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Standard Vocals Amy, Chris, Kaori, Ken


This is an article about the Standard Vocals software for the VOCALOID5 engine.

Note; the vocals do not have an official group name, the wiki is using a "placeholder name" until further notice.

HistoryEdit

The 4 vocals were introduced upon the release of VOCALOID5 on July 12, 2018. They come with the software no matter which version the user purchases: "Standard" or "Premium".

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

RecommendedEdit

  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, macOS 10.13 (64bit only)
  • CPU: Intel multicore processor
  • RAM: At least 8 GB recommended (minimum 4 GB)
  • HDD:
    • Standard: At least 20 GB
    • Premium: At least 35 GB
  • Other: Audio device, Internet connection (authentication, deauthentication, software updates, etc.)
  • Monitor size:
    • Minimum operating environment: 1366 x 768
    • Recommended environment: 1920 x 1080

Note that the 4 only come with the VOCALOID5 engine, therefore have identical requirements to VOCALOID5 itself.

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
Versions
  Trial/Demo Vers?: No  Starter Available?: No
Package details
The 4 vocals act as "starter" vocals and are acquired upon the purchase of VOCALOID5 regardless of if the user buys "Standard" or "Premium" versions. The package is split between a English and Japanese male/female pair. These vocals act as a new "Standard" for Vocaloid.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • These are the first "free" vocals provided for any VOCALOID engine, so far the only "free" version of a vocal had been the VOCALOID first app, with VY1 being the voice. VY1 had also been re-used in the Mobile VOCALOID Editor app and a "lite" version had been supplied as a demo for the app.
  • Potentially, the user does not need to buy any other additional voicebanks as a result to get started with Vocaloid. This is different to past versions of VOCALOID, which the engine came with no additional vocalists resulting in the purchase of further vocals.
  • As per expected, their quality is high.
  • Users always have access to both the English and Japanese languages upon installation. This has the added bonus of allowing users to experiment to see which language they feel best working with.
    • Previously the only way to experiment with both English and Japanese vocals was to buy separate vocalists in both languages or to buy bilinguals.
  • As noted by the Yamaha VOCALOID5 English tutorial, the Japanese vocalists are both a little more precise when singing Japanese phrases.
  • The English vocals have on several occasions have been noted for their parallels to the very first Vocaloids released LEON and LOLA for the VOCALOID engine by fans. This is not just in how they sound, but their vocal type and genres of music they cover.
Software issues as noted:
  • Upon their release there was no guidelines aid a producer using any of the 4 vocalists leaving the user blind and having to find out the vocalists best results through trial and error. This is not a first for Vocaloid, however has not been common practice since VOCALOID2.
  • Though given free, not all users can work with languages they are not familiar with. This means the user may be left with 2 vocalists they never wanted or can't use beyond basic sound samples.
  • They are included with the VOCALOID5 engine making them some of the most expensive vocals to purchase.
    • However, based on past engine prices for VOCALOID3 and VOCALOID4 which were set at a approximent price of $95 if this used as an estimated price for the engine the total cost to buy the Standard version, the 4 are still being sold quite cheap at another approximent estimated price of $220.
    • This is the second best deal that Vocaloid offers for 4 vocals across two languages with 4 different vocalists behind the release, the best option being buying the full Premium version of VOCALOID5 which includes the VY series for an additional $129 price tag.


Individual VocalsEdit

Product Information
Package details
Amy is a English speaking female designed to be a "standard" vocal for VOCALOID5.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Has an expressive tone suitable for contemporary singing.[1]
  • Natural pronunciation with varied tones.[1]
  • Suitable for RnB and pop.[1]
  • Amy is a similar vocal type to LOLA, making her a suitable modern alternative to this vocal.
Phonetic notes as noted:
  • Like Cyber Songman, Amy is capable of pronouncing the "@l" and "4" phonemes.
Voicebank sample
Amy


Product Information
Package details
Chris is a English speaking male designed to be a "standard" vocal for VOCALOID5.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Chris is a youthful and light vocal and is capable of singing delicate sounds.
  • Has a result capable of a soft bass and powerful high range.[1]
  • Is an authentic RnB singer but capable of a wide range of genres.[1]
  • Chris is a similar vocal type to LEON, making him a suitable modern alternative to this vocal.
Phonetic notes as noted:
  • Like Cyber Songman, Chris is capable of pronouncing the "@l" and "4" phonemes.
Software issues as noted:
  • A common note toward Chris' vocal is that it has been remarked as sounding similar to past vocals like Yohioloid.
  • Out of all 4 vocalists, Chris is considered the most notable mismatched vocalist against his avatar, however this is also an issue which has been raised in regards to vocals such as Nekomura Iroha.
Voicebank sample
Chris


Product Information
Package details
Kaori is a Japanese speaking female designed to be a "standard" vocal for VOCALOID5.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Has a soulful vocal.
  • Her vocals have long tones, making them ideal for power singing.[1]
Voicebank sample
Kaori


Product Information
Package details
Ken is a Japanese speaking male designed to be a "standard" vocal for VOCALOID5.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • He has a soft tone, but is a little nasally at times.
  • Ken is the default vocal for VOCALOID5 and the engine will always revert back to his voicebank if a issue occurs, though this can be changed to other vocalists if the user doesn't want him to be the default vocalist.[2]
  • He is sharp and clear making him ideal for J-pop.[1]
Voicebank sample
Ken


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 https://djtechtools.com/2018/07/23/yamahas-vocaloid5-wants-to-bring-virtual-vocals-to-every-producer/
  2. https://www.vocaloid.com/en/support/faq/542

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