I have a soft spot lately for Forgottenloids, especially the "flash in the pan" types like Tonio, who just seemed to have so much hate thrown at him. I feel so badly that people hate on him so much! So I decided to try and fix some of that.
First thing I did was whip up some model edits. Not very hard. I couldn't quite get Tonio's facial hair right, so I gave him a soul patch. :P
Next, I decided to make a new cover of Magnet, using Vocaloid 3. THAT was a bit challenging, as Tonio (like v Flower) has a hard time pronouncing anything. It's like he has marbles in his mouth, especially when he tries to sing in Japanese. (Poor Engloid...) But I was determined to fix this. I upped his Clearness, Dynamics, Brightness and dropped his Gender a bit, and re-worked the song around his pronunciations. I messed up when he says "Daijobu" since I couldn't figure out how to make him pronounce the soft "J" sound, and I screwed up a few "n"'s and "tsu's" here and there, but for the most part, you can make out the lyrics pretty well.
Prima was less of a bother. She has a deep, Greta Garbo voice, so it isn't hard to bring her Clearness up. I'm used to Iroha and Lily, so this wasn't a challenge. Still, I did lower her Dynamics a bit, just so you can hear Tonio harmonize with her better.
Then of course there is the big decision, who sings first? I thought about it, and decided to let Tonio sing first. The song "Magnet" starts off with Miku, singing from the perspective of a less experienced lover, and then leads into the more experienced Luka. For the video, Tonio's story begins as the boy who found his dream girl, so it made more sense to have him lead.
The story wrote itself. In contrast to the steamy song, we have a more innocent tale of boy meeting girl. I felt a softer story would fit the two better, as Tonio and Prima are both seen as regal, more refined characters. But they are still human, so Prima starts off as the typical girl who is sick of school. I wanted the payoff to be sweet and light, an actual feel good story.
Kiyoteru makes a cameo here as the music teacher. It's a redemption from the last time I used him... and um... my apology to the Kiyoteru fans.... I'm sorry.
I want to make these two lovable, just as I'd like for every Vocaloid to not go forgotten again. I think we all need a sweet story once in a while too. They both deserve a second chance, and maybe an upgraded voicebank in Japanese and Italian, the latter because of their classical and operatic roots. We need more songs to fit them as well.