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Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper to Perform at VOCAMERICA

Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper to Perform at VOCAMERICA

With the VOCAMERICA Kickstarter now closed AkiGlancy (EmpathP) has revealed the “mystery UTAU” that claimed the $1,000 “UTAU Performance Reward Package” to be none other Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper. Viki Hopper is an English VCCV voicebank developed for the UTAU singthesis software.

As part of “UTAU Performance Reward Package” Viki Hopper will appear in concert performing an original song written and composed by EmpathP. As updates for Viki Hopper are still pending she won’t debut until “next summer” during a yet unnamed future VOCAMERICA event as the opening act.

Congratulations to Ben Laudicano and the rest of the Seiun team. Thanks to you and 313 other backers supporting this, and other future concerts, would not have been possible. Viki Hopper is amazing and we look forward to her VOCAMERICA debut later next year.

You can download Viki Hopper for FREE here. You can listen to a sample of her in a video embedded below. Continue reading “Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper to Perform at VOCAMERICA” »

“Mirai no Neiro” and “IA ROCKS” Concerts @ HyperJapan (London, England)

“Mirai no Neiro” and “IA ROCKS” Concerts @ HyperJapan (London, England)

VocaEuro reports that HyperJapan, a convention in London England, is going to be hosting not one, but two different Vocaloid events totaling 5 concerts across 3 days. They are “free” to anyone attending the convention but space will be limited so do arrive early. The full schedule for events can be found here.

Mirai no Neiro Sessions:
Friday
Saturday (Morning)
Sunday

IA ROCKS Sessions:
Saturday (Afternoon)
Sunday

Mirai no Neiro
Mirai no Neiro (Sound of the Future) is a grass-roots volunteer group who aim to introduce Japan’s Vocaloid culture to countries around the world. So far they’re doing a pretty amazing job – having pulled off highly successful unofficial Vocaloid concerts in the US, Germany, Taiwan, Denmark, Switzerland, Mexico and Chile!

IA Rocks
While Mirai no Neiro is an unofficial concert IA ROCKS’ world tour is anything but. Sponsored by 1STPLACE the Vocaloid publisher has been showcasing IA across the world selling out live events in France, Taiwan and America. If you are looking for a virtual pop idol I can assure you that IA does indeed “ROCKS”.

For more about HyperJapan check out their Official Website.

For additional event coverage follow our friends at VocaEuro.

Thoughts on “Mirai no Neiro -The Sound of the Future-” Panel @ AX 2014

Thoughts on “Mirai no Neiro -The Sound of the Future-” Panel @ AX 2014

Its a bit delayed but welcome to the first of Engloids.Info’s recap coverage of AnimeExpo 2014. First up is a VocaRant article where Executive Editor ‘Hentai’ shares his thoughts on “Mirai no Neiro -The Sound of the Future-” AnimeExpo’s annual Vocaloid panel hosted by D.P.H. (Delusion Production House)

For those unfamiliar with Mirai no Neiro’s basic format it consists of a host/translator along with a panel of 3-5 Vocaloid producers who each take turns introducing themselves, sharing a bit of their work (often a PV something new), and a segment where each producer either gives some background in the production of that particular song or Vocaloid in general.

This year’s panel of producer included the likes of buzzG, KagomeP, sunzriver, UtataP & WataameP. While they all had a lot of interesting things to share, KagomeP and UtataP in particular thanks to their relatively high English proficiency and great stories, what really stood out to me were the segments by the Illustrator WOGURA and MMD Producer MasatakaP.

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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?

Panel: Vocaloid Discovery Interactive @ Anime Los Angeles 2014

Panel: Vocaloid Discovery Interactive @ Anime Los Angeles 2014

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.