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Vocaloid for English Speakers – Easy and not too terribly expensive

My adventures in Vocaloid date back to 2012 when I first started getting into the music I heard on YouTube with Hatsuni Miku. At first I didn’t even realize it was a completely synthesized voice! After I figured out what was going on and what I was hearing, I really wanted to start using it. At that time it was still really hard to get any information on using Vocaloid in the West. I was struggling though Japanese websites and trying to understand all the concepts behind using it. Licensing was a huge pain as well because I had to get my editor from Yamaha, and the only English voice bank I could find at the time was from a company literally called “Internet”, haha.

Thankfully it’s much easier now. Yamaha put together a completely excellent voicebank called Cyber Diva. Not only is it English, it’s one of the nicest and most realistic sounding Vocaloids I’ve ever heard. I used it as the lead voice on my track “Atlantis Falls” (video below).

So how do you use it? Well Vocaloid isn’t just a plugin you plop into your VST folder. It’s a bit more complicated than that. You need a Vocaloid Editor and a Voicebank like Cyber Diva, or Miku to make vocaloid work. The two together will cost you about $200. It’s not super cheap, but considering what you can do with it, it’s not that expensive either.

Using the Vocaloid Editor is a bit weird. It is a stand alone program, so my general workflow is to make a rough mix of the song I want vocaloid on, then export that from whatever DAW I’m using at the time as a stereo wav file.

Then I open up the Vocaloid Editor and import the rough mix into the editor. There is where you compose the vocals. Vocaloid Editor has the ability to mix tracks and add fx as well, though I don’t really use it for that. Once I finish my Vocaloid tracks, I then export each one individually, and import them into my DAW where I composed the song. Then I do all of my mixing and fx on Vocaloid like it’s a regular vocal track.

Anyway, I hope this helps any English speakers who are a bit lost with Vocaloid and gives them an idea of how to get going with this amazing software!

Vocaloid Editor for iOS released by Yamaha has MIDI Control!

Mobile VOCALOID Editor

This is pretty exciting news for fans of Vocaloid. Yamaha received a lot of criticism in the past for not having a Vocaloid editor for Mac OS, but at least now iPad and iPhone users will be able to get in on the action. To be fair, the Cubase plugin version of Vocaloid Editior does run on Mac, but only in Cubase obviously.

One of the weirdest things about the Vocaloid Editors up until this point was the fact that there was no real-time midi control. You were stuck with using janky piano roll to compose your vocal tracks. Not only does doing this on the iPad look easier, it also features a full MIDI control feature!

Watch the vid above, this really looks incredible. Unfortunately at this time the iOS version is only available in Japan. Hopefully they’ll decide this is worthwhile to do in English for the US market as well.

【VOCALOID Original】Demonic Sweaters – Summertime【GUMI English】

Here’s another one of my Vocaloid originals. If you like it, you can download it at https://demonicsweaters.bandcamp.com/album/atlantis-falls I composed the music in Sony Acid. I used Vocaloid 3 with the Gumi 3 voice bank.

Atlantis Falls with Cyber Diva and Hastuni Miku

Here’s a brand new song of mine that I made in Ableton Live Intro and Vocoloid with Cyber Diva and Hasuni Miku. The drums and bass were heavily influenced by the song “Key” by Yellow Magic Orchestra. The lyrics were inspired by the comic book, The Atlantis Chronicles by Peter David and Esteban Maroto published by DC Comics 1990.

The basic concept was simple, make a YMO inspired track with Vocaloid singing. The Atlantis concept came afterwards. I’m always obsessed with the legend of Atlantis anyway, and I recently read The Atlantis Chronicles (highly recommended). So when I was trying to think of things to write lyrics about, that’s what I came up with.

For the video I used about 15 or 20 stills I took at various oceans, aquariums, beaches, and watery places I’ve been to over the years, and a couple of my drawings, then used footage from the PC game Atlantis: The Lost Tales – 1997, played by youtuber PeteRoy. I first took all the stills and animated the TV simulator plugin in Sony Movie Studo Platinum, then chroma-keyed the footage from Atlantis:The Lost Tales, over it in what I thought was interesting ways.

The music was composed and mixed entirely in Ableton using Ableton’s synths, samples, and plugins, then I mixed the vocals right in the Vocaloid editor. I mastered it in Audacity.

I hope you enjoy it, if you want to download the track, you can here https://demonicsweaters.bandcamp.com/track/atlantis-falls
Lyrics:

A dome above the sky
A million reasons why
We’ll take another way to the ocean

And if you want me to
Go to the cave with you
I’ve got a magic spell for the ocean

Atlantis falls into the depths of the sea now

Our science is so strong
Become amphibian
We can breath underwater like the fishes

The best scientists
And the strongest wariors
Atlantis is the home of technology

Atlantis falls into the depths of the sea now

Atlantis falls into the depths of the sea now

A dome above the sky
A million reasons why
We’ll take another way to the ocean

And if you want me to
Go to the cave with you
I’ve got a magic spell for the ocean

Atlantis falls into the depths of the sea now

Atlantis falls into the depths of the sea now

Atlantis falls into the depths of the sea now

Atlantis falls into the depths of the sea now

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix Shows More Of Its Music And Vocaloids

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North America will soon get Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix, the enhanced version of Project Mirai 2.In the meantime, here’s a look at some more screenshots and a video for the upcoming rhythm game, courtesy of 4Gamer.

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In Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix, you’ll come across several familiar Vocaloid tunes, and their videos will be shown using super-deformed chibi-style characters as a model. There’s a “My List” feature that will let you check out the music videos, too.

Additionally, the enhanced music player will allow you to make up two track lists featuring songs of your choice in any order. There’s also a system BGM menu for those who wish to simply listen to the tracks, and it also has some secret songs.

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In addition to the main rhythm game parts, you can use Nintendo 3DS Play Coins to purchase items of various sorts, such as helper and challenge items, and customizations.

Meanwhile, The above trailer provided by 4Gamer shows some gameplay for Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix and a bunch of clips from different songs and Vocaloids.

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As previously reported, there’s a Puyo Puyo mini-game that you can play against CPUs or friends with local connectivity. There’s also a challenging Reversi mini-game, where you play against Miku, and her difficulty will scale according to your skills.

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Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix will release in North America on May 26 and in Europe on May 29, 2015 for Nintendo 3DS.

Read more stories about Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix & Nintendo 3DS on Siliconera.

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