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Kagamine Rin/Len VOCALOID2 act2 Append VOCALOID4 English


This is an article about the Kagamine Rin and Len V4X software for the VOCALOID4 engine.

HistoryEdit

Kagamine V3; 2013Edit

In November 2013, the Kagamines package was being worked on, along with an English version.[1]

At the end of 2013, Wat stated he was currently working on the personality of the Kagamine and Megurine vocals.[2] Wat also mentioned that he was meeting increased challenges in the new year. After 10 days, he was finally able to work on configuring the Kagamine vocals.[3]

Kagamine update; 2014Edit

In Jan 2014, Wat revealed that due to the change in wavelength for VOCALOID3, he was re-evaluating ACT1 and "POWER" Rin and Len.[4] Wat said that the early Rin voice had a strong feeling about it.[5] He also said that the situation with MEIKO V3 "Power" was similar with the Kagamine Act1 package. MEIKO's "Power" vocal was recorded in 2009 and did not produce good results on the VOCALOID2 engine, so the decision was made to delay it until the VOCALOID3 engine. However, it was brought out again in 2013. Based on this, Wat mentioned it may be possible to also bring Act1 back.[6]

After finishing recording the new vocals for Rin, Wat felt that the shift to V3 had proved to be a good one, especially for the "Power" Append.[7] Wat's opinion was that the Kagamines needed adjusting to give them a bigger vocal range.[8] After a week working on the voices, Wat decided that it was time to return to working on, then, Megurine Luka V3.[9] According to him, Rin's power and stretch notes are her strength. They were doing some research to continue to improve them.[10]

Later, Len's high notes were discussed. They were in the process of improving, along with the low frequency of the Kagamine voices. Aside from triphones, new recording material was added to their voices.[11]

In late October, PowerFX's Bil Bryant revealed that their new vocal RUBY was due to be released before Christmas 2014. However since VOCALOID4 was soon to be announced, they were holding her back. In light of this, Wat was asked about Luka's status. The title of the product was mentioned and Wat referred to Luka as "New Luka", instead of "Luka V3". While it was not a confirmation that she is due for a V4 release, he did confirm otherwise.[12]

The Kagamines were not reported on, but they were stated to be due in Q3 of 2015, and Luka due in Q1 2015 before them.

On November 21, Wat shared that the Kagamines were going to be a V4X title, like Luka. At this time, they were testing and implementing E.V.E.C. on the duo VOCALOIDs.[13]

In late December 2014, Wat tweeted saying the new V4 update was about 35% complete.[14] Wat also mentioned that they were aiming for variations of strength in their vocals, and control of the vocals force.[15]

Kagamine update; 2015Edit

In February, Wat reported they will focus on the Kagamine V4X product upon the release of Megurine Luka V4X.[16]

In March, the subject of their "Power" voice library was brought up.[17]

It was confirmed that fixes to the Kagamine voices would happen by mid-May—the focus being on sound quality and pronunciations. If all went well, samples would be posted of the progress.[18]

In May 21, Wat tweeted saying that the V4X update was about 65-70% complete.[19]

On July 18, Rin's POWER voicebank was nearly complete, and her WARM voicebank would be worked upon next.[20] On August 1, it was noted that the Kagamines may be delayed to a late 2015 release.[21] In August, a product page for Kagamine V4X was launched, placing their expected release at December 2015.[22]

On October 23, Wat tweeted that a demo song was in the works for the pair.[23] On October 29, following the release of the demo "Tokyo Zombie Land", the main page was updated. According to it, Rin received updates to her POWER, WARM, and SWEET voicebanks, while Len received updates to his POWER, COLD, and SERIOUS voicebanks. E.V.E.C. is only available to both VOCALOIDs' POWER voicebanks. The Voice Colors only include POWER and SOFT. In addition, it as confirmed that the Japanese package could be bought on its own or as a bundle with the English package.[24]

During November, design teases were made. On the 15th, it was announced that their full design would be unveiled the following weekend.[25]

Rin and Len V4X was confirmed to release on December 24, 2015.[26]

Product InformationEdit

Demonstration songsEdit

Demonstrations

東京ゾンビランド (Tokyo Zombie Land) (Rin and Len POWER β) Niconico YouTube
メリークリスマス、マイヒーロー。 (Merry Christmas, My Hero.) (Rin Sweet) Niconico YouTube
三度目の冬 (Sandome no Fuyu) (Len Serious) Niconico YouTube
蜜月アン・ドゥ・トロワ (Mitsugetsu Un Deux Trois) (Rin Warm/Power) Niconico YouTube
頑張ろうよ (Ganbarou yo) (Len Power/Cold) Niconico YouTube
グレア (Gurea) (Rin Sweet/Power and Len Serious/Power) Niconico YouTube
エンクロージャー (enclosure) (Rin Power/Warm and Len Power/Cold) Niconico YouTube

Recommended Edit

  • OS:
    • Windows: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 (32/64bit)
    • Mac: OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or more
  • RAM: 2GB or more (recommended more than 4GB)
  • Hard Disk Capacity:
    • Japanese voicebanks:
      • Windows: More than 10GB (NTFS format)
      • Mac: More than 10GB (HFS+ format)
    • Bundle:
      • Windows: More than 16GB (NTFS format)
      • Mac: More than 16GB (HFS+ format)
  • Other: while the Windows ver. can be both physical and digital, the Mac version is DL only.
  • Internet connection.

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
Package details
As stated on their website, the V4X version is based upon the original act1 voice and the Append package. In contrast to the Megurine Luka V4X package, the Kagamine package does not naturally offer English vocals. Like all past Kagamine packages, the contents of the package are split between Rin and Len, with both voices covering a certain range that overlaps each other, while offering contrasting approaches to the same vocal. It also makes use of the new EVEC system within Piapro Studio.

In contrast to Luka, the focus of this package is based upon "Tension"[27] and the package keeps in line with the Kagamines' focus of being a "power" type vocal. In addition, because of its smaller overall content, it is not as advanced as the Luka V4X package, but in contrast it is overall more suitable for beginners for this reason. Also unlike the Luka V4x package, it covers a much greater tempo and vocal range with either Rin or Len, whereas Luka's V4X package only covered the same tempo and range for either Japanese or English.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • GWL capable
  • In regards to their E.V.E.C.
    • The Kagamine V4X package, in contrast to the Megurine Luka V4X package has only two E.V.E.C. colours; "Power" and "Soft". This is because the situation was reversed,instead of having expressions and "colouring" them with tones, they have tones which were then coloured with expression.
    • Only the two "Power" Append vocals have access to E.V.E.C. in addition to this.
    • The "Consonant Extension Function" is replaced by "Pronunciation Extension Function (Stronger Pronunciation)". This function enables to switch to a stronger pronunciation when moving from consonant to vowel. You can give a stronger tension to the attack of words for every note. Also, this "Stronger Pronunciation" is intended to work along with GWL when creating a "screaming" voice, by turning on "Stronger Pronunciation" and adding a sufficient amount of Growl.
    • Though their colours are limited in number compared to Luka's, they have more noticable impact when used for XSY then man of the combinations Luka had to offer.
  • XSY capable.
    • XSY between the two Vocaloid (example "Rin Power" and "Len Cold") is impossible, XSY works only with vocals assigned to either Len or Rin.
    • Discounting E.V.E.C., both Rin and Len each have access to the equivalent of 6 additional voicebanks achievable via XSY. The total tone variation offered by the package comes to a theoretical 9 voicebanks each in total.
    • E.V.E.C colours offer a further of 2 variations per vocal to each Kagamine. Once used with XSY 8 additional tones are achievable. So E.V.E.C. offers a further 10 tone variations per Kagamine.
  • Discounting Luka English, compared to the Luka product, a total of 6 Japanese vocals are on offer 3 each. So those seeking to focus only on Vocaloid have more options based on Vocaloid alone, even if XSY is not used, have more options.
  • One of the notable fixes of the package compared to the Vocaloid2 Append version is the balancing of Rin's vocal range. Whereas before her Appends suffered an overall limit vocal range in contrast to Len's, the pair are now more equals in their voicebanks ranges.
Software issues as noted:
  • As pointed by producer Cillia, while they are now easier to mix, they both aren't that much different from their V2 version. This could make people unable to notice the update improvements.[28]
  • Though during the VOCALOID2 engine's era, a total of 5 vocals were produced for the pair, this package repeats only 3 of those 5 vocals. The missing two vocals should be covered by the E.V.E.C. "Soft" and "Power", however, like Luka it is impossible to create a natural recreation of the vocals missing with the Vocaloid voicebanks alone.
  • This packages main issue with XSY and E.V.E.C. and its overall tone coverage.
    • For having 1 vocal with access to E.V.E.C. each, which cannot XSY together, they have the least variation per E.V.E.C. and XSY combination options.
    • The number of variations for Vocaloid voicebanks for XSY is greater then Luka's package, but the number of E.V.E.C. colours is less then either Luka or Miku, even if both Kagamines are taken into account.
    • The total variation offered by E.V.E.C. and XSY combined is notably less compared to other V4x packages. Compared to Miku, they have over 1/6 the output each, compared to Luka almost 1/7 the output each (note; based on Japanese vocals alone). Combined they still have only roughly 1/3 the output of either package.
  • Because it is just an update of the previous versions and because of overall lack of combined content for what it offers, this is not the strongest of Crytpon's V4x packages. It may even be considered the overall weakest of the V4x packages overall.


Individual vocalsEdit

KAGAMINE RIN V4X DB

Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 50~170BPM  Range: F2~E4
Package details
VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Rin Append "Power". The overall effet is designed to be combined with EVEC to allow a high amount of tone expression.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • In regards to E.V.E.C
    • "Power" serves to create tone variation and expression for Rin by combining it via XSY with "Sweet" and "Warm".
    • The expression can be controlled with both Voice colours "Soft" and "Power". When used for XSY, this will adjust the expression further, allowing for combinations such as softer Power/Sweet XSY.
    • To further add to expression, the new "Pronunciation extension" function will strength the vocals further. This is recommended to be combined with GWL to achieve its best results. Its use is effective enough that"Power" coloured with the "Power" Voice colour, and this function produce an extremely overpowering result, or swap out for the "soft" colour for the same, but softer result. The effect liken to Rin shouting during singing.
    • The combination of all these things when used with XSY allow for a high variety of tone variation and expression. The stability with this method is also such better then with Megurine Luka V4X as unless you did much work, she did not so easily produce such levels of expression.
  • Triphones added.
  • Increased Tempo range which allows Power to cover more slower genres of music.
  • Her highest vocal range is not quite as high as the original V2 vocal, however her lower range is greatly increased.
  • Overall, her "Power" vocal has a much greater range than it did in V2. This fixes the main issue with the original Append concerning its limited range.
Software issues as noted:
  • As with many other Power voicebanks, the general performance of both Power vocals produce a notorious sharp and metallic tone.
  • To add to the above,the vocal can come off as too strong when using a combination of the E.V.E.C. functions. This leads to loss of quality.
Voicebank sample

RIN V4X Power

Rin v4 pow


Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 50~160BPM  Range: F2~C4
Package details
VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Rin Append "Warm".
Vocal traits as noted:
  • In this version of the vocal, Warm is designed with the purpose of adding a tone to "Power", or to have "Power" add tone to it.
  • Triphones added.
  • Increased Tempo range which allows Warm to cover more genres of music. This fixes the issue with the original Append vocal concerning its limited range.
  • Her upper range is slightly lower, but her lower ranges are greatly increased.
  • Overall, her vocals range has greatly been increased.
  • In this version of the vocal, "Sweet"s ideal purpose is adding a tone to "Power" mostly so is better suited as a second vocal in XSY. It will add the effect of a "warm" tone which can then have its expression greatly adjusted using the EVEC tools.
  • Without being used to combine with "Power", or just using "Power" with no E.V.E.C. functions at all in place, "Warm" acts as a normal Vocaloid vocal and will function the same as any other.
Software issues as noted:
  • More to come
Voicebank sample

RIN V4X Warm

Rin v4 war


Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 55~155BPM  Range: G2~D4
Package details
VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Rin Append "Sweet".
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Triphones added.
  • In this version of the vocal, "Sweet"s ideal purpose is adding a tone to "Power" mostly so is better suited as a second vocal in XSY. It will add the effect of a sweeter more whisper-like tone which can then have its expression greatly adjusted using the EVEC tools.
  • Without being used to combine with "Power", or just using "Power" with no E.V.E.C. functions at all in place, "Sweet" acts as a normal Vocaloid vocal and will function the same as any other.
Software issues as noted:
  • Sweet's upper range has also been slightly increased. However, the higher range is more restricted, for a greatly increased lower range.
  • The loss of the higher notes is due to it no longer being able to go as far up in the octaves as it once did, in order to support the lower notes.
Voicebank sample

RIN V4X Sweet

Rin v4 swe


KAGAMINE LEN V4X DB

Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 60~170BPM  Range: D2~D4
Package details
VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Len Append "Power".
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Triphones added.
  • Increased tempo range, allowing Power to cover more slower genres of music.
  • As well as Rin's Power range being increased, Len's Power also has a slightly increased range compared to VOCALOID2.
  • In regards to E.V.E.C
    • "Power" serves to create tone variation and expression for Len by combining it via XSY with "Serious" and "Cold".
    • The expression can be controlled with both Voice colours "Soft" and "Power". When used for XSY, this will adjust the expression further, allowing for combinations such as softer Power/SErious XSY.
    • To further add to expression, the new "Pronunciation extension" function will strength the vocals further. This is recommended to be combined with GWL to achieve its best results. Its use is effective enough that "Power" coloured with the "Power" Voice colour, and this function produce an extremely overpowering result, or swap out for the "soft" colour for the same, but softer result. The effect liken to Len shouting during singing.
    • The combination of all these things when used with XSY allow for a high variety of tone variation and expression. The stability with this method is also such better then with Megurine Luka V4X as unless you did much work, she did not so easily produce such levels of expression.
Software issues as noted:
  • As with many other Power voicebanks, the general performance of both Power vocals produce a notorious sharp and metallic tone.
  • To add to the above,the vocal can come off as too strong when using a combination of the E.V.E.C. functions. This leads to loss of quality.
Voicebank sample

LEN V4X Power

Len v4 pow


Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 60~160BPM  Range: E2~C4
Package details
VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Len Append "Cold".
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Triphones added.
  • Slightly increased vocal range compared to the Vocaloid2 version.
  • In this version of the vocal, "Cold"s ideal purpose is adding a tone to "Power" mostly so is better suited as a second vocal in XSY. It will add the effect of a "gentle soft" tone which can then have its expression greatly adjusted using the EVEC tools.
  • Without being used to combine with "Power", or just using "Power" with no E.V.E.C. functions at all in place, "Cold" acts as a normal Vocaloid vocal and will function the same as any other.
Software issues as noted:
  • As noted in a comparison made by VOCALOID TV, both Len Cold and Serious do not offer many differences between them, both having a soft airy timbre in the performance.
Voicebank sample

LEN V4X Cold

Len v4 col


Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 55~155BPM  Range: F2~C4
Package details
VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Len Append "Serious".
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Triphones added.
  • In this version of the vocal, "Serious"s ideal purpose is adding a tone to "Power" mostly so is better suited as a second vocal in XSY. It will add the effect of a "lonely soft" tone which can then have its expression greatly adjusted using the EVEC tools.
  • Without being used to combine with "Power", or just using "Power" with no E.V.E.C. functions at all in place, "Serious" acts as a normal Vocaloid vocal and will function the same as any other.
Software issues as noted:
  • As noted in a comparison made by VOCALOID TV, both Len Cold and Serious do not offer many differences between them, both having a soft airy timbre in the performance.
Voicebank sample

LEN V4X Serious

Len v4 ser


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