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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vocaloid Corner: KAITO

KAITO is a hipster Vocaloid, in that he was created and sold before Vocaloid became cool. Released after MEIKO, KAITO is the second Vocaloid created by Crypton Future Media, using the original Vocaloid 1 engine developed by Yamaha. Being quite old in Vocaloid years, KAITO's voice is a more antiquated robotic-sounding male, provided by Naoto Fuga (風雅なおと), a professional singer and music teacher.

Being released before the big tide of Vocaloid popularity, KAITO originally did not have a character or personality attached to him, and these were added to him and Meiko after Hatsune Miku popularized the concept of giving the voice synthesizers an associated character. In fact, KAITO owes much of his current fanbase to Miku as well, his original form being a commercial flop. The story surrounding his rise to fame is an interesting one, involving song 'replies' between him and Hatsune Miku. Later composers found KAITO to be incredibly versatile and easy to work with despite the dated software. It just showcases that a little personality goes a long, long way.

KAITO does not have any solo performances in Taiko no Tatsujin, but as part of fictional units, such as the three-piece male Vocaloid band, Vana N'Ice (consisting of him, Gackpo and Kagamine Len).


-Kaito songs-


*1 Together with Kagamine Len and Gakupo as a virtual band called "Vana n'Ice"
*2 Together with Hatsune Miku

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