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Tonio VOCALOID2


This is an article about the Tonio software for the VOCALOID2 engine.

HistoryEdit

Tonio's provider came from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Tonio was first announced at the NAMM trade show and was set to be released back in early February 2010. According to SONiKA, he apparently 'had a sore throat' and was consequently delayed until June 2010. By the end of June Zero-G released a note that he was complete, but final touches were still being made to his program and he would be delayed another week. They stated demos would follow soon, possibly a week after the extended delay was announced.

A demo was released on the July 8th, 2010, he is forecast for release within the next "few days" and was eventually released on July 14, 2010.[1] He had several demo songs, including a duet of Big Al and him singing 'Tu vuo fa l' americano' and a duet with him and Prima singing "Cinque Dieci".

Taiwanese ReleaseEdit

Tonio was released in Taiwan by E-Capsule. He received a new boxart and was featured in a 40 second demo. The full version of this song "Treasure" was later released, in the video Tonio was referred to as "Baron Tonio".

Final RetirementEdit

At the end of 2015, it was announced that from March 31st 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.[2]

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

Una Furtiva Lagrima YouTube Zero-G
Donna e Mobile YouTube Zero-G
Deh Vieni Alla Finestra YouTube Zero-G
Cinque Dieci (Tonio/Prima) YouTube Zero-G
Tu vuo fa l' americano (Tonio/Big Al) YouTube
Fly me to the Moon YouTube
Spanish Songs Medley YouTube

E-Capsule DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

Treasure (short ver) YouTube
Treasure YouTube

RecommendedEdit

  • 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.

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
Optimum
  Genre: Classical and Opera  Tempo: 60~140BPM  Range: G2~D4
Package details
Tonio has a range from baritone to Tenor and is intended to be a partner to Prima whom he is best suited as a vocal partner to and compliments her vocals well. Like Prima he is voiced by a professional singer and is designed to sound like a realistic male opera singer.[3][4]

His software comes with the VSQ file for "Una furtiva lagrima".

In addition, the package "Classical vocal", also by Zero-G, contains samples that are confirmed to be from Tonio's provider. The female vocalist within the package is not Prima's provider.[5]

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Tonio favors the lower octaves. However, despite being focused on a baritone to tenor vocal, he is capable of going much higher without suffering as much as other male VOCALOIDs.
  • Some notes may also be muffled, so its best to pay attention to his phonetics when users have him sing.
  • Tonio is more robotic sounding and less natural than Prima, if he isn't tuned correctly.
  • Like Prima he is ground into opera and may not be easy to tune into other styles.
Phonetic notes as noted:
  • Unlike Prima, he has no breath samples.
  • Pronunciations related to the letter "r" in the English alphabet may not sound well for Tonio, as he tends to be flat (example "er" in "Singer" is pronounced as "uh").
  • Tonio may have some issues pronouncing the "eI' diphthong when combined with aspirated consonants. Instead of hearing "ey", it might sound like "ee". Changing "eI" to "e i:", "e I" or "e j" usually fixes this. Alternatively, deaspirating the consonant works.
  • Notes shorter than a single whole note may be difficult for him. When the word "Sacred" is broken up into two half notes, he will only pronounce the ending half ("Cred") and leave the first half out ("Sa"). Moving the notes to another track may or may not resolve the problem. Alternatively the user can use a auxiliary phoneme like [Sil] or adjust the Velocity (VEL).
Software issues as noted:
  • Sound on sound writer Tom Flint gave Tonio only 3 out of 5 stars, less than SONiKA's review in March 2010 (4 out of 5 stars). He quoted opera as "just sounds odd when colored with an electronic effect". Flint felt that perhaps Opera wasn't the best choice for VOCALOID.[6]
Voicebank sample

Tonio VOCALOID2

Tonio

Tonio singing in his raw state

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Youtube - TONIO VOCALOID ZERO-G demo
  2. link
  3. Engloid Blog - Zero-G Interview: Dom Keefe (VOCALOID Production)
  4. link
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  6. linl

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