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Real-time voice conversion software aimed at VTubers called "Voidol" launches for $7.99

uncreepy

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About the software:
  • The app is going through a campaign of being $7.99 until July, even though it's true value is about $17.99. Purchase here: ‎Voidol
  • Men can easily convert their voice to female voices, women can easily convert their voices to male voices, it's high quality and has a simple interface.
  • It's developed by CRIMSON TECHNOLOGY, Inc.
  • Only the Mac version is available now, but the Windows version is planned to release on May 6th (Japan time).
  • The full name of the software is "Voidol - Powered by R.C. Voice" (Voidol - Powered by リアチェンvoice -).
  • It has been in development for a long time-- the oldest YouTube video on their channel is back from November 2017!
  • Though the app appears to be sold in English, Japanese, and Chinese, it appears the voices are only in Japanese.
  • It's aimed at VTubers so they can convert their voice in real time for things like livestreams, singing, and talking.
The voices:
The software comes with 2 free voices: CRIMMZOH (くりむ蔵) a cute monster, and Iroha Otomiya (音宮いろは) a white haired schoolgirl.
More character voice models are planned to be sold.

Introducing the voices:
Note: There might be some translation discrepancies if they ever release anything officially in English. I did my best guess at a couple character/planet names.

CRIMMZOH / CV: ? / Included for free
1946
(Probably named after CRIMSON TECHNOLOGY, Inc.) He's some sort of music alien that came to earth from Crim Planet, he likes to float horizontally and likes humming.

Zunko Tohoku / CV: Satou Satomi / Add-on voice
1947
The VOCALOID/VOICEROID we know and love.

Cutie Alien Peroro / CV: ? / Add-on voice
1949
He's an alien from Peropero Planet and is licking themed (note the suckers and the fact that his name has "pero" (lick SFX) in it.

Tsubasa Koeno / CV: Kotori Koiwai / Add-on voice
1951
(I THINK the way to read her last name is Koeno, which would make her full name mean "wings of a voice".) Yes, this is the voice of Kotori Koiwai, who recently voiced Hime and Mikoto Meika! Another familiar voice for vocal synth fans. She's a young girl with a gentle adult voice. Nobody knows much about her because she doesn't say much. She's an Aquarius.

I couldn't find their introductions, but here are the remaining voices...

Yoshida-kun / CV: FROGMAN / Add-on voice (usually about $7.99, but is about $3.99 until June 25th)
1952
He's the main character of Eagle Talon and also a VOICEROID. Popular character in Japan and has multiple TV shows.

Iroha Otomiya / CV: ? / Included for free
1953
The pink, blue, and green are based on the input/output meter. She is not on the iPhone version, she's new for the Mac version.

Dub fairy Miranda / CV: Maya Okamoto / Add-on voice (usually about $7.99, but is about $3.99 until June 25th)
1959
The broom microphone makes your voice into a Hollywood celebrity's. There's some confusing story about her "reel recording bag" being related to faeries and the "reel messages" getting delivered to heaven.

Tsukasa something (I literally can't figure out how to read his last name) / CV: Takayuki Fujimoto / Add-on voice (usually about $7.99, but is about $3.99 until June 25th)
1960
He's an ikemen (hot) boss that's longing for someone. (Note: Finally, an actual adult male ikemen voice with proper shoujo-tastic art we've all been thirsty for.) He always lights up the office with his smile and is helpful. He has a trademark yellow tie. His wonderful male voice will sooth women! (Er, okay. That's a sentence I translated with my own two hands.)

Demonstrations:

He's using CRIMMZOH.

1954



Note: It appears they are at CRIMSON TECHNOLOGY, Inc., because these demos by DTM Station are using the same bedazzled microphone. (See video below.)


They said that the Mac version had the engine rebuilt to be optimized for Mac compared to the iPhone version, so using a microphone and an audio interface creates a higher quality result compared to the iPhone version.

The app:
1956

There is a 50ms latency in the conversion of voices, so it makes you feel uncomfortable until you get used to the lag.

Yoshida-kun and Zunko have character restrictions, so before using their voices for dictation of things you want to sell, you'll need permission.

1957

1958

DUCKING lets VTubers use the weak (highlighted in blue) and strong DUCKING so it can detect when stuff like background music is playing and adjust the volume accordingly.

For INPUT, you tell the software if you are a male or female so it can adjust to converting your voice properly.

Extra Kotori Koiwai stuff:
They interviewed her and I wanted to point out the interesting stuff. It seems she found out about voidol from a DTM Station article and wants to use the software to sing with a male voice. She said she had to read about 200 sentences in a clear voice to preserve the quality, so it was a weird/different experience than normal voice acting. Kotori hasn't gotten to try using the software yet and wants to test out her character, Tsubasa.

Kotori revealed her favorite lines she had to read, which she thought seemed touching but sci-fi-ish:
「なぜなら、僕は声そのものだからです。

マイクに向かって喋るだけで、
そしたら、その子の声になってあげて、
そしたら、たくさんお友達を作って

本当は、いっぱいお喋りしたいのに、
ステージで、声を出すことが出来なくて、
その時に、使ってもらう予定なのが、
僕の声に生まれ変わって出てくるらしい。
顔も体も、まだ見たことがありません。


でも、僕の声を聞いてもらうことが出来るので、
これから新しく出会うお友達に届けられるって、
世界中の、たくさんのお友達に」
It's basically saying stuff like "I will face the mic and become this character's voice, I want to make many friends throughout the world, I have no face or body, I am the voice itself" that type of stuff.

Final thoughts:
Here is a demo on the YouTube channel of CRIMSON TECHNOLOGY, Inc. to hear the voices in isolation (so not being demonstrated in real time, just the result). I think it is cool but sometimes sounds wonked up (but it's hard to tell cause many videos are from a year ago and might not reflect the quality of the Mac version). I had no clue this was being developed for so long and want to try the Windows version. I can't believe this unknown company released a voice conversion software sooner than Crypton's CHERRY PIE or CeVIO or any other deep learning based software.
 
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GreenFantasy64

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Thanks for translating it. :mikiv4_ani_lili:

He's an ikemen (hot) boss that's longing for someone. (Note: Finally, an actual adult male ikemen voice with proper shoujo-tastic art we've all been thirsty for.) He always lights up the office with his smile and is helpful. He has a trademark yellow tie. His wonderful male voice will sooth women! (Er, okay. That's a sentence I translated with my own two hands.)
:clara_ani_lili:
Also, in the videos, his voice sounds a bit robotic.....actually reminds me of Kaito V1.... :mirai_ani_lili:
 
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uncreepy

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Here's a video of a guy demonstrating Iroha's voice without us having to hear his voice at the same time. I think it properly shows the actual quality of the software.


Obviously, there's some crackling and weird parts, so it's not perfect. I'm curious if they are going to keep updating the quality or or if this is it. But I feel like it's so cheap that when the Windows version comes out, I really want to try it, even if it's not perfect. I want to feel what it's like to have Tsukasa's voice come out of my mouth and try singing. LOL

I'm wondering if when Crypton releases their version if it will be "better" because you can edit the tuning to get rid of errors like this through the Vocaloid software, while Voidol is just uneditable (for the most part) voice conversion.
 
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Mika

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That's such a cool idea! And I can totally see people buying it to make song covers with Zunko without having to tune her haha. I mean, if you are a relatively good singer it will be way easier and cheaper than Vocaloid.
I think I will buy it too when the windows version comes out, seems like it can be a lot of fun to use.
 

Wario94

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Sounds interesting!
Just curious, besides Tohoku Zunko, is it possible if very familiar Vocaloids like the Crypton family and Meika Hime and Mikoto would ever appear on both Voidol and R.C. Voice?
 

uncreepy

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Sounds interesting!
Just curious, besides Tohoku Zunko, is it possible if very familiar Vocaloids like the Crypton family and Meika Hime and Mikoto would ever appear on both Voidol and R.C. Voice?
Meika Hime and Mikoto would not appear on Voidol/R.C. Voice, because their voice provider (Kotori Koiwai) is already on the app for the Tsubasa Koeno character. I doubt the Cryptonloids would be on here, either, because Crypton seems to be unwilling to have their characters on other software (like text to speech software, and they went as far as making Piapro over Vocaloid Editor, so... yeah). Plus, they have been working on their own voice converter (Cherry Pie), which is probably going to be superior in quality to this app, so I highly doubt they would bother reaching out to each other.

Tohoku Zunko (who has a Voiceroid and Vocaloid version) and Yoshida-kun (who has a Voiceroid version) are special, because Zunko is used to promote tourism, I think Yoshida is supposed to promote education or something, and both Zunko and Yoshida have special licensing agreements related to using their voice/design for profit.
 

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