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Musical and phonetic controls in a singing voice synthesizer

Title Musical and phonetic controls in a singing voice synthesizer
Publication Type Master Thesis
Year of Publication 2001
Authors Ortolà, J.
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Abstract This dissertation describes my work in the Daisy project, which since February 2000 is being developed by the Music Technology Group (Audiovisual Institute, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona) in collaboration with Yamaha Corporation.

The aim of the Daisy project is to synthesize a singing voice from a musical score. That is to say, from a given musical melody and a given lyrics in a particular language (English and Japanese in our case) our goal is to obtain an output sound as though a real singer was performing a song. Of course, this is not an easy thing, to say the least. However, with the accumulated knowledge in different fields, the use of new technologies and the increasing power of computers, this objective has become achievable nowadays. The artistic and technical disciplines relevant to this project cover an impressive variety of fields: sound recording and reproduction, music performance, music perception, phonetics, computer programming, digital signal processing. We can say that this is a really multidisciplinary enterprise.

This research project presented here is a continuation of an automatic singing voice impersonator application for karaoke developed by the Music Technology Group.