Before we begin let this be clear. Everything in the following news post are ‘leaked’ and come from un-official sources. After further investigation the Engloids.Info staff felt that the news was to groundbreaking as not to make public. So thus we share it with you under the caveat that everything you see and hear below are subject to change, as a public debut of Yohioloid has not yet been made.
For the uninformed “Yohioloid” is the upcoming Vocaloid from VocaTone/PowerFX said to be voiced by the Swedish born Kevin Johio Lucas Rehn Eires, but performing under the stage name ‘YOHIO’. The upcoming voice-bank is expected to be a bi-lingual with support for both English and Japanese. You can view our previous coverage on Yohioloid’s announcement at VocaTone/PowerFX’s Upcoming Bilingual Vocaloid Announed.
In what can only be described as the ultimate scoop Internet Co. released a demo of a very early ‘beta’ version of English Megpoid on the exact same day that Crypton debuted their EN Kaito. Not only did they release their demo on the same day on the same day, but Internet Co. takes Crypton to school on how demos should be done.
The Megpoid demo is much more flattering of the Vocaloid’s voice, showcases much of their Megpoid’s strenghts, and does an excellent job showcasing what we have to look foward to in English Megpoids continuing development. You can really tell that Internet Co. cared about making a positive first impression and Neutrino, of Vocalekt Visions, did an excellent job of tuning Gumi to make sure her debut was extra special for the fans.
For those unfamiliar Megpoid, otherwise known as ‘Gumi’ by fans, is a Vocaloid voiced by Megumi Nakajima. She is one of the few non-Crypton Vocaloids to appear in videogames including a featured apparance in the 3DS’s Future Stars: Project Mirai and the starring role in the PSP’s upcoming Megpoid the Music# which is titled after her. With her vocal provider’s Filipino-Japanese background an English voicebank has always been of particular interest.
We are excited to see all these English Vocaloids coming out soon, the demo collabs with Western artists, and look forward to seeing more of English Megpoid to come.
Like a Vocaloid related advent calendar, Crypton has opened the final window and has given us our first look, or rather listen to, the “English” append of their upcoming Vocaloid 3 revision of KAITO. Originally a VOCALOID 1 voicebank Kaito is one of the first Vocaloid ever released.
Don’t let his age fool you, though old the V1 engine was no slouch and in the proper hands KAITO was able to rival many of his V2 counterparts. With a V3 release, he is being given new life, being able to be used in the much more powerful Vocaloid 3 Editor.
The demo song is ‘Circus Monster’ by Circus-P and is embedded below:
This is the fourth demo of Vocaloid 3 Kaito and the first for his English voicebank. The others, for his Straight, Soft, and Whisper Appends can be viewed on Crypton’s V3 Kaito homepage. You can machine translate the page into English using the options in the page header. English Kaito looks promising, though this demo probably wasn’t the best demonstration of his abilities.
Circus Monster was one of Circus-P’s earliest works and thus not the best he has ever done. Beyond that, the song choice itself is questionable. While popular, it doesn’t compliment Kaito very well. The song doesn’t flatter Kaito’s accent at all, the lyrics seemed forced into the melody, and overall the tuning seems rough.
For those interested in a Male Vocaloid 3, Kaito will definitely be a fine choice.
Released with almost no warning Vocaloid 3 Avanna is available for download through Zero-G’s Avanna-Vocaloid.com sub-site. Priced at $95 USD Zero-G continues their trend of pricing their Vocaloids lower than their PowerFX counterparts.
Right now Avanna is Download Only, with a physical version estimated fpr a late-January to early-Febuary release. We have reached out to Zero-G about the possibility of a Avanna/Vocaloid 3 Editor DVD bundle, but they were unable to comment at the time of press.
All versions of Avanna include a ‘lite’ version of the Vocaloid 3 Editor. The full Vocaloid 3 Editor is currently only available through PowerFX as a DVD for $120 [link] or from VocaloidStore (English) as a download for ￥9,800 [link].
Do note the ‘Lite’ editor include a limitation of 17 bars of music at one time. The Full Editor also includes additional features such as multi-track editing, effects support, plugin jobs, and the ability to import Vocaloid 2 voicebanks into the new rendering engine.