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Yamaha Updates Official Vocaloid Site, Snuffs English Version

Yamaha Updates Official Vocaloid Site, Snuffs English Version

In a move probably in preperation for Vocaloid 3 Yamaha has updated their official Vocaloid website at Vocaloid.com. Sadly this update was for their Japanese language homepage only. Vocaloid (English) and all the bookmarks to their English language child site are now dead, seemingly lost in transition.

Maybe it is for the best. English Vocaloid.com’s last update was in 2009 with Sonika’s release and has remained largely neglected. As far as Yamaha was concerned Big Al and Tonio didn’t exist. When, and if, the English site ever comes back, hopefully Yamaha will keep up with the Engloids and at least give us the time of day to update it once or twice a year.

Here is to you Yamaha, and Vocaloid 3 which is just around the corner! Don’t forget about the Engloids when it is finally released. I know Zero-G & PowerFX are counting on you for an English version of the editor at least.

Engloid Doujinshi Anthology at THE VOC@LOID M@STER 17

Engloid Doujinshi Anthology at THE VOC@LOID M@STER 17

Doujin Circle “いんぐろいど” is set to release an Engloid themed anthology at The Voc@loid M@ster aka Vom@s, a quarterly Vocaloid convention held in Tokyo & Kanagawa Prefecture.

The Circle is being lead by Tama and 9 other contributors. Full details can be found on this infopage and samples can be viewed in this pixiv album.

If by some miracle one of you is attending the event, look for them at booth F64 and expect it to set you back 800 Yen (roughly $10) for 104 pages of Engloid goodness.

Special thanks to Karlita & sleepysheep for contributing to this report.

[Circle Homepage] [Pixiv Preview] [Event Website]

Update: The doujin has since been released and is now available overseas through AliceBooks. Click here read our continuing coverage.

PowerFX Gives VOCALOID3 Release Date and Cost Estimate

PowerFX Gives VOCALOID3 Release Date and Cost Estimate

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.

Zero-G’s Lowest Prices EVER!

Zero-G’s Lowest Prices EVER!

Zero-G’s Vocaloid sale continues into August with an additional 10% off their July discounted prices. With the additional 10% off these are now the lowest prices that their Vocaloids have ever been!

Sonika, Prima, and Tonio are available for $79.99/£56 at their respective websites:

Leon, Lola, and Miriam are available here and are still $55.99 but now come with a $25 discount coupon for your next Zero-G purchase.

You can always keep saving for Vocaloid 3, likely the reason for this sale, but the editor should be backward compatible with all Vocaloid 2s. This sale should be good for the rest of August.

Sweet Ann in My Ordinary Life

Sweet Ann in My Ordinary Life

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”.

Did I mention the series is quite funny as well?

Watch the anime via Crunchyroll

See an example clip after the break:
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