GENBU (ゲンブ) is the first male Japanese voicebank, and the first male overall for the Synthesizer V software. He was initially released on December 23, 2018 and received an update to the Synthesizer V Studio engine on July 15, 2020.


GENBU's voice is described to be calm and soothing and resembles his somewhat weak personality.

His name, "ゲンブ (genbu)", means "black tortoise". In Japanese mythology, it is one of the four guardian spirits of Kyoto and one of the four symbols of the Chinese constellations (the "Azure Dragon", the "Vermilion Bird", the "White Tiger", and the "Black Tortoise"), which are said to be four mythological creatures appearing among the Chinese constellations along the ecliptic, and are viewined as the guardians of the four cardal directions it also represends the north as a direction and the winter season. It sometimes called "the Black Warrior of the North" (北方玄武 Běi Fāng Xuán Wǔ).

While the kanji for "genbu" is written as "玄武" in both Japanese and Chinese, the Chinese pronunciation is "Xuanwu" (Xuánwǔ).


GENBU may seem a bit straightforward to the point of being called rude, he cares about the people around him.


GENBU's attire is inspired by traditional Japanese clothes. The motives used for his design are pen nibs, a monotone colour-scheme, rope, and the "White Tiger of the West".

The rope around him is similar to a shimenawa, which are ropes found around Shinto shrines, sacred landmarks, and usually at ground-breaking ceremonies before the construction of a building begins. They can also be found on yorishiro, objects that are capable of attracting and housing kami spirits.

The "white tiger" most likely inspires his white kimono-like clothing. It is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations, it represents the west as a direction and the autumn season. It was most likely simply used as part of the monochrome colour-scheme onidaruman wanted to convey while also being in theme with the four beings that appear amongs the Chinese constellations, as there don't seem to be any other design choises related to the "white tiger".

His black gloves have red visualizers on them. The visualizers cannot be viewed on GENBU's official art, as the side that has them is obscured. For some reason, they are missing from GENBU's 1st anniversary illustration, however it is unknown if that's due to a design change or an error.

The pattern on his left shoulder could be a reference to his name.



On December 23, 2018 GENBU's voice and design were revealed.


On January 15, 2019 GENBU received an update to his vocal.[2][3]

A cover was released on April 20, 2019 showcasing his new voicebank. Despite this cover not being official, it was done with permission.


On June 26th, 2020 an update to Synthesizer V Studio for GENBU was announced on Dreamtonics livestream[4] with a July release.

On July 15, 2020 GENBU's complete voicebank was released for Synthesizer V Studio.

On July 30th, 2020 GENBU received a Lite version for Synthesizer V Studio.

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Basic details
The voicebank is still in development. The version that is released is still a demo.
Software issues as noted:
  1. On December 28th, 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.

Additional InformationEdit


GENBU's character status
  • First male Synthesizer V voicebank to be released.
  • First 1st party Japanese voicebank to be released.
  • First male Japanese voicebank to be released.



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