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VOCALOID-Related Questions

Q: Where to get VOCALOID / VOCALOID2?
A: Visit Crypton's page and Internet Co. page to get Miku, Rin & Len, Luka, Meiko, Kaito and Gakupo, respectively. For more details like who sells it cheap, Google it instead. As to how to import them, it is said they can't ship directly outside Japan, and have to rely on middlestores like Himeya.

Q: Where to torrent, rapidshare or download VOCALOID / VOCALOID2?
A: As courtesy to Crypton, Yamaha and Internet Co., this site can't provide such links. Also, refrain from using such channels, as some files found in there contain viruses and malware that can harm your computer. Plus there are scammers as well that masquerades as free downloads of these. If you cannot afford to buy VOCALOID or VOCALOID2, consider getting the freeware UTAU instead.

Q: I want to start using VOCALOID / VOCALOID2, but how do I get started?
A: Read this tutorial I've done. Afterwards, read this article from Yamaha, Crypton (translated in English by yours truly) and this phonetic chart.

Q: Do Vocaloids have certain nationalities?
A: As Vocaloids are not explicitly given a nationality at all, POLYGLOID does not assert the nationality of their products either. But since fan depictions sometimes assigns a nationality for a certain Vocaloid, this is entirely in the discretion of whoever wishes to utilizes her. But here's a hint. Sometimes a Vocaloid may inherit the nationality of their creators, and this holds true as well for the derivatives.

Q: What is the difference between VOCALOID and VOCALOID2?
A: VOCALOID is the 1st generation of the vocal synthesis software. VOCALOID2 is the current version that has been released.

Q: Can MEIKO, KAITO, LEON, LOLA and Miriam be used for VOCALOID2?
A: Unfortunately no. VOCALOID2 is an entirely different engine from its predecessor, VOCALOID.

Q: Is HATSUNE MIKU, KAGAMINE RIN / LEN, KAMUI GAKUPO, MEGURINE LUKA, Prima, and Sweet Ann backward compatible to VOCALOID?
A: No. They exclusively run on VOCALOID2 only, and will not work in VOCALOID.

UTAU-Related Questions

POLYGLOID-Related Questions


Q: What is with POLYGLOID trying to get Japanese Vocaloids singing in other languages? There are other Vocaloids like Sweet Ann, Miriam, Prima, that does those!
A: Unfortunately, do you see them in widespread use? Not many people do. And these techniques come in handy to them as well. Most also prefer Miku over the Western Vocaloids, but because of her Japanese orientation, not many people are able to use her effectively, and end up becoming Hakus and Nerus in their own way.

Q: Will I get perfect accents and pronunciations with POLYGLOID?
A: This is a tough question to answer. In theory, this is very much possible, but it requires plenty of techniques and mastery of the VOCALOID and/or VOCALOID2 software, plus an intimate understanding of the Vocal Data in use. As with all computer programs, nothing is perfect. It is up to the user to make the output of these Vocaloids as perfect as a user's taste would deem.


Questions regarding SOTONE RIZA

Q: Why did you choose Miku as the basis for Riza?
A: Rin has far more voice issues than Miku. She has strange pronunciation quirks which has not been resolved even in her ACT.2 incarnation. Miku has better pronunciation and projection, which gives her a higher multilingualism potential. The other Vocaloids with this distinction is Gackpoid or Kamui Gakupo, since the one who voiced Gackpoid, Gackt, has working experience in singing in multiple languages, and Luka, who is designed from the ground up to be able to sing in English. (Which gives Luka also true multilingualism potential, but voice banks alone are not enough to get the job done. In some cases, a user will need to switch between the Japanese and English Voice Data to achieve the desired results.)

Q: Is Riza your answer to Crypton's Luka Megurine or UTAU's Roku Yokune?
A: NO! Riza is not intended to compete, BUT instead, complement Luka. Riza comprises of advanced techniques to achieve proper voice projection and (hopefully) ethnically-native pronunciation. Luka can also benefit from such techniques, after all. The same can't be said for Ruko, since she's on a different system.

Q: Do Riza's techniques apply to UTAU?
A: In principle, yes. But in practice, unfortunately no. Even though both programs share similarities, UTAU is an entirely different system from Vocaloid. But there is a character in the works that will address that.

Q: Who created SOTONE RIZA?
A: Her creator is Orochi Herman. (aka. O_Herman or O_H)

Q: Is Riza a so-called ashu/subspecies Vocaloid?
A: As a derivate / Fanmade Vocaloid, yes, just like Neru, Haku and all the other derivates, Riza is also a derivate. But she has a voice and representation, which makes her more than just a mere mascot or subspecies.

Q: Where can I get more information about her?
A: Right here.

Other Questions

Q: What is an OPM?
A: OPM in this site refers to Original Philippine Music, a blanket term for all locally-made music in the Philippines. The reason why Riza is associated with it is because those OPMs is where her techniques are first utilized and developed, later to be carried over for usage for other languages.

Q: Can I copy your guide and distribute it without crediting you or giving citation?
A: Do you want to die? >:) Always give credit whenever you copy from this site.

Q: Can you translate __________ for me into <insert language here>?
A: Anything into coherent Japanese is beyond my capability. However, I'll be happy to translate songs from Tagalog into English.

Q: Can you have Riza cover / remake _________ into English?
A: Given enough resources, and if the piece piques my interest, why not? But it takes a lot to get me hooked, so don't get your hopes high.

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