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VOCALOID5 (commonly shortened to just "V5") is the current successor to the VOCALOID4 engine by the YAMAHA Corporation.
It was released on July 12, 2018.
The first hint that VOCALOID5 was about to be released came in late June 2018 when the announcement of several VOCALOID retirements were being made at the VOCALOID SHOP. Many took this as speculation as to preparation for a new upcoming version of the engine, as this happened when VOCALOID3 was replaced with VOCALOID4, and several things occurred including a website overhaul.
The first official "leak" also came in the form of Haruno Sora, a VOCALOID/VOICEROID by AH-Software Co. Ltd., whose Amazon description referred to her as a "VOCALOID5" vocal. The release date was noted to be July 26, 2018, indicating that VOCALOID5 may be released before or on the same day.
VOCALOID5 was later released on July 12, 2018, hours after both the website updated and Sora was leaked. This new version introduced 4 new vocals: Amy, Chris, Kaori, and Ken. VOCALOID5 was confirmed to release in two versions: Standard and Premium. Standard included the new 4 vocals while Premium included the same vocals in addition to CYBER DIVA II, CYBER SONGMAN II, VY1, and VY2. Amy, Chris, Kaori, and Ken replace the VY series and act as the new Yamaha standard vocals.
An upgrade offer was allowed for all versions of VOCALOID3 and VOCALOID4 to the new VOCALOID5 version, including VOCALOID NEO and VOCALOID Editor for Cubase. In the past offers had only been given to direct upgrades from each engine version to the next.
In October a new offer was put up for "Vocaloid5 Plus".This was a 5% discount for either version of VOCALOID5 plus one of the 70 vociebanks offered for sale on the VOCALOID SHOP. This did not include upgrade offers and was available only to the Japanese version of the site.
- Ver.5.0.2, was a general stability fix as well as fixing a few bugs that either cause crashing or glitches.
- Ver 5.0.3, was a fix for stability and performance improvements as well as for correcting crashing issues.
- OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, macOS 10.13 (64bit only)
- CPU: Intel multicore processor
- RAM: At least 8 GB recommended (minimum 4 GB)
- Standard: At least 20 GB
- Premium: At least 35 GB
- Other: Audio device, Internet connection (authentication, deauthentication, software updates, etc.)
- Monitor size:
- Minimum operating environment: 1366 x 768
- Recommended environment: 1920 x 1080
Additional installation notes
Note these requirements only apply to the VOCALOID5 engine itself. Users need to check each VOCALOID package and its requirements before installation as some variation may occur between releases. When used as a VST/AU together with a DAW, the operating requirements of the DAW must also be met at the same time.
The license as in line with VOCALOID3 + NEO and VOCALOID4, still allows the user to install on either Windows or Mac, though they can only have one or the other. The software must be uninstalled from tis current OS to be able to install on the opposing one. However, note that regardless 1 license of VOCALOID5 is given upon purchase, therefore VOCALOID5 cannot be installed on multiple computers at the same time. This is the same for all voicebanks as well as the engine so while the user can have the installation on either Windows or Mac, they cannot install it on both or multiple computers.
VOCALOID5 installs according to the version of the OS, meaning a English OS will result in the VOCALOID5 interface being in English when installed. Users wanting the software in any other language have to change their language OS to force VOCALOID5 to be installed in that language. This is different to VOCALOID3 and VOCALOID4 where the language was selected upon installation.
Ken is the default vocal for VOCALOID5 and the engine will always revert back to his voicebank if a issue occurs, though this can be changed to other vocalists if the user doesn't want him to be the default vocalist.
Vocal libraries released for the VOCALOID5 engine.
Upcoming confirmed Vocal libraries for the VOCALOID software. Names and Images presented are placeholders and may not reflect the final product when complete.
- NOTICE : Due to suspected scams in recent years, we urge readers be considerate and careful when supporting unconfirmed projects, especially if they ask for financial endorsement.
Examples of usage
As mentioned all new purchases of VOCALOID5 come with 4 vocals Amy, Chris, Kaori and Ken. This is a first for any new version of the engine as outside of "Starter Pack" versions Vocaloid has always come with no vocals attached at all. This means any new VOCALOID producer can get started straight away without having to even bother purchasing additional vocals. This also means every user who purchases VOCALOID has access to both English and Japanese languages straight away.
In addition, the VOCALOID software now comes with 1,000 lines of pre-set text for both Japanese and English voicebanks and 1,000 audio samples. In terms of the sample text, the text given will be dependant on the vocalist. For example if Amy is selected then only the English phrases will appear. But if Ken is selected, only the Japanese ones will appear.
10 pre-set "singing styles" are also able to be used and 11 audio effects. When choosing the singer, a list of pre-set "types" (including "Breath", "Looped", "Robotic", etc). The "Types" can then be coloured to give an expressive tone (this function is similar to the "colour" adjustments made via E.V.E.C.), such as adding Growl, Brightness, etc. This allows all vocalists within VOCALOID5 to produce a more unique voice suitable to the user's needs. Note that as with any such function (see E.V.E.C.), some vocals do not handle some combinations; so one may handle "Robotic" better than another. Trial and error is involved like anything else and recommended tempo/vocal range still play a part in the results.
ASIO can now be used as well as an audio stream source, if the audio device supports it. ASIO will result in lower playback latency and smoother audio playback.MIDI Keyboards can be used for real-time recording, though this was part of VOCALOID Editor for Cubase it had not been a feature of VOCALOID itself.
It is AU (Audio Units) Compatible.
Additional vocals are no longer referred to as "Plug-in Libraries Databases" (VOCALOID2 and VOCALOID3), "VOCALOID libraries" (VOCALOID4), and other names but are now known as "Add-on Voicebanks". A minor change of classification, though the use of "voicebank" is notable. Previously "voicebank" had been used in English speaking communities as a shorthand or a common term to refera Vocaloid library database as a simplification, but had slowly seen major use over time among studios. As noted by Gizmodo unlike all past VOCALOID versions, VOCALOID5 has the engine and VOCALOID Library are now more interlocked with each other, which is why it is now "voicebank".
A new "Vocaloid4.5" version was offered within VOCALOID5 to VOCALOID Editor for Cubase users which continued to allow them to use the VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase, but import the VOCALOID5 vocals into the version. Both versions can be used for the same project.
The GUI has been overhauled and performance improved during rendering. IT is now easier to both adjust perimeters and each now has example presets for ease of use. Several of the perimeters have expanded functions for more adjust control.
VSQ and VSQX files are replaced with VPR file types and it can read VPR, VSQX, MIDI (SMF), WAV files.
The engine now supports up to 32-bit equalising (VOCALOID4 only supporting 16-bit) and up to 192 kHz rates while VOCALIOID4 supported up to 90KHz.
32 tracks can be supported, this is double the amount of all past versions of Vocaloid which only supported 16.
ReWire returns, this has been absent since VOCALOID2 as a capability of Vocaloid, being excluded from both VOCALOID3 and VOCALOID4. It is, however, unsupported and may encounter issues. In addition VST (VST2) support returns also having been removed from VOCALOID3 and VOCALOID4. However, VOCALOID5 cannot be used as both a standalone or VSTi, therefore to switch between the two users have to close their current version. VST 3rd party plug-ins are unsupported.
DJTECHTOOLS also noted in their review that VOCALOID5 is much more realistic sounding then VOCALOID4.
VOCALOID2 vocals are unsupported in this version entirely and a direct V2 → V5 import is impossible.
VOCALOID5 does not support XSY. While few VOCALOID are impacted by this greatly, the ARSLOID package was left with two voicebanks "bright" and "soft" unable to access XSY. The result is the pair are left only able to act as low quality voicebanks.
Some issues were found upon initial release including a bug that caused the engine to crash upon exporting and a comparatively longer loading times between editing the file and playback.
An issue with the Ver.5.0.2 update was that when dragging the drawn parameters the engine may crash. This was fixed in the update 5.0.3.
Piapro Studio still works with VOCALOID5 but there are currently concerns such as Piapro Studio being unable to load the new save file type (.vpr files). Also MIDI and VSQX files made in Piapro Studio are unusable in VOCALOID5. E.V.E.C. must be used within VOCALOID5 as if the user wrote manually in VOCALOID4. Updates will continue on Piapro Studio in regards to the release of VOCALOID5. Currently the most impacted V4x release is Megurine Luka V4X due to its heavy reliance on Piapro Studio and EVEC.
In comparisons to the VOCALOID3 to VOCALOID4 update, the VOCALOID5 engine has had a major overhaul and many new features have been presented making it a very different software to past version. The initial first-day reaction was mostly positive for this reason. Upon reviewing it, Gizmodo noted the engine felt much more modern..
However, the higher price tag for the engine and the higher computer specification requirement have also been cited as a negative point. In regards of the price, this issue is attenuated if you own one of the previous versions of VOCALOID due to the price to upgrade being much lower than the price to buy VOCALOID5 brand new. Other issues occurred with 2 of the 8 vocals in the Premium version offer, namely VY1 and VY2. Their newer VOCALOID5 versions do not contain the addition vocals that were supplied with VY2v3 and VY1v4.
- Note; if producers can afford the full premium version it is recommended over the standard version due to its value for money. Currently, to buy VY1 and VY2 in VOCALOID5 brand new are $90 each which means buying both VY1 and VY2 alone would cost $180. However, to buy them in the Premium form, it only costs an extra $129 on top of the price of the Standard version, with the added bonus of gaining access to CYBER DIVA II and CYBER SONGMAN II who are also normally sold at the same price of $90 each. In addition, buying two different English vocals and two different Japanese vocals would cost more than this, making the current Premium version one of the cheapest multipack offers for different vocalists and languages on sale for VOCALOID.