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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Big Al as the Dancing Samurai
I’ll start filling this here Art Pot (that has kind of just been sitting here, with no purpose… *sobbu*) with artists who help contribute to the Engloid community; both Western and Eastern.
So we’ll start with a Biggie (see what I did there?) and showcase… 生ハムばなな aka Namahamu Banana.
He’s most known for drawing Big Al and is probably most famous for his contribution to Big Al’s version of Dancing Samurai
[BIG-AL, Gakupo] \”DANCING☆SAMURAI ~branch Ham Handed Traveler\”
Here are a few pics by him:
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Crypton made ‘new’ boxart based off the original Engloid designs for their Japanese retail release.
Crypton made ‘new’ boxart based off the original Engloid designs for their Japanese physical release.
Previously we had a feature on Ecapsule & Their Redesigns and the old Engloids blog took a look at Sonika’s Mandarin release. So other companies reselling Engloids in their respective regions is hardly anything new.
That being said the fact that Crypton is reselling the Engloids as “Virtual Instruments” in the Crypton Marketplace along with providing a fancy physical DVDs and boxes is news to me. I know I only recently found out when browsing Vocaloid.com’s 3rd Party Vocaloid 2 Listing and found them linking to Crypton Market pages.
They are priced at 19,950¥ or roughly $260. A bit expensive compared to the digital downloads available direct from PowerFX/Zero-G but about on par with many retail box releases of other Vocaloid 2s. I am unsure if like Sonika in Mandarin they come with additional native language usage materials but they are stamped onto physical DVDs.
The designs are the same as the PowerFX & Zero-G but the 3d renditions of the retail boxes are something new. Check them out for yourself at Crypton’s website following the links below.
[Vocaloid 2 Engine Listing] [PowerFX Company Page] [Zero-G Company Page]
Doujin Circle “いんぐろいど” is set to release an Engloid themed anthology at The Voc@loid M@ster aka Vom@s, a quarterly Vocaloid convention held in Tokyo & Kanagawa Prefecture.
The Circle is being lead by and 9 other contributors. Full details can be found on this infopage and samples can be viewed in this pixiv album.
If by some miracle one of you is attending the event, look for them at booth F64 and expect it to set you back 800 Yen (roughly $10) for 104 pages of Engloid goodness.
Special thanks to Karlita & sleepysheep for contributing to this report.
[Circle Homepage] [Pixiv Preview] [Event Website]
Update: The doujin has since been released and is now available overseas through AliceBooks. Click here read our continuing coverage.
Zero-G’s Vocaloid sale continues into August with an additional 10% off their July discounted prices. With the additional 10% off these are now the lowest prices that their Vocaloids have ever been!
Sonika, Prima, and Tonio are available for $79.99/£56 at their respective websites:
Leon, Lola, and Miriam are available here and are still $55.99 but now come with a $25 discount coupon for your next Zero-G purchase.
You can always keep saving for Vocaloid 3, likely the reason for this sale, but the editor should be backward compatible with all Vocaloid 2s. This sale should be good for the rest of August.