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Sharpkey is a singing synthesizer application software developed by Boxstar. It was replaced by the Sharpkey Galaxy software, which was then replaced by the now modern DeepVocal.

History Edit

The editor and its first vocal, Huan Xiao Yi, were announced and released on July 21st, 2016, through a video on Boxstar's bilibili.

Many vocals would follow, as can be seen on the timeline page. The vocal would be replaced by Sharpkey Galaxy in the future with the release of Suoyun Rila on February 16th, 2019, and would then be converted into the DeepVocal software, likely released with Xia Yezi.

Releases Edit

Version 1.0.0 - July 21st, 2016

Version 3.6.0 beta 19 - February 16th, 2019

Voices Edit

There were many voices produced for the software, though not all were released.

Released, in chronological order:

Produced for the Sharpkey or Sharpkey Galaxy engines:

Features Edit

Notable features include built-in dictionary support to convert Eastern languages into roman letters, a function to replace the vowel of the note with another sample's vowel, and multiple parameters:

  • Volume - Changes the volume
  • Pitch - Changes the pitch
  • Brightness - Shifts the voice from mellow to excited
  • Power - Shifts the voice from soft to powerful
  • Breathiness - Changes the breathiness
  • Gender - Changes the formant of the voice, making it sound more masculine or feminine
  • Phoneme - Changes the timing of phonemes and transitions
  • Timbre - Changes which pitch is used for the note
  • Cross(Vowel) - Allows to crossfade the vowel of the note with the same vowel of a different pitch

Sharpkey Galaxy Editor Edit

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Not to be confused with Sharpkey Galaxy, the Sharpkey Galaxy Editor was the updated version of the Sharpkey editor. It was meant to be an update to better prepare the software for Sharpkey Galaxy, however, during its creation, the files for Akane Inari and much of the work on the Sharpkey Galaxy Editor were lost to a hard drive failure. Therefore, the new Sharpkey Galaxy Editor can support all vocals except for Akane Inari, while the old Sharpkey editor can support all vocals except Suoyun Rila.

With the loss of data on the Sharpkey Galaxy Editor, many parameters were lost. Now, only these remain:

  • Volume
  • Pitch
  • Breathiness
  • Phoneme
  • Timbre

Marketing Edit

Most of the market in China came from Boxstar himself on his Weibo and his Bilibili, but a sizeable portion came from those who were developing voices for Sharpkey Galaxy, Boxstar's user outreach program.

In the West, much of the advertisement came in the forms of Infoholic and other community influencers.

Criticism Edit

Sharpkey had come under some criticism for it's metallic engine noise and it's VOCALOID-esque GUI.

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