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Yamaha announces VOCALOID: AI to debut this month on NHK!

Yamaha has announced a new deep learning technology called VOCALOID: AI, which will be showcased via NHK on September 29th!

We have all the details of the upcoming broadcast and this new AI technology below.

Broadcast details

In the NHK broadcast, the VOCALOID: AI technology will be used to reproduce the voice of Hibari Misora, 30 years after her death.

Hibari Misora was a singer, actress and cultural icon before she passed away in 1989, at the age of 52.

In this performance, a life-size 3D model shall be projected to recreate Hibari Misora’s image, much like in the VOCALOID concerts we have seen previously.

The project was carried out under the leadership of the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) with a large number of collaborators, including Yasushi Akimoto, who has produced the new song that will be performed.

Other collaborators include enka singer, Yoshimi Tendo, and designer, Hidee Mori.

Technology details

This broadcast will be the first time that VOCALOID: AI will be shown off to the public and put to practical use.

Samples of the singing voice were extracted using accompaniment sound removal technology, to isolate the singing voice from other background sounds.

Then, by using the collected samples of the singing voice, VOCALOID: AI is able to learn the nuanced qualities of that voice, such as it’s timbre and expression.


When is the broadcast?

The broadcast is scheduled for Sunday, September 29th, from 9pm to 9:49pm JST.

You can find more information on the performance here.

More Information

We are very excited to see where this new technology takes VOCALOID in the future! Keep an eye on VNN for further updates on this new artificial intelligence technology.


Yamaha press release

Vocaloid press release

NHK program information

About Jade Kaiba

Jade is an artist, writer and musician based in the UK, who has a particular fondness for Vocaloids. Her favourite loids are Fukase, Oliver, Gumi and IA.