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Virtual Singer
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Virtual Singer

Voice synthesis settings

Virtual Singer palette

When Virtual Singer is installed, the Windows menu of Harmony/Melody gives access to its palette.  The Virtual Singer palette shows the number of singers as well as the language used by each of them.

In the Virtual Singer palette, several objects represent the actions you can perform:

Activate and deactivate Virtual Singer: the colored light in the upper left corner shows the status of Virtual Singer. A click on the bulb toggles this status. When Virtual Singer is activated, staves with lyrics are sung.

When loaded, Midi Karaoke files or files from older versions of Melody/Harmony are converted automatically.

When Virtual Singer is activated, a stage is displayed, on which each character represents a sung staff. Since Harmony/Melody can manage several sung staves within a single document, there may be several characters on the stage.

Character location on the stage shows:

  • laterally, the voice panning (right or left location in the stereophonic space)
  • by its depth, the voice's volume
Under each character, the name of the related staff and a flag indicating its language are displayed. You can mix staves of different languages in the same document. We have already seen that is even possible to change languages within a single lyrics staff.

Double-clicking on the character opens the simple settings window. A right-click (Shift+click on the Macintosh) on the character opens a pop-up menu which allows you to:

  • Activate or deactivate this singer
  • Edit the singer's icon
  • Select the singer's icon from a predefined list.
A click on the flag allows you to change the singer's language.

Tuning the computing mode

To compute a sung staff, Virtual Singer creates an invisible digital audio track, and stores all the  voice data in it. This digital track will then be played by Melody/Harmony Assistant.
This computation is quite complex and may take a few tens of seconds.
The computing mode slider lets you select whether this work must be completed before the music starts (0% value) or whether a large part of this job can be performed while music is playing (100%).
This setting depends strongly on your computer. Select its value for optimal performance.

If the number of sung staves is too large or your computer is not fast enough, it won't have time to perform voice computation while the music is playing. You will hear breaks in the sung part. In that case, decrease the value of computing mode, to require that more of it be finished before the music begins to play.

Tip: When you aren't using a document, close it. Even in the background, and not playing, a musical document uses a lot of temporary memory: this can slow down the voice computation.

When a Shape-note staff is included in a document, a little icon with the sharp symbol appears on the Virtual Singer palette. Click on this symbol to toggle whether accidentals are sung.

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