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Zero-G Limited
Zero-G-Logo
General information
Type Public
Genre Music and video
Foundation 1990
Founder Ed Stratton
Julie Stratton
Key people
Location England
Area served British Isles, Europe
Industry Software, Internet
Products Products
Services Online shopping
Music education
Consumer generated media
Additional information
VOCALOID(s) Leon
Lola
Miriam
Prima
Sonika
Tonio
Avanna
Website http://www.zero-g.co.uk/


Zero-G is a company developing sound libraries, sound effects and loops. This company provides its products for many digital audio workstations including Apple Loops, ACID, EXS24, Roland. Zero-G is one of the leading companies in the modern music industry.

AboutEdit

Zero-G is a company that produces English Vocaloids, it was also the second studio to enter VOCALOID production. According to Crypton, when they were first looking for an English company to recommend for the development of the the English addition of the software, every studio they approached turned down the offer. Finally, Zero-G offered to take upon the task and they later became famous for producing both the first Vocaloids and the first English voicebanks Leon and Lola for the first VOCALOID engine, and later Miriam with an improved voice engine. The voices were sold as a "Singer in a box" and intended to be a back up voice provider. However, they failed to impact the American market due to their accents.[1]

Despite this, they would later produce the very successful VOCALOID Prima, and create SONiKA to act as a company mascot, adopting the Japanese style of producing a avatar for the voicebank for Sonika.[2]

Zero-G began to resell their 3 older Vocaloids due to the increase interest in the VOCALOID program and the program was made ready to download from their site. Links to update their engine from VOCALOID 1.0 to 1.1 were also included. Due to SONiKA's success and the use of avatars on other Vocaloids, Zero-G has mentioned in an interview after Sonika's release, they may redesign the boxart of their older Vocaloids with the exceptions of Prima and Tonio who are intended to be as they are. No further word has been mentioned on the redesign. They also made a comment they unfortunately cannot release the names of their vocal providers for legal reasons.[3]

Confirmation in 2011 confirms Yamaha will not support the VOCALOID engine, Zero-G currently will not be updating their VOCALOID engine Vocaloids, focusing on newer vocals instead.[4]

It has been known that Zero-G is to release two Celtic-inspired male and female vocals using the VOCALOID3 Engine, The female has been released, but the male will not be released until at least 2014.

Key peopleEdit

Dom Keefe
Developer DomKeefe
HISTORY:
PROFILE: Employee of Zero-G Limited. Notable for VOCALOID Production.
TRIVIA:
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VoicebanksEdit

VOCALOID1Edit

Masculine;
English vocals
Feminine;
English vocals
Feminine;
English vocals

VOCALOID2Edit

Feminine;
English vocals
Feminine;
English vocals
Masculine;
English vocals

VOCALOID3Edit

Feminine;
English vocals

UnreleasedEdit

Main article: Status

Masculine;
English vocals

Current Voicebank projectsEdit

  • Zero-G had announced a Celtic pair, while the female, Avanna, has been released, development of the male counterpart will not begin until at least 2014.
  • Zero-G announced that they're looking for an American voice.

Future Voicebank possibilitiesEdit

  • According to Anders, if there is demand updates for all past Zero-G Vocaloids to newer engines, it is a possibility. The major factor in this though is the workload needed and involvement in the process against the demand.
  • Anders confirmed that if English Vocaloids become more popular, Zero-G will consider making Appends/Updates for their Vocaloids.

Promotional involvementEdit

Illu raynkazuya Vocaloid Sonika
SONiKA, Zero-G's mascot of the VOCALOID2 Era
Bunai82Added by Bunai82

NAMM Trade ShowEdit

Leon and Lola were the first promoted at the NAMM show on the 15th of January, 2004, and was eventually commercialized on the 3rd of March, they were created for the English speaking community.[5]

Prima was introduced at NAMM Show 2008;[6]

At a later show, Tonio was also announced.[7]

Fan involvementEdit

During the promotions of Sonika, Zero-G allowed users of the software to upload fanart and songs onto Sonika's website. A comic was also produced by artist Ash.

Zero-G also encourages feedback and have given out their e-mail for feed back as contact@sonika-vocaloid.com.

They are also one of two studios that supports Vocaloid Otaku forums which they use for fan feed back the other studio being PowerFX.

TwitterEdit

Following Sonika's release, Zero-G took a unique stance with her post-release development. They have created and maintained a Twitter page for Sonika, something unheard of for any past Vocaloid.

CompetitionsEdit

On Nov 2, 2009 and ending on Nov 30, 2009. Zero-G announced a competition; about giving Sonika a new look. The winner would receive a copy of the "Sonika VOCALOID2 Software". [8][9]

Nearing the end of November, an image was uploaded on Crypton Catalog that represented Sonika's new appearance. It was drawn by artists Mario Wibisono (aka raynkazuya) at the request of Zero-G.[10] And with the image being found out during the New Look Competition and also uploaded to Zero-G's site a few days later, this greatly confused fans and Submitters who thought that this was the winning image.

This was quickly corrected, with Zero-G stating that the competition rules never included anything about the winning image being used for boxart. [11]

A new Competition was also announced prior to her 1st birthday. The prize was a copy of Sonika, Prima or Tonio.

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1] Vocaloid Creative Community - CEO from Crypton, on Engloids "It's a Toy"
  2. [2] rekkerd.org - Zero-G shipping Vocaloid Sonika] - Rekkerd. Dated 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2009-07-23
  3. [3] Engloid Blog - Zero-G Interview: Dom Keefe (Vocaloid Production)
  4. Zero-G; "It is true that Yamaha are not supporting Vocaloid1 - that means they will not make Leon, Lola or Miriam work 100% on the latest PC systems like Windows 7 or 64 bit. It is unlikely these voices will be upgraded to Vocaloid3 or later versions. It could happen, but it is unlikely. It would be expensive and time consuming to re-work the phoneme databases, and at the moment time is better spent developing new voices."
  5. [4] MIT Press
  6. [5] Harmony Central - News EastWest, Vocaloid Prima
  7. [6] ZEROGcs - Vocaloid Tonio announced at NAMM 2010! Brand new male classical virtual singer
  8. [7] Zero-G - Sonika Vocaloid site: Sonika’s New Look Competition
  9. [8] Tweet - Sonika on Twitter - 10:29 AM Nov 2nd, 2009
  10. [9] DeviantArt - Mario Wibisono; Sonika boxart, 2009
  11. [10] Engloid Blog - Damaged Control: Sonika’s New Box-Art part 2

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