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Eleanor Forte is an American English voicebank[2] for the Synthesizer V software. She was initially released on August 18, 2018.

Updates to Synthesizer V Studio is currently planned with the an AI voicebank estimated to release in late 2021 and a full Standard voicebank later on.

Her voice provider has not been officially revealed.

Concept[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Despite being a virtual singer, Eleanor has an interest in antiques. She is described as being honest, endeavoring, and having an unwavering sense of morality.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Her first name, "Eleanor", means "light", and was the name of many royals from the Medieval period. Her last name, "Forte", means "strength", and references the musical dynamic, "f" (forte), which is used to represent a degree of loudness in music.

Her name is rendered in kana as "エレノア フォルテ"[3] and as "愛蓮娜芙緹" in Traditional Chinese.[4]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The sealing wax and tied ribbon on the design are inspired by hand-written letters. The thread around her pinkie is inspired by the red thread of fate, which indicated that if two people are connected by a red thread, they are destined to meet each other. According to concept artwork from Sleepy Ho11ow, her long white hair is styled into two buns each with a loop drooping underneath with the remaining flowing out from the back, parting from the center outwards. Her dress is inspired by dip pens.

In an interview with VNN (vocaloidnews.net), due to the fact that Eleanor's voice is more mature, despite having a larger head-to-body ratio, Kanru Hua said that he was afraid that her design wouldn't fit her voice. However, he modified the voice to fit the design more in early August and was relieved that, after the modification to her voice, the design and voice matched.

In August 2020, following the announcement of "SynthV TP", Eleanor Forte was given a new illustration for her main visual in a tweet from VOLOR. [5]

History[edit | edit source]

Synthesizer V: 2017-2019[edit | edit source]

In November, a demo showcasing SynthV was uploaded to YouTube. One of the songs shown included ENG-F1 singing a Lana Del Rey song.

A demo created by kyaami was uploaded to YouTube and SoundCloud in 2018. On January 8, 2019, a demo song called "Something New" was uploaded. It featured Eleanor as the main vocal and AiKO as backing vocals. The whole song was in English.

Synthesizer V Studio[edit | edit source]

2020[edit | edit source]

On June 26, 2020, an update to Synthesizer V Studio for Eleanor Forte was announced on Dreamtonics Livestream [6] but no release date. On July 15, Eleanor Forte Lite was announced on Animen's ANiCUTE store. On July 30, Eleanor Forte Lite was released as a free download for Synthesizer V Studio.

On October 30, in response to a fan's tweet regarding Eleanor Forte's update, VOLOR stated there will be a compromise of the schedule due to attempting to fully utilize the cutting edge technology for Synthesizer V.[7] VOLOR announced Eleanor would be "coming out when she is ready" and that more information would be available by Dreamtonics in the October 30 broadcast.[8]

2021[edit | edit source]

On May 11, 2021, VOLOR made a thread regarding Eleanor's update to Synthesizer V Studio. They explained that Eleanor's production for a Standard voicebank could not progress as steadily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] Her voice provider would need to travel to Tokyo in order to proceed with recordings at Kanru Hua's studio which was stopped in September 2020.[10] During this period, things changed after the debut of Synthesizer V AI, which is a song-based recording and would give a chance to be done remotely, with the machine learning done alone by Dreamtonics.[11] However, the AI edition would make Eleanor's voice very different as her original tone of voice and sound is based on Synthesizer V Standard. This concerned the company as they worried that users may not desire this change of voice, but still considered it as a step forward.[12] They confirmed that they would try to purse the AI recording method and release Eleanor as soon as possible, but emphasized that it would make her voice change dramatically and asked users to express their thoughts if they were interested in this update.[13]

On June 12, information about Eleanor's production was further confirmed. On August 19, 2018, Synthesizer V was revealed as a technical preview and Eleanor became the software's face at the time, but after unfortunate circumstances, she was nearly stuck at the starting point despite receiving much support from fans and users.[14] VOLOR always hoped that Eleanor would receive a proper evolution as a support of Synthesizer V since its beginning and as such, announced that she would be receiving a Synthesizer V AI library that was devekoped by Dreamtonics and would be released in later 2021.[15] This library would help bring more expression alongside her long-existing and beloved Synthesizer V Standard Lite library[16], which VOLOR confirmed they still hoped to fulfill the goal of creating a full Standard voicebank, but it may take some time, even years.[17]

Voicebank Information[edit | edit source]

Demonstrations[edit | edit source]

Demonstrations

Young and Beautiful YouTube
SILENCE YouTube
Something New YouTube

Voicebank Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Eleanor Forte (Synthesizer V), August 18, 2018
  • Eleanor Forte Lite Version (Synthesizer V Studio), July 30th, 2020
  • Eleanor Forte Full Version (Synthesizer V Studio), Development Stalled

Eleanor Forte

Product Information
Genre
Unknown
Tempo
Unknown
Range
Unknown
Phonetics
Nothing of note.
Issues
  1. Despite being descripted as being "American English"[18], Eleanor shows hints of a British accent, such as pronouncing the intrusive r[19], which is a characteristic of GB English, and pronouncing "t" like "ch", which is a common way to pronounce "t" in British.
  2. It can sometimes feel like she is speaking the lyrics instead of singing. That can fixed by lowering her tension a bit.
  3. On December 28, 2018, a thread was made by Kanru Hua on the official Synthesizer V Forum for users to report pronunciation problems. All voicebanks were mentioned at least once.
  4. Eleanor is known for her mispronunciations. One of the most notable examples would be her mispronunciation of "Eleanor" (el-uh-nawr) as "Eleenor" (el-ee-nor).
Preview
A preview of Eleanor is provided on the Synthesizer V website:

Additional Information[edit source]

Achievements
  • One of the first Synthesizer V voicebanks to be revealed.
  • First Synthesizer V voicebank to be released overall.
  • First English voicebank to be released.
  • First female voicebank to be released.
  • First 1st party voicebank to be released.
  • First Synthesizer V voicebank to get an avatar.
  • First Synthesizer V voicebank to get a name, other than her codename.

License agreement[edit source]

User incense

Article 2: User license

Natural person users can use the synthesized voice generated by or role copyright image included in this product under non-commercial or commercial situations for activities, creation, work spreading, publication, etc.

If the natural person users apply the synthesized voice generated by or role copyright image included in this product for commercial purpose, and the situation involves more than USD 1,000, Or if the user is Corporation or legal entity, the obligation to notify AnimenJP will occur. AnimenJP will sign additional User License Agreement with such users according to the users’ use purpose (licensing fees might be produced according to the agreement situations).

Contact e-mail: volor@animen.com.tw for more information.

Eleanor Forte (Lite)

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Range
Unknown
Phonetics
Issues
Preview

Additional Information[edit source]

Achievements

License agreement[edit source]

User incense

Eleanor Forte (Full)

Product Information
Genre
Unknown
Tempo
Unknown
Range
Unknown
Phonetics
Issues
Preview

Additional Information[edit source]

Achievements

License agreement[edit source]

User incense

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