Originally Posted by WeirdlyGruesome
I'll keep it simple, any vocaloid fans out there in AoD land?
Add another one! Miku and the Crypton vocaloids (sounds like a jazz band or some theater troupe) have been dominating my commute music listening for the past two years.
Probably like most people in the west, my first exposure to Miku was the wonderfully comical Levan Polka song. It also doesn't hurt that her avatar is such a cute girl (Crypton Media got it right after their first works...add a picture of a really cute girl and it'll sell). Thankfully she has the voice to back up her image.
Originally Posted by something
And I can say without sarcasm or reservations that Miku is easily one of my favorite vocalists, at least in the hands of a competent composer.
Same here. The append voice bank is amazing in the hands of a competent composer. I didn't like the demos, but I recently picked up Doriko's latest album (Romeo and Cinderella - Miku fans, buy it now! Not a bad song on the whole album and as usual a mix of genres to keep it fresh) and a few songs use the append voice, and it just sounds amazing. Amazing almost to the point of being realistic (I was shocked that I was still listening to Miku).
Another great thing about Miku is that her popularity has allowed people to listen to music from musicians that we wouldn't have otherwise. And, most of these people are flying solo too. Just like in the late 90s when computer recording/composing software became cheap...people got to hear a whole new group of musicians. Miku is continuing the trend of making writing music more accessible to people and that's the most important part.
As a musician, I can't wait for the release of Miku's English voice bank (I'm a little worried how it'll since Crypton mentioned she sounds really cute) to play around with whenever I get back into writing music. I'm also interested in hearing other people use her upcoming English voice bank.