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Vocaloid ( ボーカロイド , Bōkaroido ? ) is a singing voice synthesizer . Its signal processing part was developed through a joint research project led by Kenmochi Hideki at the Pompeu Fabra University in Spain in 2000 and originally was not intended to be a full commercial project. Backed by the Yamaha Corporation , it developed the software into the commercial product "Vocaloid." [ 1 ] [ 2 ] The software enables users to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and melody . It uses synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers. To create a song, the user must input the melody and lyrics.
O HAI GUIZE, remember this image? The recent explosion of Vocaloid voice samples in recent months have brought out a number of new companies that are releasing the software packages. New companies to the Vocaloid community like Bplats and Sony have joined the ranks that include the well-established groups like Crypton, Zero-G, and PowerFX. It’s time to step back a bit and look at what each has accomplished thus far, and what may be in their future.