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Zero-G Limited, otherwise known simply as Zero-G, is a sampling, sound FX and Vocaloid publisher based out of the UK. Founded in 1990 by Ed &Julie Stratton as a music production and education company they would later release the world’s first ever VOCALOIDs LEON and LOLA on March 3, 2004.

VocaRant: Avanna’s Release Date?

This is a question that has been asked continually over the last month, looking at my Google Analytics alone all of the my top 5 Google search keywords are different combinations of ‘Avanna’ and ‘Release’. As we have no official news from the powers that be I figured I may as well rant and speculate on the topic.

Personally I am placing the blame on squarely on Yamaha, as for their motivations, and how I came to this conclusion, we will go over through the course of this article. Before we begin speculating let us first let us establish what we do, what official statements have been made, and the ‘facts’ of the situation. First we will have a look at Avanna, her artwork redesigns, what progress has been made on her vocals, and then we will look at the past with Oliver’s release last year. Once we have established what we do know, then I will go into my speculation, and the conclusions I have drawn from the situation at hand.

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Zero-G’s Vocaloid 3 Avanna Official Artwork

In likely the first of many such info-dumps Zero-G has authorized EmpathP (Aki Glancy) to give us our first look at Vocaloid 3 Avanna’s official artwork. This combined with the audio preview from yesterday VocaNoIro NekoCon Producers Panel Avanna Preview the public now has their first look at what Vocaloid 3 Avanna will both look and sound like.

Along with including the art, EmpathP has included a little dev diary giving us a look into how exactly Avanna came to be. There are a bunch of interesting factoids included in this dev diary including how EmpathP got the job, some of the revisions they made, and the reveal that Avanna’s may be of Irish descent, thus prompting the ‘Celtic’ theme.

Probably most interesting of all was the insight in how Yamaha has input in all of their sub-licencer’s VOCALOID production. Yamaha expressed concerns “that Zero-G’s approved design was not “Anime” styled enough” and requested Avanna be redesigned into a “cuter, modern anime style”, maybe in an attempt to grab that ‘moe’ appeal that is oh, so popular these days.

A ‘Mock’ Boxart Image of Vocaloid 3 Avanna

Hair: Black
Eyes: Blue
Color Scheme: Green, Gold, and Blue
Age: 18
Ethnicity: Irish
Artist’s assumed height: 5’6”
Artist’s assumed weight: 156 lbs

The full art is included after the jump. EmpathP’s full report at deviantArt, and see the artwork release post over at VocaloidOtaku. Our previous coverage can be found under the ‘Avanna‘ tag.

[Aki Glancy’s Dev Diary]
[Avanna Artwork Release]

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VocaNoIro NekoCon Producers Panel Avanna Preview

Convention: VocaNolro

I knew EmpathP (Aki Glancy) had something special planned for the visitors of the VocaNoIro Producers Panel but I never imagined something of this scale. She revealed that she was the artist for Zero-G’s upcoming Vocaloid 3, and previewed an audio demo of Avanna still in development.

Full convention and panel footage from Re:VB is still pending but for now he has uploaded the one segment you are probably looking most forward to, the special preview demonstration of Zero-G’s upcoming Vocaloid 3 Avanna.

Due note this is NOT a representation of the completed voicebank, the sample previewed is from October 25th configuration and she has been further since then. Likewise EmpathP would like to make it clear this is not a “Release Demo”, simply something Zero-G had prepared for the convention to show some their current progress on the Vocaloid.

Think of this more as a preview of her voice, so you aspiring producers looking to release Day 1 songs know what to program for. Also, the preview was tuned in-house by Zero-G, not by any known producers, and was part of several internal tests at Zero-G before the final programming was completed.

I must say, despite the poor audio from the panel the preview has us all at Engloids.Info hyped for her release. Expect more details about Avanna to be made public ‘soon’™. You can track our continuing coverage on our “Avanna” site tag.

VocaRant: Avanna’s Upcoming Release

I have been following the Avanna discussion on VocaloidOtaku for quite a while and have wanted to blog about her upcoming release. This isn’t really news, more speculation and educated guessing, so I can’t post it on the main blog, so instead I post it to my (not so new) VocaRant column/sideblog and share my thoughts on the matter with you.

With Avanna’s release right around the corner, many people have become impatient, some even doubting if Avanna is going to release at all. I can say, with almost 100% certainly that Avanna is going to happen, things have been in motion too long to stop now. Its the dates and details where things begin to get murky.

Zero-G has suffered many technical difficulties in Avanna’s development, what they were specifically, your guess is as good as mine, but as long as nothing has changed (and I don’t think they have) they told us to prepare for a ‘Summer’ release date.

While the informal end of Summer is Labor Day, the actual end of Summer this year is September 20th, because September 21st is the first day of fall. So with that date in mind, I fully expect final details to begin rolling in sometime within the next 2 weeks, with the actual release following shortly in the fall, some time before Christmas.

This sort of Big Al Syndrome should be nothing new to Engloid fans, neither should a rapid info release schedule soon after those technical difficulties are overcome. If you don’t recall Oliver’s release and his many delays, the actual release took many by surprise as the date was not revealed untill the day before, not even a full 24 hours, he was set to go on sale.

I fully expect that if is releasing it will come by surprise, in a great wave of activity, a gigantic dump of information, and a physical edition & bundles some months later. I see her release as a great dam, now that the normally tight-lipped Zero-G is finally opening up we can finally see cracks in its great surface and feel the pressure building up.

She may, or may not, make that September 20th not-deadline, but I am willing to bet she will be coming out sooner, rather than later…

If you want to know more you can track all our previous coverage on the “Avanna” site tag.

Additional Details on Vocaloid 3 Avanna

In an email response to Vocaloid-Creativity user Xeyuzio, Dom Keeffe of Zero-G revealed additional details on their upcoming Vocaloid 3 ‘Avanna’.

They re-affirmed their commitment to releasing her soon saying she is “almost finished” along with additional details about the kind of voice they are hoping for saying she would be “more pop and dance than our other Vocaloids but with a Celtic twist”

You can find the full email quoted after the break.

[Full Email @ Vocaloid-Creativity]

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