Friday, September 4, 2009

It's really hard to find a good Prima Vocaloid

I was going to post some more Japanese related Vocaloid stuff, but then I realized that I'm not representing the West too well since Zero-G was the first licensed company to release Yamaha's technology to the public, who also happens to be located in the UK. So I decided to find some good songs from their first second-generation Vocaloid named Prima, who was meant to sing opera-based songs:

And I came up empty-handed in my search for looking for good songs from her, since almost every single one I've come across tried to make her sing to genres that she wasn't designed to sing, or she was programmed by Japanese people, which already is a huge handicap since they're almost always trying to make her sing pop songs in English, which is also not Prima's real strength either. However, I did discover a few neat things in my search- the first is that the Japanese already have a manga-esque version of her circulating around the Internet (even though she looks a little bit too young, which is okay if that's her super-deformed version), and I did find a song of her singing in Japanese which didn't grate my ears:

That looks infinitely much better than whoever did that illustration for the Zero-G demonstration. At least for me, anyway.

1 comment:

  1. Is it bad that I find that the Prima voice sounds so much more natural than the current Vocaloid2 ones to the point I barely notice it's not a "real" singer?

    It seems that Yahama now is just producing the current ones to be more like instruments in their own right more than trying to mimic natural human voice.