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.
VOCAMERICA: The Western Concert Project is a live holographic musical event featuring English and Western vocal synthesizers of both the Vocaloid and UTAU variety. The event is sponsored by Producer & Daina Voice Provider AkiGlancy and her studio Empathy Studios to be held at NEKOCON 2016. While much of the initial equipment and production related costs were fronted by EmpathP she reached a point where she turned toward the community and Kickstarter for help.
Through the Kickstarter she hopes to finalize the payments of the VOCAMERICA staff members and produce an official concert CD and merchandise. The initial NEKOCON concert is to star Vocaloid Dex & Daina as the main act with Vocaloid Ruby & Maika and UTAU Aiko Kikyuune & Namida with supporting sets. If successful Aki hopes to expand VOCAMERICA to include additional singers and venues.
At the time of writing the Kickstarter is fully funded and is set for Nekocon 2016. As with most Kickstarters Vocamerica is looking to expand its scope and has a variety of stretch goals including “performance upgrades” for potential virtual singers as well as projection and motion capture equipment upgrades.
The campaign is currently working toward its final stretch goals at $20,000 for a Tonio & Prima “performance upgrade” and $25,000 Bruno & Clara “performance upgrade”. Previous stretch goals already met include performance upgrades for Big Al, Sonika, Yohioloid, Oliver and Avanna.
Interlink Co., Ltd., the registry operator for the “.moe” gTLD generic top-level domain is hosting an “Idoloid” contest for UTAU & Vocaloid voicebanks. With a grand prize of 200,000 JPY (approx $1,850 USD) and five runner up prizes of 10,000 JPY (approx $90 USD) the contest challenges users to create music for Moe-tan the domain registry’s mascot.
Interlink has provided three sets of pre-written lyrics for entrants to write their music around with Lyric A being titled “0.2mm no kyoukaisen”, Lyric B as “dot moe”, and the shortest Lyric C being “rairuto nijito moerusekai”. The full lyrics can be found in rōmaji here and in the original Japanese here.
The bottom of the lyric page also includes a prompt asking for “music to make the entire world dance to moe“. It also notes that the contest is “open to anyone regardless of age, sex, country of residence, professionals, amateurs”. The contest is set to run from October 1st to November 30th with the results being announced on December 5, 2014.
An important thing of note is that all entries must be made with either a Vocaloid, UTAU, or other similar synthesizer vocal.
For the full details, including contest terms & conditions and instructions on how to enter please visit the full contest page. You can find out more about Project Idoloid @ Idoloid.moe.
After a catastrophic failure of their old forum software UtaForum turned to the community to help Kickstart their transition to the commercial forum software XenForo. Now, toward the end of the campaign with less than 72 hours in their funding period the campaign stands at 176% funded with some 31 backers supporting their project.
While the funds currently pledged basically guarantee a successful transition to their new forum software, the initial goal only included a licence for the basic forum software and a basic theme. The “stretch goals” of their campaign include many commercial plugins and ‘quality of life’ improvements to add features to UtaForum beyond the basic BBS functionality that XenForo provides.
Showing his support for the project Vocaloid/UTAU producer baggagelizard-P even contributed an original song to the campaign. We are not sure if we are the first Kickstarter to have its own theme song but we are certainly the first to use singthesizers like Vocaloid or UTAU.
Beyond just monetary contributions UtaForum is also accepting contributions to their social reach via Thunderclap. For the full details on their campaign check out their official forum thread and related links below.
Thank you sososososososo much Cien for writing the song, music and lyrics and letting me make Aiko sing it ;n; Aaron and I just added some extra higher vocal parts here and there.
It was a huge incentive to finish her English beta (which is still more alpha right now… I still have shittons of otoing to finish)
I’m so proud ;A; My baby is 2 years old and has a song of her own now~
Hopefully with many more to come as Cien and I improve ;n;
This is a song I have wanted to share ever since I first heard it. It wasn’t until the recent expansion in scope that this became possible. I had briefly considered sharing Big Al’s -Shatter Mix- but Koda has already been featured twice and I didn’t want there it to seem like we are giving him preferential treatment. For the uninitiated Breaking Point is Cein’s breakout English UTAU hit that inspired no less than 5 different remixes and a dozen covers between them.
It is one of the rare cases where the Vocaloid covers outnumber their UTAU counterparts. The number disparity likely has a lot to do with the limited number of Kit-Kat Capable UTAU, but the song is a landmark example of how English UTAU can rival, if not surpass their English counterparts. At almost 32k views this UTAU Original has more views than any 3 of Koda-P’s Originals combined. In fact, Koda-P’s -Shatter Mix-‘s views is only surpassed by Halloween Requiem, his one of his oldest Originals.
If you would like to find out more about Aiko, feel free to check out the UTAUxyz Blog and their Official YouTube Channel. If you would like to find out more about English UTAU, or UTAU in general, I invite you to join us at UTAforum.