Emvoice One is a free vocal VST plugin. The free version of the software is functional although it does come with some limitations. We’ll discuss the limitations in a moment, but let’s take a closer look at the software’s main features first. Emvoice One lets the user create instant vocals in their DAW application of choice. The plugin features an advanced vocal synthesis engine that generates realistic human singing in a matter of seconds. By inputting notes and the corresponding lyrics in the plugin’s piano roll, the user can simulate the performance of a real-world singer without recording any external audio.
The Emvoice One virtual instrument is intuitive and easy to use. The plugin’s front panel features a familiar-looking piano roll with a small selection of input tools, undo/redo buttons, as well as BPM and quantization settings. The pen tool is used to draw the notes and the text box below the note is where the lyrics are typed in. Once you’re happy with the notes and the lyrics, simply press the play button in your DAW and Emvoice One will start singing. No additional adjustments are required. The generated vocals do sound robotic but the sound quality is on par with the likes of Vocaloid and other popular virtual singers. Take this statement with a grain of salt, though, because I don’t really use vocal synthesis plugins on a daily basis. But the fact is that Emvoice One sounds very convincing to my ears.
Now let’s talk about the limitations. The free version of Emvoice One features a single female voice called Lucy. Before purchasing the full voice pack for a whopping $200, Lucy can only be used to sing a seven-note range, from H2 to D3. If you draw a note outside this range, the entire sequence will be highlighted in red and Emvoice One won’t play any audio. This is a huge limitation for anyone who intends to use the plugin as a substitute for a real singer. But there’s still plenty of fun to be had with less demanding melodies or simple vocal phrases and spoken words that fit within Lucy’s demo range.
Interestingly enough, the software features a built-in spell checker. If you misspell any lyric, the sequence will be highlighted in red and the playback will stop. Emvoice One is very good at pronouncing the entered words. I am no vocal synthesis expert, but I do remember that older software of this type required the users to enter the lyrics phonetically. Emvoice One is way more advanced in that regard.
Another interesting fact worth mentioning is that Emvoice One is cloud-based software that requires an internet connection to work. The plugin will download the singing voice from the cloud when the user inputs the melody. As far as I understand, this is not a limitation of the free version of Lucy. It’s just how Emvoice One works. And of course, it’s not necessarily a limitation at all, as long as your music production computer is connected to the web.
To download your free copy of Emvoice One, visit the product page linked below. Once the software is installed, launch the plugin and enter your email address when prompted. Then, visit your inbox to verify the address and activate Emvoice One on your computer.
Emvoice One is not the only free vocal VST plugin out there. If you want something similar, check out the Alter/Ego vocal synthesizer by Plogue.
More info: Emvoice One (3.08 MB download size, EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU plugin format for Windows & macOS)
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