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Lyricist by 4Pockets

I'm now 3 weeks and 5 days without nicotine. I'm doing better, but still fiending. Vaping gave me a false sense of my actual need for nicotine. I had no idea I was this heavily addicted. 4Pockets developer Paul released Lyricist; which is not a great idea for an app in general, but it is an especially poor idea for an app while I'm now 3 weeks and 5 days without nicotine.

Lyricist can add vocals to your tracks with a rudimentary text-to-speech engine. "But... obviously that's going to sound fucking awful.", I hear you cry. 4Pockets has you covered! You can take the awful text-to-speech and run it through a TalkBox effect.

According to Paul this helps to, "simulate a computerized singing voice." According to me this is an abomination before all of the gods and nature. You can decide for yourself in the demo at around 3:30.

Lyricist

Lyricist is an AUv3 plugin designed to add lyrics to your song. Lyrics can be spoken using the iOS built in speech synthesizer or passed through the included TalkBox effect to simulate a computerized singing voice. 

Your song lyrics are broken into several song parts (verse, chorus, bridge etc). These parts can then be pieced together into a song, specifying an order of play and exact position at which each part is to play.

You can choose between many voices that are included with your iOS device, or optionally download more natural speaking voices within your iOS accessibility settings. These downloaded voices become available to Lyricist, allowing you to choose the gender and regional accent of the voice.

Lots classic songs were made famous by their inclusion of the spoken word. Bands such as Kraftwerk and singers such as Laurie Anderson and Imogen Heap had big hits over the years using either pure computerised vocals, or vocoders.

An optional vocal douber effect can also be enabled to create a wider stereo vocal, and all the talkbox options can be adjusted as required for a wide range of sound.

Use the remote control feature to send MIDI data to Lyricist to control the pitch of the voice, or pass in an audio backing which becomes the carrier for the vocoder effect.

You can even embed short codes within your Lyrics to change chord or note during a lyric. This instructs the talkbox to change pitch to simulate a singing vocal.

Features:

○ Choose from lots of voices and dialects.
○ Install additional voices.
○ Built in TalkBox/Vocoder and Voice Doudler effects.
○ Remote Control feature.
○ MIDI controllable.
○ AUV3 Instrument and Effect plugin.
○ Use short codes to control speech pitch.

Reader Comments 14

Sounds really good to me. Ripe for misuse and abuse.
February 24, 2021  | person_outline Kate
"Freak-a-zoid Robots report to the dance floor..."
February 24, 2021  | person_outline echo opera
This comes just in time for us to pick up where daft punk left.
February 25, 2021  | person Nilrem
You can do it. Try to stay positive, AND distracted by whatever keeps your mind distracted from your body.

It was a nightmare for me to get off Effexor XR, and then clonazepam (10 months for each one, taking basically two years to get off psychopharmacology). I’m told that getting of heroin is similar. I don’t know how nicotine compares, but I empathize with the misery.

You CAN do it!
February 25, 2021  | person dysamoria
If you really, truly want to stop nicotine, you can. I found the first day was the worst. After that it was a piece of cake. Take it from me, I’m weak willed. So if I can do it, anyone can. I don’t remember anymore the exact quote from Allen Carr but I found it useful. It was something along the lines of being free from the slavery of tobacco companies. That 90% of nicotine is eliminated from your body within the first hour, which is why people grab another cigarette to replenish the loss of nicotine eliminated. It’s shit stuff. Do you really want to continue using it? Just stop it. No nicotine patches(which doesn’t solve the problem anyway). Cold turkey. It won’t kill you. You might be a bit tetchy for a few days. I think generally, people who struggle with it probably don’t really want to quit.
Do you really want to quit?
February 25, 2021  | person_outline Me
On February 25, 2021 - @Me said:
Cold turkey. It won’t kill you. You might be a bit tetchy for a few days. I think generally, people who struggle with it probably don’t really want to quit.
Do you really want to quit?

NO! That's the biggest problem. I love nicotine. I've always loved nicotine. This is why I'm still addicted to it this deep into the 21st century! I adore the entire experience of nicotine as it enters my lungs, to warm its way into my heart, and then rocket into my brain with the purest light; shining forth to radiate reality in all of its love.

But other than that, I'm totally committed to quitting.

I've been going cold turkey this whole time. I really must have been hitting the vape way harder than I realized because this nicotine withdrawal is intense. I've quit (or been forcibly detoxed) from it 4 times before, and this is by far the worst. I've never had cravings this far out into quitting before.
Hello again,
I’m sorry you are struggling with it. If you love it so much, then it’s going to be extremely difficult if not impossible. I know that doesn’t sound very encouraging. I wish I could think of something helpful to say. Mindset is a huge factor, so if you can somehow sort that out then most of the battle is won. With me at least, I am so glad I managed to quit. It’s liberating and you won’t regret it. Good luck!!

Great site by the way!!
February 25, 2021  | person_outline Me
You can quick for sure. I kicked the habit cold turkey after 15+ years of having the 🐪 controlling me. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Take up Boxing as an escape to get all that energy out. Just buy a Punching bag to hang in the garage and go to town. 👊🏼™️
February 25, 2021  | person_outline echo opera
And by quick i meant quit 😜
February 25, 2021  | person_outline echo opera
Thank you very much for the encouragement, Me!

And that punching bag sounds like a great idea, echo opera!
I finally quit more than 30 years ago, after 18 years, most of which was 4 packs a day. Quitting damn near killed me. My blood pressure initially went to almost nothing, and I just felt uncomfortable all the time. I couldn’t stay awake at first, and I dreamed about smoking.
Ironically, I think it was the difficulty of quitting that kept me from going back. i wasn’t worried about cancer at that relatively young age. I was worried about a heart attack, as I could only just barely walk up 2 flights of stairs.
Hardest thing I ever did, I think. Definitely glad I did though. Crazy habit. Widely reported to be as hard to quit as heroin, although I don’t know.
Hang in there dude. You’re almost past the hardest part. Really.
February 26, 2021  | person_outline Ralph Stempel
I used that awful gum shit when i got really low, and I split the pieces into fractions and chewed it with normal gum , any oral nicotine gave me heartburn like fuck. Funny is I never realized exactly how much nicotine was regulating my weed intake but that fell off drastically as I came to a stop, which was awesome cuz less is really more with me there. First time I stopped nicotine I used patches and then it was just torture, but I feel like I was over thinking it. So I really tried to trick myself this time by switching to really shit tobacco and cutting it with really shit weed, which helped get me to where I could switch to the diluted gum. ( but the weed consumption went offfff the charts for a long while. Thats ok, I used that while to cut out even more nicotine. That was last summer and I have been free of ALLL nicotine since Augustish. I haven't noticed a switch to food or anything cuz I lowered the cannabinoids too, and that really messed with my food intake. The only thing I crave is coffee now, thats probably just my inner junky trying to remind me he is still the captain. Well I hope you made it now. If not, keep at it. 🏴‍☠️ The trick is to trick your captain! 🏴‍☠️ You have to just rewrite your routines, you have all these cycles and triggers and sensitivities right now. NOW, is a perfect time for smokers to stop cuz you can get away with wearing a carbon filter in public! The worst thing is to smell something and it sets you off on a mission like a crackhead. I have two masks with carbon filters in addition to a layer of N95. no triggers off people in public. Ive got a rather nice vape for dry goods which also kinda acts as a way tastier substitute , I don't know how the laws are there though. We are never harassed where I'm at but I know a person needs to be ready all the time over there but you should certainly be able to find nicotine free vape fluid ? No? I would toss all that asap though, it feels like it blocks my lungs..... might of just been my source. Ok this is turning to a long ramble. Just stay at it. Save your lungs we need you! The ios world would suck without our Tim!
February 27, 2021  | person_outline Cyp3
Yesterday marked week 4 of cold turkey and I'm finally starting to feel some relief. Things aren't as stressful and dire today.

On February 26, 2021 - @Ralph Stempel said:
Quitting damn near killed me. My blood pressure initially went to almost nothing, and I just felt uncomfortable all the time. I couldn’t stay awake at first, and I dreamed about smoking.

I had a similar, though opposite, incident the last time I tried quitting. My blood pressure skyrocketed with my pulse running away from me. It might have been triggered by a prescription drug interaction. I was up late that night with my heart going nuts the whole time! Eventually I gave up and just had a cigarette that same night. I didn't even make the attempt to quit again for over a decade because of how bad that experience was.
On February 27, 2021 - @Cyp3 said:
I used that awful gum shit when i got really low ...
First time I stopped nicotine I used patches and then it was just torture

I tried patches once, but had an allergic reaction and a nicotine overdose. I was sick for pretty much that whole day after I woke up and put on my first, last, and only, nicotine patch. I've only used gum for things like flights, as a nicotine supplement.

On February 27, 2021 - @Cyp3 said:
🏴‍☠️ The trick is to trick your captain! 🏴‍☠️ You have to just rewrite your routines, you have all these cycles and triggers and sensitivities right now.

This is a good way of thinking about it! Thanks!
Hails go the no smoking thing! Hey this app looks so good for silly yet kreaftwerkian tones>?. I wonder if you can make it Rap or sing metal! How is the sync and even if it sounds unman that's good. Thanks yawl
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