です。
ご使用にはVOCALOID4エディター製品(VOCALOIDの歌声編集ソフトウェア)が必要になります。
いずれもVOCALOID SHOPにてダウンロード販売をいたしております。

CYBER SONGMAN

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CYBER SONGMAN

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VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase
(Windows/Mac)

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