Who and what is TAKAYUKI RYOU?
TAKAYUKI RYOU is an upcoming vocal database (or “voicebank”) for use within the DeepVocal Editor. They have a young masculine voice with powerful high notes and breathy low notes, and sing in fluent Japanese. The character made to represent TAKAYUKI RYOU is a long-lost humanoid robot with unknown origin and purpose. Their color scheme consists mostly of light blues and purples with darker blue and purple accents. RYOU loves to sing, and is ready to sing your songs.
*Seeing as TAKAYUKI RYOU is a robot, they have no assigned gender, so use they/them pronouns when referring to RYOU.
What is the TAKAYUKI RYOU “voicebank” like?
TAKAYUKI RYOU’s vocal database contains four pitches, B2, E3, A3 and D4, with D4 being an optional falsetto pitch. This optional falsetto pitch can be activated in the Timbre parameter in the DeepVocal Editor, and can provide more dynamic singing in the higher notes.
In addition to this, TAKAYUKI RYOU’s voicebank includes extra samples for better singing in other languages, namely English. These samples are comprised of two English [R] sounds, and a [Th] sound, which are encoded with [4a] [p@] and [the][tha] respectively.
*More detailed information on how to use these phonemes (as well as the falsetto pitch) will be included in the Usage Guide.
What is DeepVocal?
The DeepVocal Editor was released in 2019 by Boxstar and allowed users to create vocal tracks using user-created synthesized vocals. The DeepVocal Editor utilizes a piano roll user interface to display notes that voicebanks will sing. There are different parameters users can manipulate to fine-tune the vocal, including breathiness, timbre, and pitchbends.
*The DeepVocal2 Editor can be downloaded at deep-vocal.com.
So RYOU can sing. Can they dance?
Yes, as a matter of fact they can! Thanks to Emuji Atara on Twitter, TAKAYUKI RYOU has a 3D model that is designed to work in MikuMikuDance (MMD), a 3D animation program.
*Visit Emuji Atara’s Twitter profile for commission info. The TAKAYUKI RYOU model will be available for download alongside the voicebank. MMD can be downloaded here.
TAKAYUKI RYOU’s Japanese voicebank is scheduled for release in 2022. More information to come soon.