New Type and NEUTRINO: Software Changes and AI Singers

You might have heard that some pretty significant news has dropped over the past few months on the software side of Vocaloid and voice synthesizers generally. Here I’ll be taking some time to summarize what we know about these developments and briefly consider what implications they might have for Vocaloid and voice synth music. The […]

My Top 10 Vocaloid Albums of 2019

As another year has drawn to a close, it’s time to review my picks for the best albums from the Vocaloid scene in 2019. There’s been no shortage of excellent Vocaloid music in 2919, and 2020 is already starting to look promising, so there’s a lot to be excited about! Before I get started, I […]

My Top 10 Vocaloid Albums of 2018

2018 has been another great year for music, including Vocaloid. It’s been so good, in fact, that I’ve expanded my list from “top 5” to “top 10”! A lot of well-established and popular producers kept good material flowing this year and a few promising debuts also popped up. You know how these lists work, so […]

The Vocaloid Hall of Fame

Hello MikuDB! Today I’d like to quickly talk about the Vocaloid Hall of Fame. You may or may not have already heard of this, but I only recently found out about it so I thought I’d share for anyone else who hasn’t. The Hall of Fame is a list of Vocaloid videos that have obtained […]

Fiction – Album Review by TheImmortalHottentot

Hello MikuDB! Today I’ll be reviewing the latest release from Yunosuke, Fiction. I’ve been following Yunosuke closely since Pathos made waves in 2016. Last year’s Black or White was a great follow-up, and both were in my top albums of each year. Unfortunately, I don’t think this one stacks up quite as well. The first […]

Underused Voicebanks

It’s unquestionable that the Vocaloid scene is dominated by Hatsune Miku. A group of other voicebanks, like GUMI, Rin, and IA, also make up a huge amount of the music. I love these popular voices as much as the next person, so I’m not here to complain about how much they’re used. But there are […]

GALAPAGOS – Album Review by TheImmortalHottentot

UtsuP was my gateway artist into the world of Vocaloid music, and he has consistently remained one of my favorite producers ever since, with his bass-heavy songs that blend extreme metal, metalcore, J-Pop, and electronic music. Since ALGORITHM in 2014, he’s been less active in the Vocaloid scene, only releasing an EP and remaster album […]

Sand Planet – Vocaloid Apocalypse

With over 3 million views on YouTube and over 1 million on NND in under a week, it’s likely you’ve heard of Hachi’s new song, “Suna no Wakusei” (砂の惑星), or “Sand Planet.” Created as the theme song for Magical Mirai 2017, Sand Planet is (as far as I can tell) the first Vocaloid song Hachi has […]

DISORDER – Album Review by TheImmortalHottentot

Hello all! Today I’ll be reviewing the first of my anticipated Comiket 92 metal releases, annyahoo’s DISORDER. To my surprise and delight, annyahoo released this album on Booth the weekend of Comiket. As a result, I’ve been sitting on this one for a while before reviewing it, partially because there’s been a lot of other […]

Wesley Dreamers – Album Review by TheImmortalHottentot

Hello again, MikuDB! Today, I’ll be reviewing an EP that has come to be one of my favorite Vocaloid releases this year, Wesley Dreamers. This release is the result of a collaboration between Vocaloid producer ODDEEO, who’s known for retro and electronic music, and indie pop-rock band Karma Wears White Ties. Staying true to its […]

Miku in the Mainstream – Kill Jill

In the West, the Vocaloid community has remained a niche market, even as it has grown over the years. I can’t speak for other regions, but I gather that the situation is at least similar in most places that aren’t Japan. Although Hatsune Miku’s image and name are known amongst some anime fans and nerdy […]

Favorite Looong Vocaloid Songs by TheImmortalHottentot

Hello MikuDB! 2-6 minute songs are what we’re all familiar and comfortable with. It’s a good length for our attention spans and standard song structure, but sometimes it’s nice to sit down with a nice long composition that really takes you away. I’m talking about looong songs. 10 minutes and over probably counts as long, but […]

Nihil – Album Review by TheImmortalHottentot

Hello MikuDB! Today I’ll be reviewing Nihil, a new rock/metal EP by shatehouu that released last week. This is shatehouu’s first release as a Vocaloid producer, so I’m interested in seeing what he has to offer, especially as a metal fan. The EP consists of only four songs, so I’ll go over what I like and dislike about […]

Call My Name – Album Review by TheImmortalHottentot

Hello, MikuDB! Today, I’ll be reviewing the album Call My Name by 23.exe. Someone asked me to review this one quite a while ago. I ended up delaying and forgetting to do it, but I shall deliver nonetheless. The album is consistent electronic pop and dubstep. The feel is a nice mix of happy and chill […]