Can K-pop Deepfake Girl Groups Sing?

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K-pop fever is taking the world by storm and breaking boundaries in ways we never imagined! One of the latest trends to emerge is the rise of K-pop deepfake girl groups, and they’re taking the music industry by storm.

Imagine an entire girl group brought to life through advanced deepfake technology – that’s what you get with AI girl band Eternity. They’re not just any ordinary virtual K-pop idol, but the very first one created by an AI graphic company, with the help of cutting-edge speech generator technology to bring their voices to life.

And if that’s not impressive enough, we also have double-sided K-pop girl groups like Aespa. They have their own avatars, called ‘Ae’, that look just like the real-life members of the group.

With so much innovation and talent, it’s no surprise that these deepfake K-pop girl groups are becoming an enormous hit among fans worldwide. Who knows what the future holds for this exciting trend!”

aespa pose with their avatars

Who sings?

Some people might think that a Kpop deepfake girl group is using Vocaloid to sing, but there are actually people singing behind them.

After listening to their songs, many people already know that there are real singers behind them when they’re just a virtual idol girl band.

Eternity has their voices from an audition “BE my voice”.

Anyone who wanted to become the voice of Eternity participated in the audition on a platform for voice training matching platform.

The winner of this audition became the voice of their third single album.

Like the popular Vtubers who reveal their personality through the people behind them, the virtual idol groups only display their faces while the people sing, dance and even make every gesture they make.

Who speaks?

If they cannot sing, does that mean they can’t speak? Well, the answer may vary depending on the girl groups.

For example, if you see this interview below, posted by SM Entertainment, featuring the real Karina and the ae-Karina who is her avatar, her voice does not sound like a real person behind her.

However, there is a virtual Youtuber named Rui who was created by a company that creates virtual humans.

Since she has to create a lot of content like mukbang (eating a large amount of food), vlog and cover songs, there is an actual person behind her.

The assumption is that the person behind Rui must be a singer since she can sing and dance. She has uploaded many contents with cover dances and songs to attract K-pop fans.

The takeaway

All in all, companies have figured out how to use technology when it’s needed. Even when there are advanced vocal technologies, such as rapper voice synthesizers, it’s not enough to fascinate people the way the visuals of Kpop girl groups do.

However, people expect that in the near future they will no longer need a human to make them dance via motion capture as technology is advancing.

We anticipate that singing may be one of the areas where they will be able to take an advantage of the tech.

Photo credit: SM Entertainment

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