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Kagamine Rin \ Len (CV02)
Biographical information
Gender
Age
Height
Weight
Product information
Company Crypton Future Media, Inc.
Initial release December 27, 2007
Stable release VOCALOID2
Status Retired; Replaced with "Kagamine Rin \ Len - Act 2 (CV02)"
Operating system Windows 32-bit operating systems (XP, Vista)
Type • Kagamine Rin
• Kagamine Len
Language Japanese Japflag
Distributor
Voice provider
Illustrator
Reduced no.
Affiliation
License Proprietary
Website Company homepage

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Kagamine Rin \ Len VOCALOID2 Act2 Append _V3_ English


This is an article about the Kagamine Rin and Len software for the VOCALOID2 engine.

HistoryEdit

Crypton Future Media intended to produce a VOCALOID with a young teen girl's voice at first following Hatsune Miku, but there was also demand for a boy's voice, so Crypton Future Media hired a voice actress who could produce both. Kagamine Rin was the first voicebank developed and introduced to the VOCALOID consumer market on November 8, 2007.[1] However, the package included two voicebanks: one for Rin and another for Len both provided by the seiyū Asami Shimoda (下田 麻美 Shimoda Asami), Kagamine Len was unveiled after Kagamine Rin on December 3, 2007.[2] The package was the same price as Hatsune Miku, even though there were two voicebanks in the box.[3][4]

According to Asami Shimoda, Len's voice was achieved by singing within her chest, while Rin's at the top of her head.[5][6]

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations
R-Side (Kagamine Rin)[7] Crypton
L-Side (Kagamine Len) Crypton
(Kagamine Rin \ Len) Crypton

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
To our readers and editors: For section notes, please read Notes; Voicebank sections.
Optimum


Package Details
The Kagamine's were released as a more advanced VOCALOID package than Hatsune Miku, yet carried on the concept ideas, this time by releasing a package containing 2 voicebanks for contrasting male and female results. Since they were sold together as a pair at the same price as Hatsune Miku, the Kagamine package was considered a bargain. Their vocal results are obtained from voice acting, therefore do not intentionally produce professional singing result and making both Rin and Len Character Voice type Vocaloids.
Vocal Traits
As noted;
  • Both Rin and Len are "power" vocal types.
  • Due to its flexibility the vocals could to be used for a high variety of songs.
  • Compared to Hatsune Miku, the Kagamine package was overall ranked as a lesser quality product.
  • This particular package had a reputation for being difficult to work with, leaving ranked as a med-expert level vocal.
Phonetic notes
Software Issues
As noted;
  • Crypton Future Media received many complaints from producers who had high expectations after Hatsune Miku's release, due to the amount of issues with Rin and Len's vocals.

After the release of "Act2", this software became referred to as "Act1" by both Crypton Future Media and Vocaloid fans.[8]

The default voice for this package is "Kagamine Rin" and users have to manually select the Kagamine Len vocal.

Individual VocalsEdit

Product Information
To our readers and editors: For section notes, please read Notes; Voicebank sections.
Optimum
  Genre: Electro-pop, Enka, Pop, rock

  Tempo: 85 ~ 175BPM   Range: F#3 ~ C#5

Package Details
Rin is designed to be a deep sounding teenage female, and the female counterpart for the Len vocal also supplied within the package.
Vocal Traits
As noted:
  • She handles faster paced songs better than Len.
  • Harmonizes with Kagamine Len better than most other vocals.
  • Rin's pronunciations are sharp compared to Kagamine Len's.
Phonetic notes
As noted;
  • Her vowel sounds are choppy and overall lack smoothness. A number of vowel related sounds are absent.
  • She hardly pronounces her consonants.[9]
Software Issues
As noted:
  • According to Asami Shimoda, some say Rin's voice echoes within their head and makes them feel dizzy.[10]

Product Information
To our readers and editors: For section notes, please read Notes; Voicebank sections.
Optimum
  Genre: Dance, Enka, Pop, rock

  Tempo: 70 ~ 160BPM   Range: D3 ~ C#5

Package Details
Len is the male counterpart to the Rin vocal and like her is intended to sound "deep" in tone. He is a young boy sounding singer and the vocal range is in the Soprano scale.
Vocal Traits
As noted;
  • His voice has a slight "lisp" sound which separates his vocals overall from Rin's.
  • He can harmonize with Rin relatively easier than most Vocaloids due to having similar vocal capabilities.
  • His vocal range capabilities are also slightly larger than Rin.[11]
  • At a known optimum vocal range of #C5 Kagamine Len has the highest male vocal within the Vocaloid 2 range, however, take in mind that he was voiced by a female vocalist.
  • Compared to the Rin vocal, Len is often weaker on higher notes
  • Len is often considered more difficult to work with than his counterpart, Rin. [12]
  • He is better at slower songs compared to Rin.
Phonetic notes
As noted;
  • His vowel sounds are choppy and overall lacked smoothness with a number of vowel related sounds being absent.
Software Issues
As noted;
  • A particular noted weakness of Len's voicebank is that he is limited in his capabilities of matching masculine vocal tones, owed to his voice provider being female. Therefore, he cannot produce a satisfactory low masculine vocal tone.[13]
  • According to Asami Shimoda, there are some complaints towards the Vocaloid within the Japanese fandom on how they sound. Some say Len's high vocals do not appeal to those not fond of the pair.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. link
  2. link
  3. [1] Official Profile Asami Shimoda
  4. [2] Asami Shimoda's Blog
  5. "VOCALOID MANIACS","DTM magazine"15(1)(No.165, 2008.1, Published by Terashima Jouhou Kikaku, P26
  6. [3] Weekly Plus - VOCALOID『鏡音リン・レンAppend』発売記念インタビュー第2弾は声優の下田麻美さん♪ (Len Append, interview with Shimoda Asami)
  7. More versions of this song
  8. link
  9. link
  10. [4] ASCII - VOCALOID『鏡音リン・レンAppend』発売記念インタビュー第2弾は声優の下田麻美さん♪
  11. link
  12. [5] Danchan-P’s Blog - VOCALOID2操作(調教)法(1)
  13. [6] ITMedia News - コードネームは「勇馬」 ヤマハ純正のイケメンボカロ「VY2」の話を聞いてきた
  14. [7] ASCII - VOCALOID『鏡音リン・レンAppend』発売記念インタビュー第2弾は声優の下田麻美さん♪

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