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Saki (サキ), previously known as "JA-F2" and "Masaki",[2] is a Japanese vocal developed by Dreamtonics Co., Ltd. that was originally released for the Web Synthesizer V software on December 31, 2019. Web Synthesizer V was launched after Synthesizer V and was a branch off of the development of Synthesizer V Studio.[3] She later received a commercial release as a Standard voice database for Synthesizer V Studio in July 2020[4] and received an AI voice database in December that year.

Her voice provider has never been revealed though was hinted to be a singer-songwriter according to AH-Software Co. Ltd.'s webpage.

Concept[]

Saki is a singing Japanese voice database "based on the singing voice of a talented singer-songwriter" (identity not revealed). According to AH-Software's page, "Her natural singing voice naturally adapts to any occasion. It is a beautiful singing voice that is good at rock, etc. in the high range, from ballads and pops."[5] Saki is treated as an official voice database, representing Dreamtonics's brand quality.[6]

Etymology[]

Saki (サキ) is a derivation of Masaki (マサキ), which was the former name for the library found in the website directory of Web Synthesizer V. At the time, Saki was only known simply as codename JA-F2. It was not until the release of Saki for Synthesizer V Studio that a proper name was officially given for her.

Appearance[]

Similar to what YAMAHA does in VOCALOID for VY1 and a few other voicebanks, Saki has no official human-like avatar, being represented instead by an abstract symbol: a set of pink-red, lime-green, and sky-blue triplet stripes criss-crossing each other (forming secondary colors like orange-red, cyan-green, and fuchsia on the corners) to form a rhomboid capital letter "S" (for "Saki"). Characterization then shifts towards the song producer themselves rather than towards the product, so Saki is open to any form of visual interpretation.

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Additional Information[]

Marketing[]

Saki was made available on both Animen's ANiCUTE shop and on AH-Software's shop, making her become readily available for users. Both Standard and AI were also made available as Lite voice databases, allowing people to try them if they wished. Saki is also used to demonstrate the tech of Synthesizer V Studio and Synthesizer V AI, almost as though she were treated as the standard vocal for the engine. Dreamtonics also opened their own Taobao store as part of their updated sales model for the Chinese market and included Saki as a purchasable option.[7]

Reputation[]

Saki's character status
Reaction
Saki's voice was well-received within the fandom. As a vocalist without an official character, this allowed producers and fans to create their own for her, resulting in a variety of designs. Her voice was also noted to sound professional and well done, especially for her AI voice database, which as the first to receive an AI release, met with overall positive reactions.

Impact
As a new product to demonstrate the capabilities of Synthesizer V Studio and Synthesizer V AI, Saki was considered to be the vocal used for tech demos, allowing for producers to compare and understand the differences per update. She had a professional feel in accordance to her voice provider, who was stated to be an experienced singer-songwriter, and made for a good starting voice for both software. Saki's AI voice database especially was praised for sounding realistic and helped gauge interest in this type of voice database for Synthesizer V as a whole.

Achievements
  • First voice database available for Web Synthesizer V.
  • First female voice database available for Web Synthesizer V.
  • First Japanese voice database available for Web Synthesizer V.
  • First Dreamtonics voice database available for Web Synthesizer V.
  • First Dreamtonics voice database for Synthesizer V Studio.
  • First female Dreamtonics voice database for Synthesizer V Studio.
  • First Synthesizer V AI voice database to be released.
  • First female Synthesizer V AI voice database to be released.
  • First Japanese Synthesizer V AI voice database to be released.
  • First Dreamtonics Synthesizer V AI voice database to be released.
  • First Synthesizer V AI Lite voice database to be released.
  • First Synthesizer V vocal to release without a character design.

References[]

  1. In an interview with Vocaloid News.net, Kanru Hua said that a contract was signed with Eleanor Forte's VP to prevent disclosure of any personal information. Considering the fact that JA-F2/Saki is original to Synth V, unlike AiKO and Yamine Renri, it is assumed that a similar contract was signed with her's VP as well. Please read the interview for more information. https://www.vocaloidnews.net/vnn-interview-kanru-hua-synthesizer-v/
  2. https://twitter.com/uchuuzentai/status/1212203843519438849
  3. https://twitter.com/khuasw/status/1212027759171534848?s=20
  4. https://twitter.com/ahsoft/status/1276349537079029760
  5. https://www.ah-soft.com/synth-v/saki/index.html
  6. https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV11f4y1u7Sw
  7. https://t.bilibili.com/595148335399419261

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