CYBER DIVA is an English VOCALOID developed and distributed by YAMAHA JPN and was released in February 2015 for the VOCALOID4 engine. In March 2015, on Instagram, an American singer, theater actress, and model named Jenny Shima claimed that she was the voice provider for CYBER DIVA.
Her name, "CYBER DIVA", has not been explained by her developers. It is currently unknown how she received the name.
"Diva" is used as a loanword in English to describe females, generally singers, who reach idol status or consider themselves as important. It is a descriptive word that can also be used as a girl's name, which is borrowed from archaic Italian and originally meant "goddess".
Due to the origin of the word "Diva", the name can have more than one meaning when read. It can also be seen as a play on words.
As part of the VY series, CYBER DIVA follows similar ideals to past VY vocals VY1 and VY2. These VOCALOIDs were designed with the intention of being able to freely manipulate the VOCALOID to how a producer wants.
It is speculated that because YAMAHA was aiming for the Western audience and looking for a more professional look, YAMAHA opted to use a simple photo as an avatar without a character concept behind it (similar to Zero-G's Prima and Tonio).
As a result, the name and address they created was a person named "Korozashisakae" who lived in Sunny Apartment, Room 203 in Tokyo. However, the site caught on that the address never existed and they managed to cancel the order and have their money refunded to them, as well as acquiring the downloadable version of the VOCALOID4 software.
CYBER DIVA gained the no.1 "Hot New Releases in Recording Virtual Instruments Software" on amazon.com when released for sale
CYBER DIVA was well received upon unveiling and her demo "ATHENA" reached over 100,000+ views, putting the demo on par with OLIVER and YOHIOloid. Her demo reached this amount within 3 months of being posted, making it the fastest English-only demo to reach this amount.
First newly introduced VOCALOID4
First English VOCALOID4
First native English VOCALOID produced by YAMAHA
First native English VOCALOID to be produced for Mac
First female native English VOCALOID to be available for Mac
First English VOCALOID from the VY series
First VY VOCALOID to not have "VY" written as their name