Y2xVOCALOID CAFE: VY2’s Voice Unveiled
A cafe where you can listen to Vocaloid music, order Vocaloid menus, learn about the latest Vocaloid developments and buy Vocaloid goodies, all that with the participation of companies such as Internet, Crypton, AHS, Avex and Sega: that’s the concept of Yamaha’s VOCALOID CAFE, which opened on March 3rd in Roppongi, Tokyo, and will close… on the 9th. Yup, only one week, and a rather busy one at that. Read on for more info!
On the first day of the event, Yamaha presented some of its latest non-Vocaloid-related products, but also announced two updates for its Vocaloid iPhone and iPad applications: firstly, a mixdown function has been added to the iVOCALOID-VY1 app, enabling users to export their work to WAV files (for an overview of the different features of this app, here’s a short video); secondly, users of the iVOCALOID-VY1t app, whose basic function is to make VY1 talk naturally as opposed to sing, will now be able to upload their works directly on Youtube or Twitter with a single click.
They also presented the new VOCALOID-board, which is now only 4cm x 4cm (a little more than one inch), compared to the older 8cm x 8cm version: Vocaloid in a tiny little piece of hardware! Basically, it’s a microchip that contains both the Vocaloid engine and the voicebank; it can be integrated to other machines and make them sing. It is not directed to the general public though, only to companies; Yamaha is currently looking for partners to implement it into robots or musical instruments for instance. By Hideki “father of Vocaloid” Kenmochi’s own admission, it’s still quite expensive as of now, but there’s no doubt that the prospects of singing robots will appeal to investors…
Last but not least, VY2’s voice has been made public! He has the voice of a “young man”, that “doesn’t overlap with any of the other male Vocaloids” according to Kenmochi – I happen to agree with him, and would add that it sounded strikingly natural to me, but just see for yourself! The sample song is at about 49min.
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New announcements concerning VY2 will be made soon. Kenmochi also quickly mentioned VOCALOID3, only urging us to wait just a little bit more for announcements… Sadly, he forgot to tell us what “a little bit more” in Yamaha time amounts to in regular time.
Source: Hatsune Miku Miku, VOCALOID CAFE website.
7 thoughts on “Y2xVOCALOID CAFE: VY2’s Voice Unveiled”
VY2 sounds pretty good but I was more amazed by the VY1t app honestly. It's staring to sound a lot more like natural speech.
That was kind of an odd sample song they chose for him. I can't say it did anything to make me LIKE him, but… Ignoring the song, it's not a bad voice. I'm not necessarily impressed any more by it than I was by VY1, but it's still pretty good. More male Vocaloids is never a bad thing to me anyway.
Well, he certainly sounds different. I CAN'T WAIT TO PLAY WITH HIS PARAMETERS c:
The posssssibilitieessssss *rabies foam*
Many of the apps and other things presented at the Cafe impressed me more than the Voclaloid related news.
Wow, VY2 is sure something different.
Boy they were REALLY underprepared for this press confrence. How many glitches and issues did they have switching between media and presentations? Even the Melody Search was delayed due to network issues. Thank god for MC filler.
Enka? Did they just make VY2 sing enka? hmmm…. it instantly made me think of Iroha. But hey, its a nice voice overall. I'd love to hear it sing to a nice upbeat melody, maybe rock?