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09 November 2012 @ 01:05 am
Arashi's Voice Analysis - The Television Zoom  
A Verification Project

We tried carrying out a voice analysis of Arashi’s vocals

What is the charm behind Arashi’s vocals? 
We asked Suzuki Soushi from the Japan Acoustic Lab to help us analyze the members’ solos; and inspected the respective voices in a scientific manner.

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Much thanks to nekobot01 who was kind enough to beta this to ensure it made sense musically!

Ohno Satoshi

A talented singer whose voice is stable even within a female vocal range
voice ohno
“Ohno-san’s vocals are rather orthodox. He has no idiosyncrasies, and is skilled when it comes to transiting from one pitch to another and his vibrato.”

Characteristics of his voice: 
- He transits from one pitch to another precisely
- The waveform of his vibrato is precise and beautiful
- He has the technical skill to sing stably at a vocal range that is close to a female’s

Precise, and very stable even in his upper vocal range
As we examine the waveform, the vibrato portion forms a sine wave, as it ought to, and the wave form is even. When he goes from one pitch to another, it sounds very clean, and the transition from his falsetto to his chest voice is smooth as well. We could say that he is a very skilled singer. Moreover, he is extremely stable in his upper vocal range, a range that is twice as high as a normal male’s speaking voice. Because he has the ability to utilize the vibrato in his upper vocal range, his voice can be described as “free”. 

Sakurai Sho

A manly voice which has a precise sense of rhythm
voice sho
“The green portion at the lower end of the diagram represents the lower part of his vocal range. Normally, a person would control his voice by altering the volume of his mouth cavity, but Sakurai uses his pharynx as well.”

Characteristics of his voice: 
- An accurate sense of rhythm
- A deep voice which impresses the listener with a manly image
- Beautiful enunciation of consonants, which makes it easy to follow his English

A trait that is suited for dance music
When we analyzed his rap, his words weren’t misplaced by a single bit, and aligned with the rhythmic lines perfectly. With strongly rhythmic music like this, a person’s voice can be easily buried if he didn’t enunciate his consonants clearly. However, Sakurai-san enunciates his consonants well, so that makes it easy to follow. As his neck muscles which control the vocal tract are well developed, he’s able to clearly project lower notes in the range of 100 ~ 1000 Hz. This would impress upon the listener that Sakurai-san has a manly charm.

Aiba Masaki

A mischievous voice which appeals to the maternal instinct of each female listener
voice aiba
“His slightly laid-back style of singing, coupled with his character, gives listeners a mischievous image.”

Characteristics of his voice: 
- An invigorating and refreshing voice
- A singing voice which appeals to one’s maternal instincts
- Mastery of abdominal voice projection

A refreshing and unique singing style that is cute
He’s able to carry out basic abdominal projection of his voice to a high degree. According to the structure of Aiba-san’s mouth, he’s able to project sounds around the frequency bandwith of 8500 ~ 10000Hz clearly. When a person projects his voice clearly in this region, we can conclude that it sounds invigorating and refreshing to the listeners. In addition, the unique way in which he sings the ends of his sentences like he’s going to cry imparts a cute image upon his listeners. Perhaps it might appeal to their maternal instincts?

Ninomiya Kazunari

A kaleidoscopic voice, he sings as if he’s acting
voice nino
“As we go from left to right, the projection of the “ah” vowel becomes progressively stronger. There is a large amount of sound pressure coming from the “ah” vowels. I should think that during the composition of the lyrics, he intentionally wanted the “ah” sounds to be the highlight.

Characteristics of his voice: 
- He can express the same word in diverse ways
- A bright voice which comes across strongly in the frequency range of 7000Hz
- A pretty falsetto

He possesses a bright voice which is capable of a myriad of expressions
The areas surrounded by the rectangles are sounds which end with the “ah” vowel. He sings like he’s talking; and by altering the strength of his falsetto and belting greatly, he’s able to sing expressively. Another characteristic of his voice is that it comes through strongly in the frequency range of 7000Hz. He has a voice like Hosokawa Takashi*, which is bright and cuts across to its listeners clearly. However, he varies his tone depending on the song. In any case, he’s a singer with a diverse range of expressions.

*T/N: Hosokawa Takashi is a Japanese enka singer.

Matsumoto Jun

A singing voice which is rich in overtones
voice jun
“Normally, a person would alter his voice by modifying the shape of his mouth. However, for his voice to be this rich in overtones, it’s proof that the oscillation of his vocal cords is rather dynamic.”

Characteristics of his voice: 
- A very human voice that is rich in overtones
- The slight noise emphasizes the human aspect of his voice
- Dynamic vocal cord oscillation

A rich and warm voice that is like a violin
On average, he projects overtones up till the frequency of 12500Hz via the oscillation of his vocal cords. A regular person would only be able to project overtones up till 8000Hz, so he has a rich timbre to his voice. He has a voice which resembles stringed instruments, such as a violin; it’s warm, refreshing and rich. Coupled slightly with the noise that comes from the shape of his vocal tract, that again adds to the warmth of his voice. Even after processing his voice through a vocoder, the human quality in it remains.

raw: 炸鸡味爆米花 via saobang
Music beta: nekobot01

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arara_chanarara_chan on November 8th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't really understand everything exactly, since I know nothing about music, but thank you either way :D
gwengweniegwengwenie on November 8th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Very interesting read. Thanks for sharing and translating!! :D <3
angel_mercuryangel_mercury on November 8th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
It's very interesting, even if I don't know so much about music and sounds. Thanks a lot for sharing this.
oshaberi_kazunaribelalangchan on November 8th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Each of them have their specialties and unique.
No wonder that their voice blends beautifully~~ :)
ansuhzol_117ansuhzol_117 on November 8th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
The combination of their voices produced a harmony sound.
shunluvshunluv on November 8th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
really interesting<3
im don't know much of music so nice to know real expert thought of their voice xD
★ ニコル ☆: Ohno artistsekainostar on November 8th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, Thank you very much. <3
qonytaqonyta on November 8th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
thanks for sharing..
so many brand new information since i know nothing about music
darkillercoolohoh on November 8th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
don't understand all the music part and the graphs... but was a very interesting read, thank you for translating this!
ヴァレリーvalee94 on November 8th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
oh goddd~ just how awesome arashi is???
thank you so much for this..^^
and i'm biased again, loving Nino's voice analysis.. <333
tink_chantink_chan on November 8th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not a real musician but what appear very clearly by reading your work, is that their voices are a true mirror of the image I've got of their personnality!
THANKS a lot for this very interesting and rare work <3
メラニー: the power of fivemellastella on November 8th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yup, their voices fit their personalities very well. :3
haianh0402haianh0402 on November 8th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
OOh~, such a new experience to read a scientific analysis of their voices. Thanks for the translation, especially with all the technical terms.
Jun's voice analysis sounds quite funny to me though. Of course his voice is human. And so do Arashi's voices. They are not Hatsune Miku!!!
barbosa2007barbosa2007 on November 9th, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)
I think the analyst is implying that Jun's voice has a lot of feeling in it. I loved it when Jun narrated for 24h TV.
inachan89inachan89 on November 8th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
I don't really understand this kind of things,but it sounds a bit too flattering somehow.Still i agree that their voices blend very nicely together^____^
Kirie: group funkiriezero on November 8th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
cool, I didn't have problems understanding it ^-^ *mother was a chorus singer and brother is musician*
I agree that Aiba's voice is "cute", his voice feels very warm <3 (but his laugh is what I like the most! is so contagious! XD)
thank you for translating it! it was very interesting n_n
saprintha10mizumi10 on November 8th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
this analysis really reflects who they are, and makes me want to listen to their vocals more carefully. :D thanks for sharing!
bec2224bec2224 on November 8th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
This is very interesting, thank you for sharing it with us.

ArashiForYouarashiforyou on November 8th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
man, if only i had this information when i was writing my arashi at hogwarts fic XD
but damn! look how colorful ohno is! O__O
ayudarsini: amnosadeyakana on November 8th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
thank you ^^
mikamichaelmikamichael on November 8th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
the analysis of ohchan's vocal gave me a goosebumps,,sugoii
thanks so much for translating this
khairienakhairiena on November 8th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Interesting!This magazine is amazing for thinking of analyzing the boys' voice. If our voice do reflect our personality I would love if someone could analyses my voice.

Thank you for this wonderful translation!

Edited at 2012-11-08 10:23 pm (UTC)
pikaCHIIImasssterchief on November 8th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
As a normal person like me, all I can tell is that their voice is so individually different yet complement each other in a perfect harmony.
It was always joyful to naturally know each of the members voices while they sang.
Thus, it was interesting to read a professional opinion :)
Thank you for sharing!
Cheers for your hardwork!
Yachicha_han on November 8th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
very interesting! thanks for sharing ♥
Aruarasukishi on November 8th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
I love the analysis on Nino's voice. ::D
Pretty odd though, since they had no choice but to analyze the edited solos.
Wish they could analyze raw speaking voices, too ::P

Thank you for this! ::D
lelomewlelomew on November 8th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Very interesting~ Thanks :)

I love you Jun, but you certainly weren't blessed with a fine voice. I'm not sure I even understand his analysis.
KKblahblah on November 9th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing!
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