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Kasane Teto (重音テト) is a Japanese UTAU who was originally created as a troll "VOCALOID" by fans. Her surname 重音 (Kasane) means "Piled-up Sound." Her name テト (Teto) comes from Tetopettenson, a parody song of Le Beau Tambour. Although her voicebank is only for use in UTAU, many people still mistake her for a VOCALOID.
Following the rising popularity of Hatsune Miku, "Vippers" (Vip News Bulletin@2ch users) schemed a troll "new VOCALOID release" as an April Fool's joke. Sen (線) provided the rough sketch and Nobuyo Oyama, a spoof for Doraemon's former voice actress Nobuyo Ohyama, provided the vocal. The Teto project continued after the troll campaign, and her vocal was recorded again for the use on UTAU, which vocal synthesis software was released two months earlier. UTAU and Teto were both unnoticed among VOCALOID composers at first, but during the last half of the year of her release several creators started composing songs for Teto, causing her fame to be established during following year. The voice provider's name reading was then changed to Mayo Oyamano (小山乃 舞世 Oyamano Mayo) to avoid unnecessary confusion.
Teto was given official acceptance to piapro on Apr. 1, 2010, and to Project DIVA on Oct. 10, 2011.
Impact on VOCALOIDEdit
The first cover song using Teto was created as early as on April 6 of the year, and her signature song "Mimi no Aru Robot no Uta" was published on June 10 by Mimirobo-P. Since then several creators including Lamaze-P, Telmin and Death Ohagi started to create Teto songs. Some of these early works are "Fake Diva", "Triple Baka", "Kasane Territory", and "Popipo MkII".
This trend changed on August 1, 2009, when UTAU was updated and VCV voicebanks became available. Teto's VCV voicebank was released on October 20, 2009 and her singing became more natural than before. This evolution made more DAW users turn their eyes towards Teto. Many Teto songs were posted to Niconico, and Teto and UTAU established the place among VOCALOID.
Users of UTAU must always be aware of the licensing behind any UTAU voicebank they use and Teto is no exception to this rule. For example, websites labelled as "TheOfficialTeto..." are plagiarizers if the owners did not have permission from team TWINDRILL, therefore users should be wary of fakes.
Kasane Teto and Arisa Mitsuko were illegally used in a concert held in Mexico in 2011, as the organizers used her image without permission from TWINDRILL. TWINDRILL is handling this privately due to the illegal usage of Teto's image.
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| Genre: Pop, Anison
Tempo: 70~150 BPM Range: A#3~E#5
|Teto is held under license by Team TWINDRILL and usage of her image and voicebank must comply with their licensing agreement. Her initial release is BOUCALOID on April 1, 2008 with triphones on September 17, 2011, and her second release is BOUCALOID APPEND on October 1, 2012.|
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Note: The following is assembled based on opinions within the Vocaloid fandom, gathered from various sources: Fan Forums / Product reviews / NND / YT. The notable reactions mentioned here should not be taken as a universal reflection by the entire fandom on said Vocaloid.
- She is recognized as the first UTAU with a recorded voicebank, as Utane Uta's is borrowed from AquesTalk Female-1, which is machine synthesized.
- She, Momone Momo and Utane Uta were refered to as the "3 UTAU Girls", due to their fame.
- She is the first VIPPERloid.
- She is the first UTAU character to appear in the Project DIVA videogames.
- She is the first "non-VOCALOID" character that is licensed by Crypton Future Media to be in a Project DIVA game.