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BIG AL is an English VOCALOID developed and distributed by PowerFX Systems AB., and was released in December 2009 for the VOCALOID2 engine. His announcement was on January 21, 2007 and his provider during that time was Michael King. After another period of development, his voice bank was redone by voice actor Frank S., whose last name cannot be revealed due to privacy reasons. BIG AL's believed original codename is "RONIE" due to sightings of it alongside "JODIE", Sweet ANN's codename. There was also a third unknown provider during the "RONIE" period prior to Michael King, but the version voiced by the unknown provider was cancelled for undisclosed reasons.



It is unknown why PowerFX chose the name "BIG AL".

"Al" can be both a male and female name. It is usually shorthand for other longer names. When applied to boys it is shorthand for names including (but not restricted to) "Alfred", "Albert", "Allen", and "Alphonse".[1]

On his Taiwanese release, BIG AL's logo is stylized with a dash. Yamaha also has written the name as "BigAl" without a space between "Big" and "Al".


BIG AL is based on Frankenstein's monster; according to PowerFX, their VOCALOIDs are more like Cyborgs than Androids. The original image of BIG AL came from an old Frankenstein photo.[2][3] The hand on the image came from an old poster of Uncle Sam.[4] The original box art features the RCA-44 Ribbon microphone or a variant of it, as this mic was first released in the early 1930s. The illustrator for this version of BIG AL remains unknown.

The revised and finalized illustration was by artist Ash. In 2019, on BIG AL's 10th Anniversary, Ash revealed early design concepts from 2009 where it was revealed that in the process of the redesign, several design elements were attempted, including "crazy eyes, fangy evil smile, snakie tattoo" and "cleavage out". However, the design was tamed to make BIG AL appear friendlier.[5] In an early concept, he had a light/dark red button down shirt, grey pants and silver bullet belt with a bracelet on his right hand.[6] Following this tweet were several redesign drafts showing what would later be the official outfit for the finalized design.[7] In a later Tweet, Ash stated BIG AL's box art pose was a reference to the hentai bara manga Kuso Miso Technique, also known as "Yaranaika". The tweet also suggested that BIG AL was originally supposed to be sitting but was altered to a standing position to avoid direct referencing.[8]

Promotional E-Capsule version[]

BIG AL's scythe in his Taiwanese design resembles a musical note.


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  • Sweet ANN - A complementary voice bank with feminine vocals.



Like Sweet ANN, BIG AL's original boxart bore similarities to early 20th-century movie posters, depicting him as a monster morph of Elvis. The new box art was more of a loose representation of such a monster and was aimed more towards the VOCALOID fandom than ANN was, marking a switch in focus for PowerFX from solely that of professionals.

Unlike Sweet ANN, BIG AL was not geared up to be reviewed by normal means (software reviews) and relied more upon the VOCALOID fandom to promote and use him, building on the growing interest in English VOCALOIDs that was now occurring. While a MySpace page was made for Sweet ANN's promotion, BIG AL did not have a social networking outlet.


Sweet ANN's counter-partner vocal, he has a deeper tones vocal for classic rock and is able to go deep down the octaves. Due to development issues, at least 3 different versions of the voicebank exists, each with a different singer entirely. All of them had the same goal of giving a rough timbre to contrast that of Zero-G Limited's LEON vocal.

Music featuring BIG AL[]

  • On this wiki, BIG AL is featured in 53 songs , 19 albums .
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Little Toy Robot
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Translation Little Toy Robot
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Pitch Black Refrain
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In 2010, Crypton Future Media produced a ranking of the VOCALOIDs they sold on their website. BIG AL was ranked the 8th most popular VOCALOID they sold, and in the process the most popular of the imported VOCALOIDs that Crypton sold.[9]

In 2014, Crypton's download store Sonicwire reporting that BIG AL had been the 10th most sold VOCALOID product for the year.[10]


BIG AL's original voice did not appeal to many, but the sudden change of vocal and boxart redesign pleased many fans. These changes caused much confusion at first, but also a great deal of excitement.[11][12]


BIG AL's change of boxart led to character-base art styles becoming normal for PowerFX VOCALOID releases as PowerFX stated that this is what the fandom wanted. He is also regarded as a factor in the over shadowing of Tonio's release, as despite Tonio producing more "beautiful" results, BIG AL's vocal had more "personality" to it.[13]


In the Nico Nico Douga International VOCALOID ranking 2010, BIG AL was noted to have dominated the rankings and appeared in 18 of the top 30 International VOCALOID related songs, the second highest being LOLA with just 5 songs. Also, his vocals were used in 8 of the top ten songs of 2010, the only exceptions being two songs where LOLA was the sole English Vocaloid singing. BIG AL was the only English Vocaloid in the top 10 with solo songs. Considering how little an English VOCALOID makes it into any Nico Nico Douga ranking overall, BIG AL managed to appear in the rankings with songs such as Little Toy Robot. "海外組VOCALOIDランキング2010(仮)" by あっちゃん ft. English VOCALOIDs

An independent search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less than 1,000 videos uploaded on Nico Nico Douga in 2011 between July 1st and December 15th. BIG AL fell into this category.[14]

In 2015 a survey was made based on the popularity of VOCALOIDs on website Nico Video. For the year 2014, BIG AL was the 41st most popular Vocaloid and the 4th popular "Engloid".[15]

In 2016, a cover by Giuseppe of the song "Sway" managed to gain 1,000,000+ views. This made BIG AL the first VOCALOID2 English only release to have a video reach 1,000,000 views. He was the 3rd English only vocal to get 1 million views on a YouTube video.[16]

  • SONiKA has Tweeted about BIG AL, questioning whether his release would mean that she is his big sister or little sister. This is a joking reference to their release dates and ages. She also Tweeted about wanting to do a duet with him, which she later did in Auld Lang Syne. She joked that AL's high pitch was due to the tight trousers he wore. She also made another joke regarding his late arrival. In December 2010, when snow fell, she said she made a snowman that looked a bit like BIG AL.[17] Later, when asked which VOCALOID she spoke to the most, she referred to BIG AL as her best friend. She also commented that he was pretty scary but friendly once you got to know him.[18]
  • LOLA, MIRIAM, and BIG AL were stated to be featured in the original soundtrack of freeware RPG Ad Lucem. The project remains unfinished.[19]
  • As a joke held within the Japanese fandom, there are often references towards the popular manga Kuso Miso Technique in songs of AL's. This joke exists mostly because Al's left hand pose almost matches Takakazu Abe's right hand pose as he sits on the bench in the manga when Abe is seen for the first time. As well as this, there is a joke that his breath samples sound pornographic (specifically, gay porn).
  • Notable is the fact that his original voice provider was an Elvis impersonator. The New York Times report on the original VOCALOIDs was titled "Could I get that song in Elvis please?".[20]
  • Amongst the Western VOCALOID fans, AL's lateness gave birth to the term "BIG AL's syndrome". However, it's only because of Tonio's lateness that the term exists.
  • First male vocal by PowerFX
  • First English male vocal in 6 years
  • First English male vocal for VOCALOID2
  • First male VOCALOID to have a box art redesign
  • First English VOCALOID to receive voicebank upgrade
  • First male English VOCALOID to receive voicebank upgrade
  • Inspired the term "BIG AL's syndrome"


External links[]

Language Description Site
English PowerFX Systems AB. official homepage Link
English VOCALOID2 Big Al product page Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link