Clara is a Spanish VOCALOID developed and distributed by Voctro Labs, S.L., and was released in December 2011 for the VOCALOID3 engine. She, along with Bruno, were the first Spanish voicebanks commercially distributed. Her voice provider has never been revealed.
Concept[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
"Clara" is a female given name. It is the feminine form of the late Latin name "Clarus" which meant "clear, bright, famous".
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Her initial concept and overall appearance were done by Raimon Benach. When the illustration contest was performed, the Spanish company requested to the participants to keep the overall design of the original illustration. Rumple's winning entry was adopted as the new official art.
With the release of the boxed versions, the design had a new revision done by Rumple. The new design had a more daring look, but kept the previous design. Among the major changes, Clara's shirt is now transparent, her highlights changed from white to blond, and her body build is less skinny.
Relations[edit | edit source]
For more on VOCALOID relationships, see the FAQ.
- Bruno - A complementary voice bank with masculine vocals.
History[edit | edit source]
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Clara and Bruno were aimed at Spanish music professionals and were the first VOCALOIDs aimed at Spanish culture. They do not incorporate the moe-esque style of some Japanese VOCALOIDs. Their original designs lean more towards a retrospective European art style. This, however, changed due to the response by anime fans being disappointed by the artwork, thus a fanart competition was held.
Voicebanks[edit | edit source]
- The first female vocalist who sung in Spanish. Clara was a mature female vocal with a Castilian Spanish accent. It was also the counter-partner vocal to Bruno.
Music featuring Clara[edit | edit source]
An entry for the Bruno & Clara Original Song Contest hosted by VOCALOID.cl. The genre is Alternative.
An entry for the Bruno & Clara Original Song Contest hosted by VOCALOID.cl. It was judged as the first most popular.
An entry for the Bruno & Clara Original Song Contest hosted by VOCALOID.cl. The genre is Pop rock.
An entry for the Bruno & Clara Original Song Contest hosted by VOCALOID.cl. The genre is Rock.
Reputation[edit | edit source]
Clara suffered backlash based on her first illustration by Raimon Benach, mainly for lacking an anime-like design or referred to as not having the appearance of a VOCALOID, with some went as far as to label Clara and Bruno as "ugly". However, within the Spanish fandom, there have been reports of strong defense from fans of the pair and VOCALOID. The voice type itself has been said to be appealing in general, despite the issues some fans had with the first illustration.
By March 2012, Bruno and Clara were amongst the least popular of the VOCALOID3 voicebanks. Though together they are more popular than Tonio, neither surpassed his popularity when weighed in separately. Her popularity, according to Google Trends, peaked in January 2012, a month after her release, but she gradually lost popularity in the closing months of VOCALOID3, making her among the least popular VOCALOIDs.
The reaction towards the initial artwork may have had a later impact on future VOCALOIDs, and was one of the theories put forward as the reason YAMAHA rejected the original non-"anime-esque" design for AVANNA.
References[edit | edit source]
- FAQ - Why are some voice providers not revealed?
- Moe (slang) - a specific type of cute.
- Research conducted on March 31st, 2012 by User:Angel_Emfrbl, websites used; YouTube, NicoNicoDouga, Pixiv, deviantArt, Piapro, Google.
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|Spanish||Voctro Labs official homepage||Link|
|Spanish/English||Bruno & Clara product page||Link|
|Spanish||Vocaloid Bruno & Clara The official Facebook page for VOCALOIDs Bruno & Clara||Link|
|Spanish||Vocaloid Bruno&Clara @V3BrunoClara The official Twitter account for VOCALOIDs Bruno & Clara||Link|
|English||deviantArt , art and media community||Link|
|Japanese||Pixiv , art and media community||Link|
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