I did not realize that CFM was moving their VOCALOID products to their own separate engine, though I did sort of expect this when Piapro Studio initially came out. It seems as if they will still work with Yamaha on vocal synth research, which is fantastic. Now this separate WIki makes more sense.
From what I have seen online, this new synth will be the current Piapro Studio, just without the VOCALOID source code, some plug ins, etc. As for the product being "compatible with existing tools" as stated on MikuFan, does that mean it will work as a standalone + VST?
What I find interesting though is the whole "Buy the voice once, but you get upgrades!" feature that was listed. Hopefully upgrades are free? (This would be an awful excuse to buy every single Crypton voice if they improve the tone/recording quality).
Vocal Drive is just standard vocal effects, nothing new. As for cherry pie, it seems to be what Vocalistener was. The cherry pie tool is both good, and bad. Hopefully, it can be used to break down these vocal phrases within the editor, but at the same time, can be used as "cheating."
So far, based on everything I have seen, I am very excited for this program, and am wondering whether it will be worth the purchase.
Of course, I still would like to see how Yamaha's VOCALOID progresses and improves with the research being done on vocal synthesis.
I currently own VOCALOID4 and was considering purchasing VOCALOID5. If I purchase this new "Piapro Studio," I am still eligible for a possible VOCALOID6 upgrade.
Sorry. I'm excited about this. Sadly I don't have much to compare it to though since I have only worked with VOCALOID4.
P.S. I have heard that V5 was a financial disaster for Yamaha, possibly due to many factors. Will the "Cryptonloids" leaving significantly affect VOCALOID on a financial level?