Zero-G felt that a young, carefree singer would make for an overall interesting VOCALOID, providing the fresh and innocent voice that professional singers do not provide. She had several demo songs released.
Sonika has had a Chinese version produced, distributed by E-Capsule Co. Ltd in Taiwan. The Chinese edition came with new boxart. Users can choose to use the original English or Traditional Chinese interface. Because of this, it has an instructional DVD and a comparative table of English and Chinese phonemes in an explanatory leaflet. The leaflet shows her accessibility to about 90% of the Chinese pronunciations. The leaflets were produced by E-Capsule for users in Taiwan to make it easier for buyers to produce natural Chinese from her voice. This version when displayed at its announced convention on 24 and 25 July 2010 came with limited stickers and posters. On August 1, 2010, Sonika was released in Taiwan and became the first VOCALOID to be released in Greater China.
She had several demo songs: "Little Forest", "夢想天堂", "Press that accelerator" and "Scenery".
At the end of 2015, it was announced that from March 31, 2016, VOCALOID2 was being retired and no new serial codes were be issued by Yamaha. Zero-G announced that they would continue to issue import codes to legitimate owners of Prima, SONiKA and Tonio.
|Cool Attraction||Niconico YouTube Zero-G|
|Ring My Bell||Niconico YouTube Zero-G|
|Sonika Says||Niconico YouTube Zero-G|
|The Lion Sleeps Tonight||Niconico YouTube|
|Sora (Sky)||Niconico YouTube|
|Susanita Rock ft. Kaito||Niconico|
|Dinky Dink No Time To Think||Niconico YouTube|
|99 Red Balloons||Niconico YouTube|
|Press That Accelerator||YouTube|
- Windows XP/Vista 32bit
- (Windows 7 is not officially supported; 64bit is NOT SUPPORTED),
- Pentium 4 2 GHz/ Athlon XP 2000, 512 MB RAM
- (1GB of RAM recommended)
- (2 GB or more recommended when using VSTi realtime)·
- Approx 4 GB Free Hard Disk Space / DVD Drive.
SONiKA was the second English capable voicebank by Zero-G released for VOCALOID2.
| Genre: Pop, house-dance, electronica Optimum Range: G3～D5 Optimum Tempo: 75～160BPM |
Total Tempo (min-max): 85BPM No. of Keys: W=12, B=8, Total=20
|Trial/Demo Vers?: No|
|Package details as noted:|
SONiKA is a VOCALOID designed for Pop Music. She has a strong British accent and is better suited for late 20th century pop. She sings with a soft and innocent sounding voice. She is a Mezzo-soprano singer. Unlike past Zero-G VOCALOIDs, SONiKA was not intended to be based on a professional singer and does not produce professional singer quality results in the same way Prima did.
She is the only Zero-G vocaloid known to have been created by processing her vocals and this was done as a experiment. This also makes her among the least realistic sounding of the English Vocaloid2 vocals for that era, compared to her predecessor Prima who was much more realistic sounding. As a result, she more closely mimicked the style of Japanese Vocaloids mostly being released at the time from the Character Vocal Series and was te closet English only Vocaloid to do so in that engine version.
Her software comes with the VSQ file for her song "SONiKA says".
Buying the Taiwan version gives a Chinese interface for Vocaloid2 and a guide on how to match her sounds to sing in Chinese (90% accuracy possible if guide is followed closely). This is the only way to obtain the Chinese version of the VOCALOID2 interface.
|Vocal traits as noted:|
|Phonetic notes as noted:|
|Software issues as noted:|
SONiKA singing in her raw state
- ↑  PC home store - 【New product】VOCALOID2 SONIKA Virtual Female Singer
- ↑  E-Capsule Official Site - SONIKA
- ↑  PC home store - VOCALOID2 SONIKA 正式開賣!
- ↑ link
- ↑ link SONiKA VOCALOID 2
- ↑  VOCALOIDOtaku - Tips for Engloids
- Sonika Tutorial
- Using Eq to tune Sonika
- Creating a trance vocal effect with Sonika
- Mixing Sonika's vocal with BGM