Sachiko Vocaloid Makes Song Debut, Creators Discuss Making Her
posted on by Carlos Cadorniga
Sachiko, the newest Vocaloid idol modeled after Enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi, had her album hit virtual shelves on the Vocaloid Shop online store on Monday.
On Tuesday, a special launch event was held that Kobayashi attended, alongside Vocaloid project leader Katsuki Ishikawa and developer Masashi Yoshida.
At the event, they discussed the development behind Sachiko's character and the intricacies of basing her on Kobayashi. According to Yoshida, careful attention went into researching Kobayashi's style and personal characteristics and making sure that the final product looked and sounded new, but also remained "Kobayashi-esque."
Kobayashi had a very new experience recording for Vocaloid.
"I've never had to work with such lyrics or tonal changes in a recording before," she stated. "My voice has never been weak after a recording before, but this was the only time that my voice was so hoarse afterwards!"
During the conference, the audience was presented with Sachiko's song, "Embrace the Stars", which shocked Kobayashi as she heard her voice. A preview of the song can be heard here:
"We at Yamaha are very satisfied with what we've accomplished," Ishikawa stated. "It couldn't have been done without everyone's hard work, and we hope that you enjoy what we've delivered.
Kobayashi herself encouraged people to give the new album a listen. "Doing this for the first time was very exciting! I hope that everyone everywhere enjoys this work."
Towards the end, Kobayashi even teased the possibility of an English release. "The only problem I have is pronouncing [English], so I may have to take some English classes before then!"
Kobayashi has previously performed themes for the Pokemon anime series.