Somebody really needs to crack singing synthesis. Vocaloid from Yamaha is good, but it works by having a live singer sing a prescribed set of phrases, which are then reassembled. Automatic singer generation is needed.
Figure out some way to use machine learning to extract a singer model from recorded music and generate cover songs automatically. Drive the RIAA nuts. Get rich.
Modeling singers using machine learning would be really neat; I'm not too hip to the current research around that, although the idea brings to mind WaveNet , which seems like it'd be absolutely fascinating to try with pitched audio / using musical parameters.
It's from the same University that helped develop Vocaloid, and if you look at (well, listen to) their INTERSPEECH 2016 submission you'll find it's another league entirely ( https://chanter.limsi.fr/doku.php?id=winner_of_the_singing_s... )
Way back in the mid-1980s in the United Kingdom, and there were few places more 80s than that, Superior Software produced Speech!, a software speech synthesis program for the BBC Micro, a 6502-based machine running at 2MHz which didn't have PCM audio. It could reasonably reliably read out ordinary English text in a fairly robotic voice.
It was 7.5kB of 6502 machine code.
There's a writeup from the author here: http://rk.nvg.ntnu.no/bbc/doc/Speech.html and a demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8wyUsaDAyI
It was an utter sensation (featuring, among other places, as the computer voice in Roger Waters' Radio Kaos).
It's obviously not going to win awards, being barely intelligable, but if you can achieve that with a table of 49 phonemes each of 128 4-bit samples, then producing basic speech isn't that hard. I think that mespeak.js, which is what this demo is based on (which is pretty cool, BTW) is based on the same principle, although with obviously better samples.
(Unlike producing human sounding speech, which is appalling difficult.)
(I have not, I'm just wondering about somebody else's experience with this sort of thing in JS)
I'm still pretty new to this (modern computer synthesis). I had a couple electronic music (synthesis) classes back in the day, but that day was back in the late 80s. We didn't even have any digital equipment the first time I took the class - it was analog gear with literal patch cords between LFOs, envelope generators, oscillators, filters and such. The second time we actually had some digital stuff to do FM and sampling layers.
Thanks for this; I've fixed that issue and started on getting it compatible with Safari, but turns out there are some other errors regarding Float32Array mapping and support for AudioBuffer.copyToChannel(). I'll have to look more into this, but rest assured I'll push the changes when I get it working in Safari!