Vocaloid is a singing synthesis software created by Yamaha. Standing for "Vocal Android" it is a computer program which you can use various singing voices to create songs. Each voice is provided by a "seiyuu" or voice actor, and then named and given box art. The first Vocaloids were "Leon" and "Lola" created by Zero-G who sing in English. Then they also released Mirium. After this the first Japanese Vocaloid was released, "Meiko". After this "Kaito" was released, the first Japanese male. Vocaloid 2 was the updated version of the program, and the first voice released was "Sweet Ann" by PowerFX. Crypton, another Japanese company then released "Hatsune Miku", who is now the most popular and well known Vocaloid. Vocaloids later released by Crypton, in order of release are "Kagamine Rin and Len" and "Megurine Luka". Various other notable Vocaloids by different companies are "Gackpoid", "Megpoid", "Prima", "Hiyama Kiyoteru", "Kaai Yuki","SF-A2 Miki", "Sonika" and "Big Al". An update for "Hatsune Miku" was later released, named "Hatsune Miku Append". This contained 6 human-like voices suited to different genres. The other Crypton Vocaloids are also scheduled for Appends. Vocaloid 3 has been confirmed, and will be the most realistic sounding program yet.
I love "Vocaloid". Hatsune Miku FTW.
Yeah, she's so awesome! I like the one where she spins the leek!
Oh, you mean Ieven Polkka? Yeah that's good. I like Love is War more though
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Vocaloid is a computer software developed by the Yamaha Corporation, famous for its musical software, motorcycles, and pianos. Vocaloid is intended to be used for the purpose of creating songs, as it is a singing synthesizer. To use, one inputs a melody and lyrics into a pianoroll interface, selects the voice(s) they would like to sing the song (i.e. the famous Hatsune Miku), and selects the 'Play' function of the software. There are currently 25 released Vocaloids, which can sing in English and Japanese, and in a short matter of time, in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Vocaloid is usually either loved (by fans of J-pop and anime) or detested (by those who are not J-pop or anime fans). The most popular are Hatsune Miku and Kagamine Rin/Len. Users of Vocaloid to create original songs are commonly referred to as "Producers". Notable "Producers" are 'Akuno-P/mothy', whose complex stories bring a tear to one's eye, 'Owata-P', who makes viewers laugh with his silly songs, and 'Machigeriita-P', who has successfully given Vocaloid lovers the chills with his horror-filled masterpieces.
Honestly, Vocaloid is a truly fickle thing: one moment, you hear Megpoid: Gumi singing about time travel (Time-Warped By Chopping My Stag Beetle; I kid you not, that is the song's real name), and the next about committing double suicide with her boyfriend (Sunset Love Suicide)! Guess it depends on the producer, though.
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An extremely awesome music-making software. It has countless characters to choose from with different voices. They sing best with Japanese, probably because their origins come from Nico Nico Douga. The pack includes some that aren't Vocaloids but still are included, like Kasane Teto, and remade Miku Hatsune's, like Haku, Teto, and Neru.

Vocaloid is a well-known Japanese meme, probably because of their uniqueness, their ability to sing anything, even English songs.

Vocaloid is a software that you have to pay and know Japanese kanji. The yen/dollars needed to buy the software is very expensive.
My favorite song that is sung by Vocaloid is Triple Baka, which is sung by Miku Hatsune, Teto Kasane, and Neru.
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A popular voice mimicking software originally made by Yamaha, though development has been took over by Crypton Future Media. One types in sounds and a 'voicebank' (recording of a human of all sounds in different pitches) will sing it. There is a multitude of these voicebanks for it including the renowned 'Hatsune Miku'

Hatsune Miku is a hugely popular 'virtual diva' made for the Vocaloid 2 software, she has a high voice and she has received complaints about being inhumanly high. The Hatsune Miku append was created adding a number of added voices of different tones/emotions to make for better songs. She is receiving an English update for Vocaloid 3, and is looking to be promising as of now.

There is many other, and in my opinion better voicebanks, but that doesn't mean some people who claim to be Vocaloid fans actually have never heard of any other than Miku.
*At Voca-con*
Vocaloid Poser: Are you actually a Vocaloid?

Me: I'm Kagamine Len! I'm hugely popular D:<.
Vocaloid Poser: Never heard of him, (lo, he's so obviously lying... poser).

*Next year*
Vocaloid Poser: Who are you?
Me: I'm a male Vocaloid called Utatane Piko.
Vocaloid Poser: Lol, Hatsune Miku is the only Vocaloid, idiot...
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A popular program that is used to create songs using voicebanks of people who do not exist, yet use samples of real life people.
Created by Yamaha, but became most popular in Japan.
The most popular Vocaloid is Hatsune Miku, a Japanese Vocaloid created om 2007 by Crypton Future Media.
Random guy 1: Do you like music?
Random guy 2: Yeah
Random guy 1: What kind?
Random guy 2: I particularly like Vocaloid
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A software, in which you can find Vocaloids, which are robots (most of which are drawn in the anime art style) that people can buy, then make sing.
"Virtual Singers", as Crypton Future Media (the company behind the Vocaloid Miku) calls them.
So no, it is NOT an anime

Heads up!: Make sure you credit the people who made the song, not the Vocaloids singing in them!
Person 1: "Who's your favorite Vocaloid?"
Person 2: "Hmm, probably Gumi! How about you?"
Person 1: "Otomachi Una for sure - she's too underrated - I can barely find any songs that use her.."
Person 2: "Una? Who's that?"
Person 1: "This is exactly what I mean.."
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The act of composing a track in the Vocaloid or Vocaloid 2 editor, possibly with the assistance of a ReWire-enabled host software.
I hear he spent the whole weekend Vocaloiding, but that Miku track he made turned out really well!
by RuBBa_cHiKiN March 15, 2010
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