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As stated on their website, the V4X version is based upon the original [[Kagamine Rin & Len (VOCALOID2)|act1]] voice and the [[Kagamine Rin & Len Append|Append]] package. Like all past Kagamine packages, the contents of the package are split between Rin and Len, with both voices covering a certain range that overlaps each other, while offering contrasting approaches to the same vocal. It also makes use of the new [[EVEC]] system within [[Piapro Studio]].
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As stated on their website, the V4X version is based upon the original [[Kagamine Rin & Len (VOCALOID2)|act1]] voice and the [[Kagamine Rin & Len Append|Append]] package. Like all past Kagamine packages, the contents of the package are split between Rin and Len, with both voices covering a certain range that overlaps each other, while offering contrasting approaches to the same vocal. It also makes use of the new [[w:c:piapro-studio:E.V.E.C|E.V.E.C]] system within [[Piapro Studio]].
   
 
In contrast to Luka, the focus of this package is based upon "Tension"<ref>[https://twitter.com/vocaloid_cv_cfm/status/548708731299450881 link]</ref> and the package keeps in line with the Kagamines' focus of being a "power" type vocal. In addition, because of its smaller overall content, it is not as advanced as the Luka V4X package, but in contrast it is overall more suitable for beginners for this reason. Also unlike the Luka V4x package, it covers a much greater tempo and vocal range with either Rin or Len between their 6 voicebanks, whereas Luka's V4X package only covered the same tempo and range for either Japanese or English.
 
In contrast to Luka, the focus of this package is based upon "Tension"<ref>[https://twitter.com/vocaloid_cv_cfm/status/548708731299450881 link]</ref> and the package keeps in line with the Kagamines' focus of being a "power" type vocal. In addition, because of its smaller overall content, it is not as advanced as the Luka V4X package, but in contrast it is overall more suitable for beginners for this reason. Also unlike the Luka V4x package, it covers a much greater tempo and vocal range with either Rin or Len between their 6 voicebanks, whereas Luka's V4X package only covered the same tempo and range for either Japanese or English.

Revision as of 22:39, September 4, 2019


GENERAL USAGE

Product Information
Versions
  Trial/Demo Vers?: No  Starter Available?: "VOCALOID5 Plus" promotion only[1]
Package details as noted:

As stated on their website, the V4X version is based upon the original act1 voice and the Append package. Like all past Kagamine packages, the contents of the package are split between Rin and Len, with both voices covering a certain range that overlaps each other, while offering contrasting approaches to the same vocal. It also makes use of the new E.V.E.C system within Piapro Studio.

In contrast to Luka, the focus of this package is based upon "Tension"[2] and the package keeps in line with the Kagamines' focus of being a "power" type vocal. In addition, because of its smaller overall content, it is not as advanced as the Luka V4X package, but in contrast it is overall more suitable for beginners for this reason. Also unlike the Luka V4x package, it covers a much greater tempo and vocal range with either Rin or Len between their 6 voicebanks, whereas Luka's V4X package only covered the same tempo and range for either Japanese or English.

The package can be bought by itself or with the English version bundled.

This package comes with Piapro Studio plug-in version. It was announced in August 2017 with the release of Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese that this vocal would have its own version of the Standalone Piapro Studio software. However, as of 1st Jan 2019 this version of Piapro Studio has failed to be released.[3]

The software comes with a Piapro Studio version of Cryptons DAW "Studio One ARTIST", which includes various vocal effects and other tools. This includes also a resource pack with 200 virtual instruments. The complete package of Piapro Studio and Studio One ARTIST means that anyone buying this release can get started in music straight away with no need to purpose any further software, and all will work together with each other without any problems. This bundle is included in both the normal and English bundled versions of the software.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • GWL capable
  • Discounting Luka English, compared to the Luka product, a total of 6 Japanese vocals are on offer 3 each. So those seeking to focus only on Vocaloid have more options based on Vocaloid alone, even if XSY is not used, have more options.
  • One of the notable fixes of the package compared to the Vocaloid2 Append version is the balancing of Rin's vocal range. Whereas before her Appends suffered an overall limit vocal range in contrast to Len's, the pair are now more equals in their voicebanks ranges.
  • While the Kagamine package was notorious for its bad reputation, the V4x version is a much higher quality product. The package being not difficult to use most of the time.[4]
  • The strength of the package is in its content, as like the original it still gives a "2 characters for 1" vibe.[4]
Phonetic notes as noted:
  • The product has issues with "あ" (a) when used in conjunction with "-", the issue is not found among other VOCALOID and can be problematic.[4]
Software issues as noted:
  • As pointed by producer Cillia, while they are now easier to mix, they both aren't that much different from their V2 version. This could make people unable to notice the update improvements.[5]
  • Though during the VOCALOID2 engine's era, a total of 5 vocals were produced for the pair, this package repeats only 3 of those 5 vocals. The missing two vocals should be covered by the E.V.E.C. "Soft" and "Power", however, like Luka it is impossible to create a natural recreation of the vocals missing with the Vocaloid voicebanks alone.
  • The total variation offered by E.V.E.C. and XSY combined is notably less compared to other V4x packages. Compared to Miku, they have over 1/6 the output each, compared to Luka almost 1/7 the output each (note; based on Japanese vocals alone). Combined they still have only roughly 1/3 the output of either package.
  • Because it is just an update of the previous versions and because of overall lack of combined content for what it offers, this is not the strongest of Crytpon's V4x packages. It may even be considered the overall weakest of the V4x packages overall.
  • They did not heavily get impacted by the update as Megurine Luka V4X was when VOCALOID5 was released as they can be used within VOCALOID5 without issues as they did not rely as heavily on E.V.E.C. or additional Piapro Studio functions like Megurine Luka V4x did. Users should still be aware of the current situation with Piapro Studio in regards to VOCALOID5.
Cross-Synthesis as noted:

XSY capable.

  • XSY between the two Vocaloid (example "Rin Power" and "Len Cold") is impossible, XSY works only with vocals assigned to either Len or Rin.
  • Discounting E.V.E.C., both Rin and Len each have access to the equivalent of 6 additional voicebanks achievable via XSY. The total tone variation offered by the package comes to a theoretical 9 voicebanks each in total.
  • E.V.E.C colours offer a further of 2 variations per vocal to each Kagamine. Once used with XSY 8 additional tones are achievable. So E.V.E.C. offers a further 10 tone variations per Kagamine.
  • XSY is only possible with the full VOCALOID4 software.
  • They have superior XSY options to Megurine Luka V4x without E.V.E.C. each.

  • From Ver.4.3.0 of the Vocaloid engine onwards, a XSY group "Kagamine Rin V4x" was added to Vocaloid. All vocals within the "Kagamine Rin V4x" group can XSY with each other. This vocal release is part of this group. If a User owns one or more vocal releases within the "Kagamine Rin V4x" group, XSY between them will open up.[6][7]
    • Currently only one release is found within this group Kagamine Rin & Len V4X making it a fairly limited XSY group. However, unlike other XSY groups with only 1 release current, this package includes voicebanks for the XSY group "Kagamine Len V4x" and is the only example of the inclusion of an addition XSY group within one single release.
    • The group has 3 unique voicebanks; "Power_EVEC", "Sweet" and "Warm".

  • From Ver.4.3.0 of the Vocaloid engine onwards, a XSY group "Kagamine Len V4x" was added to Vocaloid. All vocals within the "Kagamine Len V4x" group can XSY with each other. This vocal release is part of this group. If a User owns one or more vocal releases within the "Kagamine Len V4x" group, XSY between them will open up.[8][9]
    • Currently only one release is found within this group Kagamine Rin & Len V4X making it a fairly limited XSY group. However, unlike other XSY groups with only 1 release current, this package includes voicebanks for the XSY group "Kagamine Rin V4x" and is the only example of the inclusion of an addition XSY group within one single release.
    • The group has 3 unique voicebanks; "Power_EVEC", "Cold" and "Serious".

E.V.E.C. as noted:

In regards to their E.V.E.C.

  • The Kagamine V4X package, in contrast to the Megurine Luka V4X package has only two E.V.E.C. colours; "Power" and "Soft". This is because the situation was reversed, instead of having expressions and "colouring" them with tones, they have tones which were then coloured with expression.
  • Only the two "Power" Append vocals have access to E.V.E.C. in addition to this.
  • The "Consonant Extension Function" is replaced by "Pronunciation Extension Function (Stronger Pronunciation)". This function enables to switch to a stronger pronunciation when moving from consonant to vowel. You can give a stronger tension to the attack of words for every note. Also, this "Stronger Pronunciation" is intended to work along with GWL when creating a "screaming" voice, by turning on "Stronger Pronunciation" and adding a sufficient amount of Growl. This function is considered the best among the V4x range.[4]
  • Though their colours are limited in number compared to Luka's, they have more noticeable impact when used for XSY then man of the combinations Luka had to offer.
  • For having 1 vocal with access to E.V.E.C. each, the have the most limited E.V.E.C. options out of the V4x range.

KAGAMINE RIN V4X DB

Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: F2 ~ E4  Optimum Tempo: 50 ~ 170 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 120 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 14, B ~ 10, TotaL ~ 24
Package details as noted:

VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Rin Append "Power". The overall effet is designed to be combined with EVEC to allow a high amount of tone expression.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Triphones added.
  • Increased Tempo range which allows Power to cover more slower genres of music.
  • Her highest vocal range is not quite as high as the original V2 vocal, however her lower range is greatly increased.
  • Overall, her "Power" vocal has a much greater range than it did in V2. This fixes the main issue with the original Append concerning its limited range.
Software issues as noted:
  • As with many other Power voicebanks, the general performance of both Power vocals produce a notorious sharp and metallic tone.
    • To add to the above,the vocal can come off as too strong when using a combination of the E.V.E.C. functions. This leads to loss of quality.
Voicebank sample

RIN V4X Power

RINPOWERV4X
E.V.E.C. as noted:

In regards to E.V.E.C

  • "Power" serves to create tone variation and expression for Rin by combining it via XSY with "Sweet" and "Warm".
  • The expression can be controlled with both Voice colours "Soft" and "Power". When used for XSY, this will adjust the expression further, allowing for combinations such as softer Power/Sweet XSY.
  • To further add to expression, the new "Pronunciation extension" function will strength the vocals further. This is recommended to be combined with GWL to achieve its best results. Its use is effective enough that"Power" coloured with the "Power" Voice colour, and this function produce an extremely overpowering result, or swap out for the "soft" colour for the same, but softer result. The effect liken to Rin shouting during singing.
  • When used with XSY in combination with the Pronunciation extension E.V.E.C, a high variety of tone variation and expression can be achieved. The stability with this method is also such better then with Megurine Luka V4X as unless you did much work, she did not so easily produce such levels of expression.

Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: F2 ~ C4  Optimum Tempo: 50 ~ 160 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 110 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 12, B ~ 8, Total ~ 20
Package details as noted:

VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Rin Append "Warm".

Vocal traits as noted:
  • In this version of the vocal, Warm is designed with the purpose of adding a tone to "Power", or to have "Power" add tone to it.
  • Triphones added.
  • Increased Tempo range which allows Warm to cover more genres of music. This fixes the issue with the original Append vocal concerning its limited range.
  • Her upper range is slightly lower, but her lower ranges are greatly increased.
  • Overall, her vocals range has greatly been increased.
  • Without being used to combine with "Power", or just using "Power" with no E.V.E.C. functions at all in place, "Warm" acts as a normal Vocaloid vocal and will function the same as any other.
Software issues as noted:
  • More to come
Voicebank sample

RIN V4X Warm

RINWARMV4X
Cross-Synthesis as noted:
  • In this version of the vocal, "Sweet"s ideal purpose is adding a tone to "Power" mostly so is better suited as a second vocal in XSY. It will add the effect of a "warm" tone which can then have its expression greatly adjusted using the EVEC tools.


Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: G2 ~ D4  Optimum Tempo: 55 ~ 155 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 100 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 12, B ~ 8, Total ~ 20
Package details as noted:

VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Rin Append "Sweet".

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Triphones added.
  • Without being used to combine with "Power", or just using "Power" with no E.V.E.C. functions at all in place, "Sweet" acts as a normal Vocaloid vocal and will function the same as any other.
Software issues as noted:
  • Sweet's upper range has also been slightly increased. However, the higher range is more restricted, for a greatly increased lower range.
  • The loss of the higher notes is due to it no longer being able to go as far up in the octaves as it once did, in order to support the lower notes.
Voicebank sample

RIN V4X Sweet

RINSWEETV4X
Cross-Synthesis as noted:
  • In this version of the vocal, "Sweet"s ideal purpose is adding a tone to "Power" mostly so is better suited as a second vocal in XSY. It will add the effect of a sweeter more whisper-like tone which can then have its expression greatly adjusted using the EVEC tools.


KAGAMINE LEN V4X DB

Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: D2 ~ D4  Optimum Tempo: 60 ~ 170 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 110 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 15, B ~ 10, Total ~ 25
Package details as noted:

VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Len Append "Power".

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Triphones added.
  • Increased tempo range, allowing Power to cover more slower genres of music.
  • As well as Rin's Power range being increased, Len's Power also has a slightly increased range compared to VOCALOID2.
Software issues as noted:
  • As with many other Power voicebanks, the general performance of both Power vocals produce a notorious sharp and metallic tone.
    • To add to the above,the vocal can come off as too strong when using a combination of the E.V.E.C. functions. This leads to loss of quality.
Voicebank sample

LEN V4X Power

LENPOWERV4X
E.V.E.C. as noted:
  • In regards to E.V.E.C
    • "Power" serves to create tone variation and expression for Len by combining it via XSY with "Serious" and "Cold".
    • The expression can be controlled with both Voice colours "Soft" and "Power". When used for XSY, this will adjust the expression further, allowing for combinations such as softer Power/SErious XSY.
    • To further add to expression, the new "Pronunciation extension" function will strength the vocals further. This is recommended to be combined with GWL to achieve its best results. Its use is effective enough that "Power" coloured with the "Power" Voice colour, and this function produce an extremely overpowering result, or swap out for the "soft" colour for the same, but softer result. The effect liken to Len shouting during singing.
    • The combination of all these things when used with XSY allow for a high variety of tone variation and expression. The stability with this method is also such better then with Megurine Luka V4X as unless you did much work, she did not so easily produce such levels of expression.

Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: E2 ~ C4  Optimum Tempo: 60 ~ 160 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 100 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 13, B ~ 8, Total ~ 21
Package details as noted:

VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Len Append "Cold".

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Triphones added.
  • Slightly increased vocal range compared to the Vocaloid2 version.
  • Without being used to combine with "Power", or just using "Power" with no E.V.E.C. functions at all in place, "Cold" acts as a normal Vocaloid vocal and will function the same as any other.
Software issues as noted:
  • As noted in a comparison made by VOCALOID TV, both Len Cold and Serious do not offer many differences between them, both having a soft airy timbre in the performance.
Voicebank sample

LEN V4X Cold

LENCOLDV4X
Cross-Synthesis as noted:
  • In this version of the vocal, "Cold"s ideal purpose is adding a tone to "Power" mostly so is better suited as a second vocal in XSY. It will add the effect of a "gentle soft" tone which can then have its expression greatly adjusted using the EVEC tools.

Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: F2 ~ C4  Optimum Tempo: 55 ~ 155 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 100 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 12, B ~ 8, Total ~ 20
Package details as noted:

VOCALOID4 version of Kagamine Len Append "Serious".

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Triphones added.
  • Without being used to combine with "Power", or just using "Power" with no E.V.E.C. functions at all in place, "Serious" acts as a normal Vocaloid vocal and will function the same as any other.
Software issues as noted:
  • As noted in a comparison made by VOCALOID TV, both Len Cold and Serious do not offer many differences between them, both having a soft airy timbre in the performance.
Voicebank sample

LEN V4X Serious

LENSERIOUSV4X
Cross-Synthesis as noted:
  • In this version of the vocal, "Serious"s ideal purpose is adding a tone to "Power" mostly so is better suited as a second vocal in XSY. It will add the effect of a "lonely soft" tone which can then have its expression greatly adjusted using the EVEC tools.


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