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Tohoku Zunko VOCALOID3 VOICEROID+ VOCALOID4


This is an article about the Tohoku Zunko software for the VOCALOID3 engine.

HistoryEdit

2013Edit

Tohoku Zunko was released on September 28, 2012 as a VOICEROID+ and plans for her VOCALOID version began after a successful Anipipo campaign.[1] On May 16, 2013, AH-Software announced that she would become a VOICEROID+. She was going to be recorded as a VOCALOID in August or September 2013 and was slated for a late 2013/early 2014 release.

In December, a tweet confirmed that her deadline was still uncertain.[2]

2014Edit

In January 2014, it was confirmed that the recording process was complete.[3] Her first sample was also given via a livestream.[4]

In April, it was confirmed AH-Software wanted to release her "soon".[5] Prior to this, her vocals were featured in a livestream.[6]

On April 26, it was tweeted that Zunko's voicebank was complete.[7] She was announced to be released on Jun 5 that year and a demo was released along with Zunko's official VOCALOID website. Zunko would come with a starter pack as well as Music Maker MX2.[8]

VOICEROID+Edit

AH-Software released Zunko as a VOICEROID+ voicebank first. VOICEROID allows several tones of vocals showing different emotions. Zunko has several new features compared to previous VOICEROIDs: she has the ability to adjust strength of intonation, as well as the ability to insert pauses directly into the tuning screen. Users can also directly use ruby pronunciation markers in the text. It also reads text up to 4x fast and can output 22.1 kHz sample-rate audio files.[9] However, it is intended for speech rather than singing. Despite this, VOICEROID offers the chance for users to make rap songs easier or use her VOICEROID in conjunction with her VOCALOID voicebank, allowing for talking during songs.

In 2015, most of the Voiceroid and Voiceroid+ lineup were upgraded to Voiceroid+ ex, Zunko included.[10]

exVoiceEdit

ExVoice contains additional samples for Zunko. This includes samples for laughter, giggling, weeping, etc. Zunko's ExVoice also includes samples of the Tohoku landmarks and other things related to Tohoku. Since release, the software has been updated to add more samples to the package. Users can log onto the Ah-Software website to retrieve the additional samples if they have the old version. More updates on this extension are planned in the future. "exVOICEサンプル"
  YouTube

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

Don't disappear Niconico YouTube
Zung! Zung! Niconico YouTube
パステルイマジネーション (Pastel Imagination) Niconico YouTube
麗しき大八洲 Niconico YouTube
空をわたる夢 Niconico
FATE Niconico

RecommendedEdit

INFORMATION PENDING

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 70 ~ 140  Range: F2 ~ #G4
Versions
  Trial/Demo Vers?: Yes  Starter Available?: Yes  App vers.?: Yes
Package details
This is Zunko's singing vocal. Like Yuzuki Yukari, she was designed to sound like her original VOICEROID+ library.

The package also contains demo song data and illustrations.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • It is designed to have a warm feeling to it and have a gentle tone.
  • It is good for ballads.
  • On lower notes produces a soft and whispery tone while higher notes have a slight rapsy sound.
  • Shares the same timbre that her VOICEROID+ version has. This allows more flexibility for producers when editing the voice to create particular vocal performances.
Cross-Synthesis notes:

Once imported into VOCALOID, it will register for use of XSY.

  • From Ver.4.3.0 of the Vocaloid engine onwards, a XSY group "AHS" was added to Vocaloid. All vocals within the "AHS" group can XSY with each other. This vocal release is part of this group. If a User owns one or more vocal releases within the "AHS" group, XSY between them will open up.[11][12]
  • The "AHS" is currently the second largest XSY group within Vocaloid. In total if user was to own every VOCALOID3 and VOCALOID4 Ah software vocal within the "AHS" group, this offers the equivalent of 156 additional voicebanks achievable via XSY. The total tone variation offered by the combined packages comes to a theoretical 169 voicebanks in total.
  • Note that also "GWL" does not become viable for use with any V3 vocals used as the primarily vocal. This should be considered when using any vocal for XSY within the "AHS" group from V3.
  • Also note that the updated vocals that brought a Vocaloid from VOCALOID3 into VOCALOID4 provided few differences, aside from adding GWL. Therefore these updates can provide little difference when used for XSY.
Voicebank sample

Tohoku Zunko VOCALOID3

Zunko Tohoku


ReferencesEdit

  1. zunko.jp
  2. https://twitter.com/tomo_ahs/status/416248485411696640
  3. https://twitter.com/ahsoft/status/423794524452712448
  4. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ahsoft?utm_campaign=ustre-am&utm_source=ustre-am&utm_medium=social
  5. https://twitter.com/tomo_ahs/status/459058961879007232
  6. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/46570931
  7. tweet about Zunko's Completion
  8. http://www.ah-soft.com/press/vocaloid/140515_zunko.html
  9. http://www.vocaloidism.com/tohoku-zunko-voiceroid-software-gets-release-date/
  10. http://www.ah-soft.com/voiceroid/
  11. link
  12. link

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