AZUMINO_Basic info about VOCALOID

What is VOCALOID?

First of all, I’d like to explain what VOCALOID is.


VOCALOID is the name of a singing voice synthesizer,
and all software products applied to this technology.

Some regard VOCALOID as a new type of musical instrument.

This technology was created by the Yamaha Corporation,
so when you use it to produce software, you must enter into a license contract with Yamaha.


It uses synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers.

The software enable you to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and scores on your computer.
By the way, the OS must be Windows 2000 or later version (iVocaloid is only for Japanese).

You can arrange its singing by changing the stress of the pronunciations,
adding effects including vibrato,
or changing dynamics and tone of the voice.


VOCALOID 1, released in 2003, was only available in English.

One year later, the first VOCALOIDs, Leon and Lola, were produced by a British company, ZERO-G.

Vocaloid_Leon&Lola


The first VOCALOID produced in Japan was MEIKO; however, it was not her who created the sensation of VOCALOID but Hatsune Miku.

Hatsune Miku was released by the same company with MEIKO.
The company, Crypton Future Media Inc., put Hatsune Miku on sale on August 31, 2007.

Normally, people in the software industry consider that it is successful if they sell more than 1,000 copies of the software.

But Miku was sold more than 25,000 copies within 3 months.

What did make her different from other VOCALOIDs?

The most important reason was definitely her "character" or "personality."

However, her success stories are not that simple,
so I'll explain the details in next chapters.

°+(*´∀`)b°+° {See you later~)

MEIKO

KAITO

Those softwaere, MEIKO and KAITO, released in 2004 and 2006, are VOCALOID version 1.1, while original Hatsune Miku, released in 2007, was VOCALOID 2.


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