MEIKO and KAITO were originally developed by YAMAHA, with Crypton Future Media handling their commercial releases. This was much in as the later VY1 and VY2 vocals were left to Bplats, Inc. to sell.
On 24 July 2003, a CD album "HISTORY OF LOGIC SYSTEM", which included a song using Japanese VOCALOIDs commercially for the first time, was released. It was the duet song "Ano Subarashii Ai wo Mou Ichido (That Wonderful Love Once More)" and it was covered by prototype version of MEIKO and KAITO before their release. MEIKO was released 1 year after its release, and KAITO followed her nearly 2 years later. Also in 2003, Yamaha gave out KAITO's first demo song, "Kimi no Uwasa (Rumor of Yours)" 3 years before his release.
At the time of his original sale, VOCALOID was not yet a well known product, and synthesizing software was only considered successful if it sold more than 1,000 units. However, KAITO managed to sell only 500 units—deeming him "a commercial failure." In contrast, his counterpart, MEIKO, had sold 3,000 units in her first year.
KAITO's initial failure was one of the main reasons why other male VOCALOIDs were not developed for a long time after his release. The male voicebanks appeared to have little demand at that time.
When Hatsune Miku was on pre-order, it was noted MEIKO and KAITO had no prospect of receiving updates and it was preferred to carry on with new releases. Hatsune Miku would be successors to the pair. However, in terms of sales of Hatsune Miku, Crypton Future Media would offer up preferential sales for users of MEIKO and KAITO if they were registered by the 9th of August, 2007.
Later interest in KAITO arose and KAITO sold well enough to later claim the second best seller of the year in Nico Nico Market in 2008. From 2009 up until late 2011, he was in the top 10 best selling pieces of software from Crypton Future Media, often competing not only with VOCALOID2 era voicebanks, but on occasion outselling them.
In 2012, Zero-G confirmed that all VOCALOID vocals were unsupported and due for retirement "in the near future".
|君の噂 / Kimi no Uwasa / Rumor of Yours||Niconico YouTube|
|七つの子 / Seven Baby Crows||YouTube|
- Pentium III 1 GHz or more
- (If using the VOCALOID VSTi or using ReWire, more than 4 1.8 GHz Pentium)
- OS Windows 2000/XP
- (Recommended for XP)
- RAM memory 512MB or more
- (Recommended 1GB or more)
- Interface VST2.0, ReWire, standalone correspondence
|Trial/Demo Vers?: No|
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KAITO was the counterpart to MEIKO and part of Yamaha's "VOCALOID" series. He is designed to be a professional vocal aimed at professional producers and was noted for his gentler vocal in comparison to MEIKO.
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|Software issues as noted:|
KAITO singing in his raw state
Like other VOCALOID vocals, he has a unique interface.