Whether you're a music producer or just an avid fan of Japanese music, chances are you've heard of the legendary Vocaloid software at some point in your life. Enabling a new generation of creators access to powerful virtual voicebanks such as that of Hatsune Miku and friends, Yamaha has long tinkered away at creating a powerful software package that is both parts versatile as it is enjoyable. We've seen entire careers birthed out of Vocaloid software, and today, Yamaha announced the launch of the fifth iteration of Vocaloid, as well as the new virtual voices behind it.
Announced today via Vocaloid's official website, Vocaloid 5 is now available on PC and Mac via Yamaha's online store. The software will come equipped with four voicebanks and contains well over 1,000 pre-made vocal samples to work with. Those who have worked with Vocaloid in the past will also note the all-new interface, as well as the wide variety of new features bundled in the package.
VOCALOID5が本日発売!— ボーカロイド (@vocaloid_yamaha) 12 July 2018
・Win / Mac、VST / AU対応
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While in the past we've seen a heavy push for cutesy characters such as Hatsune Miku, it feels like Yamaha is really pushing a more producer-focused base package on this one, though that doesn't mean we won't be seeing more Miku. It's fair enough to suggest that there's probably a handful of artists who have shied away from utilizing Vocaloid software in the past simply due to character designs, so I'm sure Yamaha's stance on this one will allow the software to reach a more international mainstream appeal. Though, I don't think we'll be seeing Chris performing hologram concerts anytime soon:
From a producers standpoint, I'm positive that Vocaloid 5 is looking cleaner than ever and I can't wait to see what is pushed out using these new voicebanks. It really seems like every "character" involved is sounding more human than ever before. Though, I'm sure we'll have to wait a little bit until Hatsune Miku V5 comes out until a certain demographic is pleased with the announcement. Available now via Yamaha's online store, you can find even more information out about Vocaloid 5 via its official website.
Voicebanks in order:
Amy - English Voice
Chris - English Voice
Kaori - Japanese Voice
Ken - Japanese Voice