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Vocaloids :: A Singer in a Box

Updated on April 13, 2014

Vocaloids Fanpage The Leek Diva and her Buddies!

Once upon a time, there was a little robot named Miku. She didn't get an appearance at first, but she was a cute little singer, voiced by advanced text-to-speech. Eventually she was released as a popular program known as Vocaloid. Vocaloid raked in tons of cash, so the company decided to give her a family. Thus Miku (01) was given Len and Rin Kagamine (02) and Luka Megurine (03), along with a few english-speaking Vocaloids who no one really cares about because the Japanese ones rock our socks. Later Kaito Shion and Meiko Sakine were added as separate plug-ins to Vocaloid 2.

Vocaloids grew in popularity and got several fan-counterparts, such as Haku Yowane, Neru Akita, and the Genderbents. One April Fools Day, the company released a new Vocaloid, Teto Kasane (04). However, Teto was actually a joke, and if anyone tried to get her they would be taken to a page where she called them a fool. Her full story is explained in her autobiographical song, A Fake Diva. Teto was pitied by fans, and given a new home as the first UTAUloid.

With Teto at it's head, UTAU started up as a free and easy version of Vocaloid. UTAU got many, many new characters, more every day, including Taya Soune, Nami Utaune and Momo Momone (who's name was originally confused to be Pinku). Vocaloid also recieved a character from a separate company, Gackpo.

The Vocaloid reign is still strong, and Miku will Leekspin her way into the hearts of more Japanese-obsessives for years to come. So welcome to the Mix!

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Intro Image (Hatsune Miku, Vocaloid) comes from Creative Commons via Evan Krell on Flickr.

Triple Baka! - Miku, Teto and Neru rock it out!

Triple Baka is the most popular Vocaloid song, and is often the first song Vocaloid fans hear before they learn about the program and all it's attributes.

This song is sung by Miku Hatsune with minor vocals by Teto Kasane and phone-noises supposedly made by Neru Akita.

Miku-Miku ni Shite Ageru! - I'm Gonna Fill Your Heart with Miku-Miku!

Hatsune Miku's name means "sound from the future"! Listen to her self-advertising song, Miku-Miku ni Shite Ageru!

Have you ever seen the Petit Vocaloid Dramas? Here are the main cast: Miku, Len, Rin, Luka, Kaito and Meiko! Their Nendoroid forms are small and adorable, perfect to set up on your desk to pump up your spirits!

Vocaloids - Miku's Supplies! - Miku carries these valuable items at all times.... You should, too.

Vocaloid: Hatsune Miku with Leek Bag
Vocaloid: Hatsune Miku with Leek Bag

Miku loves the look that the scientists gave her, so she proudly wears a bag with herself on it. Of course, she also has the following items inside it...

 
Vocaloid: Leek Spin Hatsune Miku 12-inch Plush
Vocaloid: Leek Spin Hatsune Miku 12-inch Plush

Miku's Character Item is a leek. Of course, she can't stop herself from munching right through real leeks, so she needs a plush one to use in her videos on YouTube and NicoNicoDouga.

 
Nendoroid Vocaloid Plush Doll Series 03: 11" Kaito
Nendoroid Vocaloid Plush Doll Series 03: 11" Kaito

Did you know Miku has a crush on Kaito? To portray this, she was the first to buy his adorable plushie self, and she carries him around at all times.

 
Good Smile Vocaloid: Kagamine Rin Figma Action Figure
Good Smile Vocaloid: Kagamine Rin Figma Action Figure

Miku's first friends were the Kagamine Twins. Rin, although jealous of Miku, is a helpful, brave and sweet friend, and Miku holds her figurine as a sign of their friendship.

 
Good Smile Vocaloid: Kagamine Len Figma Action Figure
Good Smile Vocaloid: Kagamine Len Figma Action Figure

Miku's first friends were the Kagamine Twins. Len, with his lovable demeanor and a region of fans (mostly girls) is an irreplacable friend to Miku (and is even suspected to have a crush on her). Miku holds his figurine as a sign of their friendship.

 

Vocaloid - The World is WHOSE? - Vote for your favorite Vocaloid!

Sure, we've heard everyone sing World is Mine. But who does the world really belong to? Vote for your favorite Vocaloid!

Which Vocaloid is the best?

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Luka Megurine's Voicebank! - Pack some tuna beforehand, please!

With my beautiful hair, medieval-inspired outfit and dazzling figure, there's no contest that I'll become popular!

Luka was excited to join the Vocaloids, and she can't wait to meet you! Luka is mature, thoughtful, and hopes that she can sing songs reflecting that. Oh yes, and she loves tuna, so she'd like some during breaks. She takes pride being multilingual unlike most of the Vocaloid2 characters, and not having a strange accent like Sonika's. She may not be the "little sister" that Rin hoped for, but she's fully capable of being a big sister to anyone else you bring home!

What is Vocaloid?

Vocaloid is a singing synthesizer application first developed at the Pompeu Fabra University in Spain and backed financially by the Yamaha Corporation.[1] The software enables users to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and melody. It uses synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers.

To create a song, the user must input the melody and lyrics. A piano roll type interface is used to input the melody and the lyrics can be entered on each note. The software can change the stress of the pronunciations, add effects such as vibrato, or change the dynamics and tone of the voice. Each Vocaloid is sold as "a singer in a box". The software is available in English and Japanese.

Read the rest of the article: Vocaloids

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Writing about Vocaloids

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Feedback, and Leeks! - Miku says, "Please give us some feedback! ...And do you have any leeks?"

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      My mind has literally been blown, and by that I mean figuratively. Never heard of this. I looked them up on Amazon, thinking maybe they'd be like under $20.00 or so, maybe we could try one, but no, they're well over $100.00. What the hell? That's crazy! Wow, that's amazing. I guess if you want to sound like a Japanese pop star, it's going to cost you. Just kind of in shock right now. I was going to buy one, but literally, I do not think I can swing it. Maybe, maybe I will swing back, someday. Anyway, really great review!

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      Buttersky LM 6 years ago

      Great lens, thank you!

      I love Hatsune Miku too, especially Ievan Polkka song.

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      I love the look of all the characters, but I really love Luka's voice the most. :)

      There is a lot of Hatsune Miku and Vocaloid content at the online game TinierMe!

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      cece912 6 years ago

      I love Miku Hatsune! It's a shame there aren't many lenses about Vocaloids. I think I might make a lens soon just for Miku. =) Vocaloid fans unite!