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VFS-01R Ring Suzune (リング・スズネ) was a potential VOCALOID announced for the VOCALOID3 engine during its pre-release promotions and was announced alongside Hibiki Lui. Though a demo of her voice was made, all activity from Vocaloid Next has ceased and both she and Lui are currently presumed cancelled.

Her voice is provided by MiKA of the band Daisy x Daisy and she was intended to be a "Character Voice" type VOCALOID.

History

In 2011 the "Everyone's Vocaloid Project" (みんなのボカロ計画 / Minna no Bokaro Keikaku) contest was held. Entries from both within Japan and overseas were allowed. In late May of 2011 the winning contestants were picked out of the thousands of entries. Ring's was one of two designs selected, which were announced at VOCALOID Festa 02.

Ring was originally set to be released in Fall/Winter of 2011.[1] She was confirmed VOCALOID3, which meant she would not be released before late September, which was when the VOCALOID3 engine was released. A demo was uploaded onto Nico Nico Douga and Youtube alongside Miku.

A release date of December 12, 2011 was initially confirmed, but Ring was not released on that date. It was unknown at the time when she would be released.[2] In 2012, VocaNext picked up her voicebank to continue development.

In February 2012, a beta version of Ring Suzune's voicebank was offered to the participants of "Vocaloid Network" in a small-scale fan event that took place on March 11, 2012. As the number of fan groups which participated in the event was only 19, it is considered safe to assume that only a small number of people received the beta copy, though it was sent to all involved. Trial use of the beta version was limited to a month.

Ring was originally planned to be sold around the Golden Week of 2012 but production came to a halt and Ring was never sold. The right voice for Lui had also not been found. Ring's Beta voice is also quoted as the default setting of some famous Ps VSQX's files from around this period, so it was not uncommon for the BETA to be used for construction of songs even alongside Vocaloids such as Yohioloid.[3]

In late 2013, the VocaNext website became inaccessible making the status of this vocal, as well as Hibiki Lui, unknown.

Concept

The idea of Ring and Lui was to improve the VOCALOID culture by bridging the gap between fan concept and offical products. Therefore, both were intended to be fan made designs for original VOCALOIDs that became official ones. She was described as "Light-hearted, doesn't have high aspirations, but is hard-working."

Like the Kagamines, she and Lui are based on "R and L". "R" and "L" mean "Right and Left" and are the letters found on a set of headphones and sometimes other equipment such as speakers.

Etymology

Her official name is in the western order. Her original name in the contest was called "Ring Suzunone" (鈴音リング / Suzunone Ringu; "Bell-Sound Ring").

Appearance

She has a "Ring" gimmick, hence her name, and in the original artwork she had rings all over her body. Ring's outfit is based on a maid's outfit. The design of her headset is based on a piano. It is also meant to be reminder of a memory plug.

Marketing

Both Ring and Lui are marketed as fan-based VOCALOIDs having had their mascots designed by fans in a competition. The image was then refined into the final look by a professional artist. Since she was originally expected as one of the VOCALOID3 early releases, she is featured in a number of the merchandise released for the engine.

Game

Utilizing the VOCALOID3 engine, a sound game (音ゲー / Oto Gē) directed by Happi-O (萩尾雅彦 / Hagio Masahiko) and entitled V・F・S, featured Ring as the heroine. A trial version was released on March 11, 2012.[6]

Product Information

Demonstrations

Demonstrations

ヤキモチときどき晴れ / Yakimochi Tokidoki Hare (Jealousy, Partly Clear) YouTube
Sweet Pain YouTube (Full ver.)
ハンドル握って / Handoru Nigitte (Holding the Handlebars) Niconico YouTube
少女とメフィスト / Shoujo to Mefisuto (Girl and Mephistopheles) (Full ver.) YouTube
走り出す! Happy Day / Hashiridasu! Happy Day (Start Running! Happy Day) YouTube
友情センチメンタル/ Yujo Senchimentaru (Sentimental Friendship) YouTube

Songs by the Users of the Beta Voicebank;

Demonstrations

夢みるむら娘 / Yume Miru Mura Musume (Village Girl Dreaming) - A Ring cover of the original version of Kagamine Rin Niconico YouTube
氷の世界 / Koori no Sekai (The Frozen World) - A Ring cover of the original version of Nekomura Iroha Niconico YouTube
深海 / Shinkai (Deep Sea) - A Ring Cover of the original version of Hatsune Miku Niconico YouTube

Voicebank Libraries

A trial version has been released of this product.

Polls

Do you like Ring Suzune?
 
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The poll was created at 01:21 on November 20, 2015, and so far 196 people voted.
What characteristic of Ring Suzune do you like?
 
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The poll was created at 01:21 on November 20, 2015, and so far 172 people voted.

References

  1. [1] Vocaloidism - Ring Suzune and Lui Hibiki: Two New Vocaloids
  2. [2] Vocaloid blog
  3. link
  4. [3] Pixiv - ボカロ計画おじゃまします! (鈴音リング)
  5. link
  6. link

External links

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English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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  • Status update about Ring Suzune and Hibiki Lui

    69 messages
    • I want them back ToT Ring was the only v3 that I liked (that I like actually >.<)
    • ^^^^^ That sounds kinda clingy since in V3, nearly 30 new vocaloids were released, and many of them covered the same vocal style Ring had....
  • VocaNext resurection?

    8 messages
    • well, it was just uploaded 1 hour ago... lets wait
    • WE'VE DONE OUR WAITING 12 YEARS OF IT IN AZKABAN No seriously.  If you're that curious about it, go ask YAMAHA or something. ...

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