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MIRIAM VOCALOID1


This is an article about the MIRIAM software for the first VOCALOID engine.

HistoryEdit

In July 2004, Zero-G went through with a limited release for MIRIAM, making her the third VOCALOID to be put up for purchase. MIRIAM's programming surpassed her previous VOCALOID counterparts, Lola and Leon. Miriam Stockley herself offered to allow her voice to be added into the software engine, providing the front-page quote that you cannot fight progress.[2] Improved functionality was implemented in the software, which lessened the time for a VOCALOID user to produce more realistic sound. In addition, Yamaha mentioned on their website that MIRIAM's synthesis quality was much higher than previously.[3][4]

Re-SaleEdit

In 2008, LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM were put back on sale for the first time in several years, this was thanks to the interest in Vocaloid.

Final RetirementEdit

In mid December 2013, Zero-G's regular newsletter reported that on the 31st of December 2013 LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM would receive permanent retirement and would be removed from sale; they were all officially retired on the 1st of January 2014.[5]

Zero-G have since responded explaining that due to finical reasons, it is not feasible to update any of the 3 VOCALOID vocals and it is unlikely they will ever be updated.

Post Retirement DL salesEdit

On 26 December 2014 in response to a fan e-mail, Zero-G confirmed that they will still offer Leon, Lola and Miriam in download format only. However, they cannot provide software support at this stage and users wishing to purchase the software must understand they cannot seek technical support from Zero-G.

For more information on to purchase these vocals see Vocaloid Otaku forums

As of September 2015, Zero-G permanently discontinued sales of LEON, LOLA, and MIRIAM and it was no longer possible to purchase them using this method.[6]

Provider FeedbackEdit

In March 2015, Miriam Stockley tweeted that she was interested in updating MIRIAM to the VOCALOID4 software due to how far the software had come since VOCALOID.[7] However, Zero-G expressed no wish to follow up on the idea.

End of Serial CodesEdit

In November 2015, it was confirmed by Zero-G via a fan response that all serial codes for Miriam have been used up. This means Miriam can no longer be purchased at all.[8]

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

"I love you, my baby" YouTube YouTube, another version
Never Give Up YouTube Zero-G
Is This It YouTube Zero-G
Under The Moon YouTube Zero-G
Help me understand you (MIRIAM/BIG AL beta) & [Club ver] YouTube
The Phantom Of The Opera (MIRIAM/LEON) JMT
West JMT
Short Romance (MIRIAM/LEON) JMT
In The Darkness (LEON/LOLA/MIRIAM) JMT

RecommendedEdit

Minimum Requirements
  • Windows XP or Windows 2000 (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VOCALOID VERSION 1 PRODUCTS LEON, LOLA AND MIRIAM ARE NOT FULLY COMPATIBLE* WITH WINDOWS 7 OR LATER)
  • Pentium III, 1 GHz or faster
  • 512MB of RAM or more
  • 32 bit required (does not work on 64 bit systems)
  • Approx 700 Mb Hard disk space or more
  • SVGA Display (1024x768)
  • Sound Card with Microsoft DirectSound Compatible driver
  • LAN/network card must be installed, or a USB network card must be connected to the USB port.
Recommended Requirements
  • Windows XP (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VOCALOID VERSION 1 PRODUCTS LEON, LOLA AND MIRIAM ARE NOT FULLY COMPATIBLE* WITH WINDOWS 7 OR LATER)
  • Pentium 4, 1.7 GHz or faster
  • 32 bit
  • 1 GB of RAM or more

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
Optimum
  Genre: Mainly pop and dance music, but suits in other soft music styles like ballads and choral.
Package details
Unlike LEON and LOLA, MIRIAM was sold as the "voice of Miriam Stockley" and was a more general style of VOCALOID. MIRIAM's accent is a mild South African English accent, although is mostly sold as a British vocal.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Overall, though no engine adjustments were made for her release, her voice was much smoother than previous VOCALOIDs LEON and LOLA due to vocal fixes.
  • MIRIAM was a softer, lighter vocal due to its gentler tone, and was more suited for pop songs and slow ballads as she favoured higher notes.
  • She is the softest of the VOCALOID era voicebanks, having a clear "crystal-like" voice: sometimes this works against her as she loses much clarity.
Phonetic notes as noted:
  • She had a larger phonetic sample base making her English skills better than LEON or LOLA.
Software issues as noted:
  • Problems with note pitching were reported by users.[9] She also produces undesirable results above a certain octave.[10]
Voicebank sample

MIRIAM VOCALOID1

Miriam by Rinshuu

MIRIAM singing in her raw state

MIRIAMSAMPLE


A trial version has been released of this product.

InterfaceEdit

Miriaminterface

MIRIAM's VOCALOID interface

Like all VOCALOID vocals, MIRIAM has her own version of the VOCALOID interface.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Another date that appears is July 20, 2004; reason unknown
  2. New York Times - Could I Get That Song in Elvis, Please?
  3. Vocaloid.com/en - VOCALOID MIRIAM has been released by Zero-G Limited !!
  4. ZEROGcs - Vocaloid MIRIAM
  5. link
  6. link
  7. Miriam Stockley's response to an update
  8. link
  9. Sound on Sound - VOCALOID MIRIAM
  10. Forum topic

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  • A place where you can buy LEON/LOLA/MIRIAM?

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    • I may consider asking Zero-G about Leon/Lola's DL through Private Inquiry (if I cant find physical boxs by the end of the year; as I usually ...
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  • A possible MIRIAM V4?

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    • 99.71.121.131 wrote:Maybe after the De&Dai, ZROG can just wait for their sales to come in, take some of the money from their other instrum...
    • If the whole "rock vocal" thing is in reference to Dex and Daina, I can confirm that neither are the rock VOCALOID Zero-G had planned.  In fa...

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