It's been a wonderful two years (going on three) for Xiao Meihua and it's about time that the members of JAE UTAU PROJECT gave her an update! If you'll recall, Xiao Meihua only had one voicebank for the Mandarin Chinese language. For her new update, she will be receiving two voicebanks: Natural and Sweet. Natural would resemble her original Mandarin voicebank while Sweet would resemble her original Japanese voicebank, and there's been improvements in clarity and pronunciation overall. This update is likely to be dubbed Xiao Meihua Mandarin 2.0, but is subject to change.
For now, we have one demo uploaded for her Sweet voicebank! "愛的物語" (also known as "Love Story") written by H+ was chosen to be her first demo for the new update. The cover was done by Tora Ouji, illustrated by glitchyprism, and our very own SlightlyShredded did the video editing! bajucy is credited as special thanks due to their work on developing Meihua's updated voicebanks and was originally the person meant to cover this song with her. However, as mentioned on their entry on the team pages, bajucy's last contribution to the JAE UTAU PROJECT was Meihua's Mandarin 2.0 updates. We could not have this without them and we are very grateful for their hard work!
This demo can be seen on YouTube and on SoundCloud. It will be uploaded to bilibili later on.
We hope you like the outcome of Meihua's Sweet voicebank so far!
If you're curious to know if Meihua would also receive updates to her Japanese voicebanks, we are happy to say that we are planning to do that, however, details cannot be shared at the moment. We are still in the planning and development stage for that. For now, please look forward to more demos of Xiao Meihua Mandarin 2.0!