Yoshitaka Amano Illustrates New Vocaloid 3 Library
posted on by Egan Loo
Yamaha officially unveiled Vocaloid 3 Library Zola Project, a collection of male voices for the latest version of its vocal music synthesis software, on Thursday. World-renowned artist Yoshitaka Amano drew the image illustration of the voices for the cover.
As Amano depicts on the package, the library has three different young character voices: "a sweet voice with an air of pathos and hidden despair," "a traditional voice with clarity and power," and "a lyrical, husky voice that sounds foreign." The voices are suitable for solo songs, trios and duets, and choruses.
Besides the three male voices, the package comes with a Job Plugin to ease new users into the song creation process as well as an introductory video. Performance artist Sōun Takeda (Tenchijin) created the calligraphy logo for the library, while composer Daisuke Asakura (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Code Geass, Soul Eater, Gravitation) and lyricist Yukinojo Mori (Detective Conan, Megazone 23 Part III) collaborated on the official demo songs included.
In addition to his contributions to the Vampire Hunter D and Final Fantasy franchises, Amano collaborated with English graphic novelist Neil Gaiman on Sandman: The Dream Hunters. He joined Tatsunoko Production at the age of 15, and worked on Time Bokan, Hutch, the Honeybee, Shinzō Ningen Casshan, Gatchaman, and Mospeada. He also created Yasai no Yōsei - N.Y. Salad, a television anime about the secret nocturnal life of vegetables in a New York kitchen, which inspired a 3D film in 2010. Amano had been planning Deva Zan, his first, full-length 3D anime film with his Studio Devaloka. Dark Horse Comics published Amano's illustrated novel version of Deva Zan this year.
Vocaloid 3 Library Zola Project will arrive in late June.
[Via Hachima Kikō]