This is pretty exciting news for fans of Vocaloid. Yamaha received a lot of criticism in the past for not having a Vocaloid editor for Mac OS, but at least now iPad and iPhone users will be able to get in on the action. To be fair, the Cubase plugin version of Vocaloid Editior does run on Mac, but only in Cubase obviously.
One of the weirdest things about the Vocaloid Editors up until this point was the fact that there was no real-time midi control. You were stuck with using janky piano roll to compose your vocal tracks. Not only does doing this on the iPad look easier, it also features a full MIDI control feature!
Watch the vid above, this really looks incredible. Unfortunately at this time the iOS version is only available in Japan. Hopefully they’ll decide this is worthwhile to do in English for the US market as well.
Here’s another one of my Vocaloid originals. If you like it, you can download it at https://demonicsweaters.bandcamp.com/album/atlantis-falls I composed the music in Sony Acid. I used Vocaloid 3 with the Gumi 3 voice bank.
Here’s a brand new song of mine that I made in Ableton Live Intro and Vocoloid with Cyber Diva and Hasuni Miku. The drums and bass were heavily influenced by the song “Key” by Yellow Magic Orchestra. The lyrics were inspired by the comic book, The Atlantis Chronicles by Peter David and Esteban Maroto published by DC Comics 1990.
The basic concept was simple, make a YMO inspired track with Vocaloid singing. The Atlantis concept came afterwards. I’m always obsessed with the legend of Atlantis anyway, and I recently read The Atlantis Chronicles (highly recommended). So when I was trying to think of things to write lyrics about, that’s what I came up with.
For the video I used about 15 or 20 stills I took at various oceans, aquariums, beaches, and watery places I’ve been to over the years, and a couple of my drawings, then used footage from the PC game Atlantis: The Lost Tales – 1997, played by youtuber PeteRoy. I first took all the stills and animated the TV simulator plugin in Sony Movie Studo Platinum, then chroma-keyed the footage from Atlantis:The Lost Tales, over it in what I thought was interesting ways.
The music was composed and mixed entirely in Ableton using Ableton’s synths, samples, and plugins, then I mixed the vocals right in the Vocaloid editor. I mastered it in Audacity.
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Ambient music fans will love this really cool online meditative drone generator. I stumbled upon this while thinking about composing music to basically guide a 20 minute meditation and was seeing what was out there.
In my opinion, there’s still to much going on in this to be useful in meditation, but it is still quite relaxing, and would be nice for sleeping or background while working. It features 10 different tracks of frequencies that you can adjust to your tastes as well as a timer and animation controls.
“Each slider controls a particular frequency band, from the lowest to the highest frequency. Adjust sliders to taste.
To mask undesirable noises, focus on bands sharing the same tone as the noise you want to cover. Doing so achieves a higher efficiency, and quieter masking noise levels.”
There’s also an iOS app, but no android one unfortunately 🙁