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Zero-G shipping Vocaloid PRIMA

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Zero-G Vocaloid PRIMA

Zero-G is now shipping Vocaloid PRIMA, a virtual vocalist plug-in modelled on the voice of a professional soprano opera singer, and powered by Yamaha’s VOCALOID2 Singing Synthesis Technology.

Whether it’s soaring leads, harmonies or backing vocals, Prima can sing any word from the English language (and other languages too with a little work). Prima is also very well suited if you want to be adventurous and experimental, since her voice can be easily modified and shaped in many ways.

In addition to singing any words or combination of syllables or phonemes you can imagine, PRIMA 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.

Vocaloid PRIMA gives you control over all of the following parameters:

  • Changing syllables/phonemes.
  • Timing of each note (precise position/length).
  • Vibrato (you can change its type/position/amount/frequency).
  • Volume.
  • Attack.
  • Crescendo or diminuendo.
  • Pitch bend (amount, and positionable in time).
  • Glide (portamento).
  • Resonance (Frequency/bandwidth/amplitude).
  • Harmonics.
  • Noise.
  • Brightness.
  • Clearness.
  • Gender factor.

VOCALOID2 is a new version of VOCALOID, which includes major improvements in usability and synthesis quality. It features a new GUI with improved user functionality. The synthesis engine of VOCALOID2 uses a different signal processing technique from Version 1, creating a clearer and more natural vocal.

Vocaloid PRIMA is available for Windows PC (VST/ReWire) and costs $199.95 USD / 169 EUR.

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