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SARAH, ALLEN, HARUKA, & AKITO VOCALOID6 | Songs Albums Notable Originals


This article is about the VOCALOID6 software known as voicebanks. If you are looking for the VOCALOID characters then click here.

History[]

On October 13, 2022, four vocals were introduced upon the release of VOCALOID6: the English female vocal SARAH, the English male vocal ALLEN, the Japanese female vocal HARUKA, and the Japanese male vocal AKITO. If purchasing VOCALOID6 from Yamaha Corporation, the editor was bundled with the four vocalists as well as the VOCALOID5 standard vocals: Amy, Chris, Kaori, and Ken. They were only made available as a bundle pack with the editor in digital form, with no options to purchase each vocal individually or as a physical package.[1]

On February 15, 2023, VOCALOID6 was updated to version 6.1.0, carrying out support for Mandarin Chinese song synthesis among other updates, allowing for SARAH, ALLEN, HARUKA, and AKITO to be able to sing in the newly supported language via the "Multilingual" function.[2]

On December 25, 2023, VOCALOID6 was updated to version 6.3.0, adding four additional voicebanks (SAKURA, ASAHI, SHION, & TAKU) to the engine. This update also improved model data synthesis.[3]

Product Information[]

Demonstrations[]

English voice samples

SARAH: R&B vocaloid.com
SARAH: EDM vocaloid.com
ALLEN: Rap vocaloid.com
ALLEN: Hip Hop vocaloid.com
Japanese voice samples

HARUKA: J-POP vocaloid.com
HARUKA: Anime vocaloid.com
AKITO: Rock vocaloid.com
AKITO: Idol vocaloid.com
Chinese pronunciation voice samples

茉莉花 (Mòlìhuā) ft. SARAH vocaloid.com
茉莉花 (Mòlìhuā) ft. ALLEN vocaloid.com
茉莉花 (Mòlìhuā) ft. HARUKA vocaloid.com
茉莉花 (Mòlìhuā) ft. AKITO vocaloid.com

Requirements[]

  • OS: Windows 10 Version 21H2 (or later), Windows 11 Version 21H2 (or later), 10.15 (Catalina), macOS 11 (Big Sur), macOS 12 (Monterey)
  • CPU: Haswell (4th generation) or later Intel Core series or Xeon series
  • RAM: 8 GB minimum recommended
  • HDD: At least 25 GB
  • Other: Audio device, internet connection (for authentication, deauthentication, software updates, etc.)
  • Monitor size:
    • Minimum operating environment: 1366 × 768

Note that the 4 only come with the VOCALOID6 engine, therefore have identical requirements to VOCALOID6 itself.

Voicebanks[]

GENERAL USAGE[]

Product Information
Versions
  Trial/Demo Vers?: Yes  Starter Available?: Yes (Vocals are included with the VOCALOID6 Editor)
Package details as noted:

The four vocals acted as "starter" vocals and were acquired upon the purchase of VOCALOID6 from Yamaha's VOCALOID Shop. This is the second time since VOCALOID5 a release was only available with a major engine release, though the first ones to only be included with the need to buy the engine once. The vocals would not be available through VOCALOID6 starter packs featuring other vocalists, such as the AI Megpoid starter pack.

The package was split between an English and a Japanese male/female pair. These vocals acted as a new "Standard" for VOCALOID. As AI voicebanks, they have a natural flexible expressive that could be used to create a variety of singing voices.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Potentially, the user did not need to buy any other additional voicebanks to get started with VOCALOID. This was different from past versions of VOCALOID, VOCALOID3, and VOCALOID4, where the engine came with no additional vocalists resulting in the purchase of further vocals.
  • As expected, the vocals' sample qualities were high, clean, and clear.
  • They worked well with all of the new VOCALOID6 features and their vocals could easily morph to demonstrate the styles and color options.
  • Users always had access to both the English and Japanese languages upon installation. This was the added bonus of allowing users to experiment and determine which language they felt most comfortable working with. Previously, the only way to experiment with both English and Japanese vocals was to buy separate vocalists in both languages or to buy bilinguals with one option being expensive to purchase, and the other option always having one language that was weaker than the other due to the second language being voiced by a non-native.
Software issues as noted:
  • Upon their release, Yamaha produced a series of informational videos on the official VOCALOID YouTube channel including a walkthrough of the VOCALOID6 engine[4][5], a video instructing users how to use the four vocals[6] as well as a video instructing users on how to use the new VOCALO CHANGER plugin.[7]
  • VOCALOID6, similar to VOCALOID5, poses the same issues with including them with VOCALOID6 editor as not every user may be able to work with languages they were not familiar with. This meant that the user may be left with at least two vocalists that they never wanted or could not use beyond basic sound samples. However, with the inclusion of new VOCALOID:AI technology, VOCALOID6 voicebanks are able to be used to sing in Japanese, English and Mandarin Chinese within the same track, despite the vocal's native language.
    • For users of the other two languages VOCALOID produced (such as Korean and Spanish), potentially all four voicebanks could prove to be not useful at all.


Individual Vocals[]

Product Information
Package details as noted:

SARAH is an English-capable feminine AI voicebank designed to be a "standard" vocal for VOCALOID6.

Phonetic notes as noted:

Using the "Multilingual" function, users can change the lyrics so SARAH can not only sing in English but also in Japanese. Since the 6.1.0 engine update on February 15, 2023, she can also sing in Mandarin Chinese with this feature.[8]

Voicebank sample


Product Information
Package details as noted:

ALLEN is an English-capable masculine AI voicebank designed to be a "standard" vocal for VOCALOID6.

Phonetic notes as noted:

Using the "Multilingual" function, users can change the lyrics so ALLEN can not only sing in English but also in Japanese. Since the 6.1.0 engine update on February 15, 2023, he can also sing in Mandarin Chinese with this feature.[8]

Voicebank sample


Product Information
Package details as noted:

HARUKA is a Japanese-capable feminine AI voicebank designed to be a "standard" vocal for VOCALOID6.

Vocal traits as noted:

HARUKA is the default vocal for VOCALOID6 and the engine would always revert back to her voicebank if an issue occurs, though this could be changed to other vocalists if the user didn't want her to be the default vocalist.

Phonetic notes as noted:

Using the "Multilingual" function, users can change the lyrics so HARUKA can not only sing in Japanese but also in English. Since the 6.1.0 engine update on February 15, 2023, she can also sing in Mandarin Chinese with this feature.[8]

Voicebank sample


Product Information
Package details as noted:

AKITO is a Japanese-capable masculine AI voicebank designed to be a "standard" vocal for VOCALOID6.

Phonetic notes as noted:

Using the "Multilingual" function, users can change the lyrics so AKITO can not only sing in Japanese but also in English. Since the 6.1.0 engine update on February 15, 2023, he can also sing in Mandarin Chinese with this feature.[8]

Voicebank sample

AKITO VOCALOID6 solfège



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