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This is an article about the V3 Megpoid software for the VOCALOID3 engine. Megpoid is the product name for VOCALOID GUMI.

HistoryEdit

Megpoid Extend; 2010Edit

Following the success of Crypton's Append, Internet Co., Ltd confirmed GUMI would receive an "Extend" edition in 2011.[1]

V3 Megpoid; 2011Edit

On January 20, 2011, confirmation was released that recordings had started for the V2 Megpoid Extend, several vocal recordings having already been recorded.[2]

The first voicebank demo, Megpoid Extend Power β was uploaded on May 21, 2011 to Nico Nico Douga, however its time spent up was only brief.[3] Demos for Power and Whisper α were also put up, but also removed a short time later.[4] A more permanent version was uploaded later.[5] GUMI's whisper Extend was used to sing "Fly me to the moon" and "BeMyself" in her power Extend; their uploads were also temporary and were removed at a later date.

By June it was mentioned that there was 4 vocals in the extend development and they were being pushed to enter β by 26 of Jun.[6][7]

It was mentioned in September that they had performed checks on 1,200 connections for V3 Megpoid, this was done 5-6 times for roughly every 1GB of data. Modifications occurred where necessary.[8]

The Extend idea was later dropped and instead they were launched as new voicebanks for VOCALOID3. According to Noboru, "Extend" was dropped from the name because it would cause confusion on whether or not VOCALOID2 Megpoid was needed to use the vocals.[9] The voicebanks are sold individually or as a pack. The new update of information confirmed a October 21 release date.[10] The term "Extend" was dropped from the product name entirely.

Megpoid TalkEdit

Megpoid Talk is a speech software version to allow GUMI to do narration was discussed in October 2012 on Noboru's twitter account, but no details were given at the time. However, there was later a demo on December 24, 2013, and a release date set for January 16, 2014.

This is a speech software which will allow GUMI to talk for the first time. It allows delicate editing of her vocals.[11][12] It is powered by the engine "FineSpeech Ver 3".[13]

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

雨が降って。 (Ame ga Futte.) (Sweet) Niconico YouTube
狂躁ヒュプノシス (Kyousou Hypnosis) (Power) Niconico YouTube
Showroom Dummy (Adult) Niconico YouTube
NIGHTMARE - Power Niconico YouTube
見知らぬ人のためのワルツ (Mishiranu Hito no Tame no Waltz) (Whisper) Niconico YouTube
真夏の閃光 (Manatsu no Senkou) (Sweet) Niconico YouTube
メガネの向こうの世界 (Megane No Mukou No Sekai) (Whisper) Niconico YouTube

An introduction about her was also added.

RecommendedEdit

  • OS: Windows 7 (32/64bit), Windows 8 (32/64bit)/ Vista (32bit)/ XP (32bit)
    • works in 32bit compatibility mode (WOW64) in 8/7 64bit versions of Windows.
  • CPU: Celeron Dual Core 2.1 GHz or more
  • RAM: 1GB or more
  • Free space of 200MB or more
  • In addition for each vocal you need;
    • Megpoid Adult Space +200 MB 900MB or more:
    • Megpoid Power Space +200 MB 900MB or more:
    • Megpoid Sweet Space +200 MB 900MB or more:
    • Megpoid Whisper Space +200 MB 900MB or more:
  • Requires a computer that is connected to the Internet environment to perform the DVD-ROM drive / sound device / activation process.

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
Versions
  Trial/Demo Vers?: No  Starter Available?: Yes
Package details
Originally intended as a expansion pack for Megpoid, V3 Megpoid was released as a separate Megpoid vocal. They are sold as a "complete" package (excluding the V3 Megpoid - Native vocal) or separately on their own. These vocals are natural sounding and offer a simple change of tone, resulting in V3 Megpoid keeping professional singing results. GUMI's new voicebanks do not require Megpoid or V3 Megpoid - Native software to use.[14]
Vocal traits as noted:
  • All vocals share the same optimum range and tempo making changing mid-song relatively smooth.
  • Since they are a simple change of tone, they are known to sound close to the original Megpoid at times.
  • Jointly, they address the main issue of the Megpoid vocal, in that is was highly resistance to editing change. This limited the number of tones it could produce in comparison to other VOCALOID2 vocals.
    • These 4 vocals also do so without sounding too unnatural or different in the process, an issue that the VOCALOID2 "Append" releases faced.
Cross-Synthesis notes:

When any vocal from this package is imported into VOCALOID4, the cross-synthesis (XSY) function can be used if at least 1 other vocal from this package has also been imported.

  • In total the package offers the equivalent of 12 additional voicebanks achievable via XSY. The total tone variation offered by the package comes to a theoretical 16 voicebanks in total.
  • In addition, V3 Megpoid - Native also can be cross-synthesized with any vocal from this package if it is also imported.
    • Once imported, all vocals offer the equivalent of 20 additional voicebanks achievable via XSY. The total tone variation offered by the package comes to a theoretical 25 voicebanks in total.
  • From Ver.4.3.0 of the Vocaloid engine, a XSY group "Internet" was added to Vocaloid. All vocals within the "Internet" group can XSY with each other. This vocal release is part of this group. If a User owns one or more vocals within the "Internet" group, XSY between them will open up as a result of owning this release.
    • The "Internet" group is currently the largest XSY group. In total if user was to own every VOCALOID3 and VOCALOID4 XSY capable INTERNET co., LTD vocal, this offers the equivalent of 812 additional voicebanks achievable via XSY. The total tone variation offered by the combined packages comes to a theoretical 841 voicebanks in total.[15]
  • Note that Users of the updated XSY list have to understand that as confirmed by Internet co., Ltd themselves, depending on the combination of the two vocals a level of extra unwanted noise may be generated.
  • Another note worthy detail on V4 and later vocals compared to V3 vocals within this group is that Internet Co., Ltd. increased the number of triphones from Chika onwards. Thus, many newer vocals do not match sound-for-sound with the older pre-Chika released vocals.
  • Post VOCALOID4 releases were also developed with XSY in mind, so are better for XSY then the older VOCALOID3 releases.
  • In addition to not being built with XSY in mind, VOCALOID3 packages with only 1 vocal in their contents that were released may be even more problematic for XSY. Internet co often made multi-pack releases have a quality that made switching mid-song less noticeable between voicebanks, making them slightly better for XSY then single vocal releases.
  • 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 "Internet" group from V3.
  • The software is also capable of being used as a "control" for XSY in a secondary role. It is possible to switch out the vocals to get a slightly different result on a primary vocal giving the vocals the ability to act as a "utility" purpose in XSY. This is due to the vocals having the same range and tempo between them, so if one vocal does not produce a desired result aother with a slightly different result can be easily switched in. However, due to having double the vocals, the later Megpoid V4 is a better option for this purpose.
Software issues as noted:
  • Because all V3 Megpoid voices have the same tempo and range, there is no major advantages between the Completed voices or Native when compared to other packages such as Hatsune Miku V3 or Meiko V3.
  • All Megpoid V3 vocals had issues related to leading in vocals causing a noise.[16]


Individual VocalsEdit

Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 60~175BPM  Range: F2~A4
Package details
The "ADULT" voicebank has a "dark" tone to it to make it sound mature.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Has a thicker tone. The thicker tone allows it to sound more mature as well as handling higher notes.
  • Is the opposite in tone to "Sweet".
  • She has a very wide range and ability to change notes very smoothly.
Phonetic notes as noted:
  • When rapidly changing notes with edited phonetics, she may stumble a bit, leading to clicking or unpleasant attack.
Voicebank sample

V3 Megpoid Adult

Megpoid adult


Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 60~175BPM  Range: F2~A4
Package details
"POWER" is a strong voice with clear consonants and strong attack.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • She is able to change octaves quite easily and has a very clear tone of voice.
  • the opposite of the "Whisper" vocal.
  • Due to her extremely strong attack, some shorter notes may not sound out properly, and her voice may lead to clipping on older computers.
Voicebank sample

V3 Megpoid Power

Megpoid power


Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 60~175BPM  Range: F2~A4
Package details
"SWEET" voicebank is "cuter" sounding vocal.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Sounds more childish then the other voices and it the opposite of "Adult".
  • Decent range, and very good reaction to the Velocity function.
Software issues as noted:
  • Some notes may sound forced if jumping from a lower or higher octave, and the voice may sound too soft on older computers.
Voicebank sample

V3 Megpoid Sweet

Megpoid sweet


Product Information
Optimum
  Tempo: 60~175BPM  Range: F2~A4
Package details
"WHISPER" is a gentle "whisper" vocal.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Is the opposite in tone to "Power".
  • Is ""friendlier" sounding in tone.
  • Because of her light voice, she is useful as backup vocals or on long-noted songs.
  • Due to the nature of whisper voices, her range is not very good and long notes may become raspy or unpleasant.
Software issues as noted:
  • Has difficult maintaining strength of vocal on going up the octaves.
Voicebank sample

V3 Megpoid Whisper

Megpoid whisper


References Edit

  1. tweet 7:23 AM - 13 Dec 10
  2. [1] VOCALOID Blog - 「メグッポイドextend」の収録が行われたらしい件 (Megpoid Extend)
  3. tweet 6:25 AM - 21 May 11
  4. [2] VocaloidOtaku - The voicebanks still to come
  5. [3] Power_Wipser_mp3
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  11. Miku Miku Blog on Megpoid talk
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