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Vocamerica at AnimeBanzai Recap

On the weekend of October 20-22 Anime Banzai in Layton Utah hosted special guest EmpathP & her VOCAMERICA concert. Although EmpathP has brought her western Vocaloid-focused concert series all over the eastern U.S. as well as Switzerland, this was the concert’s first venture into the western part of the country. Festivities kicked off early Friday evening with a pair of special panel sessions: The World of Vocaloid & VOCAMERICA Q&A. The first session was an introduction to Vocaloid including a brief history of the software, how it evolved through the years & how the character aspect developed, becoming an integral part of each voice bank. VOCAMERICA Q&A was more of an open forum that allowed the audience to delve deeper into the roots of VOCAMERICA & provide input as to what future directions the concert project might take.

VOCAMERICA on the main stage

Although there was no formal VOCALOID cosplay gathering at Anime Banzai, there were plenty of GUMIs, Rins, Lens, & even a Mayu cosplayer was spotted. EmpathP’s Vocaloid panels served as a magnet for Vocaloid enthusiasts throughout the weekend, & they continued early Saturday evening with two more sessions. The first was an English Vocaloid lecture full of all sorts of inside info you probably won’t find online anywhere. For example, the voice samples for Big Al’s first voice bank had to be re-recorded due to “quality issues”. EmpathP explained just what those “quality problems” were & what options were available to PowerFX in order to resolve them. After a short break EmpathP finished the evening with a most intriguing analysis of the Vocaloid opera “The End” starring Hatsune Miku.

Rear projection technology provided a holographic effect.

VOCAMERICA’s 9th concert was held Sunday morning at 9 AM. As with past concerts, DEX & DAINA opened with CircusP’s “Fade”. Other crowd favorites from past concerts included nostraightanswer’s “Define Me” starring Maika & her incredibly long, bouncy locks, CrusherP’s “Biohazard” sung by Kikyuune Aiko (with new animation!) & “Wildfire” sung by an “inflammable” DAINA, & EmpathP’s “Two Weeks” featuring a heart-grabbing performance by DEX. Some new songs featured in this concert included CircusP’s “Different Seas”, EmpathP’s “Fairytale Blue”, CreepP’s “Mommy”, & “Barrier” by MJQ & Eri. Kikyuune Aiko also surprised the audience with “Hibikase” by GigaP & Reol (even Kikyuune Aiko’s creator MystSaphyr had no idea that Aiko was going to perform this one!).

After the concert merchandise was available for sale.

The VOCAMERICA train rolls on! Heading back to the east coast, its next stops are in Columbia SC (Banzaicon Nov. 3-5th), Deerfield Beach FL (Anime Iwai Nov. 10-12th) & Pigeon Forge TN (Yama-Con Dec. 1-3rd). There are also plans for a 2nd European show in Spain.

Keep an eye on VOCAMERICA.com as more shows will be added as they are booked.

Additional Coverage @ Studio VOXYZ’s VOCAMERICA at Anime Banzai

Maika Artist Noririn to Crowdfund Vocaloid Artbook

The character designer and artist for Voctro-Lab’s Vocaloid Maika just launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking to crowdfund the creation of a Vocaloid artbook titled The Art of VOCALOID MAIKA. Backer rewards include the artbook, limited editions, commissions, buttons, stickers, keychains mugs, T-shirts, figures, prints and 3D models.

At the time of publishing the campaign is already fully funded but as Kickstarters go those goals are usually the amount needed minimum viable product and every little bit helps. The campaign is slated to close on December 1st 2017 so you still have time to reserve your artbooks and Maika related goodies until then.

The artbook is to contain:

  • Predesigns.
  • Unpublished sketches.
  • Unpublished redesigns.
  • Promotional arts.
  • New designs & outfits.

As well as art featured in the PVs Que Decida El Corazón, Cosmonauts and Quiero un dinosaurio.

For additional details about the campaign as well as a full list of backer rewards please check out the Kickstarter Campaign.

Official Maika Design by Noririn

Utauvision 2017 Begins Team Formation Phase

Utauvision is an international country-based internet UTAU song battle competition where teams work together to sing, make art, mix and animate to make great songs and videos. Teams are self-organized with anywhere from 3 to 6 members from the same country where they try to combine various skill-sets (art, tuning, mixing, etc.) to make a well rounded team.

Teams will collaborate to make on video using UTAU each round. During each round these videos will be pitted against one another until the finals, where a combination of judge scores, viewer votes, and total views will decide the overall winner.

Registration has already started, a total of 30 groups will be accepted, there are a limited number of slots available for each country, slots are being assigned on a “first come first serve” basis. Full details about this competition can be found in the links below

Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper to Perform at VOCAMERICA

With the VOCAMERICA Kickstarter now closed AkiGlancy (EmpathP) has revealed the “mystery UTAU” that claimed the $1,000 “UTAU Performance Reward Package” to be none other Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper. Viki Hopper is an English VCCV voicebank developed for the UTAU singthesis software.

As part of “UTAU Performance Reward Package” Viki Hopper will appear in concert performing an original song written and composed by EmpathP. As updates for Viki Hopper are still pending she won’t debut until “next summer” during a yet unnamed future VOCAMERICA event as the opening act.

Congratulations to Ben Laudicano and the rest of the Seiun team. Thanks to you and 313 other backers supporting this, and other future concerts, would not have been possible. Viki Hopper is amazing and we look forward to her VOCAMERICA debut later next year.

You can download Viki Hopper for FREE here. You can listen to a sample of her in a video embedded below. Continue reading “Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper to Perform at VOCAMERICA” »

Viewster to Re-issue Omakase Miku Hatsune Vocaloid Box on Amazon

For those that missed it Omakase (Japanese for dish of chef’s choice) is Viewster’s defunct mystery box subscription service. After spending a lot on advertising, sponsoring various conventions the service was eventually canceled after experiencing slower than expected growth. Before it closed however it shipped out its final “Omakase” a Hatsune Miku themed Vocaloid Myster Box. With news of its impending closure however many people didn’t want to subscribe to a failing service and missed out on possibly the best box in Omakase’s short lifetime.

Omakase Vocaloid Box Contents

Omakase Vocaloid Box Contents

Following the response from fans Viewster decided for one final farewell and are giving fans who missed it another chance at all previous Omakase boxes including the Vocaloid one. Contents of the Vocaloid box include:

  • Miku & Friends Comic Anthology
  • Rin/Len Belt & Strap
  • Hatsune Miku Micro Squishable
  • HappyMappy Miku T-Shirt (Blue Edition)
  • Punimelt Miku & Friends Sticker Sheet
  • Alex Ahad MEIKO Poster

The Rin & Len Belt & Strap look great and are officially licences. Likewise the Blue shirt is also officially licenced, is made by WeLoveFine, and is of WeLoveFine’s always excellent quality.

Check out Omakase-Viewster’s Amazon Store for a look at their Vocaloid and other Omakase boxes.

Full Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, I just liked my Omakase boxes while they lasted. The Amazon link does however contain an affiliate tag.
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