Greetings boys and girls, and welcome to the next step in my bid to completely take over Chag’s blog, MWAHAHAHA!!
…Ok no, not really. Simply put, this started as a one-off figure-related article that sort of mutated into what you see now. As to whether this will continue on or not, I guess we will just have to wait and see, but for now this will be a little slice of the internet where I try to introduce a few little Vocaloid songs and PVs to y’all.
I’m pretty much doing this because Vocaloids are one of my few passions, thus I know all too well how hard it can be to track down songs. Between different PVs/covers/remixes for the same song, subs, dubs, and multiple people uploading the same exact thing in various audio quality levels, it’s often a nightmare to look through it all, so I figured I’d share the songs and videos I’ve come to love the most. But first I guess an introduction is in order, eh?
Vocaloid is the name of the program developed by Yamaha for voice synthesizing. This program has two generations with a third currently in development. Individual companies (Like Crypton, the company responsible for Miku) take Yamaha’s program and mate it with a human voice (or voices) to produce the final product many have come to know and love.
This here is the entire Japanese Vocaloid family save for the two latest entries, Lily and VY1 (There are English language Vocaloids as well, as well as fan-made spinoffs galore, but I’ll cover those as needed). I could give you a lot of hoopla on each one, but since you don’t really need that to enjoy the music, I’ll just keep it short for now. Below is a list of the offical Vocaloid characters that have been released so far, along with the ages of the characters, their studios of origin, their character items, any anything else that may be of note.
From left to right (This is also the order they were originally released as well):
1st Generation (AKA Original Vocaloid engine)
|MEIKO||??||Crypton||One cup ozeki (Sake)|
|KAITO||??||Crypton||Häagen-Dazs ice cream|
2nd Generation (AKA Vocaloid2 engine)
|Kagamine Rin||14||Crypton||Orange, Roadroller|
|Kagamine Len||14||Crypton||Banana, Roadroller|
|Kamui Gakupo||??||Internet Co.||Eggplant|
|Megurine Luka||20||Crypton||Tuna, Bilingual (English/Japanese)|
|Gumi||??||Internet co.||Carrot, Voice sampled from megumi Nakajima (aka Ranka Lee)|
|Kiyoteru Hiyama||??||AH Software||???|
|Yuki Kaai||9||AH Software||Apple, Voice provided by several real elementary school children|
|SF-A2 Miki||??||AH Software||Cherry|
Whew… so yea, that’s that. If this article makes through its maiden voyage here, I’ll expand some more on the background info and also the various fan-made versions of each of the characters in the weeks to come.
Anyway, enough of that BS lets get to the damn music already!!! Since this is the first song of the first (Maybe?) article I think its only fitting to start with the first lady of Vocaloid, Meiko. This is a bittersweet tale of Romance even after rebirth and finding the courage to let love go. Enjoy.
*sniffle* Ah crap, I got some dust in my eye…*ahem* Well, not bad for the old girl, eh? It’s one of my favorites from her.
Moving on, let’s answer a question that I first asked myself when I saw Luka’s specs: Just how well can a Japanese Vocaloid’s English really be? The answer…
Pretty fucking good.
I will leave you with an absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming song done by one of my favorite producers, Dixie Flatline. The vocals are led by Miku, along with Rin, Len, and Luka singing the chorus as they give thanks to all those who gave their voices life and all those who will continue to do so from here on out.
And that just about does it. This article was kind of written in an uncertain manner because neither myself nor Chag really knew if this was even going to be posted, let alone going beyond the first article, but it looks like it will in the end!
So I hope everyone enjoyed at least one of the songs! Look forward to next time when we get into Fanmade Vocaloids and of course, more music!