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This Article is about Sotone Riza. For other similarly-named characters, You may be looking for "Sotone"

Image Riza Sotone byOHerman
Sotone Riza
外音リザ
Biographical Information
Introduced

March 25, 2009

Birthdate

December 30, 1989

Gender

Female

Age

18

Height

5'5" ft (165.1 cm)

Weight

110 lb (50 kg)

Alias
  • Maria Rizalina L. Sotone (Filipino Name)
  • Sotone Riza (jpn order)
  • Sotone Rizarina (外音リザリナ)
Technical Information
Series type

POLYGLOID

Chara item

Chocolate bars, ASUS EEE Netbook

Voice

Hatsune Miku
Nekomura Iroha

Additional Information
Creator

Orochi Herman
(User:O Herman)

Illustrator

Orochi Herman, Nauko Oblivion & Ohkra / WolfHyde

Affiliation

Hatsune Miku (derived)

Riza Sotone or by full name, Rizalina Sotone, is a Fanmade Vocaloid by Orochi Herman. Her name is made from "Sotone" meaning "outside sound", emphasizing that she comes from an outside source (as she was not created in Japan), and meant to imply "beyond the sound normally known", while "Riza" is taken from "Rizalina", a shortened feminine term for Rizal, from the surname of Philippine national hero and polyglot Jose Rizal. She was designed to be Filipino-Japanese, and to appeal to a then-minor demography of Filipino vocaloid fans, which has been since steadily growing.

Design

Her color usage are patterned after the official colors of the Philippine flag; namely blue, red, white and yellow. Green is meant to represent the technical aspect as a Vocaloid. Her outfit is reminiscent of Miku's, but with variations to make her distinct.

Personality

Although her personality has been defined by her creator, users are free to allocate alternate personalities as seen fit.

Riza is a reflection of a shrewd and empowered girl that likes to teach and share things. She deeply cares for people especially if they ask for her help, most especially to her kin and compatriots. She has served concurrently as interpreter and secretary in the company Dell works in.

It is not uncommon for her to be seen as a sort of geek, meganeko or assertive, as depicted in some fanfictions featuring her.

While she likes to teach and share knowledge, she is deathly afraid of firearms, especially rifles, a phobia Nene also inherits. This is a reference to how Jose Rizal was executed.

Biography

Riza was conceptualized in the earlier part of 2008, as a hypothetical Vocaloid that could sing in any language, limited by the "producer"'s potential. Her creation predates Luka and Ruko by just months.[1] Earlier Vocaloid works that attempted to use voicebanks like Miku for another language, but with lackluster results, became part of the inspiration to create Riza, and the POLYGLOID project.

Riza's inspiration comes from several things; The prominence of Filipino-Japanese relationships, the presence of so-called "JaPinoys" (colloquial term of Filipino-Japanese people, in both countries), the local fascination of Japanese anime and manga, the desire to have a proper standalone fanmade character locally created, and the desire to raise awareness of Vocaloid locally and to non-Japanese shores.

In line with the above, Riza is created as an attempt to get a certain amount of multilingual capabilities out of a voicebank. She is an ongoing project intended to raise awareness of the capabilities of how far you can take the software, even if it is meant for just one language.

She's also considered as a mascot of producers pushing voicebanks and abilities in general to their very limits, though this is commonly attributed to overseas (non-Japanese) producers.

However, she is also mistakenly regarded as a possible UTAUloid (hinted as a private voicebank) in Japan rather than a Fanmade Vocaloid. The reasons for this classification is unclear. Currently there are no plans to convert Riza into a full-fledged UTAUloid, as she is designed as a mascot for the Vocaloid side of POLYGLOID. However it is not unheard of for fanmades to crossover to UTAU, as in the case of Cody Akaori.

Future Developments

Because the Japanese fandom seems to think Riza is a private UTAU voicebank, and Riza's active involvement with UTAUloids such as Kenta, a parallel character named "Another Riza" is under consideration.

Riza also shifts between Miku Hatsune's voicebank and Iroha Nekomura, for quality purposes. The reason for this is Miku's distinct vowel pronunciation, which results in any of songs under Riza's name to be still identified as Miku's, with certain exceptions. Conversely, Iroha's voice takes away some of the youthfulness that may be necessary for Riza in some songs.

Voice configuration

There is an envisioned capability for improvisations for indigenous Philippine languages such as Ilocano, Cebuano, and foreign languages, such as French, and Chinese. Internal tests have been performed in an attempt to closely emulate language capability using available phoneme data. Such developments, once reaching satisfactory levels, will be added to her proof of concept.

Since Vocaloid3, vocalizations in Filipino, using the Japanese phoneme set, has been reliably done, with some sample songs released to prove it. (see below)

For both voice types, the Opening parameter is obsolete and unused in Vocaloid3 and can be safely omitted when creating a voice profile of her.

The configuration seen here is a theoretical approximation using existing voice banks, and may be subject to change or adjustments anytime by the character creator.


Configuration: Hatsune Miku

 EXPLAINED:
Riza has an allotted voice configuration that involves creating a voice profile from Miku Hatsune or Iroha Nekomura. She has been tested in English (through Hatsune Miku English), Japanese, (see Notable Songs) Tagalog (see Notable Songs).
 TECHNICAL INFORMATION
BREATHINESS (BRE) 0 BRIGHTNESS (BRI) -40 (may vary depending on desirability) CLEARNESS (CLE) 40
GENDER FACTOR (GEN) 25 (may require adjustment in the middle of the song) OPENING (OPE) -25
 SPECIAL NOTES:
Sometimes variations through Gender Factor manipulation may be needed in parts where she sounds too much like Miku (in high notes), and Haku (in low notes). All starting notes need a decibel increase that peaks down, which emulates real speech and vocalization volumes as it would occur in real life. In this configuration, she shares any capabilities/limitations that Miku has. For all notes, all Delay must be set to 0, and Accent at 100%. To establish L disambiguation in some cases, the note may have it's Accent at 0%.

For non-English vocalizations, Riza works best with Miku's Solid Append variant, which establishes her sound signature better. Her lower pitches gives her the matured sound appropriate for her aesthetics. It is best to avoid deep octaves with this configuration, as Riza may sound too similar to Haku or Miku.

Miku-based Riza is recommended for low-pitched non-Japanese vocalizations, such as certain English songs, and Filipino songs that require shrill voices.

Used with Miku English, Riza retroactively gains the official ability to sing in English. This will also mean expanded potential to sing in other languages.

Extensive use of the <phoneme>_0, Sil and - parameters in Vocaloid3 are highly recommended to increase vocal quality for Riza.


Configuration: Nekomura Iroha (V2 and V4)

 EXPLAINED:
An alternate voice configuration, for those that think Riza's Miku-based voice sounds no different, is provided, using Nekomura Iroha as base.
 TECHNICAL INFORMATION
BREATHINESS (BRE) 0 BRIGHTNESS (BRI) -20 CLEARNESS (CLE) 20
GENDER FACTOR (GEN) 15 OPENING (OPE) -25
 SPECIAL NOTES:
The tomboyish voice of Iroha in lower octaves gives a more-natural voice. Using a slightly tweaked config from Miku-based Riza, her voice sounds better in lower octaves, at around C3-C5. The only other tweaks needed are for further clarity, and pronunciation.

Iroha-based Riza is recommended for standard Japanese vocalizations, and middle-to-lower pitched non-Japanese vocalizations, such as Filipino. Particularly in Vocaloid3 and Vocaloid4, her U phonemes are not as extreme as Miku's, enabling her voice to reproduce a respectable amount of Filipino naturally, however, N and NG phonemes do not sound as natural, and requires tweaking. Riza's voice using Iroha is also best suited for certain kinds of ballads, and more serious songs, as in the case of her cover of Mahiwaga.

Certain A phonemes will require special tuning to emulate proper Filipino pronunciation. This highly depends on the song parts being sung, and the results desired.

This configuration should have no forseeable problems in Vocaloid 3 and 4.

Extensive use of the <phoneme>_0, Sil and - parameters in Vocaloid3 are highly recommended to help achieve near-perfect Filipino vocalizations for Riza.


Configuration: Nekomura Iroha (V4)

 EXPLAINED:
To reflect a more mature and older Riza, this configuration is more suitable. Can be used in either soft or normal, or even in cross-synthesis mode.
 TECHNICAL INFORMATION
BREATHINESS (BRE) 0 BRIGHTNESS (BRI) -20 CLEARNESS (CLE) 20
GENDER FACTOR (GEN) 2 (also accepts -15 like the above) OPENING (OPE) Not defined
 SPECIAL NOTES:
Using Iroha's v4 voicebank, Riza's clarity is enhanced. This comes with a price; because Iroha's Japanese voicebank was re-recorded, her A vowel vocalizations differs distinctly when used with certain consonant combinations. Because of this, relying on Iroha's V4 voicebank solely for Riza may not be an option for Tagalog vocalizations, if quality is to be emphasized. For Japanese vocalizations, using the V4 voicebank brings obvious improvements. Pseudo-English vocalizations may require juggling between Iroha's V2 and V4 voicebanks, and even extensive use of cross synthesis.

Manipulating the VEL parameter now allows for accurate consonant and vowel timing. OPE parameters help in disambiguating 4 for L and R. This effect is more obvious in Vocaloid4, both for the V2 and V4 voicebanks. This also works in mitigate certain A's in CV phonemes, akin to how British people pronounce it.

Extensive use of the <phoneme>_0, Sil and - parameters in Vocaloid3 are highly recommended to help achieve near-perfect Filipino vocalizations for Riza.

Notable media

  外音さん、頑張って!

外音さん、頑張って!

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NND
YT
March 24, 2009
Romaji/English Sotone-san Ganbatte! (Sotone-san, Do your best!)
Featuring Riza Sotone
Category Original song
  パッケージ

パッケージ

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NND
YT
January 31, 2011
Romaji/English pakke^ji (Packaged)
Featuring Riza Sotone
Category Cover song, VSQ by Kay, Resources by anaraquelk2
  Mahiwaga

Mahiwaga

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NND
YT
September 11, 2011
Romaji/English Mysterious / Mystery of Life
Featuring Riza Sotone
Category Cover song
  マヒワガ - 天国への100日

マヒワガ - 天国への100日

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NND
YT
September 12, 2011
Romaji/English Mahiwaga - Tengoku he no hyaku nichi
Featuring Riza Sotone
Category Cover song, Japanese lyrics by Damesukekun
  Ako'y Isang Pinoy

Ako'y Isang Pinoy

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NND
YT
July 6, 2013
Romaji/English I'm a Filipino
Featuring Riza Sotone
Category Cover song, based on a Filipino Folk Song

Additional info

Relationships

Like other fanmade vocaloid creators, Orochi Herman is also involved in UTAU, under a production fork of POLYGLOID. Because of this, Riza has relationships with characters tied to UTAU, especially with Filipino-produced UTAU voicebanks. This is probably where the mistaken theory of Riza as an UTAUloid came from, as even Nico Nico pedia lists her as such.

The kinship information below is for her depiction as a human singer. It may vary if she's interpreted as a real vocal android.

(Kinship information)

  • Aya Sotone (Zobele Ayala Sotone y Lanco) - Eldest sister; Married to Diego Goune, a tenor singer.
  • Paciano Sotone (Keisuke Paciano Sotone y Lanco) - Immediate younger brother, guardian of Bonnie and Clyde. Paciano is an UTAUloid.
  • Bonnie Sotone (Magdalena Bonifaciana Sotone y Lanco) - Younger sister, an UTAUloid.
  • Clyde Sotone (Clyde Emilio Sotone y Lanco) - Younger brother, twin of Bonnie. Also an UTAUloid.
  • Nene Sotone (Nenita Netsuko Sotone y Lanco) - Youngest sister. A Fanmade Vocaloid.
  • Sisa Midarene (Cecilia Midarene) - Riza's not-so-failure equivalent is this mad scientist, intended to be a direct reference to Rizal's Noli me Tangere. Unlike Riza, Sisa causes more trouble and misunderstandings, and is completely reclusive in social matters. She is based on an old character sketch of Riza's.
  • Pepe Sotone (Pepito Mercado Sotone y Alonza) - Riza's male equivalent. Not biologically related.

Additionally, she is implied to be the secretary of Honne Dell, and a co-worker of Nemui Taidane. Fan depictions have seen her being paired with Dell, while feuding or tag-teaming with Nemui.

Appearances

Artwork & Related content
Search Riza Sotone on deviantART Pixiv
Media
Search Riza Sotone on YouTube NicoVideo



Trivia

  • She is referred to as a POLYGLOID, a portmanteau of Polyglot Vocaloid. She is the first of this line, Nene being the second.
  • Her birthday is set at December 30, 1989, patterned after the day of the martyrdom of Jose Rizal, who also has Japanese lineage in him as well.
  • Because she was created at the same time Ruko Yokune and Megurine Luka was being developed, it is implied they are batchmates in fan depictions.
  • Riza is among the select few fanmades who has been cosplayed at least once. The others, excluding theme-specific variants of the official Vocaloids, include Rui and Rei Kagene, Yowane Haku, Akita Neru, Honne Dell, and others.
  • A recurring inside joke between her illustrator is the presence of a button-like design, dubbed as the "Iyadame" button. Even Nene inherited this button, something her other siblings does not have. Its purpose has not been clearly explained, and according to Ohkra, aka. wolfhyde, "it's better left unexplained. /gg"
  • Owing to her half-Japanese heritage, and her proficiency in other languages, there are times when she speaks in Japanese, she still pronounces certain types of loanwords without regard for Japanese pronunciation rules by accident, instead, following the original pronunciation. (eg. She will still pronounce 'multilingual' as it is, instead of 'maruchiringua')

Gallery

Image Riza Sotone byOHerman
Riza Sotone as designed by OHerman, illustrated by ohkra.
Image Riza Sotone byRena-tan
Illustration by Rena-tan (aka. Hankyou), based on Riza's finalized design.
Image Riza Sotone bySari
A different take of her design by artist Sari.
Image Riza Sotone byOHerman-conceptart
An unreleased and possible update to Riza's design, by wolfhyde/ohkra, her illustrator.

References

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