Posts Tagged ‘Yuzuki Yukari’
According to the latest press release from AH-Soft, the VOCALOID4 version of Yuzuki Yukari will be released on March 18. The three individual Yukari flavors (Jun, Onn, Lin) will be available as both a download and boxed package, whereas AH-Software will also be releasing a “complete” boxed package containing all three as well as a starter pack that also includes VOCALOID4 Editor.
During Yamaha’s product announcement live stream, AH-Software announced VOCALOID4 versions of their VOCALOID2 catalog—Kaai Yuki, Kiyoteru, SFA2 Miki and Nekomura Iroha. Furthermore, a VOCALOID4 version of Yuzuki Yukari is also in progress, featuring a new whisper voice. According to the latest blog post, the VOCALOID4 version of Yuzuki Yukari will have two voice banks—the normal one and a whisper one. The normal bank will essentially be the same as the VOCALOID3 version, but with growl added. The whisper bank is named “On” (“穏”, which means calm in Japanese). A demo snippet as well as a high resolution image are included in that blog post.
During its latest set of live streams, AH-Soft has announced that their VOCALOID3 sound bank Yuzuki Yukari will soon be available for sale through German channels. According to a clarifying tweet, the actual voice bank will remain the same, but this version will have a German language user interface. Furthermore, AH-Soft will be making an appearance at the CES and NAMM trade shows, both of which are taking place in January 2013. CES, which shows off the latest electronic gadgets, will be held in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11 and is open to the public, whereas NAMM, focused on music products, will be held in Anaheim from January 24 to 27 and is industry-only. Participation by AH-Soft in these events fits very neatly with the plan outlined in the VOCALOID Trans-Pacific Project presentation. In other news, on the first anniversary of Yuzuki Yukari’s release, her voice provider was finally revealed to be Ishiguro Chihiro, who has had a few small roles in anime since 2007.
VOCALOID3 voice banks IA -ARIA ON THE PLANETES-, Aoki Lapis and Yuzuki Yukari are now eligible for the VOCALOID3 Release Commemoration Contest. Users of Aoki Lapis will be eligible for a chance to win the i-style Project prize, which is an Aoki Lapis silver ring and Cubase. Furthermore, a few more prizes have been added and apply to all eligible soundbanks: a PV award of a Wacom Intuos5 Pen & Touch Medium with wireless kit (model no. PTH-650/K0) provided by VocaloPlus for 2 winners, a rookie award which lets one winner have an interview posted on Gekkayo as well as sheet music (as long as they haven’t been on Gekkayo before), and a Lawson award which will have the winning entry played in Lawson convenience stores for a month. Furthermore, 1st PLACE is holding a competition where winners can have their songs featured in the upcoming IA/02 CD, and IA songs entered into YAMAHA’s competition will automatically be entered into this competition.
Unveiled during an AH-Software broadcast on Ustream, VOCALOMAKETS has now added two online flash applications for making short snippets of songs with the Yuzuki Yukari voice bank to their website: YuyuSequencer Plus and YuyuSequencer. Finished songs can be shared via Twitter, Facebook or mixi and they are transferred via a plain text format called “YuyuSeq Code”. An English interface is supposedly coming soon.
In time with the release of the magazine “Gekkayo VOCALOID fan Vol. 4” (a magazine/book hybrid, i.e. “mook”, containing tutorial, interviews, sheet music and other info), a collection of “raw” VOCALOID3 audio from a plethora of sound banks have been uploaded to Nico Nico Douga as well. These are all of the same short song where the vocals were created by directly inputting the notes and syllables into the VOCALOID3 software with no tweaking or tuning involved. Outside of mixing with the backing instruments, the audio for the vocals has not been processed in any other way (e.g. via a compressor or EQ) after synthesis. The sound banks demonstrated were: IA, CUL, Mew, SeeU, VY1V3, Tone Rion, and Yuzuki Yukari. These samples accompany a section in the book that compares these seven sound banks.
A video detailing the “harsh realities” of VOCALOID videos on Nico Nico Douga had been uploaded recently. In it, the video draws on statistics collected about VOCALOID tagged videos that were uploaded between July 1 and December 15 of last year and highlights some conclusions, such as the fact that less than five percent of these videos had reached 5000 views. The author used Keynote to do the animations and had the VOICEROID+ version of Yuzuki Yukari narrate the entire video. The raw data for the video can also be downloaded as well.
In preparation for her going on sale on the 22nd, a roughly eight-minute crossfade of several (previously uploaded) Yuzuki Yukari songs have been posted on the VOCALOMAKETS site as well a set of design sketches by her character designer Ayakura Juu, which include amongst other things a picture of a fluffy bunny tail popping out to match the rest of her bunny-inspired outfit and an armband with “She unites you all with her voice.” written on the inside.
In addition to announcing a VOICEROID+ version of Yuzuki Yukari (where she talks instead of sings), AH-Software has now posted a dizzying array of possible bundle options for both VOCALOID3 and VOICEROID+ versions of her. The base price for the VOCALOID3 version is 11800 JPY, with the VOICEROID+ and VOCALOID3 Editor coming in at 9800 JPY each. Only bundles purchased on the official AH-Software store or purchased by existing users of AH-Software products seem to receive discounts. Notably, the “Starter Pack” version is 3800 JPY cheaper on the official store (comparable to some of the other VOCALOID3 products) and 5800 JPY cheaper for existing users. A bundle of VOICEROID+ and VOCALOID3 without the editor is 4800 JPY cheaper on the official store and 5800 JPY cheaper for existing users. Finally, a bundle of all three comes in at 25800 JPY for the store and 23800 JPY for existing users.