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SONiKA is an English VOCALOID released in July 2009 for theVOCALOID2 engine, developed and distributed by Zero-G Limited. SONiKA is advertised as a "virtual vocalist modeled on the voice of a young girl pop singer"; her voice provider has never been revealed.

Concept

She is the first English speaking VOCALOID to use a character design and profile as part of the product. SONiKA was released with profile/biographical information on the back cover of the software package, similar to the other VOCALOID2 products. Her personality also shows in her "tweets".

Etymology

The name "Sonika" is Hindi, a girl's name based on the Hindi word for "Golden beauty".

Appearance

According to her twitter messages, SONiKA's hair color is able to change color (e.g. from green to red), she also has freckles that show in the summer heat.

The tattoo on her left side is her name in katakana as " ソニカ ".

Relations

SONiKA is the first VOCALOID to coin the concept of "the Vocaloid family". This was previously a fan concept that accepts all VOCALOIDs as a form of undefined "family". SONiKA, however, became more definite on how she was related to certain VOCALOIDs.

  • SONiKA regards LEONLOLA and MIRIAM as her older siblings
  • Prima as her "auntie"
  • Tonio as her "uncle"
  • She referred to BIG AL as "her best friend" when asked about which VOCALOID she talked to the most.
  • All other VOCALOIDs are referred to as her cousins.

In regards to VOCALOID3 she was glad to be getting more brothers and sisters, and stated she was looking forward to meeting her new friends and singing along side them.

VOCALOID Releases

TaiwanSonika

Examples of Usage


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Marketing

Prior to SONiKA, Zero-G did not do much to market their VOCALOIDs, since they sold based on reputation of their products to a strictly professional market and most marketing was done via traditional means (such as software reveiws). Unlike past VOCALOIDs, SONiKA was a more fandom driven VOCALOID. Rather than target professionals, Zero-G focused on selling SONiKA to the Vocaloid fans. This produced in both positive and negative results, with the most important adventage being that Zero-G was able to create links with the Vocaloid English fandom that never existed previously. The downside was that any disappointments around SONiKA were more felt then with previous VOCALOIDs they had made since they were talking to the fans of VOCALOID software directly.

Comic

She also had a comic uploaded onto her website.

Sonika site

SONiKA's site

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Comic 1: Welcome SONiKA

Illu accelagirl Vocaloid SonikaComic2

Comic 2: SONiKA's Obsession

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Comic 3: SONiKA's FamilyWhile many of the Vocaloid fandom has expressed a desire to see an improved version of SONiKA, it has been confirmed by Zero-G that they have no intentions of improving her voicebank.

SONiKA on Twitter
Sonika twitter

Following her release Zero-G took a unique stance with her post-release development. They have created and maintained a Twitter page for Sonika, something unheard of for any past VOCALOID. Tweets have included pictures of herself with a different hair color, announcing her favorite food is sashimi tuna, and announcing upcoming interviews in media articles. She has even made direct reference to fans discussing what her character item should be.

She also reports things like Tonio's late arrival and may even make a reaction to the release of other VOCALOIDs like Big Al. In January 2011, her Twitter account reached 1,000 followers. The Twitter account is maintained by "Sonika" and not by a bot.

Competitions

From November 2, 2009 to November 30, 2009. Zero-G announced a competition to give SONiKA a new look. The winner would receive a copy of the "SONiKA VOCALOID2 Software". 

Nearing the end of November an image was uploaded on Crypton Catalog that represented SONiKA's new appearance. It was drawn by artist Mario Wibisono (aka raynkazuya) at the request of Zero-G. And with the image being found during the New Look Competition and uploaded to Zero-G's site a few days later, this greatly confused fans and submitters who thought that it was the winning entry.

This was quickly corrected by Zero-G stating that the competition rules never included the winning image being used for boxart. 

She also had a song competition in 2010, the winner would received whatever Zero-G VOCALOID2 voicebank they desired. The winner was Daniel Castro with the song “U Know It (My Name Is SONiKA)”.

Additional information

Popularity

Reaction

Prior to her release, Zero-G and other English VOCALOID products were starting to fall behind their Japanese counterparts. SONiKA marked the first attempt to raise the profile of English VOCALOIDs since Miriam and Sweet Ann.

Misc.

An independent search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less then 1,000 videos uploaded to Nico Nico Douga in 2011 between July 1 and December 15, a category which SONiKA fell into.

SONiKA Popularity
Sales
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SONiKA's ranking, 2011Added by Angel Emfrbl She was reported as having sold much better than past VOCALOIDs designed only for the English language. According to a flyer in 2011, SONiKA was the 13th most popular Zero-G product in 2011.

In 2012, she was in 19th place.

Trivia

  • The winner of SONiKA's New Look Competition was entry was number 30.[18]
  • The artist of SONiKA's 2nd boxart design has a DeviantART account, as does the artist for the comics.
  • Although she was not the first English VOCALOID to use an avatar on her boxart, she was the first to mimic the Japanese style of avatars.
  • An old trick within the Western Vocaloid fandom is to have Luka and SONiKA sing together when using English. If correctly done both voices will blend together. The advantage of this is both VOCALOIDs effectively hide each others flaws.

Notable for...

  • First English VOCALOID to have a "true" avatar
  • First VOCALOID to have a boxart redesign
  • First English VOCALOID to get significant attention
  • First VOCALOID to be released in Taiwan
  • First VOCALOID to own a Twitter
  • First VOCALOID to use the concept of a "Vocaloid family"
  • First VOCALOID to coin the fan-term "Engloid"
  • First VOCALOID to be released in greater China==References==
    1.  [1] Vocaloid Answer Wiki - Why are some voice providers not revealed?
    2.  tweet 3:31 AM - 6 Jul 11
    3.  tweet 2:28 AM - 5 Aug 09
    4.  tweet 2:30 AM - 5 Aug 09
    5.  link Vocaloid company by halkun
    6.  [2] Engloid Blog - Improvements to voicebanks are a no go.
    7.  [3] VocaloidOtaku - Sonika (safe link)
    8.  tweet 4:14 AM - 20 Jan 11
    9.  tweet 10:17 AM - 2 Aug 11
    10.  [4] Zero-G - Sonika Vocaloid site: Sonika’s New Look Competition
    11.  tweet 6:29 AM - 2 Nov 09
    12.  [5] DeviantArt - Mario Wibisono; Sonika boxart, 2009
    13.  [6] Vocaloidsim - Sonika's New Look May Not Be So New
    14.  [7] Engloid Blog - Damaged Control: Sonika’s New Box-Art part 2
    15.  flyer sent to Zero-G costumers.
    16.  flyer sent to Zero-G costumers.
    17.  link Vocaloid on Nico
    18.  [8] DeviantArt - Kjbionicle; Sonika's "New Look"
    19.  twitpic

References

  1.  [1] Vocaloid Answer Wiki - Why are some voice providers not revealed?
  2.  tweet 3:31 AM - 6 Jul 11
  3.  tweet 2:28 AM - 5 Aug 09
  4.  tweet 2:30 AM - 5 Aug 09
  5.  link Vocaloid company by halkun
  6.  [2] Engloid Blog - Improvements to voicebanks are a no go.
  7.  [3] VocaloidOtaku - Sonika (safe link)
  8.  tweet 4:14 AM - 20 Jan 11

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