I really love the technology in Yamaha’s Vocaloid series. Basically it’s a sequencer that allows you to play a synthetic voice. The newest Vocaloid incarnation is named Avanna. From what I understand these voices are used a lot by videogame producers and some are even stars in Japan. Unfortunately this is PC only software but many of us have virtual machines these days. It would be more useful if I could re-wire it into Ableton on my Mac side though. This version is $130 USD. Let me know if any of you use Vocaloid in your own productions.
“AVANNA is the clearest and sweetest sounding English vocaloid yet. Ideally suited to pop and celtic, she can also be used in a myriad of musical styles. The new Vocaloid 3 interface allows you to import wav files so Avanna can sing along with your compositions from within Vocaloid. Avanna also comes with a default reverb for added realism and you can add vibrato and expression to her voice. Whether it’s sweet and pure leads, harmonies or backing vocals, Avanna can sing anything you like any time you want!” – soundsonline.com/a>
For more info: soundsonline.com/Vocaloid-3-Avanna