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Synth V has some of my favourite male vocals now, it's so great to hear masculine voices without the harsh textures most concatenative synthesis methods gave them. They were always the weak spot for Vocaloid, definitely still so for CeVIO, so fingers crossed Dreamtonics keeps improving and supporting the voicetype.
By the way, I'd personally advise everyone to avoiding buying from Volor and Anicute right now. They've been failing to ship products and honour refund requests for the past few months. If you're waiting for something and not receiving any communication from their customer service, I'd recommend filing a chargeback via Paypal or your card provider.
I've been reading threads on vocal synths from audio forums outside the community, and it's awesome to see how drastically more positive they became after Synthesizer V AI was released. It's probably the first time I've seen people legitimately impressed by the quality of an English synthesized voice.
It's also interesting because it reveals the main hurdles people interested in Synth V struggle with:
1. Simply not knowing the program exists until stumbling into it. The lack of marketing aimed at professionals has made the vocal synth community an iron clad bubble that most producers aren't aware of.
2. Bad SEO leading them to the page for R1, I myself only found Eleanor AI's lite through a Reddit thread.
3. Outdated documentation: the manual being misleadingly out of date and buyers not realising Anri and Solaria exist because they aren't on Dreamtonic's website are major problems.
4. Further buying confusion due to each voicebank being sold on a separate website, and needing to go through different retailers to get all the software you need.
5. Some legitimate reasons they prefer Emvoice, such Synth V lacking the ability to record notes with an external MIDI controller, and being generally harder to get into. The most common word is 'confusion'.
In every thread there's one expert user who hand-holds each producer through the process of obtaining and using Synthesizer V - Dreamtonics seriously owes them one, haha. I also noted quite a few people asking for rougher, less pop-orientated voices (e.g. an older country singer, or a husky rock voice); so I desperately hope Synth V doesn't play it as safe as CeVIO. Overall, the reception to Synth V is extremely positive from musicians outside the community.
There's a fair amount of excitement for a soft Solaria, but I find I can get a good whisper vocal from her by reducing tension and tone shift already: now if vocal modes are eventually able to make Eleanor a power type then we're talkin baybee
Since the creation of this thread there have been 27 major vocal synth releases, all my friends graduated, Covid appropriated most the Greek alphabet, I was promoted, a new US president was elected (unrelated), Britney was freed, they got that big boat out of the Suez, Prince Philip died, we had two Olympic Games, Taylor Swift re-released multiple albums and I regrettably learnt what cryptocurrency actually was. so if Maghni AI would like to launch soon I would be very happy to see it
It seems that each time a new Synth V AI voicebank is released, its data is used to improve the performance of all Synth V AI voicebanks. For example, in the run up to Solaria's release, updates have improved the high range of previous English voices, and vocal fry has started appearing on certain notes. Multilanguage is the other big, obvious addition! Voicebanks are able to learn new languages from the data of native voices. This means that the more AI voices we have, the better the software will become.