[Vocal Analysis] Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon

Vocal Range: D3 – C6
Vocal Tessitura: B♭3 – C♯5
Voice Type: Light Lyric Soprano

Positives:

  • Maintains good tonality and a stable larynx up to C♯5.
  • Achieves resonance from B4 up to C♯5 and occasionally up to E♭5.
  • Full and round sound is produced all the time from E4 up to C♯5.
  • Always sings with a lifted soft palate, is almost never nasal.
  • Has a decent sense of control and breath support.
  • Has occasionally produced a connected head voice.
  • Has produced some of the best C5s in KPOP.

Negatives:

  • Notes below B♭3 are not well supported.
  • Still inconsistent despite improvement.
  • Still loses tonality on notes above C♯5.
  • Falsetto is mostly used rather than head voice.
  • Has some issues with her intonation and inaccurate at times.
  • Vibrato is unhealthy sometimes.
  • Sometimes has problems with sustaining notes properly.
  • Has shown a lack of musicianship skills.

Lower Register: Practically non-existent and just pure air.
Middle Register:  Stable larynx, tonality and resonance up to C♯5 and rarely up to E♭5.
Upper Extension: Has produced head voice before, but mostly uses falsetto.

Resonance: Achieves resonance sometimes from B4 up to C♯5 and occasionally up to E♭5.
Consistency: Inconsistent
Musicianship: Has shown minimal dynamics and interpretation skills.

Overall Ranking: Decent [?]
Final Comments: Taeyeon is one of Girls’ Generation’s main vocalists and rightfully so, as she is their strongest vocalist. She has made some improvements since debut including her consistency in her comfort zone and vocal tract position. Although her skills have depreciated slightly recently, Taeyeon still makes a solid decent vocalist.

[Vocal Analysis] Sistar’s Hyolyn

Vocal Range: C3 – G6
Vocal Tessitura: G3 – F5
Voice Type: Light Lyric Soprano

Positives:

  • Maintains good tonality up until E5 and a stable larynx up until F5.
  • Voice is never nasal; full and round sound is produced all the time in tessitura.
  • One of the best lower registers of all female KPOP idols.
  • Great pitch accuracy and almost never goes flat.
  • Has very good sense of control and breath support.
  • Has occasionally produced a connected head voice.
  • Shown some potential in musicianship skills in one performance.
  • Has been continuously improving rapidly.

Negatives:

  • Notes below G3 are badly supported.
  • Still lacks conistency on F♯5s and above.
  • Upper extension of voice is weak and airy falsetto is mostly used.
  • Raspy texture to her voice due to nodules and tired vocal chords.
  • Has still shown a lack of musicianship.

Lower Register: Unsupported below G3, but very good above that.
Middle Register: Good; stable larynx, tonality and resonance up to F5 and occasionally F♯5.
Upper Extension: Uses weak, airy falsetto almost all the time, but has produced head voice before.

Resonance: Achieves resonance often up to F5 and occasionally F♯5.
Consistency: Consistent
Musicianship: Shown minimal dynamics and interpretation skills, but has shown some potential in one performance of ‘Ma Boy’. She has yet to replicate this however.

Overall Ranking: Good [?]
Final Comments: Hyolyn is a very strong vocalist and is undoubtedly currently one of the best female idol vocalists. Over the years, Hyolyn has shown a big improvement; at debut she was an okay/decent vocalist, straining past C♯5 and only occasionally achieving resonance. However, after joining the show, Immortal Song 2, she has shown massive improvement with consistency, pitch and managing to expand her tessitura from C♯5 to F5 and soon F♯5. She has managed to surpass the likes of A Pink’s Eunji, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and f(x)’s Luna, all of which are decent vocalists. If she continues to improve at this rate, we could be seeing her easily reaching Ailee’s level.

[Vocal Analysis] JYJ’s Xia Junsu

Vocal Range: B♭2 – D6
Vocal Tessitura: Not yet determined, up to C5.
Voice Type: Lyric Tenor

Positives:

  • Has shown good support within his comfort zone.
  • Occasionally achieves resonance within his comfort zone.
  • Produces decent vibrato.
  • Is mostly consistent within his comfort zone.

Negatives:

  • Breathing co-ordination still needs improvement.
  • Poor placement outside comfort zone, leading to nasality.
  • Strains constantly outside his comfort zone.
  • Uses closed throat technique causing improper support.

Resonance: Achieves resonance occasionally in comfort zone.
Consistency: Somewhat consistent up to C5.
Musicianship: Shown little to no musicianship skills.

Overall Ranking: Decent [?]
Final Comments: Junsu is undoubtedly the strongest vocalist in JYJ and was the strongest vocalist in the original line-up of TVXQ. Junsu’s vocal prowess has depreciated though, and his voice has gotten deeper. His voice at times is nasal and throaty, however, he is probably at around the same level as Super Junior’s Yesung.

[Vocal Analysis] EXO’s D.O

Vocal Range: F2 – G♯5
Vocal Tessitura: Not yet determined, mid 3rd octave to low-mid 4th octave.
Voice Type: Lyric Tenor

Positives:

  • Has shown good support within his comfort zone.
  • Can produce healthy sustained notes sometimes.
  • Managed to achieve optimal resonance once.
  • Shown potential musicianship and has played with dynamics.

Negatives:

  • Lower register to his voice is still underdeveloped.
  • Middle and upper register are almost completely non-existent.
  • Tends to strain sometimes on belted notes.
  • Poor placement a lot of the time, leading to nasality.
  • Issues with intonation which leads to out of tune singing.
  • Almost no support outside his comfort zone.

Lower Register: Underdeveloped, but can maintain good support within comfort zone.
Middle Register: Non-existent.
Upper Extension: Rarely used and practically non-existent.

Resonance: Achieved optimal resonance at least twice.
Consistency: Undetermined due to lack of material; probably inconsistent.
Musicianship: Shown some potential in interpretation skills and has played with dynamics.

Overall Ranking: Okay (2rd Tier) [?]
Final Comments: It’s still quite difficult to pin up where D.O stands as a vocalist as well as the other members of EXO. However, as of now I think it’s safe to say that D.O is probably EXO-K’s strongest vocalist seeing as he has shown to be capable of achieving resonance unlike Baekhyun. Chen is undoubtedly a better vocalist as of now, but the tables could turn.

[Vocal Analysis] Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany

Information updated as of April 13, 2014
Vocal Range: C♯3 – B♭5
Vocal Tessitura: G♯3 – B♭4
Voice Type: Light Lyric Soprano

Positives:

  • Maintains a relaxed throat up to B♭4 and occasionally B4.
  • Has shown improvements in her voice between D3 and C5.
  • Has produced some supported C5s and C♯5s plus one open throat D5.
  • Has also shown improvements in her stability.
  • Has played with the pitch, showing potential musicianship.
  • Has been continuously improving rapidly.

Negatives:

  • Poor breath co-ordination at times.
  • Voice can be shaky sometimes.
  • Sings with a nasally tone almost all the time.
  • Pushes too much in order to hit high notes.
  • Inconsistent with her intonation despite improvements.

Lower Register: Non-existent, just pure air.
Middle Register: Undeveloped, but can maintain a relaxed throat up to B♭4.
Upper Extension: Voice is extremely tense and uses falsetto all the time.

Resonance: Achieves resonance on occasion.
Consistency: Inconsistent
Musicianship: Has shown some potential with musicianship, and the issues with her intonation have become less of a hinderance as she improves.

Overall Ranking: Average (1st Tier) [?]
Final Comments: Sunny and Tiffany formerly made up the weaker end of the Girls’ Generation vocal line, however Tiffany has recently shown a lot of improvement with her technique to the point where she has been outperforming Seohyun in recent performances. However, Tiffany still needs to work on her consistency and control if she wants to surpass of Taeyeon or even Jessica. Also unlike Taeyeon or Jessica, Tiffany isn’t as smart of a vocalist meaning she tends to sing songs that are outside her comfort zone. Still, at the rate she’s currently improving, Tiffany shows definite promise.

[Vocal Analysis] Girls’ Generation’s Sunny

Vocal Range: E3 – G6
Vocal Tessitura: C4 – C5
Voice Type: Light Lyric Soprano

Positives:

  • Decent middle register up to C5, and one C♯5.
  • More developed head voice than many other female idols.
  • Can occasionally produce a non-nasal sound with a lifted soft palate.

Negatives:

  • Has no lower register to her voice, whatsoever.
  • Has an inability to sustain notes properly.
  • Soft palate not always lifted in her comfort zone.
  • Poor breathing co-ordination.
  • Voice is oftentimes unstable plus weak vibrato as well.
  • Serious issues with her intonation.

Lower Register: Non-existent, just pure air.
Middle Register: Voice is decently supported and stable up to C5.
Upper Extension: Somewhat developed, although still disconnected at times. Often just uses falsetto.

Resonance: Has achieved resonance once.
Consistency: Inconsistent
Musicianship: Shown very little interpretation skills or dynamics.

Overall Ranking: Average (3rd Tier) [?]
Final Comments: Sunny and Tiffany make up the weaker end of the Girls’ Generation vocal line, although Tiffany is slightly better than Tiffany — slightly. Unlike Tiffany, Sunny hasn’t really shown very much improvement since debut, however she does have a nice head voice (which is fact better than most female idols) and is less nasal than Tiffany. Let’s hope that she actually starts to work on her voice more.

[Vocal Analysis] 2NE1’s Bom

Vocal Range: F3 – E♯5
Vocal Tessitura: Not yet determined
Voice Type: Light Lyric Soprano

Positives:

  • Enough vocal tonality to be considered a vocalist.
  • Has attempted (albeit unsuccessfully) at musicianship skills.

Negatives:

  • Very poorly supported and co-ordinated singing.
  • Cannot connect any of her notes (sing in legato).
  • Very limited range; non-existent middle and upper register.
  • Bad vocal placement and extremely nasal.
  • Sings unsupported even within her range.
  • Strains her voice in almost every performance.
  • Attempts at musicianship skills were often poor.

Lower Register: Very underdeveloped and disconnected.
Middle Register: Completely non-existent.
Upper Extension: Completely non-existent.

Resonance: None
Consistency: Very inconsistent
Musicianship: Has made unsuccessful attempts at interpretation and dynamics.

Overall Ranking: Bad [?]
Final Comments: Technique-wise, Bom is only slightly better than Dara. It’s unfortunate really, because she did show some potential in her early years but seeing as she’s practically 30 now, it is next to impossible for her to get rid of all the poor singing habits she has formed over the years. I’m honestly concerned at the integrity of the vocal trainers they have in YG, because her voice has been getting worse, and will continue to do so (plus, this isn’t the only YG group with a weak main vocalist *cough*BIGBANG*cough*).