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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.

History[edit | edit source]

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 Pack[edit | edit source]

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 Information[edit | edit source]

Demonstrations[edit | edit source]

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 Requirements[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Voicebanks[edit | edit source]

GENERAL USAGE[edit source]

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:

The main purpose of the XSY usage in this package was to make use of the original intent of XSY. Which was to create a smooth transition between vocals. In other words, instead of going straight from "Normal" to "Power" on higher notes, a User can add a "Normal" x "Power" in the result to smooth between the two vocals. So the song will be written with the voicebanks so the song may go; "Normal" -> "Normal" x "Soft" -> "Soft". This can be complicated to achieve and impossible unless there is room to create a XSY buffer result.

Can also use the new "XSY" feature between all 4 vocals to create new 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 Vocals[edit source]

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. This is the main vocal for the package.[6]

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

Cross-Synthesis as noted:

Normal is the vocal used to bridge between "Soft" and "Power" and can be used as a starting point in XSY. It is the main vocal of the package and is intended to be XSY'ed with all other vocals in the package. It has the main traits of the VY1 vocal.

The various XSY paths that include "Normal" to make VY1 have more expression are;

  • "Power" ⇄ XSY ("Normal" x "Power") ⇄ "Normal" ⇄ XSY ("Normal" x "Soft") ⇄ "Soft"
    • This is a more subtler path of added expression
  • "Power" ⇄ XSY ("Power x Natural") ⇄ XSY ("Normal" x "Natural") ⇄"Normal" ⇄ XSY ("Normal" x "Natural") ⇄ XSY ("Soft"x Natural") ⇄ "Soft"
    • This is the most natural and steady result
  • XSY ("Soft" x "Normal") ⇄ "Normal" ⇄ XSY ("Normal" x "Power")
    • A simplier path that makes no use of "Power" or "Soft" as non-XSY result, thus no need for "Natural" at all either to be used. Note that this lacks the extensive expression in their absence.

For the most part, the best way to use XSY in the package is to make a song with "Normal" as the starting vocal then to add expression via use of the additionsals voicebanks.

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

Cross-Synthesis as noted:

"Soft" has the role in XSY of adding expression and to handle lower range of the vocal when XSY with other vocals.

The most extreme XSY pairring is with "Power".

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

Cross-Synthesis as noted:

"Power" has the role in XSY of adding strength and to handle higher ranges of the vocal when XSY with other vocals within the package.

The most extreme XSY pairring is with "Soft".

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.

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 been mistaken as the main vocal of the package by overseas fans due to its more pleasing results.
  • 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.
  • 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. Despite not being the main voicebank, it is still a favourite among producers and fans due to its vocal results.
Voicebank sample

VY1v4 Natural

Cross-Synthesis as noted:

"Natural"s role in XSY is to act as the buffer between vocals, meaning that it can be used in XSY when switching between "normal" and "power" , "normal" and "soft" or "Soft" and "Power", thus this is the reason it covers all 3 vocal ranges. The XSY result between it and any of the 3 voicebanks is not so dramatic.

If used for this method the transistions are normally;

  • "Soft" ⇄ XSY ("Soft" x "Natural") ⇄ XSY ("Normal" x "Natural") ⇄ "Normal" ⇄ XSY ("Normal" x "Natural") ⇄ XSY ("Power" x "Natural") ⇄ "Power"

Nautral can be used to skip the use of "Normal" as a middle vocal since it covers the middle vocal range. The main issue with using "Natural" for XSY to swiftly change vocal ranges is that normally this requires room to do so since full effective transistions between voicebanks require room to take full use of "Natural". Since Natural covers all 3 vocal ranges, these is no need in this jump to have a "Natural" step, it either transistions into "Normal" or skips "Normal" entirely. Thus the steps are instead;

  • "Soft" ⇄ XSY ("Soft" x "Natural") ⇄ "Natural" ⇄ XSY ("Natural" x "Power") ⇄ "Power"

"Normal" contains all the traits of VY1 while "Natural" has extra traits on top of those. So the vocal may not be always the best option for a athentic result of the VY1 vocal. This can be a decider on what is best to use of the two examples.

If used to create a new vocal tone for VY1, the voicebank acts as a vocal extender since it has the ability to improve range. Since its vocal range is so large, XSY as a main vocal is entirely possible with every voicebank, and depending on which vocal is used depends on how "Natural" is impacted. Voicebanks can remove some of the fluquidness of the "Natural" voice in the process.


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