Tonio's provider came from the Royal Northern College of Music. He was an experienced opera singer who sang a number of concerts.
Tonio was first announced at the NAMM trade show and was set to be released back in early February 2010. According to SONiKA, he apparently 'had a sore throat' and was consequently delayed until June 2010. By the end of June Zero-G released a note that he was complete, but final touches were still being made to his program and he would be delayed another week. They stated demos would follow soon, possibly a week after the extended delay was announced.
A demo was released on the July 8th, 2010, he is forecast for release within the next "few days" and was eventually released on July 14, 2010. He had several demo songs, including a duet of Big Al and him singing 'Tu vuo fa l' americano' and a duet with him and Prima singing "Cinque Dieci".
Tonio was released in Taiwan by E-Capsule. He received a new boxart and was featured in a 40 second demo. The full version of this song "Treasure" was later released, in the video Tonio was referred to as "Baron Tonio".
At the end of 2015, it was announced that from March 31, 2016, VOCALOID2 was being retired and no new serial codes were to be issued by Yamaha. Zero-G announced they would continue to issue import codes to legitimate owners of Prima, SONiKA and Tonio.
|Una Furtiva Lagrima||YouTube Zero-G|
|Donna e Mobile||YouTube Zero-G|
|Deh Vieni Alla Finestra||YouTube Zero-G|
|Cinque Dieci (Tonio/Prima)||YouTube Zero-G|
|Tu vuo fa l' americano (Tonio/Big Al)||YouTube|
|Fly me to the Moon||YouTube|
|Treasure (short ver)||YouTube|
- Windows XP/Vista 32bit
- (Windows 7 is not officially supported; 64bit is NOT SUPPORTED),
- Pentium 4 2 GHz/ Athlon XP 2000, 512 MB RAM
- (1GB of RAM recommended)
- (2 GB or more recommended when using VSTi realtime)·
- Approx 4 GB Free Hard Disk Space / DVD Drive.
| Genre: Classical and Opera Optimum Range: G2 ~ D4 Optimum Tempo: 60 ~ 140 BPM |
Total Tempo (min-max): 80 BPM No. of Keys: W ~ 11, B ~ 8, Total ~ 19
|Trial/Demo Vers?: No|
|Package details as noted:|
Tonio has a range from baritone to Tenor and is intended to be a partner to Prima whom he is best suited as a vocal partner to and compliments her vocals well. Like Prima he is voiced by a professional singer, known to have had a number of years of experience in conert singing and is designed to sound like a realistic male opera singer.
His software comes with the VSQ file for "Una furtiva lagrima".
In addition, the package "Classical vocal", also by Zero-G, contains samples that are confirmed to be from Tonio's provider. Though not officially a back up release for the Vocaloid release, it contains 600 samples split between Tonio's provider and a second vocalist (second vocalist is female and confirmed not Prima's provider). It remained one of the most extensive sample libraries until VOCALOID4, yet remains to date the most varied example of its kind, as it contains samples in languages such as French, German and Russian, as well as nonsense sounds (such as simple "aa" sounds).
|Vocal traits as noted:|
|Phonetic notes as noted:|
|Software issues as noted:|
Tonio singing in his raw state