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Vocaloid: Voice Synthesizers

Finally completed. by Ady Valdes

Hayate Kira

on 16 September 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea V O C A L I D History of Voice Synthesizers Vocaloid is a singing synthesizer software created by Yamaha Corporation works by just typing in the lyrics and the melody Vocaloid 1 2004.01.15 English Vocaloids: Leon and Lola announced 2004.03.03 English Vocaloids Leon and Lola released ZERO-G 2004.11.05 Japan's first: Vocaloid MEIKO released 2006.02.17 Vocaloid KAITO released POINT: Kaito failed commercially Crypton Future Media Leon and Lola were demonstrated at Wired Nextfest 2005 Leon and Lola won 2005 Musician Editor's Choice 2004.07.26 Vocaloid Miriam released POINT: Miriam voicebank supplied by Britsh singer Miriam Stockley Vocaloid 2 2007.06.29 English Vocaloid Sweet-Ann released PowerFX Trivia: Boxart based on Frankenstein's monster 2007.08.31 Miku Hatsune released 2007.12.27 Len/Rin Kagamine released Crypton Future Media 2008.07.18 Len/Rin Kagamine Act2 released 2010.04.30 Miku Hatsune Append released Trivia: Rin/Len were the first vocaloids to have updated voicebanks Trivia: Miku was the first to develop different voicebanks to suit different song genres and moods 2009.01.30 Luka Megurine released POINT: Luka was the first to be made for singing Japanese and English (first bilingual) 2008.01.14 Zero-G Prima released 2009.07.14 Sonika released 2010.04.30 Tonio released POINT: Sonika was made to sing in any language POINT: Tonio is a classical male vocaloid,
making him a partner software with Prima Point: Prima has a voice of a Soprano opera singer 2008.07.31 Gakupo Kamui released 2009.06.25 Megpoid: Gumi released Internet Co., Ltd. POINT: Gakupo's voicebank was supplied by famous Japanese International singer Gackt. POINT: Gumi has one of the most realistic voicebanks, singing in a soft and clear voice, as well as having the largest range and she is also easy to tune. However, it is difficult to make her sing in English. 2009.12.04 AH Software SF A2 Miki released
Yuki Kaai released
Hiyama Kiyoteru released 2010.08.25 Lily released (with cooperation with Avex Management) 2010.09.01 VY1 MIZKI released Yamaha Corporation POINT:VY1 MIZKI was made to not have a
character avatar, making it unisex
and setting a standard for vocaloids
that do not have avatars Future of Voice Synthesizers 2010.08.01 Sonika Chinese edition released Summer 2011 Crypton Future Media Rin/Len Kagamine Append Vocaloid CV04 (male) - Release date TBA "Project if..." with a mysterious childlike voice Yamaha Corporation 2010 VY2 (still under no name) VY2 will also be unisex, similar to its predecessor VY1 Internet Co., Ltd. 2010.10.08 Gachapoid (male) Gachapoid will target young composers, as it uses a younger voice. AH Software October 2010 Still unnamed (female) Zero-G Still unnamed 2010 ProjectFX Still working towards other vocaloids
Still no announcement VOCALOID 3 aimed to be Yamaha's most realistic voice engine yet To be announced and released in the near future VOCALOID Leon and Lola MIRIAM Voiced by Miriam Stockley KAITO and MEIKO voiced by Meiko Haigo voiced by Naoto Fuga Sweet Ann voiced by "Jody" Australian singer Cendrillion (English version) Magnet duet When First Love Ends
(English version, original Japanese by Miku Hatsune) Amazing Grace cover Miku Hatsune voiced by Saki Fujita (she is probably the most popular of the Vocaloids) Secret Garden
(Opening of "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva" for the PSP RIN/Len Kagamine Both voiced by Asami Shimoda
(pitch lowered and raised to achieve Len and Rin's voice respectively) Trick and Treat VOCALOID 2 TRIVIA: There are two voicebanks, however they were sold for the same price as Miku Luka Megurine voiced by Yu Asakawa Just be Friends 2009.12.22 English Vocaloid Big-Al released All Notable Vocaloids Dreaming Little Bird (originally by Miku and Rin) Luka
Meiko Otherwise known as Vocaloid 7 The Vocaloid software had needed very advanced technology for it to work. It was only in 2004 that the computer technology was advanced enough for Yamaha to release their idea of "singer in a box." After the first Vocaloids, computer technology continued to develop so then the companies joining the Vocaloid trend made even more, better Vocaloids. For example: With most English Vocaloids (Engloids) they are very hard to understand. However, with the increase in advanced programming and recording technology, companies are now able to produce more audible voicebanks, such as Tonio or Big Al, whose voicebanks are very clear, and so are their songs if they are used properly. However, what is really important are the composers or users of the programs themselves. A lot of skill and effort is put into really making a Vocaloid show its true colors, as well as using them in the way they are supposed to be used. For instance, you cannot force a Japanese Vocaloid to sing an English song if they are not designed to do so, except Luka Megurine which is bilingual. The same goes vice versa.

Many Vocaloid fanatics criticize Sonika, even if she is designed to sing in any language, of her inaudibility, as many of her songs or covers (if they are not produced correctly) are barely understandable. The reason why it is making such a huge hit in Japan is that the composers of the songs themselves do not need to show their face. In Japan, visual appeal is greatly needed and demanded. So the Japanese Vocaloids, such as the ever so famous Miku Hatsune, provide that visual appeal, helping the composers sell their compositions more. Singing Clones? Many artists refused to provide voicebanks due to the concern that the program may produce their singing clones. Because of this, Crypton has changed their goal from imitating certain artists to creating completely characteristic voices. An example of this can be Miku Hatsune, whose voice is "humanely impossible to reach." Saki Fujita's (the voice actress for Miku) voice was pitched higher to achieve this. SOURCES "Vocaloid." Vocaloid Wiki. N.p., 20 Aug 2010. Web. 24 Aug 2010. <http://vocaloid.wikia.com/wiki/Vocaloid>.

"Vocaloid 3: The Future of Vocaloid Engines." NotCliche. N.p., 10 Oct 2009. Web. 24 Aug 2010. <http://www.notcliche.com/lbw/vocaloid-3-the-future-of-vocaloid-engines>.

"Zero-G Interview: Dom Keefe (Vocaloid Production)." Engloids. N.p., 28 Jan 2010. Web. 24 Aug 2010. <http://engloids.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/zero-g-interview-dom-keefe-vocaloid-production/#more-383>. www.photobucket.com
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