In a continuation of Yamaha’s consolidation of power and the closure of Vocaloid Store there is no longer any legal way to acquire new, digital versions, of the Vocaloid 3 Editor software. The only way to acquire the V3 editor is limited to previously published physical editions and physical bundles.
With the end of Vocaloid 3 Editor is also the end of the VOCALOID2 Library Import tool.
In their latest Japanese-language support notice Yamaha has announced that they are planning to drop support of the importer and will no longer issue any new import serial codes. They advise customers that have previously bought the Vocaloid 3 Editor and need import serials to contact them as soon as possible.
Yamaha still neglecting Westerners. Still no sign of English Vocaloid NET & Vocaloid Shop.
An English version of Vocaloid NET & Vocaloid Shop has been promised for the last year but no release is in sight. With the closure of the English Vocaloid Store it leaves many Western users in limbo with no native access to the portal for Editor Plugins, technical documentation, and various Bplats, Inc. developed Vocaloid such as Macne Nana (English).
Friend of the blog, José Lastras, also known as MasterVocaloid or Giuseppe-P has recorded and sequenced a new Vocaloid prototype named “Lucía”. Describing her as “sweet” and “pretty” he released a this playlist to showcase the voicebank’s capabilities. For art end he commissioned two character design concepts from artists Aki Glancy and Riisago respectively.
In the Facebook announcement revealing the project he said he has been in contact with the various companies that are licensed to publish voicebanks (Power-FX, Zero-G, and VoctroLabs) but for the moment they didn’t seem interested in selling it at the moment with Yamaha’s licencing costs being cited as the main limiting factor.
Today marks Alys’ 2nd anniversary and final release date. Alys is the first commercial voice for Plogue’s Alter/Ego voice singthesis software and markets itself as “a unique user-friendly and high-quality voice synthesizer”. Alter/Ego works in a variety of DAWs, allowing you to type in your lyrics and modify the sound for easy and expressive performances.
ALYS, first covered in 2013, is Franco-Japanese virtual singer developed by VoxWave. She can sing naively in French and Japanese, and includes English has dictionaries and aliases that allow her to sing in heavily accented English. She is voiced by French YouTuber Plucet and has a detailed character bio available on VoxWave’s website.
Alter/Ego is a singing synthesis algorithm developed by Plogue Art et Technologie, Inc. Based off their award winning technology featured in chipspeech Alter/Ego aims to have a more ‘modern’ sound, as compared to chipspeech which had aimed to emulate Vintage voice technology.
In an announcement earlier this week Bplats, Inc. has announced the official closing of the English version of the Vocaloid Store. The last day to make any orders will be March 23rd, with the entire store closing March 25, 2016 @ 6 PM (Japanese Standard Time). Download all your Job Plugins and pick up your Vocaloid 3 Downloads while they are still available!