VocaDB description - what is it for?
VocaDB is a free to use database for Vocaloid artists, albums and songs. The main goal of the site is to have accurate, translated entries for as many artists, their albums and songs as possible. Anyone is able to contribute and correct existing information by creating an account. Vocaloid artists are encouraged to add their own information, thus providing a way to promote themselves. Registered users may add lyrics and PVs to songs. Entries may be tagged with specific genres and other meta-information. Album release events such as VoMas may also be tracked. The site is designed so that it would be comfortable to use by fans around the world, including both western and Japanese users.
MotivationThe number of Vocaloid producers and albums keeps growing rapidly. Popularity of the music is growing. Most of the content is in Japanese and distributed across the web. Finding information about a specific artist may be difficult, especially if one doesn't speak Japanese. Vocaloid music has some unique features. Instead of live singers, the singing vocals are provided by the Vocaloid software, and the role of those vocals is much more important than in conventional music. Most of the music is produced by individual artists, and self-published in doujin fashion. Often the albums aren't available on any well-known online stores. Japanese artists prefer uploading their works to NicoNicoDouga, but Youtube is better suited for the western community. Thus popular videos get "reprinted" by fans from NND to Youtube. VocaDB aims to collect all relevant information together and provide external links to official sources, such as the artists' websites or online stores, so that fans might be able to find music by the artists or genres they're interested in. Artists could promote themselves by providing links to services where fans can buy their music legally. Fans can also choose whether to view the PV uploaded by the artist himself to NND, or a reprint copied to Youtube. An unlimited number of media can be linked to a single entry. Even if the media is deleted from the original source (Youtube or NND), the entry remains on VocaDB and in users' collections.
- Open source. Code is freely available on Github.
- High-performance search engine based on a relational database, scaling to tens of thousands of entries, with varied query options.
- Easy to use, collaborative content editing with versioning and checking for duplicates. Wiki contribution model, yet completely structured information. Anyone can correct information and report errors.
- External APIs. Easy to programmatically download metadata such as title translations, or list of artists or albums for a song.
- All features are free to use and the site contains no advertisements. Basic features are usable without an account.
- Navigation based on comprehensive, typed references. All key information such as artists, albums, songs, PVs is typed. User can easily discover content related to a specific artist. Tags can be used to provide genres.
- Community features such as comments, song lists and ratings. Registered users can catalogue their Vocaloid album collection.
- Artists are able to control their own content on the site. The site should contain nothing illegal, but if the rightful owner of the content wants his/her information removed or altered, such requests will be approved. All direct download links are forbidden as the site is meant to be completely legal.
- Site is internationalizable and localizable, meaning the user interface can be translated into multiple languages. Registered users can customize display options for translations and formatting. Currently majority the user interface has been translated into Finnish and Russian. There's also a partial Japanese translation.
- Integration with multiple popular media streaming services, including Youtube, NicoNicoDouga and SoundCloud, with the possibility to add more.
- VocaDB embeddable player can be used on any website, just like you'd embed Youtube or NND. With VocaDB's embeddable player you'll get translations for song title and artist name, and the user can switch between video services. There's also a link to VocaDB for additional information. The embeddable player even supports OEmbed.
HistoryDevelopment of VocaDB started in late 2010, albeit in a very different form from now, as it was only meant for tracking songs and their appearances at the weekly Vocaloid rankings on Nico Nico Douga. Later, artist information was also added, including translations and circles. In the middle of 2011 the site was refactored into community editable wiki-like database.
The official open beta was announced on 31.10.2011 on the now defunct original MikuDB. Since then the site has not changed fundamentally, but new features keep being added when possible.
Comparison with other similar servicesVocaDB is a custom site, developed from scratch for Vocaloid (and related technologies and tools such as UTAU) discography in mind. This has allowed us to provide the best possible user experience for both content editors and fans browsing the site.
Whether you're trying to find a specific album or discover new music, we try to make that as effortless as possible with the comprehensive search options. Keep track of your album collection and favorite songs, regardless of how and where those were published. High usability extends to adding content to the database: for example when registering a song from NicoNicoDouga, often it's simply enough to input the URL of the video, and the creator, title, vocalists and tags of the song will be associated automatically (when possible). The database will also be scanned for the song being added, to avoid duplicates. No need to edit markup when adding albums, artists or songs, only fill the minimal amount of form fields.
VocaDB does not aim to cover everything related to Vocaloid. We focus on the musical content: music artists, albums and songs. News reporting, lengthy artist descriptions and fanart are better left for general blogs, wikis and image galleries. VocaDB is supposed to be the starting point when finding or discovering a particular album or song, linking to other sites for more in-depth information.