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Yohioloid on Sale Now! Additional Demos Debuted

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The wait is finally over! For those that have been waiting for it PowerFX/VocaTone’s newest bi-lingual Vocaloid is finally released. Right Hio can only be purchased as a digital downloads but Bil Bryant of PowerFX assures us that the physical DVD edition should be in stock for international shipping some time next week.

Yohioloid’s bi-lingual nature hasn’t seemed to have affected his pricing with his digital download price comparable to Oliver on release at $129. The physical edition is expect to be priced at $149, but no word as of yet if an Yohioloid + Editor DVD combo pack will be made available. For those interested in just the DVD of the Vocaloid 3 Editor it is available for purchase here

 

Purchase Yohioloid:

Digital Download – $149
Retail Boxed – $169

 

The last batch of demos before his launch include Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” as covered by Giuseppe and a Japanese demo of Kiroro’s “Mirai E” as covered by Alberto. You can find the two demos embedded after the break. Expect an in-depth column on Hio later this week as Kodakami gets some hands-on time with PowerFX’s latest Vocaloid.
 

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Thoughts on Yohioloid and His New Demo

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Looks like we have another Yohioloid demo, this time from the well-known and respected Giuseppe-P! If his credentials aren’t already established by the quality of his covers, then you’ll surely know him for being the first business card on every English Singthesis company’s Rolodex. It seems like every English voicebank earns a Giuseppe-P cover demo, and well they should. It’s legendary, Giuseppe’s ability to pick a song that precisely compliments a given singer’s voice, and then to bring it with finer execution than most Western cover-producers’ today.

This time around, we have Yohioloid (I’ll call him Hio) singing a cover of pop artist Robbie Williams’ single,  “Bodies” from the album Reality Killed the Video Star. To me, the choice of this 2009 single is a breath of fresh air – both a relief from the endless EDM and modern Billboard Hot 100 titles that pervade the Engloid cover scene, and from the classical and folk songs that people often force on Vocaloid only to sound “different”. The choice of “Bodies” also impresses the producer in me for it’s bold goal of tackling a high-charting pop song that many Vocaloid fans might still not have heard (it charted highly in Europe, but not on Oricon).

Even with the bar set as that high, Giuseppe still manages to deliver. From its faithful, true-to-the-original mixing, to its use of the original harmony lines to fill out Vocaloid’s inherent weakness of vocal sterility, I feel like great care was put into the details here. After all, he wants to show us how passionate he really is about this new Engloid.

Now then, let’s talk about Yohioloid. Is he a good or bad voice? Should we really be calling him an “Engloid”, and not an “Engroid”? Since we can’t put him up to the Kit-Kat Challenge just yet, we can only figure based on demos as they are released. After hearing Hio’s cover of “Bodies”, I believe I can safely say I’m positive he’ll pass with flying colors. With this demo alone, I can confidently say that Yohioloid, while being more heavily accented than almost any other Engloid, has such fidelity of recordings as to be more understandable than almost any other Engloid. This suggests to me that, which a little tampering around and the discovery of a few new phoneme-workarounds, Hio might just be the answer to what the majority of the Western community has been crying out for: A Japanese-English bilingual voicebank.

I’m not here to sell a product, of course, but if you ask me “Would you buy Yohioloid and use him?”, I’d have to admit that, though I tend to be against heavily-accented banks, I would jump on a chance to have this bank.

I’d classify Hio as a high-risk-high-reward Vocaloid, not for people who are content with slapping a 4-year-old VSQ on a karaoke track and saying “I make good music”. No, I think Hio is for people who really do care about vocal quality and are willing to work hard to make something beautiful with the best-quality tools.

VocaTone & VocaloidMaster Release New Yohioloid Demo

Earlier today, Giuseppe-P, in association with VocaloidMaster and VocaTone, released a new demo with our first official look at Yohioloid’s English voicebank. The song is a cover of ‘Bodies’ by Robbie Williams.

In a commentary concerning the demo, Giuseppe states that he felt that Yohioloid had a lot in common with Robbie Williams’ style. He comments that both their voices are very versatile, and that finds the timbre of their voices very lovely.

He goes on to say that Yohioloid has some very similar qualities to Sweet Ann in that they both, when used properly, can be used for almost any kind of song. He states that his initial views changed radically after getting some hands-on time with the voicebank, asserting that it “would be a great Vocaloid”.

Beyond that, Giuseppe comments on some of the technical aspects of the voicebank and its recording process. He shares how difficult it is to record a voicebank, and how some Vocaloid sometimes end with less-than-stellar results because of that.

He adds that Yohio seemed differently-recorded than any Vocaloid he has previously worked with, with samples of better quality than any Vocaloid (English or Japanese) that he has ever worked with before.

Giuseppe goes on to explain some of technical challenges he faced creating this particular demo and how he wanted it to sound as “natural and real as possible” before finally ending his message with the following teaser:

The voicebank is coming soon[™]. There are more demos on their way, with some due as soon as next week, and he can’t wait to see what his fellow Producers do with this amazing Vocaloid.
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Sinsy Updates to 3.3 & Releases English Demo

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Wow, this last week will probably be known as the week of the EN Demo. Not only did we have Avanna’s Demos+Release, Kaito English, & Gumi English but an English Sinsy as well. Sinsy updated to version 3.3 and released their first demo showcasing its English capabilities.

The song is a familiar one, The Beatle’s Yesterday, a song that has been covereed over 2,000 times by various artists and synthesizers. As for Xian-Ling’s singing, her transitions are a bit odd, pronunciation good, vocals sharp and clear. Overall is an excellent demo.

For the unfamiliar Sinsy its a HMM-based singing voice synthesis system. Powered by a web-based interface Sinsy is able to interpret MusicXML musical scores into a singing vocal sample up to 5 minutes long. Sinsy MusicXMLs can be created in Cadencii, MuseScore or Finale NotePad.

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Internet Co. Demos English Megpoid Beta

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In what can only be described as the ultimate scoop Internet Co. released a demo of a very early ‘beta’ version of English Megpoid on the exact same day that Crypton debuted their EN Kaito. Not only did they release their demo on the same day on the same day, but Internet Co. takes Crypton to school on how demos should be done.

The Megpoid demo is much more flattering of the Vocaloid’s voice, showcases much of their Megpoid’s strenghts, and does an excellent job showcasing what we have to look foward to in English Megpoids continuing development. You can really tell that Internet Co. cared about making a positive first impression and Neutrino, of Vocalekt Visions, did an excellent job of tuning Gumi to make sure her debut was extra special for the fans.

For those unfamiliar Megpoid, otherwise known as ‘Gumi’ by fans, is a Vocaloid voiced by Megumi Nakajima. She is one of the few non-Crypton Vocaloids to appear in videogames including a featured apparance in the 3DS’s Future Stars: Project Mirai and the starring role in the PSP’s upcoming Megpoid the Music# which is titled after her. With her vocal provider’s Filipino-Japanese background an English voicebank has always been of particular interest.

We are excited to see all these English Vocaloids coming out soon, the demo collabs with Western artists, and look forward to seeing more of English Megpoid to come.