- Posted: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 05:11:34 +0000
Hello! This little segment at the corner of the world is about Vocaloid and Utau.
Whether you're a long-time fan, just discovering the fandom, or a producer, you are welcome here!
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A brief overview of these two products
A vocal synthesizing program from Japan, originally developed by Yamaha. It is essentially a digital singing instrument. As of yet, there are three generations of the software and several developers who have recorded and released new characters/voice banks. It allows producers to add vocals to their song without a live human voice. The majority of Vocaloids on the market today have Japanese voice-banks that include an English user interface. There are also English-native, Spanish, Korean-native, and Chinese Vocaloids available.
Many people are familiar with Hatsune Miku, the first Vocaloid released on the Vocaloid 2 engine. Although she is the recognizable character, she is not the first Vocaloid. Leon and Lola, two English Vocaloids, were the first on the market. Generation one Vocaloids KAITO and MEIKO were the first male and female Japanese Vocaloids respectively.
Links for more information:
Vocaloid product overview From Wikipedia
List of available and upcoming Vocaloid software
A fan-made program that is very similar to Vocaloid. Unlike Vocaloid, Utau is freeware and allows its users to record and use their own voice-banks. As a result, there are some Utau characters who are bilingual or multilingual. Opensource licensed products, such as Macne Nana, are able to be imported into the program. However, licensed products like VOCALOID are not allowed to be imported.
The program was created by a Nico Nico user Ayame/Ameya as an April Fool's joke. He uploaded a video of an Utau and claimed it was a new Vocaloid. He released a link to download the program in March 2008.
The most well recognized character is Kasane Teto.
Link for some more information: UTAU overview from Wikipedia