Edinburgh-based CereProc created the first-of-its-kind technology, which has appeared on the US entertainment programme The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, using the social humanoid robot Sophia.
There is a lot of potential as we’ve seen with synthetic instruments over the years...as computers enter the social domain, being able to do these things becomes more and more important...Matthew Aylett, Chief Scientific Officer, CereProc
In a jointly-funded project with Hong Kong-headquartered Hanson Robotics, which developed Sophia, CereProc has given the robot, for which it also created a characterful speaking voice, the ability to sing.
The Scottish firm said it had “pushed its technology to the next level” by creating the world’s first voice cloning TTS synthesiser, which will make the capability to sing “accessible to all individuals” and has the “potential to change the music industry”.
Similar technology is already used as a singing aid in parts of Asia, particularly where karaoke is a popular hobby.
Paul Welham, chief executive at CereProc, said: “We believe strongly in continuous innovation. CereProc are sure to be partnering Hanson in the future, developing new expressive TTS voices..."