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This article is about the VOCALOID4 software known as a voicebank. If you are looking for the VOCALOID concept then click here.

HistoryEdit

On November 20, 2014, VOCALOID4 was officially announced through a livestream in which several companies appeared announcing their upcoming updated VOCALOIDs. VY1v4 was one of these VOCALOIDs revamped for the new engine.

Its voicebank was used to showcase the new features and capabilities of the VOCALOID4 engine. It was revealed that VY1v4 also contained four voicebanks: Normal, Power, Natural, and Soft.

VOCALOID4 and VY1v4 became available on December 17, 2014, making it the first voice to be released for the engine.[1]

Shortly prior to VY1v4's release, the YouTube demo uploads of iNSaNiTY and COSMONAUTS were set to private due to YAMAHA's request. They were once again made public after VY1v4 was released.

Creator PackEdit

Yamaha has since released a "Creator Pack" for VY1v4. This is similar to the Creator pack released for Fukase. This product contained a physical product called "UR12", a USB powered audio interface device. The package also included the "VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase", a copy of the DAW software Cubase AI, and the VY1v4 vocal.

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

iNSaNiTY feat. V3 Gackpoid (Power and Soft) Niconico YouTube
COSMONAUTS feat. MAIKA (Normal, Power, and Soft) Niconico YouTube
Moonlight Gramophone (Normal and Natural) YouTube SoundCloud (teaser)
Close to you (Power and Natural) Niconico YouTube
Gerbera (Soft, Natural, Normal, and Power) Niconico YouTube
般若心経 (Hannya Shingyou) YouTube

System RequirementsEdit

  • OS:
    • Windows: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7(32/64bit)
    • Mac: OS X Yosemite 10.10 (Except those using Cubase 7 or Cubase Artist 7), OS X Mavericks 10.9, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 (Except those using Cubase 8 Series)
  • CPU: Intel Dual Core CPU
  • RAM: 2GB or more
  • Hard Disk Capacity:
      • More than 4GB (using VOCALOID4 Editor)
      • More than 12GB (using VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase + Cubase)
  • Internet connection.

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

GENERAL USAGEEdit

Product Information
Versions
  Trial/Demo Vers?: Yes  Starter Available?: Yes  App vers.?: Yes
Package details as noted:

This is an updated version of the VY1v3 vocal; its main purpose is to demonstrate the new features of VOCALOID4.

A Job plug-in was supplied by the VOCALOID SHOP to fix a loudness issue the "natural" voice has. Users needed to register to obtain it.[2]

Vocal traits as noted:
  • The core VY1v4 vocal that is shared by all 4 vocals is strong in tone, and clear.
  • All 4 vocals have "growl".
  • This package was ranked among the 5 choices for rock genre music alongside IA ROCKS, v flower, MAYU and galaco It was highlighted with the song "Fairytale," on VOCALOID NET.[3]
  • Maintains the quality of past versions of the VY1. This makes it a good value product for its cost due to it high performance of sound.[4]
  • VY1v4 was highlighted as an example of a Vocal which shows superior and unique singing talent in high and soft vocals. She was among 5 recommended vocals by the Vocaloid staff out of the 50 vocals they sold for this reason.[5]


Cross-Synthesis as noted:

Can use the new "XSY" feature between all 4 vocals.

  • In total, the package offers the equivalent of 12 additional voicebanks achievable via XSY. The total tone variation offered by the package comes to a theoretical 16 voicebanks in total.


Individual VocalsEdit

Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: B2 ~ A3  Optimum Tempo: 60 ~ 200 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 140 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 7, B ~ 4, Total ~ 11
Package details as noted:

"NORMAL" is the in-between vocal for "soft" and "power", acting as a bridge in tone. It is a supporting voice to the "natural" vocal and is best as a back up, or for XSY.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Focuses on the mid-range of the VY1 vocal
  • It is closest overall vocal of the 3 to "Natural" in sound.
  • It is focused on the mid-tone range an acts as a bright between "power" and "soft" without resulting to use the "natural" vocal.
  • As its name "normal" implies, this is the most "neutral" of the 3 additional vocals.
  • It generally sounds the same as "Natural" with the exception of it sounding louder.
Software issues as noted:
  • It has only 1/3 of the range that the "natural" vocal has.
  • Compared to "power" and "soft", this vocal doesn't offer such a dramatic change to the "natural" vocal. It is best used in conjunction with "power" and "soft" and often best used as the primarily vocal.
Voicebank sample

VY1v4 Normal

VYv4 Normal
Cross-Synthesis as noted:

When used for XSY as a second vocal, it will provide a more subtle change compared to "soft" or "power", as its job is to increase the strength of the "common range" VY1 traits and bring them out more, making them louder. It will do this even when used with the "Natural" vocal.

  • While the middle range gets louder, the upper and lower ranges will loose strength if not careful.

Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: F2 ~ E3  Optimum Tempo: 60 ~ 200 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 140 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 7, B ~ 5, Total ~ 12
Package details as noted:

"SOFT", as the vocal's name suggests, is a voice with a softer tone compared to the original VY1v4 voicebank. It is a supporting voice to the "natural" vocal and is best as a back up, or for XSY.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Focuses on the bass range of the VY1 vocal.
  • This vocal has a soft tone which allows it to go low and sound moody.
  • This is one of the more pleasing sounding voicebanks.
Software issues as noted:
  • It has only 1/3 of the range that the "natural" vocal has.
Voicebank sample

VY1v4 Soft

VYv4 Soft
Cross-Synthesis as noted:
  • When used for XSY as a second vocal, it will soften the other vocals, removing strength. This adds to the expressiveness achievable.
  • Its not always best to use XSY with "power" since the two vocals have little overlap between them. This causes the Vocaloid engine to have to improvise more, and can produce lower quality results.

Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: F3 ~ D4  Optimum Tempo: 60 ~ 200 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 140 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 6, B ~ 4, Total ~ 10
Package details as noted:

"POWER", as the vocal's name suggests, is a more powerful version of the original VY1v4 voicebank. It is a supporting voice to the "natural" vocal and is best used as a back up, or for XSY.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Focuses on the treble range of the VY1 voice and has all of the Naturals higher vocal range.
  • Has a strong tone which allows it to go into high notes without waning, giving the treble range the capability to hold notes well.
  • This is a flexible voicebank in its own right.
Software issues as noted:
  • It has only 1/3 of the range that the "natural" vocal has.
Voicebank sample

VY1v4 Power

VYv4 Power
Cross-Synthesis as noted:
  • When used for XSY as a second vocal, it adds strength, enhancing the force behind each note. This allows the VY1v4 voice in question to have some lift on its upper range.
  • Its not always best to use XSY with "soft" since the two vocals have little overlap between them. This causes the Vocaloid engine to have to improvise more, and can produce lower quality results.

Product Information
Optimum
  Optimum Range: D2 ~ F4  Optimum Tempo: 60 ~ 200 BPM
  Total Tempo (min-max): 140 BPM  No. of Keys: W ~ 17, B ~ 11, Total ~ 28
Package details as noted:

This is a vocal designed to have a "NATURAL" tone. It is the main singing voice of the VY1v4 package and is an update upon the standard "VY1" vocal which was first released for VOCALOID2.

Vocal traits as noted:
  • Is overall more realistic then the other three vocals. It is the closest voice within the package to the past VY1 and VY1v3 vocals.
  • It has the largest optimum range within the package, over double the size of either "normal", "power" or "soft".
  • The vocal is less genre focused compared to the other voicebanks, meaning that it can be used for more genres of music with greater flexibility.
  • The overall tempo and optimum range is slightly bigger than the VY1v3 vocal, meaning it can cover a larger variety of songs compared to the past VY1 and VY1v3 vocals.
  • Since it covers the range of "normal", "soft" and "power", it can also act as a bridge between the vocals. In fact, the other 3 vocals are basically taken from this voicebanks vocal range.
  • Has loudness issues throughout the voicebank, an addition app was supplied later to fix these range loudness issues.
Software issues as noted:
  • Compared to the other three vocals in this package, it lacks focus in any particular direction.
Voicebank sample

VY1v4 Natural

VYv4 Natural
Cross-Synthesis as noted:

In regards to XSY;

  • When used with the XSY feature as the core vocal, it will take on the properties of "soft", "power" and "normal", maintaining a large vocal range while be enhanced any of the areas the other three vocals specialise in. The secondary voicebanks bring out the desired traits that the user wishes from the VY1 more while diminishing the others they do not. So "Soft" will enhance the VY1 soft lower ranges and allow for easier loss of power in higher, "Normal" makes the vocal louder and "Power" stronger with loss of expression in the lower ranges in favour of strengthening the higher ranges. This is because they act as a counter balance due to lacking the rest of the VY1 vocal range.
    • When used with the XSY feature as a second vocal, it will extend the vocal range of the three vocals and add a natural tone to them, making them sound more human-esque.


ReferencesEdit

  1. VY1v4 Preorder and Release date
  2. http://km4osm.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-50.html
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