Zero-G Ltd

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Zero-G Ltd.
Type Public
Industry Software, Internet
Genre Music and video
Founded 1990 (1990)[1]
Headquarters England
Area served British Isles, Europe
Products Products
Services

Zero-G is a company developing sound libraries, sound effects and loops. The company also develops singing synthesizers using the Vocaloid engine developed by Yamaha Corporation.

Products[edit]

Vocaloid products[edit]

Zero-G developed an English edition of Vocaloid software. They subsequently were given recommendations by Crypton Future Media to Yamaha Corporation.[2] The company then went on to releasing both the first Vocaloid voices and the first English voices. The first Vocaloids, Leon and Lola, were released by Zero-G on March 3, 2004, both of which were sold as a "Virtual Soul Vocalist". Leon and Lola made their first appearance at the NAMM Show on January 15, 2004.[3] Leon and Lola were also demonstrated at the Zero-G Limited booth during Wired Nextfest and won the 2005 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award.[4] Zero-G later released Miriam, with her voice provided by Miriam Stockley, in July 2004. A patch was later released to update all Vocaloid engines to Vocaloid 1.1.2, adding new features to the software, although there were differences between the output results of the engine.[5]

After interest in Vocaloids grew, Zero-G began reselling their Vocaloid products again on their website, and were considering to update their box art to match current Vocaloid trends better.[6]

Product Language Sex Voice sampled Release date
Leon[7] English Male March 3, 2004
Lola[8] Female
Miriam[9] Female Miriam Stockley July 26, 2004

Vocaloid2 products[edit]

Zero-G's first Vocaloid 2 product, Prima, came out on January 14, 2008 with voice of a Soprano opera singer. The second Vocaloid 2 product, Sonika, is marketed as being able to speak any language, even though she is primarily an English vocalist.

An edition of Sonika was released in Taiwan on August 1, 2010. Users can choose to use the original English or traditional Chinese interface, however it does not have a Chinese language input method or a Chinese singing voice. This is the first edition of Vocaloid software widely released to speakers of Chinese.[10][11][12]

Their third installment in the Vocaloid 2 series, Tonio, is a classical singer designed to be able to sing in the Tenor - Baritone range and a partner to Prima.[13]

Released products[edit]

Product Language Sex Voice sampled Release date
Prima[14] English Female 2008-01-14January 14, 2008
Sonika[15][16] English Female 2009-07-14July 14, 2009
Tonio[17] English Male 2010-07-14July 14, 2010

Vocaloid3 Products[edit]

Zero-G has confirmed they are working on a Vocaloid3 voicebank.

Released products[edit]

Product Language Sex Voice sampled Release date
Avanna[6] English Female

Unrevealed

Summer 2012December 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corporate profile". Zero-G Ltd. 
  2. ^ Utaenai (August 13, 2010). "It's a toy!". Vocaloid Creativity Community. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Computer Music Journal". MIT Press Journals. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Vocaloid". Yamaha Corporation. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "VOCALOID Software Update version 1.1". Yamaha Corporation. Retrieved December 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Zero-G Interview: Dom Keefe (Vocaloid Production)". Engloids. WordPress. January 28, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Vocaloid Leon". Zero-G. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Vocaloid Lola". Zero-G. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Vocaloid Miriam". Zero-G. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ "飛天膠?新品發表會" [E-Capsule New Product Rollout] (in Chinese). E-Capsule. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Vocaloid2 SONIKA 正式開賣!" [Vocaloid2 SONIKA Formally On Sale] (in Chinese). E-Capsule. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Vocaloid2 SONIKA ?擬女歌手" [Vocaloid2 SONIKA Virtual Female Singer] (in Chinese). E-Capsule. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ link.
  14. ^ "Vocaloid Prima". Zero-G. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Zero-G shipping Vocaloid Sonika". Rekkerd. July 15, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Sonika-Vocaloid by Zero-G". Zero-G. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Tonio from Zero-G is a virtual vocalist based on a professional classical singer". Zero-G. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 

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