In what can only be described as the ultimate scoop Internet Co. released a demo of a very early ‘beta’ version of English Megpoid on the exact same day that Crypton debuted their EN Kaito. Not only did they release their demo on the same day on the same day, but Internet Co. takes Crypton to school on how demos should be done.
The Megpoid demo is much more flattering of the Vocaloid’s voice, showcases much of their Megpoid’s strenghts, and does an excellent job showcasing what we have to look foward to in English Megpoids continuing development. You can really tell that Internet Co. cared about making a positive first impression and Neutrino, of Vocalekt Visions, did an excellent job of tuning Gumi to make sure her debut was extra special for the fans.
For those unfamiliar Megpoid, otherwise known as ‘Gumi’ by fans, is a Vocaloid voiced by Megumi Nakajima. She is one of the few non-Crypton Vocaloids to appear in videogames including a featured apparance in the 3DS’s Future Stars: Project Mirai and the starring role in the PSP’s upcoming Megpoid the Music# which is titled after her. With her vocal provider’s Filipino-Japanese background an English voicebank has always been of particular interest.
We are excited to see all these English Vocaloids coming out soon, the demo collabs with Western artists, and look forward to seeing more of English Megpoid to come.
The BIG ALbum, an album several of us here at Engloids.Info have contributed to, is finally available for download. We had previously covered this album in ‘Kodakami Debuts Vocaloid Album Featuring Big Al‘ where Koda’s Kickstarter went on to gross 119% of its funding goal.
Below is a crossfade demo of the album’s contents. If you view it with annotations enabled it becomes interactive allowing you to skip forward and backward between tracks along with selecting specific ones you would like to listen to.
Downloads are available for FREE via Bandcamp’s pay-what-you-want distribution platform. Beyond digital downloads physical editions are available for preorder and include extras like a CD bonus track and special edition USB drives.
To claim you FREE download simply visit Kodakami’s Bandcamp, click [Buy Now] on the Digital Album, set your price to $0.00, and enter the email you would like your now free download sent to. If you like the album consider preordering the physical edition.
Like a Vocaloid related advent calendar, Crypton has opened the final window and has given us our first look, or rather listen to, the “English” append of their upcoming Vocaloid 3 revision of KAITO. Originally a VOCALOID 1 voicebank Kaito is one of the first Vocaloid ever released.
Don’t let his age fool you, though old the V1 engine was no slouch and in the proper hands KAITO was able to rival many of his V2 counterparts. With a V3 release, he is being given new life, being able to be used in the much more powerful Vocaloid 3 Editor.
The demo song is ‘Circus Monster’ by Circus-P and is embedded below:
This is the fourth demo of Vocaloid 3 Kaito and the first for his English voicebank. The others, for his Straight, Soft, and Whisper Appends can be viewed on Crypton’s V3 Kaito homepage. You can machine translate the page into English using the options in the page header. English Kaito looks promising, though this demo probably wasn’t the best demonstration of his abilities.
Circus Monster was one of Circus-P’s earliest works and thus not the best he has ever done. Beyond that, the song choice itself is questionable. While popular, it doesn’t compliment Kaito very well. The song doesn’t flatter Kaito’s accent at all, the lyrics seemed forced into the melody, and overall the tuning seems rough.
For those interested in a Male Vocaloid 3, Kaito will definitely be a fine choice.
Released with almost no warning Vocaloid 3 Avanna is available for download through Zero-G’s Avanna-Vocaloid.com sub-site. Priced at $95 USD Zero-G continues their trend of pricing their Vocaloids lower than their PowerFX counterparts.
Right now Avanna is Download Only, with a physical version estimated fpr a late-January to early-Febuary release. We have reached out to Zero-G about the possibility of a Avanna/Vocaloid 3 Editor DVD bundle, but they were unable to comment at the time of press.
All versions of Avanna include a ‘lite’ version of the Vocaloid 3 Editor. The full Vocaloid 3 Editor is currently only available through PowerFX as a DVD for $120 [link] or from VocaloidStore (English) as a download for ￥9,800 [link].
Do note the ‘Lite’ editor include a limitation of 17 bars of music at one time. The Full Editor also includes additional features such as multi-track editing, effects support, plugin jobs, and the ability to import Vocaloid 2 voicebanks into the new rendering engine.
With Avanna’s launch right around the corner, rumored to be sometime within the next week, Zero-G has released another demo. Its short, at only 45 seconds and without a backing track it provides a nice clean look at Avanna’s vocal qualities.
The demo song is Wishing on a Star, originally an R&B song from 1978 sung by Rose Royce. Avanna seems to be exceptionally smooth and clear, though not without some delivery oddnesses that will likely take some fine tuning in-editor to work out.
The demo debuted on the Demo Page of the still in progress Avanna Vocaloid website. While still a Work-In-Progress the page had previously had a ‘coming soon’ message with an expected release date of December 20th.
Expect more details to come. You can follow our previous coverage on our Avanna site tag.
‘It is unlikely to be as soon as the 20th unfortunately. We are hopeful for a pre-Christmas release for the downloadable version, but we really cannot promise that. Thanks so much for your patience, and I’m very sorry for not having a definite answer yet.’