The Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard is a non-commerical keyboard designed to use the Vocaloid-Board technology. The product was not originally made for sale commercially and was offered to businesses interested in it.[1] However, as of now, the Keytar is planned to be sold in winter 2017. In the demos, VY1 can be heard singing.

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It uses the Vocaloid technology to recreate Japanese lyrics. With your right hand you play the notes you wish the Vocaloid to sing and with the left hand, you hit one of several letters. The exact pronunciation will depend on the combination of letters touched. Only a Japanese version has been made.

Accessories, such as travel bags for the Keyboard, are sold separately.

Additional voices are purchased separately, each Keyboard comes with VY1. The user is allowed one additional vocal for free. Additional voices after this must be paid for. The voices are purchased via a related app and uses Bluetooth in conjunction with the keyboard.

The Keyboard requires practice, since not only does the user need to be able to play a keytar, but also form words. As such, it can be hard to get good results compared to the actual software versions of VOCALOID, but this simply is due to the fact the results are "live" and feedback in instant. Whereas the software versions allow for delicate editing per sound sample and note.

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2015[edit | edit source]

A newer version of the keyboard shaped in a keytar style was seen in 2015. Once again, VY1 was the voice behind the product. The idea behind it was to be able to use VOCALOID in a new way without the use of a PC. The product is usable with ease Several models were seen related to this, the 3 colours on offer for the show-cased version were black, white and pink.[2][3][4]

A pale blue version was shown in a article on VOCALOID NET. The 37 key prototype is set to be on showcase between July 3rd-5th 2015 in the "Two Yamahas, One Passion" exhibition at Roppongi Hill. The event showcases technological designs by both Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.[5][6]

A demonstration was also later given.[7]

In September the final details were posted. The keyboard is a rented product from Joysound for 500円 + tax.[8]

In December a special event was held in which the first major appearance of the VOCALOID Keyboard was used. In the event, Megpoid V4 was used as the voice within the instrument.[9] At the "Think MIDI 2015" event, a demo of the keyboard was seen.[10] Later in December, a Yuzuki Yukari version began development.[11]

2017[edit | edit source]

The keyboard will officially be sold in Winter 2017. The voices listed as availiable for the Keyboard were VY1, Hatsune Miku, Gumi, Yuzuki Yukari and IA's vocals have been added to the list of possible vocals. The keyboard comes with VY1 as standard. The additional vocals are possible to purchase via an app. However, the first of the remaining 4 available vocals (Hatsune Miku, Gumi, Yuzuki Yukari and IA) is free.

The price was put up in early November.[12]

2018[edit | edit source]

A limited edition version with Snow Miku 2018 stickers was sold at the Sapporo Winter Festival. This was available while stocks lasted.[13]

The instrument was one of 4 Yamaha products also nominated for an award in the 2018 "Good Design Award".[14]

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Additional voices are purchased via the related app for the VOCALOID Keyboard, each voice is sold separately.

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千本桜 (Senbonzakura) (Hatsune Miku) YouTube
シンデレラベイビー (Cinderella Baby) (Hatsune Miku) YouTube

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