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Voiceroid lost interest

It amazes me that while the Voiceroid software often has a well established fandom in Japan, Voiceroid has been a moot point here overseas. Recently I posted about Zunko's sister having a successful campaign to be released on VO forums, and I've noted it on the voiceroid wikia.

But here is the thing... The reaction has basically been nothing. Nobody here seems to have cared for the fact Zunko's sister now has a voice coming to official software.

Its like Voiceroid has dropped off of interests entirely for the overseas fans and we don't care what it does anymore. :-?

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I feel like there’s a lot I don’t know about Voiceroid. It appears to be doing well, which is good of course, but who are its competitors apart from CeVio? Is competition fierce, are there lots of Japanese speaking voices overall? Are AH interested in expanding into English speaking markets?

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Well these are questions we don't ness. know.
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As I said in some other thread, listening to a song in a language you don't understand is a lot different from, say, watching a Let's Play in a language you don't understand, which is one of the most popular uses for Voiceroid in my experience. (Kotonoha Aoi and Akane in particular seem to be really popular for use in Let's Plays.) And since the majority of overseas fans seem to be in it mostly for the songs, there's not a whole lot of Voiceroid content that they'd be interested in.

Maybe if there were someone willing to translate/subtitle Voiceroid content and bring it to overseas audiences, things might be different. But I don't think there's anyone really willing to do that. Besides myself, I mean, I love stuff like Voiceroid! It's just that I still don't think my Japanese is quite up to par yet.

And now I'll attempt to answer some of Kajiki's questions, to the best of my abilities! I don't know about "competitors", but I do know that Voiceroid fans do tend to like CeVIO as well. There's even a website dedicated to them both, VOICeVI.com . It doesn't seem to be too active though. Interesting side note: Galaco sometimes shows up alongside the "VOICeVI" characters, likely because of the galaco Talk software.

There are a lot of Japanese Text-to-Speech programs out there. And at least part of that I'm sure is because Japanese is one of the easiest to synthesize languages ever due to how phonetically simple it is. I don't really keep up with the business side of things so, again, I can't speak for "competition". And as for AHS expanding into English, the fact that we're in a thread talking about how no one outside of Japan cares about Voiceroid right now, I'd say probably not.

As you may be able to tell just from how much I've typed about it, I'm probably Voiceroid's biggest English-speaking fan at the moment. Maybe it's because I'm interested in software like Vocaloid because of the technology, rather than the music.

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I think when it comes to English... Well the first two things springing to mind are Chipspeech and their characters, plus Microsoft Sam. My first ever encounter itself was with the Atari STE computers chip of which Rotten.ST in Chipspeech is based on. And well, you can hear samples of Chipspeech talking here;

http://chipspeech.wikia.com/wiki/Rotten.ST

I tend to think this is kinda what we're expecting in English. I often say in regards to Vocaloid, the harder languages like English show up how bad the engine actually is at times. In other words, its only when the engine is pushed to its limits that it buckles, and this is never seen in the Japanese side.

Language overall is a complex thing and frankly... Vocaloid isn't as good as we often believe it is. IT has a "noise" like any engine, and the vocaloid software "noise" is why certain clearly spoken Vocaloids like Gackpo, IA and even Ruby ended up sounding nasally. Its got a sort of fake breathy grain to the quality on top of the digital nose and every Vocaloid voicebank has it... Some just notice more then others.

Either way, consider the people at the top are baseline in their mid-20s... They likely have heard of older engines of the 80s and 90s. And even older heard the more degraded noises of the 8 bit era. These expectations have scarred our memories and made us more skeptical towards errors in English speech. There are STILL jokes made at M.Sam and he doesn't really work well on modern computers and has long been defunct.

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So what you’re saying is, we’ve basically lost a generation to the roflcopter. Oh noes. :S

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