Kasane Teto (重音テト) is a Japanese UTAU who was originally created as a troll "VOCALOID" by fans. Her surname 重音 (Kasane) literally means "heavy sound" or "overlapped sound", so these interpretations are widely accepted among fans. TWINDRILL, however, has not released any announcements about the meaning of the name. Her name テト (Teto) comes from Tetopettenson, a parody song of Le Beau Tambour. Although her voicebank is only for use in UTAU, many people still mistake her for a VOCALOID.
Her voice provider is Mayo Oyamano.
Following the rising popularity of Hatsune Miku, "Vippers" (Vip News Bulletin@2ch users) schemed a troll "new VOCALOID release" as an April Fool's joke. Sen (線) provided the rough sketch and Nobuyo Oyama, a spoof for Doraemon's former voice actress Nobuyo Oyama, provided the vocal. The Teto project continued after the troll campaign, and her vocal was recorded again for the use on UTAU, which vocal synthesis software was released two months earlier. UTAU and Teto were both unnoticed among VOCALOID composers at first, but during the last half of the year of her release several creators started composing songs for Teto, causing her fame to be established during the following year. The voice provider's name reading was then changed to Mayo Oyamano (小山乃 舞世 Oyamano Mayo) to avoid unnecessary confusion.
Teto was given official acceptance to piapro on April 1, 2010, and to Project DIVA on October 10, 2011.
Impact on VOCALOID
The first cover song using Teto was created as early as April 6, 2008, and her signature song "耳のあるロボットの唄 (Mimi no Aru Robot no Uta)" was published on June 10 by Mimirobo-P. Since then several creators including Lamaze-P, Telmin and Death Ohagi started to create Teto songs. Some of these early works include "Fake Diva", "Triple Baka", "Kasane Territory", and "Popipo Mk-II".
This trend changed on August 1, 2009, when UTAU was updated and VCV voicebanks became available. Teto's VCV voicebank was released on October 20, 2009 and her singing became more natural than before. This evolution made more DAW users turn their eyes towards Teto. Many Teto songs were posted to Niconico, and Teto and UTAU established a place among VOCALOID.
Since the adoption for Project DIVA in 2011, Teto had several unusual chances for a non-VOCALOID character to appear in media.
Japanese record label Avex released a CD album containing Teto songs on October 10, 2012.
From April of 2013 to March of 2014 Teto was adopted as an official character for Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
The Kabuki play Kuruwa Kotoba Awase Kagami, where Teto acted as a side character, was performed on April 29, 2017. The story was inspired from Yoshiwara Lament, one of the most famous songs of Teto.
In the CD album 手塚治虫と冨田勲の音楽を生演奏で, released on September 6, 2017, Teto collaborated with Miku.
An official nendoroid has been made for Teto.
In Maker Hikoushiki Hatsune Mix, Teto makes a cameo appearance in chapter 14, Kagamine Mix.
Teto, along with other non-VOCALOID characters, is a playable character in the Project DIVA series.
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Teto is held under license by Team TWINDRILL and usage of her image and voicebank must comply with their licensing agreement. Her initial release is BOUCALOID on April 1, 2008 with triphones on September 17, 2011, and her second release is BOUCALOID APPEND on October 1, 2012.
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She can be downloaded for free from her website. She is also regarded as one of the most used UTAU in Japan, if not the most used.
Since her first voicebank release, Kasane Teto have received a very positive response from the public. Kasane Teto has more than 20.000 videos starring her at NicoNico.
She has made guest appearances in official VOCALOID media by Crypton Future Media such as Project Diva. In fact, because of her fame and constant guest appearances alongside VOCALOIDs, she has been often been mistaken as a VOCALOID.
- Q&A 性別がキメラってどういうこと？
What does "gender: chimera" mean?
- Q&A テトは本当に31歳なの？人間に直すと年齢は半分になるの？
Is Teto really 31 years old? Should her human age be counted by half?
- http://kasaneteto.jp/qa01.html 重音テト制作時に参加者の一人から提案されて採用された苗字ですが、その由来は不明です。
(This is) a surname suggested by a vipper (denizen of vip@2ch) and we adopted it, but where this name was from is not clear.
|Japanese||Kasane Teto Official website||Link|
|Japanese||Kasane Teto Blog Official blog||Link|
|Japanese||atWiki Kasane Teto Wiki||Link|
|Japanese||@twindrill_teto The official Twitter account for Kasane Teto||Link|
|Japanese||TwinDrillTeto Official YouTube channel||Link|
|English||UTAU Wiki Kasane Teto page||Link|
|English||UTAU Wiki 2.0 Kasane Teto page||Link|