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UtaForum.net Crowdfunds its Transition to 4.0

UtaForum.net Crowdfunds its Transition to 4.0

After a catastrophic failure of their old forum software UtaForum turned to the community to help Kickstart their transition to the commercial forum software XenForo. Now, toward the end of the campaign with less than 72 hours in their funding period the campaign stands at 176% funded with some 31 backers supporting their project.

While the funds currently pledged basically guarantee a successful transition to their new forum software, the initial goal only included a licence for the basic forum software and a basic theme. The “stretch goals” of their campaign include many commercial plugins and ‘quality of life’ improvements to add features to UtaForum beyond the basic BBS functionality that XenForo provides.

Showing his support for the project Vocaloid/UTAU producer baggagelizard-P even contributed an original song to the campaign. We are not sure if we are the first Kickstarter to have its own theme song but we are certainly the first to use singthesizers like Vocaloid or UTAU.

Beyond just monetary contributions UtaForum is also accepting contributions to their social reach via Thunderclap. For the full details on their campaign check out their official forum thread and related links below.

Full Disclosure: UtaForum.net and Engloids.Info share multiple staff members, including the author of this post.

Zero-G’s Lowest Prices Yet! Vocaloid 2 Engloid Downloads for $50

Zero-G’s Lowest Prices Yet! Vocaloid 2 Engloid Downloads for $50

It is about that time of the year again. As part of Zero-G’s annual summer sale the Vocaloid publisher has announced their lowest prices to date. The Vocaloids Sonika, Prima, and Tonio are on sale for $50 each through the Zero-G Download Shop.

Note: This promotional pricing is ONLY through the Zero-G Download Shop. Digital downloads through each Vocaloid’s official websites [name]-vocaloid.com are NOT discounted and still retail for the $69.99 regular price.

The sale is expected to last through July. For those of you looking for the VOCALOID 1s they are no longer available to purchase as per English VOCALOID to be Discontinued, Zero-G Last Chance Sale

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

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

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

Miku Returns: Stateside Miku Expo Stops in Los Angeles & New York

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

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

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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