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VY1 (codenamed: MIZKI) is a Japanese VOCALOID originally developed and distributed by Bplats, Inc., under the YAMAHA Corporation. Her VOCALOID3 and VOCALOID4 updates were developed and distributed by the YAMAHA Corporation. VY1 was initially released in September 2010 for the VOCALOID2 engine. There has since been a second installment developed for the VOCALOID3 engine and dubbed VY1v3, both products are released in deluxe and standard editions. In December 2014, a third installment was developed for the VOCALOID4 engine and was dubbed VY1v4.

The voice provider for VY1 has never been revealed.

ConceptEdit

VY1, along with its partner vocal VY2, is designed to head Yamaha based products. It has seen the most released variations since its initial VOCALOID2 release for this reason of any Vocaloid such as VOCALOID first, iVOCALOID, VOCALOID EDUCATION.

EtymologyEdit

The acronym for VY1 is "VOCALOID YAMAHA 1".[2]

The original VY1 codename for "MIZKI" is a reference to hanamizuki.[3] "Mizki" is often used in error to refer to the VOCALOID or voice by fans of the software. A similar situation same can also occur for VY2 with its codename of "Yuma". Vocadol uses the codename, however, the games content is considered "non-canon".

AppearanceEdit

Unlike past Japanese VOCALOIDs, VY1, along with the voicebank's partner VY2, have never had an official avatar established for them, with the aim of allowing for creative freedom that other VOCALOIDs do not. The character of the VOCALOID was intended to be the producer themselves, rather than the product. As highlighted by VY1v4, because of VY1 being avatarless, there is no product-image guidelines attached to the products using its voice and as a consequences no avatar-based restrictions.[4] 'It' also has no official gender, though the vocal is "female".

The refined version of the character "Kobushi Kiku" from the VesFes contest has been used as a concept for VY1, but has not been established as its official avatar. Other designs used include one for the eVY1 module and a second which was used in the Vocadol game. A further 9 concepts had been originally shown on her release date CD feat. VY1. A total of 12 designs have been used so far to represent VY1's vocal.

Due to the professional design of VY1, the vocal often appears in use for apps and equipment that involves derivative products produced by YAMAHA, either on its own or with VY2.

RelationsEdit

Music featuring VY1Edit

Examples of usage

Fairytale,
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtube
Featuring VY1v4
Author(s) cillia (tuning), kapi (UST)
Category Cover song
明日世界が滅ぶなら
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtube
Romaji/English Ashita Sekai ga Horobunara / If Tomorrow's World is Ruined
Featuring VY1v4
Author(s) 万玄斎 (music), 紺色。 (video), いすぼくろ (mixing), 街屋 (illust)
Category Original song
Not Anymore
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtubeFavicon-piapro
Featuring VY1v4
Author(s) regulus (song, lyrics, video), 酸素 (illust)
Category Original song
COSMONAUTS
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Favicon-nicoFavicon-youtubeFavicon-soundcloud
Featuring VY1v4, MAIKA
Author(s) YZYX (music, animation), Geo' (lyrics), Noriko Hayashi (illust), .nova (video)
Category Original song
Search for music featuring VY1 [show/hide]

Additional informationEdit

MarketingEdit

Album VocaloidSP-CD

VY1 album cover

To promote the release of the VY1, YAMAHA mainly gathered established producers for the album, feat.VY1. This album was bundled exclusively with the Deluxe edition of the VY1 software. Included was a booklet illustrated interpretations of VY1.


See also: VY1/Marketing and VOCALOID in other media

TriviaEdit

  • VY1 voiced VOCALO Revolution's introduction and credits, with CUL being the mascot character. Consequently, many fans have confused VY1 and CUL as being the same VOCALOID; as later CUL herself was announced to be released for VOCALOID3. VY1 and CUL (VOCALOID) have no relation whatsoever for VY1 only voices VOCALO Revolution's videos.

ReputationEdit

VY1's character status
Reaction

VY1 was first announced during the time when the focus was on Lily, and comparisons between the reaction in Japan towards Lily and VY1 have been noted and often brought up. Whereas Lily had many songs upon her release, VY1 was apparently slow to gain popularity. Due to its nature, some producers felt it was unemphatic and impersonal.[5]

However over time, VY1's biggest hits in Nico Nico Douga were to come from 'new' producers who had never uploaded a work using 'VOCALOID' before.

The song Cyber Thunder Cider reached the 1 million mark on Nico Video.

Impact

VY1 and its following vocal "VY2" were developed to head official Yamaha products. Since their release, the majority of Vocaloid related product produced by Yamaha has included VY1 in the product as one or the initial vocal heading the software. Its large number of releases have over time seen it grow in popularity and is is among the most popular and common Vocaloid.

Miscellaneous

A independent search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less than 1,000 videos uploaded on Nico Nico Douga in 2011 between July 1st and December 15th, with VY1 falling into that category as well.[6]

Achievements
  • Highest quality Japanese feminine vocal for VOCALOID2
  • First "Feminine vocal type" of the VY series
  • First VOCALOID to promise high quality
  • First VOCALOID produced by Bplats
  • First vocal of the VY series
  • First VOCALOID2 to be released on iPad and iPhone
  • First Avatar-less Japanese VOCALOID
  • First of the VY series to be updated
  • One of the first VOCALOIDs to be upgraded to VOCALOID3 (along with GUMI)
  • One of the first 4 VOCALOID3 vocals released for the engine.
  • First VOCALOID4 vocal to be released.
  • First VOCALOID to be upgraded to VOCALOID4


Polls

Do you like VY1?
 
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The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 173 people voted.
What characteristic of VY1 do you like?
 
4
 
100
 
3
 
55
 

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 162 people voted.

GalleryEdit

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The image gallery for VY1 may be viewed here.

References Edit

  1. [1] Vocaloid Answer Wiki - Why are some voice providers not revealed?
  2. [2] VOCALOID STORE FAQ
  3. [3] VOCALOID STORE VY1
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External linksEdit

LanguageDescriptionSite
Japanese VOCALOID VY1 product page Link
Japanese VOCALOID VY1v3 product page Link
Japanese VOCALOID store product page for VOCALOID VY1v3 Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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    • hehee... needs updating to include Diva.
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  • VOCALOID3DS

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