What is a Vocaloid some of you may ask? Vocaloids are made from a synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers. To create a song, the user must input the melody and lyrics. A piano roll type interface is used to input the melody and the lyrics can be entered on each note. The software can change the stress of the pronunciations, add effects such as vibrato, or change the dynamics and tone of the voice.
There are about 19 released Vocaloids, some of the most popular ones are Kamui Gakupo (voiced by Gackt), Gumi (voiced by Megumi Nakajima), Kagamine Rin, Len, and of course Hatsune Miku herself, with more to come within the next year.
What makes this more interesting is all the Vocaloids are Japanese and while they can sing in English with the “Engrish” accents, there has been talk of giving Miku a full on English voice, due to American/European fans requesting and asking for it.
While in Japan, Hatsune Miku has had interactive concerts all over. She has been featured on Japanese Television shows and even has her own video games and figures. With a following outside of the land of the rising sun, how will this English version Vocaloid be accepted if it happens?