Sweet ANN is an English VOCALOID developed and distributed by PowerFX Systems AB., and was released in June 2007 for the VOCALOID2 engine. She is voiced by an Australian singer whose artist name is "Jody", other than a name her voice provider's identity has not been revealed.
Her name is a pun based on her origins, meaning that Sweet-Ann = Swe-den.
Sweet ANN has been described as a "white Lena Horne" by PowerFX. According to PowerFX, their VOCALOIDs are more like Cyborgs than Androids.
She is the first English Vocaloid to have a depiction as such on her boxart, although at this point the general idea of a true "avatar" would not be considered until Hatsune Miku's release a few months later. She is loosely based on "The Bride of Frankenstein". Her staples (or stitches) are often mistaken for a choker.
- BIG AL; a complementary voice bank with masculine vocals.
Examples of Usage
She was sold under as a 'space lounge robo-vocalist sensation'.
Like VOCALOIDs before her, she was aimed at professional musicians as there was no established Vocaloid fandom. Her boxart itself appears to be based on the poster art for a movie "Stormy Weather" starring Lena Horne.
Sweet Ann was given a MySpace page in promotion of her software
Amongst the releases for Soundations loops and sounds for Christmas 2010 was also included some samples of Sweet Ann and Big AL. A contest was also included with a chance to win both Vocaloids.
Sweet ANN appeared in a concert ( Vocalekt Visions x AniMiku x WVD01 at AOD 2012 ) alongside GUMI , Gackpoid and Miku. She sang Headline Love Feat. Koda-P & BIG AL. She appeared in her Taiwan design.
"Vocalekt Visions x AniMiku x WVD01 at AOD 2012 FULL @43:38"
At the time of release, ANN received positive reviews with many praising her "sweet" voice. Reviewers noted that on occasion she sounded realistic enough to not notice she was a virtual singer which was also pleasing to reviewers. Another positive sign was that reviewers had praised the improvements between VOCALOID and VOCALOID2. This resulted in ANN receiving a good reception upon her release.
In late 2009, prior to the release of BIG AL, she was regarded as the second most popular English VOCALOID. The first most popular was Prima.
In the Nico Nico Douga International Vocaloid ranking 2010, ANN was the 4th most common VOCALOID in the top 30 rankings. She appeared in 3 songs.
"海外組VOCALOIDランキング2010（仮）" by あっちゃん ft. English VOCALOIDs
A independent search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less than 1,000 videos uploaded on Nico Nico Douga in 2011 between July 1st and December 15th. Sweet Ann fell into that category.
- Sweet ANN has become so popular with the Japanese audience that she became the first English VOCALOID to receive a MMD model, edited by Shuki. After Sweet ANN's MMD model was created, people began to make other English VOCALOIDs into models, such as BIG AL, whose model was created by Nukude.
- Her Japanese nicknames 甘音アン (Amane Ann) means "Sweet Sound Ann", and 甘いアン (Amai Ann) is a play on words. "Amai Ann/An" is the word-to-word translation from English and can be read as "sweet bean paste," a common cuisine in Japan.
- Sweet ANN can be heard singing in the background of a few of the -Project DIVA- Arcade songs, even though she is not a Crypton Future Media VOCALOID.
- Sweet ANN can be heard singing the words "Helvetica Standard" in the anime, "My Ordinary Life", as well as background music.
- Sweet ANN's voice was used in the demo for the Vocaloid's Ap for Miselu Neiro, a portable Android-powered synthesizer.
- First VOCALOID2 ever released
- First female voicebank for VOCALOID2
- First English VOCALOID released for VOCALOID2
- First PowerFX VOCALOID ever released
- First female PowerFX VOCALOID
- First English VOCALOID to have an "Avatar"
- Sweet ANN fanart DeviantArt / Pixiv / Piapro
- Sweet ANN models on MikuMikuDance wiki
- Sweet ANN derivatives on Fanloid wiki