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Spotlight: Winner Takes It All (Cover)

Spotlight: Winner Takes It All (Cover)

Producer Alberto has a full writeup on the challenges of producing this cover.

This month’s feature was sent in by reader Alberto, staff at VocaloidMaster.com, and pupil of MasterVocaloid (Giuseppe) whom we have interviewed in past.

I hope you enjoy listening to the song. In my opinion one of the best work done with Sweet Ann to date, as also recognized Giusepp, which has been patient enough to endure my level of perfectionism, answering my questions and helping me to correct errors which, by their experience, have overlooked.

Alberto’s cover of ABBA’s ‘Winner Takes It All’ is an interesting study of phonemes and pronunciation as exampled by the producer’s full writeup about the song which chronicles the nuances of language, the challenges of Vocaloid, all from the prospective of a non-native English speaker.

[View Video on YouTube]
[Song Write-up on VocaloidMaster]

Note: The article is in Spanish but a Google Translate widget is included in the sidebar.

The English Test (aka the “Kit Kat Challenge”)

The English Test (aka the “Kit Kat Challenge”)

With all the existing English-Language Vocal-Synthesis Voicebanks, and new ones on the horizon, it’s sometimes hard draw a line between which are “Engloids” and which are “Engroids”.

Luckily for us, some people got together and decided to create an English Test for Voicebanks and figure out whcih ones can ‘passably’ sing English.

We like to call it the “Kit Kat Challenge”.

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Anime Los Angeles 2012 Recap

Anime Los Angeles 2012 Recap

Anime Los Angeles was a great convention for us here at Engloids.Info. We got to meet up for the first time IRL, shared pizza with some random people from VocaloidOtaku, got to hang out with Tempo-P of VocalektVisions for a night, and met fellow bloggers Henry & James from MissionStartPodcast.

Overall ALA is less hectic than AnimeExpo and other large conventions. Being a small Hotel Anime Convention lets it be very intimate and have many fan driven, fan focused, events. Beyond your usual anime, manga, and gaming focused events it also featured A TON of Vocaloid-related stuff. There were no less than 2 cosplay gatherings, a cosplay dance competition, a fan panel, and a ‘concert’ of sorts.

Vocalekt Visions, a collab group of western producers and their various support staff have been touring the country refining their technique and hosting impromptu ‘concerts’ at anime and Japanese media conventions. In his most recent event Koda-P was invited to take part as a ‘special guest’ and his Engloid original Headline Love feat. Sweet Ann & Big Al was shown on stage as part of the concert’s main event.

You can view my camcorder footage embedded or view the official concert video.

Beyond the concert footage I also have in-depth coverage of the Vocaloid panel “Vocaloid: The Fan Phenomenon” on VocaRant. In there I posted video of the panel, embedded the presentation slides, and shared my opinion on the topics discussed.

For more on the panel: Additional VocaRant Coverage
For more on VocalektVisions: VocaRant: Vocaloid Popularity Contest Official Collab Website
For more on Anime LA: MissionStartPodcast’s Coverage Official Convention Website

Happy Halloween from PowerFX, VocaTone, & Engloids.Info

Happy Halloween from PowerFX, VocaTone, & Engloids.Info

For some reason Halloween seems to be the favorite holiday of the Vocaloid fandom. As a little gift to their fans PowerFX & VocaTone have collaborated and released this “gift” (I wouldn’t exactly call it a demo) to their fans featuring Sweet Ann, Big Al, and our first real listen to Oliver.

Beyond that we here at Engloids.Info would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday. Our own Koda-P continues his tradition and with yet another Halloween timed/themed release with [VOCALOID Original] Succubus feat. Sweet Ann. Special thanks to Mooncrafter for that simply sexy Sweet Ann art.

New Engloid Boxart for the Taiwan Distribution

New Engloid Boxart for the Taiwan Distribution

E-Capsule, the corporation responsible for the distribution for the English Vocaloid in Taiwan, redesigned all English Vocaloid2 today. The boxarts of the upcoming release were showed to us together with a profile for each English Vocaloid. Now each Vocaloid has an ‘official’ profile along with Sonika. For more info on their redesign check out our previous E-Capsule Overview.

Here are the new box arts. Feel free to click them for the full profile.

Or read the translated versions after the jump.

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