VocalWriter 3.0 is a new version of KAE Labs' VocalWriter singing music synthesizer, which holds the distinction of being the first synth of its kind. Unlike the original Mac OS Classic (VocalWriter 1.0) and Mac OS X (VocalWriter 2.0) versions of VocalWriter, this new version is fully compatible with versions of Mac OS X later than Snow Leopard (10.6) and with Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.
For those of you who don't know how VocalWriter works, the program allows you to create MIDI songs featuring instruments, drums, and most importantly, robotic voices that sing lyrics. The voices range from human-like robot voices to "singing instruments" (such as a singing piano, singing trumpet, singing guitar, etc.). You input notes to a song, assign lyrics to the notes, and the voices sing. You can also use pitch bends and portamento effects to make the VocalWriter voices speak.
Unfortunately, due to being a program only compatible with old Apple computers and due to its existence being overshadowed by popular Japanese singing synthesizers like VOCALOID, UTAU and AquesTone, VocalWriter is extremely obscure and is not very popular.
VocalWriter is mildly popular in Japan though, as composer for BEMANI arcade games (like Dance Dance Revolution, Pop'n Music, Beatmania IIDX, etc.) Seiya Murai utilizes VocalWriter's "Sarah" voice in several of his songs. However, nobody knows about VocalWriter itself, but rather the Sarah voice, as Seiya Murai's songs featuring VocalWriter are credited to "seiya-murai feat.ALT" after Alt, a character from Pop'n Music whose singing (and speaking!) voice was provided by Sarah. Therefore, a new version of VocalWriter released worldwide for both Windows and Mac OS could help raise public awareness of it. (It could be touted in Japan as "the true voice of Alt".)
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