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Marie Ork is a female vocal worked upon by D Smolken. Her provider is the female vocalist for the group "Ennorath". Her download was made available on the 1st December, 2016.

She was successful upon release and gathered 666 downloads by 3rd of December.[1] On the 6th of December she hit 1,000+ downloads.[2]

She was originally entered into the KVR challenge and was one of 41 contestants. Users who wished to vote for her could link here. She eventually won 17th spot and was the 2nd highest sound library in the results, her demo received 4,500+ views during the voting.[3]

HistoryEdit

Early developmentEdit

D Smolken, under the name of pklima, discussed at talkbass about making a metal female vocalist. The interest was first sparked in 2014. Though there were plenty of free instruments and the like for constructing metal songs the vocalist was considered the final frontier. D Smolken happen to know a female death metal vocalist that they had worked with in the past. D Smolken also knew that Death Metal was a niche genre of music and was rarely explored by vocal synthesizers, lacking experience they decided to focus on this genre of music as it seemed easier to produce.

Primarily versionsEdit

They had been working on her vocal for a while. Before production had begun, research was made on existing vocal synthisers to find the most suitable one. Her first recordings were of basic midi samples which were later made available for download.

Another collection of recordings were made for UTAU, but due to the Japanese locale setting having to be activated, the software was never downloaded and this version abandoned.

Move into Alter/egoEdit

At the same time the UTAU vocal was being worked upon, Chipspeech was released by Plogue. Later that autumn Plogue released Alter/ego more focused on modern vocal synthesizer technology.

Naturally, Plogue recieved many requests for vocal production. D Smolken got lucky having had released samples for Plogue related products before. D Smolken approached a member of Daisy's production team and asked about making a vocal and work began in October 2015. The kit for setting her up was given to them such as a small section of the source data for Daisy. It took three or four sessions, including re-recordings of unsatisfactory results. Tora Ouji was responsible for turning the RAW vocal into a Alter/ego voicebank. The development was also a lesson on linguistics as they had to learn many new things about vocal sounds such as different types of consonants. They learnt things such as the human vocals inability to growl certain sounds, leding to some sounds such as a "fffffff" having to have two versions to see which was more effective.[4]

Marie was first made known in March 2016 by D Smolken when they asked about adjustments on a heavy metal female vocal.[5]

The first working prototype existed with only 3% of the needed data. At this point there was no way of knowing how Alter/ego would handle a Death Metal vocal. The early results sounded quite like the vocalist and those working on Alter/ego itself were satisfied with the results. On May 2nd when D Smolken was talking about this on talkbass, the results were then at 10% completion. At 17% it was noted that at 100% they would need to make corrections to the vocal. D Smolken did not want to post anything yet as they felt first impressions are important.

At 30% Plogue themselves made adjustments to the perimeters of Alter/ego to work better with growl vocals. They had some concept ideas they liked as well at this stage. The Formant Singer 2 version was brought in, though it was later also included in Chipspeech, at this point the new engine version was not known to the general public.

At 50% it was noted that they hoped to have everything working for October in time for Halloween. At this stage the prototype sounded more like a horse whisper then a growl. They were tweaking the vocal to see how hoarse they could make the vocal still. D Smolken had also managed to find a way t make pitch easier to recognize, which was useless for clear vocals but useful for swirly ones. Information on consonant clusters later came.

89% of the vocal was completed in September with hope of being in alpha stage by the end of the week. Finally the full data was completed after 11 months of work. later on in September.

For a long time she was not named. However, during a conversation over creating a name based on "Merry Oaks park", D Smolken said they would speak to the provider. The name "Marie Ork" was unveiled in September 2016. Though a beta vocal was ready and the voice was growling, D Smolken mentioned they were entering the KVR Developer Challenge, therefore no demo could be made available until December due to the contests own rules. This also delayed demos and release until after the competition.

The KVR Contest PreparationsEdit

When she was announced as being a entry into the KVR contest, public development ceased and work on a completed alpha had become the main focus. The original intention was to hold a contest for design entries, this also could not occur. FlyingCarParts offered to do the graphics after D Smolken mentioning the need for graphics still at Vocaloid Otaku forums.

The recording of some broken phonetics and mispronunciations took several weeks to do. A week and a half before the KVR deadline they had the graphics and voicebank nearly complete. Plogue was asked to produce the signed off version to send to beta testers. A decision was made to make two voices from the same data. Presets were made, this took D Smolken about half an hour to do while the developers cleaned up the XML data. D Smolken went over the data a number of times during November an did not take a single day off during this time. He also did not go out in the evenings so he cold work on her during this time also. Her data swelled to 4.9 GB from 1 GB of data by the time of the deadline.

The last week was focused on fix-ups and documentation clean-ups to make things easier for users to install her. Minor tweaks to the GUI were also made.[6]

DescriptionEdit

CharacterEdit

She is meant to be a goblin character rather then a human one. The main inspiration for the design is Albert Pyun's movies. It was known at the time that he was working on the movie "Interstellar Civil War", in which one of the central characters is known as the "cyborg witch of Endor".[7]

Her name is a play on "Merry Oaks" and was a suggestion from a fan. The name "Merry Orcs" was put forward to the provider and the name "Marie Ork" was settled on.[8] The name "Marie" came from ewe's milk cheese "Flower Marie".[9]

In regards to the character of "Marie Orks", the provider did not seem to want to come up with a character for her vocal. D Smolken did not want to decide anything without her. Originally they had intended to come up with a concept of a character once the vocal was complete though at 89% they had come up with a full concept.

FlyingCarParts originally wanted to design her with a wood staff, but dropped it as the Vocaloid vocal "Avanna" already was depicted with one. Though the intention was not to portray Marie as a "wood elf". Marie is designed with a cyborg-goblin-witch direction in mind. They originally thought Orcs and Goblins were the same thing and admitted they knew little on fantasy classifications. While no set personality has been established for her, FlyingCarParts depictions direction was to aim to portray her as "confident, brave, and passionate. And possibly a bit barbaric, if excited enough!".[10]

D Smolken's own notes noted that he personality did not want a character that looked "serious and grim" the vocalist herself asked just for longer ears. FlyingCarParts had originally come up with a cute and friendly sketch design. The bat-hair band and skull necklace were added later to make her look more "witchy". A friend of D Smolkens did the alternative designs and outfits in a different style. The team behind her did not want a anime-girl for the design. The "Space" design is aimed to be medieval painter-style. The intention was to make it clear that she was "un-Miku-like".

VocalEdit

Vocal Information
Description
A female death metal vocal with a rough "growl" undertone. This vocal is the default vocal that Marie Ork will switch to automatically when registered into the software. When she sings high pitch becomes easier to hear. A side effect is that her growl disappears and is replaced with a eerie, hoarse whisper vocal. She is ideal for horror, sci-fiction and fantasy sound effects and music. Results above soprano are impossible to understand and are recommended for led-in vocals. Through the range, however, her vocal is very scary sounding and haunting.

Another trait is that her voice can become very distorted and has a heavy metallic sound on extreme settings. In addition whereas Bones or Daisy's long notes maintain a human quality, her long notes are unsettling and unnatural. She is ideal for vocal-sound experimentation and ideal for music and film.

Some of her presets are also set up purposely to pick up on certain generated pre-set sounds the user may find interesting. D Smolken noted in his developer notes that this vocal is aimed at being an unpitched noisy growl, useful for metal and monster voices

English Notes:
  • Was recorded in this language.
Japanese Notes:
  • Was not recorded in this language, words are constructed via near-matching.
Presets:

Note; If the user switches out "Growl" for "Space", then "Space" will maintain the presets settings. This will not work for any other vocal if switched out as the settings reset themselves.

  • Alien insect
  • Black Metal
  • Dino Roar
  • Growl back ups
  • Growl basic
  • Growl deep
  • Growl fast
  • Growl slow
  • Metal whisper
  • Throat singing
  • With lyrics
    • Dubstep unpitched
Known issues as noted:
  • Death Metal vocalists themselves don't focus on their pronunciation perfections, lessening the need to produce perfectly clear vocalist results in addition. There is a lack of clarity within this vocal for this reason.
  • Vocal is identical otherwise to the "space", but will appear more hoarse overall.
  • There is a lack of a vocal range and her vocal will easily distort.
Voice Sample

Marie Ork Growl

Marie Growl Basic Set By Infoholic


Vocal Information
Description
A female death metal vocal. This version lacks the "growl" under tone, but is otherwise identical to the "Growl" vocal. It produces a slight difference due to the lack of a growl.

D Smolken's developer notes note that this vocal was aimed at being capable of producing a distinct pitch and useful for making those weird swirling pads, as well as other cosmic noises

English Notes:
  • Was recorded in this language.
Japanese Notes:
  • Was not recorded in this language, words are constructed via near-matching.
Presets:

Note; If the user switches out "Space" for "Growl", then "Growl" will maintain the presets settings. This will not work for any other vocal if switched out as the settings reset themselves.

  • Abstract pad
  • Alien bird
  • Chopped Vox
  • Growl metodic
  • Growl morph
  • Reese bass
  • Space pad
  • Throaty synth
  • Vocoder
  • With lyrics
    • Krautrock lead
    • Krautrock pad
    • Dubstep pitched
    • Supersaw
Known issues as noted:
  • Death Metal vocalists themselves don't focus on their pronunciation perfections, lessening the need to produce perfectly clear vocalist results in addition. There is a lack of clarity within this vocal for this reason.
  • There is a lack of a vocal range and her vocal will easily distort.
  • The phonetic weaknesses of "Growl" are identical to "Space" since they have the same phonetic configuration.
Voice Sample

Marie Ork Space

Marie Ork Space By Infoholic


A supporting sample library can be downloaded of the female vocalist. This file contains 272 various sounds for creating words, though is not a completed vocal synthesizer library.[11]

It is also noted that a French vocal may be released at a later date as with ALYS came French vocal library support. Marie Orks vocalist happened to be able to speak French. They also discussed adding shrieks and normal singing results at a later date though are focused on producing the current vocal, especially if the ability to morph between vocals ever becomes possible. There was consideration for a thrilled "r" sound, though a long R exists this currently is not viable.

Demos/SamplesEdit

Demonstrations and Sound Samples

MARIE ORK Demo YouTube

Gallery Edit

PollEdit

Which characteristic trait of Marie Ork do you like the most?
 
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The poll was created at 13:21 on December 5, 2016, and so far 19 people voted.

ReferenceEdit

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