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
you can perform:
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
manage several sung staves within a single document, there may be
characters on the stage.
Character location on the stage shows:
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.
laterally, the voice panning (right or left
location in the stereophonic
by its depth, the voice's volume
Double-clicking on the character opens the simple
settings window. A right-click (Shift+click on the Macintosh) on
opens a pop-up menu which allows you to:
A click on the flag allows you to change the singer's language.
Activate or deactivate this singer
Edit the singer's icon
Select the singer's icon from a predefined list.
Tuning the computing mode
To compute a sung staff, Virtual Singer creates an
audio track, and stores all the voice data in it. This digital
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.
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
a document, a little icon with the sharp symbol appears on the Virtual
Singer palette. Click on this symbol to toggle whether accidentals are