AnimeBanzai and its Vocaloid panel have come to a close and despite technical difficulties reports suggest that it was huge success. Unfortunately they didn’t allow recording of the panel itself and none of the Engloids Info staff was able to attend, so we will have to wait for a full write-up when/if a generous attendee/blogger decides to make one at a later date. If you went to the panel and are interested in sharing your experience with our readership feel free to contact me.
Though we weren’t able to get a recording of the panel the event organizers were kind enough to share this video intro that was made for the panel and features a variety of artwork from various sources including illustrations by some of the event staff. It may have Miku vocals in the background but the video itself is not without some Engloid love so I am more than happy to share it with you. Until Miku’s English voicebank is finished this is one of the rare chances we get to see Miku on this site.
For those who were lucky to attend they did play an audio demo of some of Oliver’s songs but the PA system was less than ideal and the speakers kinda/sorta ate all his consonants. Fear not however because according to the VocaTone staff we can expect an online demo “soon” TM
Update: Since the publishing of this article the VocaTone community officers have been authorized to release this video clip which contains the above intro video plus the first couple minutes where the staff introduce themselves and the panel.
Hinted at for a while the first teasing look at PowerFX’s VOCALOID3 nicknamed “Oliver” has been released on VocaloidOtaku.
Details are scarce and there is no demo yet but they did tell us that he was created in conjunction with PowerFX and a new English Vocaloid company called “VocaTone” run by Anders, who you may recognize as the independent Engloid developer/programmer behind some of both PowerFX & Zero-G’s past Vocaloids.
You can get your first look/listen to Oliver at Utah’s AnimeBanzai Convention (Saturday, October 22nd @ 11:00pm) at their Vocaloid panel. Do note they are asking for no video or audio recording during the event but official demos should be online soon afterwards.
More details to come as we wait for the proper channels and their public relation officers confirm what they are authorized to tell us or not.
Update 10/16: The voicebank and art are all aready completed and it is expected to be a young, smooth, and male voice. You can expect more complete details mid-late November when the press information blackout is lifted.
As for the bird/hat featured in the teaser art it is an American Goldfinch and was chose because “It compliments Oliver’s design very nicely” and “to add a little nod to the fact that a lot of Americans worked on this project”. The bird doesn’t have a official name but the VocaTone staff seem receptive for the fans to give him/her one.
Expect a full battery of demos, art, and possibly even an official MMD model as we approach his release. We will keep this site/post updated with more news as it is released.
A few days ago, we sent an Email to the wonderful staff at PowerFX asking for an estimated release date and cost on their upcoming male VOCALOID3 voice. In a return Email from Bil Bryant, CEO there in Sweden, he was able to confirm the following:
“We are not 100% sure of the exact release and cost but it will probably be $129.
Looks like oct. 1st. for a release, but it is dependent on Yamaha, we are ready [:)]
We are excited with the improvements too!” (8.20.2011)
~Bil Bryant, CEO
PowerFX Systems AB
Needless to say, we’re quite delighted to get wind of the smaller price-tag compared to previous VOCALOID2 releases, but don’t forget to factor in that the full version of the VOCALOID3 Editor must be purchased separately, directly from Yamaha.
While all VOCALOID3 voice banks will come with a “lite” version of the Editor the details concerning its difference from the full version are still unknown. Expect more details as we approach the (tentative) October release.