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Vocaloid VST does not work in Sonar 6
Jan 3 2007
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Jan 2 2007

I am not able to get Vocaloid to work as a VST in Sonar 6. I first created the vocal line in Vocaloid Leon, and then I saved it as a MIDI file. I then opened Sonar 6. Then I opened the file that I created in Vocaloid. It appears as a MIDI track in Sonar 6. I inserted Vocaloid into the Synth Rack. I then opened the Synth Property for Vocaloid and in the Preset window of the Vocaloid VST, I selected VOCALOID. The on the MIDI track, I set the MIDI track output to “Vocaloid 1″. I set the MIDI channel for that track to “1:Vocaloid”. I then viewed the Synth Rack and made sure that the output of the Vocaloid is going to “Vocaloid 1: Primary Out”. But when I play the track, I don’t hear anything. Does anyone know what the problem is?

Jan 4 2007
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Nov 14 2006

I cannot actually help you, but I have th esame problem with Cubase SX.
I know I got it to work as some stage.

However, at the time I decided that none of the VST parameters were of real interest to change real-time. I would have wanted to be able to change the notes in the midi track, but you can only do that in the Vocaloid software.

What I have been doing since is creating short sentences and save then as wave files (make sure you set the BMP in vocaloid to the same as your sobar project) and then just drom then in cubase on a audio track. That works fine for me.

However if you want to change VST settings on the fly this does not work for you.

Mar 12 2008
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Mar 8 2008

Hullo…year later than this post I found from Google, but I have the exact same problem.

Adding vocaloid as a vsti instrument in Cubase seems much more intuitive, with fewer steps as well…I got it to work in Cubase SX, but I only had a Cubase demo, which limits certain things, and I also hate the Cubase computer-anahilating dongle (I removed the dongle from the registry, and made it an exe I execute manually before starting Cubase, but I still hate it); because of all this, I would prefer to get it working in Sonar.

May 3 2008
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Dec 15 2006

I have not yet tried Vocaloid 2, so perhaps it has been improved, but I could never get the plugin to work decently in Sonar, with Vocaloid 1.

Instead, I used Voc with Sonar the following way:

I saved a sequence in Sonar of the melody I want Vocaloid to sing as a .mid file. (Monophonic melody only, with no accompaniment). (Important that no notes overlap each other, as that messes up Vocaloid’s importation. You might want to quantize note lengths, to make sure none will overlap.)

Open standalone Vocaloid editor. Import that .mid file into Vocaloid. Type in the words, phonemes, etc. (Or–if you had typed in lyrics into the sequence in Sonar, quite conveniently, Vocaloid will read those lyrics, and translate them pretty well into phonemes. Probably will need some tweaking afterwards, but not too much. Make sure there are no punctuation marks in the Sonar lyrics, as that messes up the Vocaloid translation.) (After importation, if there were lyrics in the Sonar .mid file, you have to click a menu item, I forget what it’s called, something like "translate phonemes", to translate the Sonar lyrics into Vocaloid.)

Play back the file in the Vocaloid editor, and tweak it, until it sounds how you want it to sound. Then "save as" the .mid file in Vocaloid, but change the name, so it doesn’t overwrite the .mid file you imported, perhaps adding -Vocaloid to the end ofthe name.

Then export to audio, to a .wav file.

Import that .wav file into an audio track in Sonar, and it will work fine. If you have other vocal parts, repeat for each single voice.

That is the only way I could get Vocaloid 1 to work with Sonar. I found the plugin useless. Perhaps they improved it in Vocaloid 2. Could anyone who has tried the plugin in Vocaloid 2 comment on that?

Sep 1 2008
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Sep 1 2008

Vocaloid Prima and Sonar 7 are a disaster.

Sonar will not import the Vocaloid midi file. All you get is NRPN info, no notes, no lyrics, so no tweaking ‘in the mix’

If you export out a midi file for use in Prima it’s impossible to hear how it relates to the music so it’s a complete guessing game. They should either make it so that Vocaloid also supports a midi2 softsynth so that you can at least here where you are, or make the VST implementation work smoother.

Rewire version occasionally works if you can get it to map the tempo correctly. This is only the X32 version of SONAR. In the X64 version of Sonar Vocaloid doesn’t appear as a rewire compatible application.

Not ready for primetime IMHO.

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