• Brandon Glover

What is a VOCALOID?

"VOCALOID? What is that?" is what most people say, but I would say that VOCALOID is one of my favorite types of music. VOCALOID is a group of people, like any other band or music artist. The thing that separates VOCALOID from them, however, is that none of the titular VOCALOID's are real people. Instead the VOCALOID's are instead a piece of computer software made by Crypton Media with voice capabilities. This software is similar to other music making software, but the composer can add words to the notes. The results of this vary from sounding scarily real, to sounding really bad, to sounding like exactly what it is (sometimes on purpose.) You can purchase the software from Crypton Media on this website.

VOCALOID is unique in many ways, but one of the most note-worthy, are the live-concerts. "Live? How do make-believe people appear live? On stage?" is a understandable response. Believe it or not, these concerts are real and an amazing feat of technology. The concerts take place in a dark room with multiple screens and light projectors. These light projectors project the VOCALOID's, which appear in stunningly life-like hologram form. Below are two examples of VOCALOID concerts.

The first video stars the most popular and well-known VOCALOID, Hatsune Miku. According to CNET, "Hatsune Miku is an immensely popular musician and major celebrity." The second video features the other most popular VOCALOID's: Len and Rin. Along with these characters, VOCALOID has many other characters as well. The main and most popular VOCALOID's are Miku, Rin, Len, Luka, MEIKO, KAITO, and Gumi. There are many, many other VOCALOID's, but these are the most popular and my favorites.

VOCALOID also has two different forms of music videos. The first style of video is always animated (occasionally with live-action elements sprinkled in.) These videos are found on the composers' official YouTube page or their NicoNico page. My favorite composer, PinocchioP, has an official YouTube channel with tons of videos and designs, as he is also a graphic designer.

The VOCALOID's aren't most well-known from their composer's YouTube channels or their live concerts but instead are well-known from a video game. The game, "Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA" was originally in the arcades in Japan during 2008. The game had only about 30 songs. Almost every song in the game was a Miku song, but there were a few Len and Rin songs.

"Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA" got so popular in Japan, that it warranted a remake on the Sony PSP. The remake, simply called "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva" got so popular it warranted a sequel, "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd." The games have been getting increasingly popular and, coming in 2020 for the Nintendo Switch will be "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Megamix." The special thing about this game is that it will be one of the few "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva" games to come to the west. Below are two examples of the "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva" games.

As shown in these two videos, the "Hatsune Miku: Project Diva" series utilizes a four button system to allow for incredibly fast paced game-play. The games features the VOCALOID's as modules.. Modules change nothing about the song other than the character dancing to it.

Those are the essentials to understanding VOCALOID. There is so much to the story of VOCALOID and much more to come as well. From technologically advanced concerts to extremely fast rhythm-games, the VOCALOID's sure have it all.

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