History[edit | edit source]
In July 2004, Zero-G went through with a limited release for MIRIAM, making her the third VOCALOID to be put up for purchase. MIRIAM's programming surpassed her previous VOCALOID counterparts, Lola and Leon. Miriam Stockley herself offered to allow her voice to be added into the software engine, providing the front-page quote that you cannot fight progress. Improved functionality was implemented in the software, which lessened the time for a VOCALOID user to produce more realistic sound. In addition, Yamaha mentioned on their website that MIRIAM's synthesis quality was much higher than previously.
To Leon and Lola not receiving much interest in sales from America, MIRIAM was only sold originally in Europe.
While it is unclear when MIRIAM exactly began development, and for that matter much of the details of her development are unclear entirely, she is the only released V1 vocal from the post "Project Daisy" era. This is confirmed as it is known that LEON, LOLA, HANAKO and TARO were the only vocals under development for "Daisy". MIRAIM, along with JODIE and RONIE were the only post-"Daisy" vocals in development that were due to be released for VOCALOID - though JODIE and RONIE were released as "Sweet ANN" and "BIG AL" for VOCALOID2.
Re-Sale[edit | edit source]
In 2008, LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM were put back on sale for the first time in several years, this was thanks to the interest in Vocaloid.
Final Retirement[edit | edit source]
In mid December 2013, Zero-G's regular newsletter reported that on the 31st of December 2013 LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM would receive permanent retirement and would be removed from sale; they were all officially retired on the 1st of January 2014.
Zero-G have since responded explaining that due to finical reasons, it is not feasible to update any of the 3 VOCALOID vocals and it is unlikely they will ever be updated.
Post Retirement DL sales[edit | edit source]
On 26 December 2014 in response to a fan e-mail, Zero-G confirmed that they will still offer Leon, Lola and Miriam in download format only. However, they cannot provide software support at this stage and users wishing to purchase the software must understand they cannot seek technical support from Zero-G.
For more information on to purchase these vocals see Vocaloid Otaku forums
As of September 2015, Zero-G permanently discontinued sales of LEON, LOLA, and MIRIAM and it was no longer possible to purchase them using this method.
Provider Feedback[edit | edit source]
In March 2015, Miriam Stockley tweeted that she was interested in updating MIRIAM to the VOCALOID4 software due to how far the software had come since VOCALOID. However, Zero-G expressed no wish to follow up on the idea.
End of Serial Codes[edit | edit source]
In November 2015, it was confirmed by Zero-G via a fan response that all serial codes for Miriam have been used up. This means Miriam can no longer be purchased at all.
Product Information[edit | edit source]
Demonstrations[edit | edit source]
|"I love you, my baby"||YouTube YouTube, another version|
|Never Give Up||(reprint) YouTube Zero-G|
|Is This It||(reprint) YouTube Zero-G|
|Under The Moon||(reprint) YouTube Zero-G|
|Помоги Мне Тебя Понять (MIRIAM/BIG AL beta) & [Club ver]|
|The Phantom Of The Opera (MIRIAM/LEON)||JMT|
|Short Romance (MIRIAM/LEON)||JMT|
|In The Darkness (LEON/LOLA/MIRIAM)||JMT|
System Requirements[edit | edit source]
- Minimum Requirements
- Windows XP or Windows 2000 (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VOCALOID VERSION 1 PRODUCTS LEON, LOLA AND MIRIAM ARE NOT FULLY COMPATIBLE* WITH WINDOWS 7 OR LATER)
- Pentium III, 1 GHz or faster
- 512MB of RAM or more
- 32 bit required (does not work on 64 bit systems)
- Approx 700 Mb Hard disk space or more
- SVGA Display (1024x768)
- Sound Card with Microsoft DirectSound Compatible driver
- LAN/network card must be installed, or a USB network card must be connected to the USB port.
- Recommended Requirements
- Windows XP (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VOCALOID VERSION 1 PRODUCTS LEON, LOLA AND MIRIAM ARE NOT FULLY COMPATIBLE* WITH WINDOWS 7 OR LATER)
- Pentium 4, 1.7 GHz or faster
- 32 bit
- 1 GB of RAM or more
Voicebanks[edit | edit source]
|Genre: Mainly pop and dance music, but suits in other soft music styles like ballads and choral.|
|Trial/Demo Vers?: Yes|
|Package details as noted:|
Unlike LEON and LOLA, MIRIAM was sold as the "voice of Miriam Stockley" and was a more general style of VOCALOID. MIRIAM's accent is a mild South African English accent, although is mostly sold as a British vocal.
|Vocal traits as noted:|
|Phonetic notes as noted:|
|Software issues as noted:|
MIRIAM singing in her raw state
A trial version has been released of this product.
Interface[edit | edit source]
Like all VOCALOID vocals, MIRIAM has her own version of the VOCALOID interface.
References[edit | edit source]
- KVR: Zero-G Vocaloid Miriam released 1st July 2004
- Another date that appears is July 20, 2004; reason unknown
- New York Times - Could I Get That Song in Elvis, Please?
- Vocaloid.com/en - VOCALOID MIRIAM has been released by Zero-G Limited !!
- ZEROGcs - Vocaloid MIRIAM
- Miriam Stockley's response to an update
- Sound on Sound - VOCALOID MIRIAM
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