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Piapro Studio (ピアプロスタジオ) is a VSTi produced and developed by Crypton Future Media, meant for use in a DAW (digital audio workstation). Piapro Studio was first packaged with KAITO V3 and has been released with every Crypton release ever since.
Piapro Studio has been included with every Vocaloid release since VOCALOID3. It is supplied with their releases instead of the full version of the VOCALOID software and acts as an alternative to buying the main VOCALOID software. It can support multiple tracks and VSQx saving. Plug-in capabilities are also possible. Currently, Piapro Studio supports all five of the Vocaloid languages.
Note that VOCALOID and Piapro share some features. However, users should also note that some features are omitted from Piapro studio itself and features like XSY were not fully implemented at first. Therefore if these features are to be used, they must be done so within VOCALOID itself. VOCALOID is capable of cross referencing a number of features from Piapro Studio, though these functions can be more limited to use them within VOCALOID then Piapro Studio. Therefore, there is some advantage still in owning both the full VOCALOID engine and Piapro Studio.
One advantage Piapro Studio has over VOCALOID is that it is VSTi compactable so as well as being its own DAW, is able to work with other DAWs. Vocaloid struggles to do as over its versions its VSTi compatibility has often been problematic, with the best alternative being VOCALOID Editor for Cubase to resolve this issue.
A PreSonus Studio One edition is also available with 4 virtual instruments supplied: Presence, SampleOne, Mojito and Impact.
It was originally restricted to just working with KAITO V3, Hatsune Miku V3, and Hatsune Miku V3 English. Piapro Studio was later updated in December 2013 to be able to handle other VOCALOIDs besides those created by Crypton Future Media.
As of the v1.2.0 update, any VOCALOID2 and VOCALOID3 voicebank can be imported into the program. As of version 2, it supports VOCALOID4 voicebanks. Due to the retirement of VOCALOID2 support, Piapro Studio has since become a feasible alternative to allow continued use of VOCALOID2 vocals post their retirement.
"E.V.E.C." or "Enhanced Voice Expression Control", was developed to expand the expression and emotions of the set singer. E.V.E.C. is an advanced feature that can both aid and hinder a producer, due to its complexity and is more suitable for professional or experienced users.
- Main article: E.V.E.C.
- SONICWIRE Page on Piapro Studio's new functions
- Miku Channel - Challenge! Piapro Studio Course