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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 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

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

Summertime (Featuring Megpoid GUMI) New Demonic Sweaters Vocaloid Song

I just finished a new song for you guys! Hope you like it!

Summertime – Original Vocaloid song
Music, lyrics, and programming by Demonic Sweaters ©2015
Art work by Juh Juh – juh-juh.deviantart.com
Song created in Sony Acid Music Studio 10 and Vocaloid 3 with the Megpoid GUMI voicebank.

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サマータイム – オリジナルボーカロイド曲
Juh Juhによるアート作品 – juh-juh.deviantart.com

ฤดูร้อน – เพลง Vocaloid เดิม
เพลงเนื้อเพลงและการเขียนโปรแกรมโดยปีศาจเสื้อ© 2015
งานศิลปะจากแกะแกะ – juh-juh.deviantart.com
เพลงนี้ถูกสร้างขึ้นโซนี่กรดเพลงสตูดิโอ 10 และ Vocaloid 3 Megpoid GUMI voicebank

Tag-araw – Orihinal na Vocaloid kanta
Music, lyrics, at programming sa pamamagitan ng diyablo Sweaters © 2015
Likhang sining sa pamamagitan ng Juh Juh – juh-juh.deviantart.com
Song nilikha sa Sony Acid Studio Music 10 at Vocaloid 3 sa Megpoid Gumi voicebank.

V Flower for a snowy Tuesday! [Vocaloid]

V Flower is one of the newer Vocaloid voices. I wanted to find a good example of her voice on Youtube and came across “Q”! It not only shows her style well, but is a really great song too! She has a somewhat androgynous voice that seems to work well in rock, or goth sounding music.

V Flower

For those of you reading this who don’t know, Vocaloid is a type of software created by Yamaha that synthesizes singing in various personas using character voicebanks.