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Crypton Reveals Plan for New Singing Software in 2020!

As you may have heard, Crypton Future Media, Inc. recently announced that they would be moving away from VOCALOID with future projects.

This is important, because it means that the Crypton characters will not be moving to VOCALOID5.

As of now, Crypton has confirmed that they will continue to work with YAMAHA, as this is not to be a divorce from them altogether. Rather, they will be looking to create their own software instead.

Unfortunately, it is unclear what plans Crypton has for their characters. However, they have stated they are looking to Piapro Studio for their potential future synth.

Piapro Studio

Currently, Piapro Studio is a VST that allows users to edit their VOCALOIDs while composing music.

Piapro Studio is currently limited to Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin and Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO and KAITO. This would make it seem more reasonable that they would want to focus on expanding Piapro. It would maintain focus on their vocals while relying on in-house technology.

While there are still several details yet to be revealed about this exciting turn of events, there are some facts we have already!

We know for sure that the software is being developed for a 2020 release and it is currently focused on vocals that Crypton has already produced.

The software will be separate from VOCALOID, but it is possible YAMAHA is working with Crypton on this release, as well.

If you want to hear how it might sound, Mitchie M‘s latest release, Seraphim on the Ring, is said to use the new Piapro Studio so check that out below.



New Technology and Demo

Shortly after the initial announcement, a blog post was posted by T.Ryo with details of the new audio technology which Crypton is developing. 

According to the post, Crypton is using audio signal processing and deep learning to develop this new technology, based on research with various speech-related societies. 

Two VST vocal effectors which have been developed so far are Vocal Drive and Cherry Pie.

Vocal Drive

Vocal Drive Preview

The Vocal Drive effector adds a distortion effect to the voice.

Depending on the settings used, you can create various vocal effects such as soft breathy vocals, pop growl, grunts and even a guttural growl for harsher vocals.  

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie Preview

The Cherry Pie effector uses real-time, high-quality speech analysis and synthesis technology.

This effector has various settings to change the voice, such as flexible pitch operation, spectral controls and non-periodic index deformation.

The voice quality conversion function reads various network files, acquired by deep learning, and converts a voice into the voices of other people.

For example, you could convert a mature vocal to a youthful one or even convert a male vocal to female vocal.


For those of you who are wondering how all this works, check out the demo video below to see these new vocal effectors in action.

More Information

This is a developing story, so be on the look out for more details coming in the next few months!

We’re all excited and curious as to what Crypton could be planning for the future of our number one diva.


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About Momoi

is a digital artist, musician and writer, and a longtime fan of VOCALOID since 2009! Favorite voice synths are Stardust, Dex, Cangqiong and Piko without a doubt. Is probably playing video games when she isn't working.


  1. I would like to note that Piapro Studio in it’s current form is *NOT* “exclusive” to Crypton Vocaloids – ANY Vocaloid 3 or 4 can be loaded into it – including ones from other companies – additionally v2’s imported into Yamaha’s Vocaloid 3 Editor can also be used through Piapro Studio. My first original song (Trading Sanity for Fantasy) was performed by Maika (from Voctro-Labs) in Piapro Studio, as I do not own the Vocaloid Editor. You simply have to go through a web-auth process to get a code to enable the 3rd party Vocaloid to work in Piapro Studio. This will change in the future probably of course if Crypton fully drops Vocaloid compatibility but for now with all currently available Crypton Vocaloids (which all include Piapro Studio); Piapro will work just fine with Vocaloids from any other company. Crypton has been working on a standalone (non-vst plugin) version of Piapro for a while now (early version is available with Miku v4cn). As forthe exclusivity – it’s true that you can only get access to Piapro Studio by buying a Crypton Vocaloid, but once you have it you can use it with any other company’s Vocaloids without issue (Vocaloid engine runtime version considered – backwards compatible is fine but for example you can’t load a v4 from anyone into Piapro if you only have Meiko v3, as the included Piapro and Vocaloid engine runtime is for v3 and cant support v4) – anyways sorry I just wanted it to be known that Piapro works very well with other companies Vocaloids it’s not limited to only Cryptons – you just have to own one of them v3 or v4 to get access to the included Piapro Studio editor (and ofc they also bundle the Studio One daw so the user has everything they need upfront to make fully original songs – both bgm and vocal)

  2. Pretty bold move from Crypton. Many fans associate Miku with Vocaloid almost as synonyms. I wonder if the engine is still based on Vocaloid though, just editor is different.

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