It is about that time of the year again. As part of Zero-G’s annual summer sale the Vocaloid publisher has announced their lowest prices to date. The Vocaloids Sonika, Prima, and Tonio are on sale for $50 each through the Zero-G Download Shop.
Note: This promotional pricing is ONLY through the Zero-G Download Shop. Digital downloads through each Vocaloid’s official websites [name]-vocaloid.com are NOT discounted and still retail for the $69.99 regular price.
The sale is expected to last through July. For those of you looking for the VOCALOID 1s they are no longer available to purchase as per English VOCALOID to be Discontinued, Zero-G Last Chance Sale
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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For those that missed it, or are not subscribed to the Zero-G’s Email Newsletter there are still a few days left on their 2013 Spring Sales Event. For a limited time only almost ALL their products are 30% off!
This sales includes all their Vocaloid products including their recently released Vocaloid 3 Avanna. That’s right for a limited time only you can get Avanna for $69.99, the lowest price we have seen since her release!
Relevant product links and prices are below:
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.
Zero-G also debuted two additional Demos embedded below:
Demo: Green Sleeves
Demo: Only Time
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.
With Avanna’s launch right around the corner, rumored to be sometime within the next week, Zero-G has released another demo. Its short, at only 45 seconds and without a backing track it provides a nice clean look at Avanna’s vocal qualities.
The demo song is Wishing on a Star, originally an R&B song from 1978 sung by Rose Royce. Avanna seems to be exceptionally smooth and clear, though not without some delivery oddnesses that will likely take some fine tuning in-editor to work out.
The demo debuted on the Demo Page of the still in progress Avanna Vocaloid website. While still a Work-In-Progress the page had previously had a ‘coming soon’ message with an expected release date of December 20th.
Expect more details to come. You can follow our previous coverage on our Avanna site tag.
[Avanna Vocaloid Website] (WIP)
[Avanna News Thread @ VO]
‘It is unlikely to be as soon as the 20th unfortunately. We are hopeful for a pre-Christmas release for the downloadable version, but we really cannot promise that. Thanks so much for your patience, and I’m very sorry for not having a definite answer yet.’
– VocaloidAvanna Facebook
I am gonna write this one off as Yamaha’s fault.