- This is an article about the version of the galaco software for the VOCALOID3 engine that was released as a contest prize.
galaco was first referred to as a VOCALOID when the VOCALOID Shop's competition for VOCALOID3 voicebanks was extended to allow new VOCALOIDs V3 Megpoid - Native and V3 Lily as possible entrants. She was offered as a prize for anyone who managed to get 1,000+ views on Nico Nico Douga in the Yamaha Shop music competition, but neither her name nor image was announced until late April 2012.
Due to the fact that she was only obtainable via competition, it was only possible to legally gain access to galaco by using another pre-bought VOCALOID3 voicebank, even though her software itself still acted as a normal VOCALOID vocal library. She is the first case of needing a previous VOCALOID to gain access to a completely new voicebank of a new character.
The vocal was to be awarded in conjunction with the end of the competition on the 30th of June 2012 and the voicebank itself released on August 5, 2012. As of June 30, it was awarded to 697 people. She is available only via download. This download service expired on December 31, however until then new codes can be obtained to continue using her. The code for activating her expired on January 31, 2013; new codes must be obtained to extend her usage. Any codes obtained to extend the use of galaco expired on April 30.
galaco continued to be used after 31st Jan 2013 by one of two methods:
- Registration with P-Club
- Contacting UGC Publishing
Further news on galaco was released and continued use via the allocated methods were extended up to the 30th of October 2013. Support to extend the use of galaco ended on June 30. Users were to post their serial code to firstname.lastname@example.org to get an extension completed. As galaco is a Japanese database, technical support was only offered for galaco in Japanese. Yamaha did not accept any new applicants for use of galaco nor personnel data in the e-mail.
Yamaha also wished that users read and understood the conditions set out for use of galaco and respect the restrictions on her. They formerly apologized for the inconvenience this has caused users in the process.
There are no further plans to extend use of her original voicebank legally past the 30th of October 2013.
It was later confirmed the reason for the discontinued use of galaco was simply that Yamaha could not find a way for galaco to continue to exist in her current form, as they could not release a non-expiring serial code. There had been calls for an official release and continued use. The team behind galaco were promised to make an announcement before October 31, 2013 on galaco.
In early August 2013, a new update for galaco was shown and a demo song released for galaco's next project. Users who were given their free codes to extend galaco's usage were asked to keep hold of them for future reference.
As of October 31, 2013, this vocal is now retired and has since been replaced with Galaco NEO. It is no longer possible to legally acquire or maintain a working full copy of this version.
|Genre: Pops, Ballad Tempo: 60 ~ 175BPM Range: F2 ~ G4 (Contralto)|
| galaco's vocal was handed out as a prize exclusively for those who managed to get 1,000 views in the VOCALOID shop music contest, so there are currently no plans to release this vocal as a commercial product. Despite being offered as a prize, permanent use of this particular vocal version was never intended, and access to this particular vocal was restricted even right up until its retirement.
The vocal was recorded in a everyday speech tone of voice. According to the later commercial release that would replace this particular version, galaco was supposed to be a faithful recreation of the provider's voice.
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