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As long as your PV is made before the Eleanor Forte Gen 2 Full version released, it’s all right.

Commercial use prior to the release of the Eleanor Forte Gen 2 Full version:
Eleanor Forte Gen 2 (SynthV Studio) Lite version: Yes (Allowed temporarily)
Eleanor Forte Gen 1 (SynthV Editor) Voicebank: Yes (Not encouraged to use)

Commercial use after the release of the Eleanor Forte Gen 2 Full version:
Eleanor Forte Gen 2 (SynthV Studio) Full version: Yes
Eleanor Forte Gen 2 (SynthV Studio) Lite version: No
Eleanor Forte Gen 1 (SynthV Editor) Voicebank: No

In addition, these are for commercial use up to $1,000. Under the new user agreement for the Eleanor Forte Gen 2 version, commercial use of more than $1,000 must be authorized by contacting Animen.

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My expectation of this is why I am holding off buying in until the new voices are released.

If you can’t use the existing images of the characters without permission, what about making new artwork featuring them? Or, just, making new characters, forget advertising the Synth V brand? :confused: Not very encouraging, IMO.

I was determined to buy Synthesizer Studio Pro as soon as the full version of Eleanor Forte’s voicebank is released, but after reading this thread I am getting more and more confused. I have not encountered such a form of software licensing anywhere. In the world I live in the norm is that if I buy a program, I can use it freely and no one cares whether I make money on it or not, or I have a choice of a home/discounted or commercial license, but I always know what the price is.

Meanwhile, in this case, it looks like VOLOR wants to collect some kind of royalty from every popular song featuring Eleanor Forte. Clever, but this is just a computer program - a tool, not a human. If I make a song in Live, will Ableton want to charge a royalty on that song? Of course not, no one would agree to that. If I buy a orchestral sound library for Kontakt and make music for a hit movie, will the producer of that library ask me for an additional fee? Also not! So why can’t I just buy a full Eleonor Forte license and just release songs with her without having to worry about anything else?

I am not even sure if something like this is legal at all. It certainly is not in Europe, where the law requires the customer to know the full price of the product before buying. Recently, a gigantic fine was even imposed on one of the large retail chains for similar practices against their suppliers who were not paid as much as agreed by forcing additional discounts.

It all makes me wonder if there is any point in using Eleanor Forte for anything but a hobby? But then the purchase does not make sense - the free version is enough for me.

In fact, The same is true of Vocaloid singers… Depending on the rules of the voicebank publishers, if the sound is used for commercial purposes, it is to contact the licensing authority.
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Good to know that I won’t have to worry about holding off on the songs yet. That’s a relief.

@SarielV Honestly regarding the character illustrations, I think I already linked an address you can contact for your permissions to use them. Last I dealt with them they’re pretty lenient when it comes to bands and projects that don’t make a thousand or more. When you get yourself a bigger name made that’s when you need to worry a little more about fees for character illustrations. That said, yes, even my band and I have gone the route of just trying to come up with custom characters altogether.

@green This is a similar licence as to how it works with Reaper. Technically Reaper’s free licence never expires and you can use it all day, but you have to buy a licence if you want to use it for commercial purposes. With Reaper you have a $60 option which is for smaller projects and you have the bigger $200+ option for your full version. None of the three versions have any limitations within the DAW, it’s just what kind of things you have clearance for.

Also, this format isn’t anything new. Whenever you buy a virtual singer editor you unlock commercial use of the editor. Whenever you buy a bank you unlock the commercial use of the specific bank. It’s just that the bank in question isn’t being sold yet, so the commercial restrictions will be put in place when it releases (if it does). Also, chances of any western Voca-P making more than a 1,000 USD off of a song or album is… pretty much zero.

Also, they do tell you how much the price is, you just get the pricing at the AniCute site and you can choose which currency to calculate the pricing on just so you have a better understanding of how much is what.

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Reaper does not have a “free license”, it’s has a “discounted” and “commercial” license.

The terms of the Reaper license are entirely known: $65 for the discounted license, and $225 for the non-discounted license. The terms for being eligible for the discounted license are:

  • You are an individual, and REAPER is only for your personal use, or
  • You are an individual or business using REAPER commercially, and yearly gross revenue does not exceed USD $20,000, or
  • You are an educational or non-profit organization.

That’s it. You pay one flat cost for Reaper. There are no further fees. You can produce as many songs as you wish with Reaper, and pay no additional costs. There are no licensing costs that are incurred on a song-by-song basis for using Reaper - or any other popular DAW or VSTi that I’m aware of.

For the English Vocaloid voicebanks I’ve looked at, the licensing terms are roughly the same as using the sound of any other VSTi - unlimited, with no additional licensing when creating compositions.

For example, here’s the clause from Dex’s license:

  1. The Licensee may modify the sounds. and MAY USE THE SOUNDS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES WITHIN MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS, subject to section 7 below. 4.

Based on the Google translation of the Japanese license, it looks like licensing is only mandatory if the Eleanor Forte image is also being used.

But, I don’t know that for sure.

Which is… well, bad. Because licenses should be clear on their terms.

If licensing is required just for the use of the voice, I would be extremely hesitant to use Eleanor Forte in a commercial context, as the terms of the license are left entirely undefined.

Even the given terms in the license are vague. For example, Reaper states:

  • Yearly gross revenue does not exceed USD $20,000

Compare that with the Eleanor Forte license:

  • The situation involves more than USD 1000

From a legal perspective, what does “the situation” mean? Are we talking about the cost to produce a song using Eleanor Forte, or net profits? Based on what estimate? What happens if in a couple of years, the net profits exceed 1000 USD? Will any licensing costs extend retroactively?

Even the amount 1000 USD isn’t well defined. Since the contract says the Japanese version has precedence, the actual amount is 100,000 Yen, not 1000 USD.

So how much will it cost to license Eleanor Forte commercially? That’s nowhere in the license, and appears to be left entirely up to Animen, the creator of the voicebank, to name their own terms.

I’m not accusing Animen of being evil or bad or underhanded here.

I’m just saying that from a commercial perspective, you want to know the full costs before even contemplating using Eleanor Forte. And that information isn’t published anywhere. From the license, you need to contact Animen. And only at that point, after you’ve told them how you’ll be using the voice, will they tell you what the licensing is going to look like.

That kind of risk - based on not having a full understanding of potential costs - will drive people away from making commercial use of the voicebank.

It even makes me, a completely non-professional, a bit leery about suggesting other people use SynthV. :cry:

Now, when contracting “real” voice talent, there’s usually a flat rate for commercial work. However, most singers specify that their names cannot be used with the final product.

Percentages typically only come into play at the point that a singer is identified with the song.

And that makes sense, as you’re not just using the singer’s voice, but their identity.

From that perspective, it makes sense that a licensing fee to be charged if the vocal is associated with a copyrighted image.

And I suspect that’s what the license intends to say.

But those terms need to be made crystal clear in the license, because they currently aren’t.

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No, there is no free Reaper license. You can test it for a certain period of time, then if you don’t want to buy a license, you have to remove it from the disk, even if it’s still working. It is unlikely that the police will come to you one morning to check it out, but by law any use of the Reaper after the end of the trial period is illegal!

This is exactly what I’m talking about. It is the cheapest DAW on the market, and for playing at home, I might be willing to pay for it. However, if I were planning serious use, I’d rather go for Studio One 5 Professional (because I don’t really like Reaper and don’t think it’s worth $ 225). I can make a decision because all prices and license conditions are listed on the manufacturer’s website.

However, in the case of virtual singers, instead of open rules understandable to everyone, I have to conduct some secret negotiations, maybe hire a law firm to check if I will not lose everything. And all this after the album was released, because it was just gaining popularity.

Of course, these are theoretical considerations because I have never earned a cent on music. But nothing can be ruled out - each of us can make a meme that for some stupid reason will become famous like Nyan Cat xD

The conclusion is that either:

  1. We need a Western distributor with licenses tailored to the requirements and expectations of western market (especially since the market of virtual singers does not exist and has yet to be built).

  2. Western studios will start creating voicebanks for SVS

  3. Some Western company has to create its own product from scratch. Unfortunately, it seems to me that nobody is working on it seriously.

  4. The technology will develop so much that creating a full virtual singer will only require uploading a few seconds of a sample of any song and it will be available to everyone.

I’ve explained this:

The decision about Eleanor Forte’s commercial license will be based on how you use her voice and official image. According to the agreement, if Eleanor Forte’s voice and official image are used in a commercial video, or if commercial music, commercials and peripherals are released, with works worth $1,000 or more, you will need to contact Animen for a license.

You can directly contact this email address for details: volor @

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Are you an official company representative? I can’t tell, since all I see is that you are an “Active User” (“活跃用户”).

Has the license been amended? That’s not the language I saw when I looked last, and I’ve checked for an update.

My main point remains, which is the point green makes as well. The terms of commercial use are not publicly available. The license only defines what commercial use is, but doesn’t specify the potential licensing terms.

I suggest that it would be beneficial for Animen to publicly disclose those terms. I’m sure those terms are quite reasonable, and Animen would always have the option of charging less than the going rate when they see fit.

Personally, I think that SynthV is far superior to Vocaloid, and hope it succeeds wildly. There are enough market impediments for use in the West without Animen adding self-inflicted injuries to this process.

Thanks! :smiley:

I am not an official person, and my explanation is based on the email that Animen replied to me.
Animen stated that prior to the release of the paid version, personal small-scale commercial use of Eleanor Forte is allowed, unless it reaches more than $1,000 for commercial use.

Hello, LinR_PN

This is VOLOR

Regarding the first-generation version of Eleanor Forte, the official position is that “not to encourage use”, and does not proceed with the issuance and registration of authorizations;
Using this voicebank and editor does not require additional licenses from users “until the official full version of Eleanor Forte is released”.

The second generation of Eleanor Forte (Lite) in Synthesizer V Studio, is also available for personal, small commercial use until the full version is released.

We understand the eagerness of our users to see the full release, and we thank you for your support.
Please continue to give us your feedback.

With best regards, VOLOR

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Thanks for the clarification! :slight_smile:

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(sorry in advance for necro)

Reaper stuff aside, I think I should’ve done a better job at clarifying the whole thing behind the time when I had to ask for a commercial permit for the images.

The voice itself works just like any other voice bank. You buy it, you can use it commercially. May have to check with the people there at VOLOR if the net profits get over $1,000 USD Theoretically the commercial licence should cover it, but I would check with them just to be safe. I ended up asking permit on that anyway just for some extra insurance policy because this stuff can get really scary and I tend to be very timid in general.

The images on the other hand, that was one of the major reasons why I ended up having to ask for a permit. I ended up using one image for one “commercial” video that wasn’t an ad or anything. It was just a lyric video, but for the sake of my band’s safety, even if a video/song/other-works is going to be noncommercial I would still make sure everything is commercially legal because what constitutes noncommercial use can get really blurry and I already wound up with two copyright strikes on original work despite the claimed songs being this one guy singing over our stuff and just calling it his. You can never be safe on any platform these days, even if you keep to the rules.

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