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SONiKA is an English VOCALOID developed and distributed by Zero-G Limited, and was released in July 2009 for the VOCALOID2 engine. SONiKA is advertised as a "virtual vocalist modeled on the voice of a young girl pop singer"; her voice provider has never been revealed.

ConceptEdit

She is the first native English speaking VOCALOID to use a character design and profile as part of the product. SONiKA was released with profile/biographical information on the back cover of the software package, similar to the other VOCALOID2 products. Her personality also shows in her "tweets".

It was stated in the live stream for DEX and DAINA that SONiKA was an experiment.[2]

EtymologyEdit

The name "Sonika" is Hindi, a girl's name based on the Hindi word for "golden beauty", and was likely chosen due to a resemblance to "sonic" (relating to sound).

AppearanceEdit

According to her twitter messages, SONiKA's hair color is able to change color (e.g. from green to red), she also has freckles that show in the summer heat.

The tattoo on her left side is her name in katakana as " ソニカ ".

RelationsEdit

For more on VOCALOID relationships, see the FAQ.

SONiKA is the first VOCALOID to coin the concept of "The VOCALOID Family". This was previously a fan concept that accepts all VOCALOIDs as a form of undefined "family". SONiKA, however, became more definite on how she was related to certain VOCALOIDs.

  • SONiKA regards LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM as her older siblings
  • Prima as her "auntie" and Tonio as her "uncle".
  • She referred to BIG AL as "her best friend" when asked about which VOCALOID she talked to the most.[3]
  • All other VOCALOIDs are referred to as her cousins.[4][5]

In regards to VOCALOID3 she was glad to be getting more brothers and sisters, and stated she was looking forward to meeting her new friends and singing along side them.

HistoryEdit

MarketingEdit

Sonika site

SONiKA's site

Prior to SONiKA, Zero-G did not do much to market their VOCALOIDs, since they sold based on reputation of their products to a strictly professional market and most marketing was done via traditional means (such as software reviews).[6] Unlike past VOCALOIDs, SONiKA was a more fandom driven VOCALOID. Rather than target professionals, Zero-G focused on selling SONiKA to the VOCALOID fans. This produced in both positive and negative results, with the most important advantage being that Zero-G was able to create links with the VOCALOID English fandom that never existed previously. The downside was that any disappointments around SONiKA were more felt than with previous VOCALOIDs they had made since they were talking to the fans of VOCALOID software directly.

VoicebanksEdit

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SONiKA was the first VOCALOID by Zero-G to have editing done to samples, as normally they allow their voicebanks to sound natural to keep realism. As such, SONiKA copied popular techniques that Japanese VOCALOIDs were using in VOCALOID2, with mixed results. SONiKA is a young, female vocal with a sweet, soft sounding, youthful voice.

Music featuring SONiKAEdit

  • On this wiki, SONiKA is featured in 105 songs , 22 albums , 2 series .
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A part of the Album, "So What"
Aslongas
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sasukeninjagal
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Bi☣hazard
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Translation Bi☣hazard — UTAU Lyrics Wiki
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Haunted
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Skella Bella
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ReputationEdit

Status

Google Trends

VOCALOID+SONiKA

Sales
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SONiKA's ranking, 2011

She was reported as having sold much better than past VOCALOIDs designed only for the English language. According to a flyer in 2011, SONiKA was the 13th most popular Zero-G product in 2011.[7]

In 2012, she was in 19th place.[8]

She was absent from the rankings in 2013, but returned to hold the no.35 spot in 2014.[9]

In 2015, both her and Tonio failed to make it onto the top 50 rankings.[10]

All 3 Zero-G VOCALOID2 vocals have not appeared in the rankings since 2016. SONiKA was the second most successful of the VOCALOID2 vocals and while much more prone to short bursts of success and on occasion would be more successful than Prima, these were short lived. She was, by far more popular then Tonio overall.

Reaction

SONiKA's vocal was overall a lot more appealing then other VOCALOID2 vocals and appealed to the fans of the VOCALOID fandom itself much more then the other 4 native English VOCALOID2 vocals. While Prima and Tonio appealed more to the professional EDM producer, SONiKa found more support from amateur and VOCALOID fans that were interested in the Japanese side of VOCALOID2. But the impact of her quality on the vocal led to a reputation among these fans and she was often ridiculed by these same fans for her quality.

While much of the VOCALOID fandom has expressed a desire to see an improved version of SONiKA, it has been confirmed by Zero-G that they have no intentions of improving her voicebank.[11][12]

Misc
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Poll

An independent search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less than 1,000 videos uploaded to Nico Nico Douga in 2011 between July 1st and December 15th, a category which SONiKA fell into.[13]

In 2013 a poll on E-Capsule's website showed that SONiKA got the most votes of interest out of the Zero-G VOCALOIDs.

Trivia
  • The winner of SONiKA's New Look Competition was entry number 30.[14]
  • The artist of SONiKA's 2nd boxart design has a DeviantART account, as does the artist for the comics.
  • Although she was not the first English VOCALOID to use an avatar on her boxart, she was the first to mimic the Japanese style of avatars.
  • An old trick within the Western VOCALOID fandom is to have Luka and SONiKA sing together when using English. If correctly done both voices will blend together. The advantage of this is both VOCALOIDs effectively hide each others flaws.
Achievements
  • First English VOCALOID to have a "true" avatar
  • First VOCALOID to have a boxart redesign
  • First English VOCALOID to get significant attention
  • First VOCALOID to be released in Taiwan
  • First VOCALOID to own a Twitter
  • First VOCALOID to use the concept of a "VOCALOID family"
  • First VOCALOID to coin the fan-term "Engloid"
  • First VOCALOID to be released in greater China

Polls

Do you like SONiKA?
 
388
 
25
 
41
 

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 454 people voted.
What characteristic of SONiKA do you like?
 
37
 
38
 
25
 
310
 

The poll was created at 00:14 on November 20, 2015, and so far 410 people voted.

ReferencesEdit

  1. FAQ - Why are some voice providers not revealed?
  2. link
  3. tweet 3:31 AM - 6 Jul 11
  4. tweet 2:28 AM - 5 Aug 09
  5. tweet 2:30 AM - 5 Aug 09
  6. link Vocaloid company by halkun
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  8. link
  9. link
  10. link
  11. [1] Engloid Blog - Improvements to voicebanks are a no go.
  12. [2] VocaloidOtaku - Sonika (safe link)[dead link]
  13. link Vocaloid on Nico
  14. [3] DeviantArt - Kjbionicle; Sonika's "New Look"

External linksEdit

LanguageDescriptionSite
English Zero-G Limited official homepage Link
English VOCALOID2 SONIKA product page Link
English Sonika Vocaloid The official website for VOCALOID SONiKA Link
English Sonika @SonikaVocaloid The official Twitter account for VOCALOID SONiKA Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link

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