A few days ago, we sent an Email to the wonderful staff at PowerFX asking for an estimated release date and cost on their upcoming male VOCALOID3 voice. In a return Email from Bil Bryant, CEO there in Sweden, he was able to confirm the following:
“We are not 100% sure of the exact release and cost but it will probably be $129.
Looks like oct. 1st. for a release, but it is dependent on Yamaha, we are ready [:)]
We are excited with the improvements too!” (8.20.2011)
~Bil Bryant, CEO
PowerFX Systems AB
Needless to say, we’re quite delighted to get wind of the smaller price-tag compared to previous VOCALOID2 releases, but don’t forget to factor in that the full version of the VOCALOID3 Editor must be purchased separately, directly from Yamaha.
While all VOCALOID3 voice banks will come with a “lite” version of the Editor the details concerning its difference from the full version are still unknown. Expect more details as we approach the (tentative) October release.
Sweet Ann sings "Helvetica Standard" in the anime Nichijou.
The anime Nichijou, translated “My Ordinary Life”, recently featured the Engloid Sweet Ann prominently in its “bumps”, short video segments separating a show from its commercial break, and backing track.
Outside of LOLA being used in the Paprika Soundtrack by Susumu Hirasawa (which I have issues pinpointing through all the effects) this is probably the most prominent usage of an Engloid in a Japanese Anime yet.
Beyond just featuring Sweet Ann this series has some awesome music. It’s second OP titled “Hyadain no Joujou Yuujou” is by Hyadain (Kenichi Maeyamada) of NicoNicoDouga fame. If you haven’t already definately check out his NicoNico Tribute Video titled “Me, Myself, and NicoNicoDouga”.
With sentiments I can agree with PrimaLove of VocaloidOtaku and her RL friend as Len performed this skit during the Anime Expo 2011 Masquerade.
I must say I love the accent and the entire persona she adopted as Prima. A bit more effort than the Mirai no Neiro cosplayers, but then again this is an Engloid so I am obviously and unashamedly bias.
Highlights include her referring to Miku as the “dreaded pigtailed monster” and Rin as Len’s “insufferable sister”.
It is probably not the kind skit non-Engloid fans would enjoy (I would say ‘Vocaloid fans’ but some Crypton fans might take offense) but it is better than most your Convention Masquerade fare.