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.’
We never get enough Sonika news so when this little treat arrived in my inbox I was more than pleased. YouTube user TheIndisputed21 released his first Vocaloid album earlier this week titled “The Beautiful Stories” starring Vocaloid Sonika. It is available free to download, with 12 tracks total, and cover art by Shadman. The cross-fade demo is embedded below.
The English language version of Bplats/Yamaha’s VocaloidStore has finally added the disk and physical versions of the various Vocaloids to their site. When we last covered VocaloidStore in ‘Vocaloid 3 Full Editor Sale @ English VocaloidStore.com‘ the English Vocaloid Store was a strictly download-only affair with selection limited to the few Vocaloid 3s that had downloadable versions available.
Since they are now listing physical products that also means they are also shipping to select English speaking countries with the US and UK being confirmed, but details hazy on what other countries they are supporting. Keep in mind that all of the prices on the site are based off the (JPY) Japanese Yen and with exchange rates in mind prices for things like the Vocaloid 3 Editor would be more expensive than if you had bought it from PowerFX.