Kodakami, Vocaloid producer and Koda’s Kolumn Editor here at Engloids.Info, has just announced his first album. Titled “The BIG ALbum” as the name would suggest, the album is set to feature completely new, never before heard tracks, all starring Big Al. While not the first Engloids only album, it is the first to focus on Big Al exclusively.
The album will be available to the public, with free digital downloads on December 22nd, 2012, the anniversary of Big Al’s release. Beyond the digital downloads to be available through his website a physical edition complete with jewel case and 8-panel insert booklet has also planned.
To fund this physical edition a Kickstarter has been started with pre-orders of the album are available for as low as $10 with free domestic shipping, and flat-rate international shipping to those that back the project.
You can see Koda’s full pitch on the Kickstarter Video where he goes into detail but the short of it is he talks a bit about himself, displays a short informational clip on what Vocaloid is, and answers a couple questions on what the goal of the Kickstarter. He is hoping to pre-sell and raise enough money to fund a full production run of physical CDs for the album.
If you stick around till the end of the video he also includes a preview of the album with the song “If I’d Known (Woah Woe)”. If you don’t want to watch the whole video, or just want to hear it again, the preview track is embedded after the break.
Reminder to all of you who planned on entering, the VocaTone sponsored ‘Olivideo’ MMD competition closes tomorrow. Currently there are only a handful of entries so if you entered, or have one prepared and have yet to finish you probably stand a good chance at winning.
Our friends at Vocalekt Visions have been pretty busy. Not only was Tempo-P at NekoCon in Hampton, Virginia for the reveal of Avanna in VocaNoIro NekoCon Producers Panel Avanna Preview but he flew back across the United States to Los Angeles, California to host his own event at Pacific Media Expo. Sadly, none of the Engloids.Info staff could make it to the event but MMD Live has went ahead and uploaded the official concert footage for you to enjoy.
The event began with the cosplay/dance troupe VWD 01 (Vocaloid World Dance 01) greeting the crowds and handing out goodies before taking the stage and opening the show with their dance routine. Music featured in the concert included songs by Tempo-P, NeutrinoP, MitchieM, SmileR, Jesus-P, Kz, Hachioji P, and Nem.
Full credits for the event can be found at the end of the video.
Some of you may or may not know, but last weekend I flew out to Virginia to host a series of events titled VocaNoIro (“The Colors of Vocaloid”). These events included two panels, and a live concert powered by the newest, unreleased version of my AniMiku software.
The first panel was on Friday from 9-10PM in Panel Room 1, and featured panelists Tempo-P from Vocalekt Visions and EmpathP. At the panel, they provided an introduction to Vocaloid and how they make music with the software. In this panel, EmpathP also announced that she is the artist for Zero-G’s new Celtic Vocaloid Avanna and also previewed her first demo.
The second panel was on Saturday from 2-3PM in Panel Room 2 and featured panelists Tempo-P and myself (Re:VB-P). At this panel, we explained who we are, what we do, and how our concerts are run. I also provided a quick explanation of how the technology of the projection screens works, and gave a history of AniMiku and my events. Unfortunately because we were forced to start late, we had to cut out Tempo-P’s portion of the panel, and I had to paraphrase and shorted my portion. The rest of the time was used to answer questions.
The concert was in main events from 10-11PM Saturday night, right before the dance. At this concert I used the AniMiku 3.9 beta, the newest version of the software which is currently unreleased. This version features a rendering engine completely coded by me, replacing the older MMDAgent engine. The newer engine supports better shading, physics, smoother animations, animated textures, and many other features.
In likely the first of many such info-dumps Zero-G has authorized EmpathP (Aki Glancy) to give us our first look at Vocaloid 3 Avanna’s official artwork. This combined with the audio preview from yesterday VocaNoIro NekoCon Producers Panel Avanna Preview the public now has their first look at what Vocaloid 3 Avanna will both look and sound like.
Along with including the art, EmpathP has included a little ‘dev diary‘ giving us a look into how exactly Avanna came to be. There are a bunch of interesting factoids included in this dev diary including how EmpathP got the job, some of the revisions they made, and the reveal that Avanna’s may be of Irish descent, thus prompting the ‘Celtic’ theme.
Probably most interesting of all was the insight in how Yamaha has input in all of their sub-licencer’s VOCALOID production. Yamaha expressed concerns “that Zero-G’s approved design was not “Anime” styled enough” and requested Avanna be redesigned into a “cuter, modern anime style”, maybe in an attempt to grab that ‘moe’ appeal that is oh, so popular these days.
A ‘Mock’ Boxart Image of Vocaloid 3 Avanna
Color Scheme: Green, Gold, and Blue
Artist’s assumed height: 5’6”
Artist’s assumed weight: 156 lbs
The full art is included after the jump. EmpathP’s full report at deviantArt, and see the artwork release post over at VocaloidOtaku. Our previous coverage can be found under the ‘Avanna‘ tag.