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This is an article about the Macne Nana software for the VOCALOID3 engine. This is to be the first VOCALOID release of the Macne Series.


In 2013, VOCALOID NEO (a version of VOCALOID3 for the Mac) was released. However, though the news was interesting, as a Magazine editor Haruna Ikezawa had no budget for a VOCALOID production. Later, after things were sorted to produce the VOCALOID3 version, teasers were left hinting at Macne Nana being produced for VOCALOID3. This was later confirmed on Macne Nana's Twitter account.[1][2]

According to Mac Fan magazine, there was a conversation with Yamaha; no money was involved and the OK was given for the voice of Haruna Ikezawa to become a VOCALOID. The vocal would be reviewed at 70% completion. If the vocal does not meet with expectations, it will be scrapped. It will only be put forward to commercial release if the vocal is satisfactory.[3]

Because of the lack of a budget, a sponsor had to be found to power the projects budget and the distributor had to be sorted also. In the end the issue was sorted with Bplats. The decision was made to make this a Vocaloid Store exclusive only. Originally the project was to be released in Jan, but Haruna Ikezawa wanted to challenge herself by doing a English vocal as well as she found the original recording of her vocal boring. Permission, however, had to be asked due to the time frame that had been set aside to produce the vocal. However, the go ahead was given and English went also into production. Adding English set the project back, making it take a years and a half to produce and delayed release.

During the summer, her Japanese and English was re-recorded to improve its vocal. The Japanese vocal took a day to record while 5 days were taken to record the English again. A Chinese vocal was also produced as Haruna Ikezawa knows Chinese, but production was stopped at a prototype stage. This vocal was left to be considered as a future release rather than an immediate one.

Editing began in August, of which much trial and error occurred. Due to the Jan deadline, only 3 months were left to edit the vocal. The vocal had to be delivered to Yamaha by November. A total of over 1,000 hours were put into producing the vocal, this amounted to a workload of 15 hours a day. The Japanese vocal had to be redone 6 times, the English about 11 times. The English vocal in particular was difficult for Haruna Ikezawa to work with.

In October 2013, it was confirmed she was going ahead and that she would have both a PC version and a Mac version. It was also confirmed she would include an English as well as a Japanese vocal. She was slated for a January 2014 release.[4][5]

In November 2013, it was revealed that Bplats, Inc. will be the company that records her voicebanks. It was also stated that her English and Japanese voicebanks can be bought separately or as part of a bundle. The bundle went on pre-order in mid-december 2013. Those who pre-ordered would receive several bonuses, including the Macne Nana 2S vocal and wallpapers. Those who pre-ordered were also entered into a competition to win one of 10 signed hand-drawn pictures by Haruna Ikezawa and Gomoku Akatsuki.[6]

Future developmentEdit

It was mentioned in a interview that the Chinese vocal was not completely out of question yet, as they made a test vocal for Nana but it is not a complete version, they don't guarantee release for it.[7] Haruna Ikezawa was also interested in the French Vocaloid by VoxWave which was being produced with the help of VocaTone. Since Haruna Ikezawa can also speak French, she put the idea of French Nana also on the table for future developments.[8]

Currently the French project has been brought to a halt, decreasing Macne Nana's chances of getting a French vocal for the time being.[9]

AHS SalesEdit

In May 2015, due to the closure of the Vocaloid store, there was talk of selling Macne Nana in the AH-Software Co. Ltd. store. Although the VOCALOID SHOP was replacing the store, at the time the clause was considered "messy" – there were too many uncertain factors regarding what would happen after the switch.[10] As of June 2015, Macne Nana officially became available from the AHS shop.[11]


On March 28th, 2016, Macne Nana Plus was announced and was revealed to be the VOCALOID4 update for Nana. The package was to include an improved version of Nana's VOCALOID3 voicebanks and also added Macne Petit. However, it was also confirmed that Nana's VOCALOID3 voicebanks would cease distribution on March 31st.[12]

Product InformationEdit



ひいらぎ飾ろう (Hiiragi kazarou)/(Deck the Halls) (Japanese and English) Niconico YouTube SoundCloud
さくらさくら (Sakura Sakura) (Japanese) Niconico YouTube SoundCloud
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star SoundCloud
Na☆な! マクネナナ (Na☆na! Macne Nana) (English and Japanese)
Niconico YouTube SoundCloud
Na☆na! Macne Nana (Original Garage Vb) for comparison purposes YouTube



Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
  Tempo: 77–177 BPM  Range: C#3–C#4
Package details
This is the VOCALOID version of Macne Nana, which contains both Japanese and English vocals. Both a PC and Mac (VOCALOID NEO) version are available for sale. Her VOCALOID vocal maintains the same intentions as the vocals built for the original Reason and Garageband vocals; she is meant to sound light, cheerful, childlike and cute. The English and Japanese Macne Nana banks can be bought either separately or as a bundle.

The Macne Nana 2S vocal and wallpapers were included in pre-orders of the package.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • This is the very first time a Macne vocal has been produced with English capabilities. Previously, all versions of the Macne series and its vocals possessed only Japanese capabilities.
  • Vocals are much smoother than her original version; overall quality is much higher, and as a result, she produces a less robotic sounding voice.
  • Haruna Ikezawa is noted to be a fairly adapt singer but is still not a professional vocalist, so Macne Nana's vocal quality is also on par with that of a amateur vocalist.
  • According to the Yamaha store, Macne Nana is best at pop songs.
  • She was edited to meet a 24bit/96kHz quality mark. This was achieved via wavelength of the recordings of the vocal being edited.
  • The equipment was carefully selected during the recordings to minimize loss of characteristics of her providers vocal.
Software issues as noted:
  • Users of older versions of the vocal will note the differences between the Vocaloid version and past versions of the Macne Nana vocal. This was notable even in the original importation of the vocals from Garangeband and Reason to UTAU. This is owed both to the differences of engine workings as well as the vocal performance of Ikezawa's voice acting across the different versions that were recorded of her vocal.

Individual VoicesEdit

Product Information
  Tempo: 77 ~ 177BPM  Range: C3 ~ C4
Package details
This is the Japanese Macne Nana vocal.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • The quality of this vocal is much higher than all past versions built for Nana.
Voicebank sample

Macne Nana Japanese VOCALOID3

Nana Macne JPN

Product Information
  Tempo: 77 ~ 177BPM  Range: C3 ~ C4
Package details
This is the English version vocal. She has a strong Japanese accent due to the choice being made during development to let the vocal sound natural over sounding accurate.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Her vocal has a good level of clarity despite the Japanese accent.
  • Due to having the same tempo, range and tone, switching mid song to the Japanese vocal is less noticeable
Phonetic notes as noted:
Voicebank sample

Macne Nana English VOCALOID3

Nana Macne ENG


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  6. bplats taking about Macne Nana
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  9. ALYS-EN.pdf
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  12. Nana Plus replacement


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