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ALYS is an Alter/Ego vocal. She is the second vocal produced for the software and was developed by VoxWave. Her voicebank consists of French and Japanese capabilities and is voiced by Utaite Poucet. She is illustrated by Saphirya.[1]

HistoryEdit

2013 ProposalEdit

On January 13, 2013, the first hint of the possible French VOCALOID was given when enthusiastic news was posted on Vocaloid.fr with the intention of announcing the project.[2] Some communities were skeptical due to the lack of news from well-known sources.[3] However, on October 16 of the same year, Anders of VocaTone confirmed their legitimacy. Since then, another thread was created on VocaloidOtaku.[4]

In November of 2013, a survey to gauge potential interest in a French vocal was announced from VoxWave's Twitter. A secondary language choice was included in this survey: English or Japanese. The secondary language chosen in the survey was Japanese.[5]

2014 DevelopmentEdit

On January 14, 2014, a demonstration of the provider's voice was uploaded by VoxWave. This was an a capella version of "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi" from Sound Horizon (it should be noted that this is not the VOCALOID voice). It was later confirmed that there would be another demonstration with the voice actor in French.[6]

On the website, it was announced that crowdfunding for the product would be launched in March or April and would end in May. This would be to pay for the license and the voice provider, as well as for renting the recording studio; it was estimated that the total amount needed would not exceed €7000. Other costs would be covered by VoxWave.[7]

On January 31, 2014, a design contest was announced for ALYS.[8] The deadline for this contest was February 28, 2014, and the winner would receive €500 and a physical copy of ALYS. More info on the contest can be found.

On February 15, 2014, another video was posted to VoxWave's YouTube channel which gave another sample of the voice provider, and also revealed the provider to be Poucet, a YouTube-based utaite.

On March 5, 2014, VoxWave revealed the silhouette for ALYS' design in their newsletter. The final design, as well as the 4 runner ups, was revealed on March 10.

More information about ALYS' development was revealed during a special presentation at the Japan Party Conference in Nanterre, Paris, France, held on March 15, 2014. Details about the planned development process included production costs, relations and contact with other VOCALOID-related companies (VocaTone, Macne.net, and Voctro Labs), the preparation for the recording process as well as awaiting YAMAHA's response, and a brief overview of ALYS' concept as a fan community VOCALOID. The period of ALYS' projected release was also announced for early 2015.[9]

On July 12, 2014, VoxWave announced in a press release[10] that ALYS will finally be developed for 'CeVIO Creative Studio' rather than VOCALOID3. They maintained a positive outlook on this because:

  • Possibility to make the voice speak as well as singing.
  • Possibility to use CeVIO Creative Studio Free, making the voice available for more people

However, it was confirmed that because of this change, the minimal amount of money for the crowdfunding will be much higher than what was announced, and VoxWave stated they do not know in how much time the voice will be available.

It was also said that ALYS is actually developed "on another software" that will not be publicly released and given to producers with an interest in making songs with her, this was later revealed to be UTAU.

2015Edit

On December 11th, 2015, due to financial issues, it was announced that ALYS would be released as a vocal for the Alter/Ego engine.

2016 - 2017Edit

On March 12th, ALYS was released for Alter/Ego. Her demos with Plogue actually featured her UTAU vocal. When replying, Plogue apologized and explained that the web dep were the ones to upload the incorrect demos.[11]

In December 2016, users who owned the French version of the vocal received an update. A Japanese update was confirmed to be in production and would later be released.

On March 21, 2017, a multipitch update of the original ALYS software, both French and Japanese, was released and distributed to owners of the original software. With the new update also came a limitation on the trial version of her software, allowing only 4 minutes of use per session.

2018Edit

In March, VoxWave launched a crowdfunding campaign that ends at the end of April. The crowdfunding campaign is an attempt at reaching out to a larger audience by creating a narrative universe in which the history of ALYS will be told, along with introducing a new character, La Voyageuse. The goal of this project is to produce an album along with a collection of stories. [12]

ConceptEdit

According to VoxWave, the main reasons behind picking the design was that she:

  • Looks like a virtual singer while maintaining a human-like appearance
  • Fits ALYS's soft and dynamic voice
  • Does not look too “French,” as to appeal to both French and non-French-speaking people
  • Is easy for producers to adjust the design for PVs, Illustrations, etc.
  • Is manga-styled as to appeal to the Japanese audience, and acts as a bridge between French and Japanese cultures
  • The blue color scheme gives off a futuristic mood

VoxWave has also mentioned that the pearl on her braid was added by their request as a way to make ALYS stand out.[13]

Saphirya revealed that to create the design, she researched recent VOCALOIDs to see what she felt she should and shouldn't do. The headphones were originally meant to be mechanical flowers. She was also inspired by the character designs of Hyperdimension Neptunia.[14]

EtymologyEdit

The name "ALYS" was chosen because the company members thought it sounded pleasant and sweet. It was also said to be easy to pronounce, especially in French, Japanese, and English. VoxWave's website also suggests a connection to "a certain literary culture".[15] "ALYS" is a variant of the name "Alice", which possesses the meaning "of nobility". It originates from the Old French name "Adelais", which, in turn, is actually the derivation of the German name "Adalhaidis", or "Adelaide".

AppearancesEdit

She is a 21 year old young lady with dark blue hair, is 165cm tall, and weighs 54kg. ALYS is also described as an "Athena" avatar.[16]

RelationsEdit

  • "Lupin"; ALYS' pet cat.
  • LEORA; a counterpart.

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

Lupin's Night YouTube
Marche au pas YouTube

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
Optimum
  Genre: pop, rock, and ballads  Tempo: Unannounced  Range: Unannounced
Basic details
Released March 10, 2016 by VoxWave Studio this voicebank's stable release is Alter/Ego.
  • It cost €100 to purchase.
  • It operates on Microsoft Windows and macOS.
  • The purpose is Vocalizing and Singing.
Language as noted:
  • These voicebanks were recorded for the French (FR) and Japanese (JP) language.
    • In December 2016, the "FR" vocal was improved and clarity was increased.
  • The two voicebanks are suitable for pop, rock, and ballads.

Presets for "FR" include:

  • Base (sans Vib)
  • Base
  • Chorale
  • Diva
Software issues as noted:
  • The Japanese voicebank does not come with presets.
    • Users can switch between the "JP" and "FR" voicebanks and maintain the settings between each vocal, however switching vocals will reset all presets settings.
Voicebank sample
  • ALYS FR
ALYS FR by Infoholic
  • ALYS JP
ALYS JP By Infoholic


Alys may receive updates in the future.[17]

RequirementsEdit

Work in Progress

Examples of UsageEdit

Template:ALYS/eou

Search for music featuring ALYS [show/hide]

GalleryEdit

PollEdit

Which characteristic trait of ALYS do you like the most?
 
3
 
17
 
21
 
6
 

The poll was created at 13:03 on September 1, 2016, and so far 47 people voted.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.voxwave.fr/
  2. http://vocaloid.fr/news/117/un-vocaloid-francophone
  3. VO New French Vocaloid
  4. VO French Japanese Vocaloid
  5. VO Market research survey
  6. https://twitter.com/VocaloidVoxWave/status/424485312362868736
  7. http://vocaloid-voxwave.com/en-crowdfunding/
  8. http://vocaloid-voxwave.com/design-alys-fr-2/
  9. Conference "ALYS" @ Japan Party 2014
  10. http://www.voxwave.fr/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/New-beginning-for-ALYS-EN.pdf
  11. https://twitter.com/lavierabbit/status/797885938844188672 - Demo with UTAU vocals
  12. https://fr.ulule.com/alys-au-dela-du-reve/
  13. http://vocaloid-voxwave.com/alys-design-revealed/
  14. VO French Japanese Vocaloid
  15. http://vocaloid-voxwave.com/en-alys/
  16. http://www.aminoapps.com/page/vocaloid/8452034/why-leora-was-needed-to-make-alys-meaningful
  17. https://twitter.com/KarmaDrakpa/status/708987680537886720 - 5:06 AM - 13 Mar 2016

External linksEdit


Alter/Ego vocals

FEMININE Voices —  • Daisy  • ALYS  • Marie Ork  • NATA  •

MASCULINE Voices —  • Bones  •

Upcoming vocals —  • LEORA  • MS Voices  • VERA  •