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Polygon Tackles Real Idols, Virtual Idols & Stardom in this Week’s “Today I Learned”

"Today I Learned" Miku

In this week’s “Today I Learned” Polygon’s Editor at Large Chris Plante tackles what it is to be a pop star, the existential crisis many real idols face during the end of their limelight, Justin Beiber’s recent public breakdown and how this all compares to ‘virtual idols’ such as Hatsune Miku. It examines what it means to be a star, how these stars interact with the public at large, and answers the question “Is a Virtual Popstar Better than a Human Popstar” using Hatsune Miku vs Justin Beiber as proxies for the argument. You can watch the full video on Polygon or see it embedded after the jump.
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Miku Returns: Stateside Miku Expo Stops in Los Angeles & New York

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The Miku Expo Convention-Concert Tour has just announced two new stops in the United States. Miku will returning once again to the NOKIA Theater in Los Angele and for the first time will be rocking the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The virtual idol is scheduled for two concerts at each venue as well as with appearances in the traveling convention that is coming with her featuring a variety of booths and panels from Crypton Future Media and other exhibitors.

The Los Angeles concerts are scheduled for October 11 & 12 with tickets available now, starting at $55 and going up to $125 for the “Miku Love” package. The New York City expo will also feature two concerts dated October 17 & 18 in the Hammerstein Ballroom. This is Miku’s first time in New York and the venue is quite small so seating will be particularly limited. we recommend you get tickets now while they are still available.

The convention details have yet to be announced. For more information as it becomes available check out the official website. If you can’t make it to either of these Miku Expo locations be sure to submit your city of choice for the chance of Hatsune Miku coming to visit you!

The Engloids.Info staff already has their tickets. Do you have yours?

English VOCALOID to be Discontinued, Zero-G Last Chance Sale

Zero-G Discontinues Vocaloid

With the new year around the corner and new Vocaloid 3s on the horizon I am sad to announce that Zero-G will officially be discontinuing all VOCALOID, first generation Vocaloid 1s. The English LEON, LOLA, and MIRIAM from Zero-G will no longer be available for download purchase after December 31, 2013 with physical copies limited to whatever quantity already in stock.

In an email statement sent to customers who have purchased Vocaloid products from their Download Store Zero-G stated the following:

Until the end of December 2013, you can still buy any of the three Vocaloid 1 download products LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM. However, on 1 January they will finally be ‘retired’ to that great Vocaloid playground in the sky…

Unlike the Vocaloid 2 products Prima Sonika and Tonio, or the Vocaloid 3 product Avanna, these Vocaloid 1 products Leon Lola and Miriam only support Windows XP officially, though many users have reported they do work well on Windows 7.

This announcement coincides with the recent Microsoft notice that they will be discontinuing support for Windows XP, the only OS officially supported by VOCALOID. After 10 years of VOCALOID I doubt this is the last we will see of LEON, LOLA, or MIRIAM. Producers who have them will still be able to use the software but new purchases going forward will be impossible.

Update: All VOCALOID1s have been discontinued.

Fear not however as along with the discontinuation notice Zero-G is also putting them on sale at 60% off with all V1 downloads being priced at $39.99. Get them while you still can! The full Zero-G notification is embedded after the break.
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Panel: Vocaloid Discovery Interactive @ Anime Los Angeles 2014

Vocaloid Discovery Interactive Panel
Vocaloid: Discovery Interactive
Convention: Anime Los Angeles
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Location: Room LP4 (MARQUIS III)
Time: 11:45AM – 01:15PM
Synopsis:
Vocaloid Discovery Interactive is a two-part panel on Vocaloid and other ‘singthesisers’.
In ‘Discovery’ we will explore the history of vocal synthesizers, overview some of the ones out today, before finally doing an in-depth analysis of the Vocaloid software in particular. We will demonstrate how the software works, introduce common workflows of a producer, before finally taking a look at Vocaloid’s applications, possibilities, and future.
In ‘Interactive’ producer Kodakami will ask you to apply some of the lessons learned earlier in the panel to help him create a song. Koda-P will demonstrate the entire (abridged) workflow of Vocaloid song creation and you can be with him from beginning to end as we create music together!

Engloids.Info is proud to announce our very first Vocaloid panel/workshop. We covered Anime Los Angeles extensively back in 2012 when VocalektVisions held Vocaloid concert there that featured the Engloid Sweet Ann. I also did a writeup (complete with video) on the year’s Vocaloid panel Vocaloid: The Fan Phenomenon. Sadly, last year’s Vocaloid panel was sadly lackluster and, though we enjoyed the con very much, there wasn’t much relevant to the blog worth reporting.

After the poor Vocaloid showing last year, and having attending the “How to Host a Panel” Panel giving tips on how you too could host your own panel at a convention fellow Engloids.Info staffer and Vocaloid producer Koda-P and I decided that we should host one of our own but instead of examining Vocaloid as a ‘Fan Phenomenon’ take a look at it from a producer’s perspective, and provide some unique insight not only on Vocaloid’s history and culture, but also the software, how it works, and maybe even a sneak peek at a producers workflow.

Too make sure that the audience doesn’t get bored, and to make sure they were paying attention during the first part of the presentation we decided to make the panel “interactive” and invite the audience to take part and see their input being applied to the production of a Vocaloid original, live on stage. We got quite the panel lined up for you all and we hope to see you all there. If not hopefully we can get some video to share with all you that couldn’t make it.

Speaking of ‘making it’ if you are interested in attending Anime Los Angeles and seeing our panel the convention is January 10-12 2014 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The convention is limited to 4,000 badges this year and as of December 25, 2013 (11:25pm) there are only only 575 spots left. If you are interested in attending check out the Registration Page for latest updates on badges and availability.

Vocaloid & UTAU Holiday Themed Collab Album Releases

Synthetic Yuletide Album Releases

From the staff here at Engloids.Info season greetings! We are proud to spread the good tidings with news of a new holiday themed Vocaloid & UTAU album titled “Synthetic Yuletide” featuring (but is not limited to) Prima, Tonio, Oliver, and Avanna. All in all the album features some 20+ vocal singthesizers from the likes of Hatsune Miku & Gumi to UTAU like Ritsu Namine & VIBE.

This is the collab group’s first release with ☆ASDR☆, AssembleSynthesizeDirectRelay, with many of its members being familiar to anyone following the Western singthesizer scene. The album includes the following songs and producers:

Track List

  1. GuitarHeroPianoZero – Christmas Spirit 04:28
  2. ~mw~ – Coventry Carol (Arrangement) 01:55
  3. aval!a – Song of the Winter Snow 02:58
  4. 9etH – It’s That Time 04:03
  5. Fko – Ma’oz Tzur (Arrangement) 01:52
  6. VocaPeach – Electro Santa 05:34
  7. ~mw~ – Il est né le divin enfant (Arrangement) 03:22
  8. LukeCat – The Twelve Days of Synthmas (Parody Cover) 03:44
  9. baggagelizard – Miku Miku Kurisimasu 03:50
  10. nostraightanswer (Kenji-B) – Wintertime Passing 04:28
  11. Gra-P – By Your Side 03:17
  12. nostraightanswer (Kenji-B) – Warmth -Outro- 00:53

The album is for free on Bandcamp under the name your price model where listeners can listen to the album in its entirety online, with downloads available at any price, including free.

Album Official Website
Download Album @ Bandcamp

For free download instructions and the official press release ‘continue reading’ after the jump.
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