Prima: the operatic software singer

Zero-G's Prima is the latest virtual vocalist to be powered by Yamaha's Vocaloid 2 'singing synthesis' technology. Modelled on the voice of a professional soprano opera singer, it's said to be suitable for lead, harmony and backing vocals.

Users can make Prima sing simply by typing in lyrics and specifying their pitch. A variety of expression controls is included - it's possible to choose from several different vibrato types, for example.

Vocaloid 2 is an enhanced version of Yamaha's original Vocaloid engine. It sports a redesigned GUI and promises to generate a much more realistic and natural-sounding vocal sound.

New features in Vocaloid 2 include real-time keyboard performance, an easier workflow and note auditioning.

Zero-G Vocaloid Prima will ship in January 2008 for PC. Standalone, VST and ReWire operation is supported, and the price has been set at $200/€169/£115.

Further details and audio examples can be found on the Zero-G website.

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