DeepVocal is a multi-language synthesis engine first announced in 2017 as SharpKey as part of the “Global Virtual Singer Support Project”, code-named SK Galaxy. The engine was developed by programmer and vocalist Boxstar in an effort to “create virtual singers that can sing better than real singers”. This week Boxstar announced the project is ready for beta and that they are looking for voice provider applicants for international voicebanks. Right now the engine supports English, Japanese, and Mandarin but the developers are looking to collaborate and expand support for other languages in the future.
The demo is sung with the EN beta of voicebank Wen Xi and does not reflect the final quality of the singer or the engine. The software does not include an English dictionary yet but does support manual inputs. The song itself is cover of the Gumi English original song Circles by KIRA-P. Feel free to give the demo a listen embedded below or on BiliBili here.
Once again, the demo is in no way representative of any final English version of DeepVocal. It is simply a demonstration designed to show that English possible with the engine using a rudimentary recording list and equipment. Developer BoxStar is actually asking for submissions of English natives, with their own gear, to potentially be vocal providers for a native English voicebank.
You can find more about the engine when it debuted on the Official SharpKey Press Release.
For additional English language coverage of the software check out last weeks VNN article on DeepVocal.
For updates on DeepVocal’s development be sure to follow developer Boxstar’s English language Twitter @boxtar_hx.