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Spotlight: All I Want

To celebrate the recent release of IA ENGLISH C we figured we would feature a CeVIO Original song by ruby-P. Congrats on being our first Video Spotlight in a long while. We thought your song was awesome enough, and CeVIO English’s release notable enough that we just had to Spotlight this as soon as we heard it.

Here is what ruby-p had to say about her latest work:

howdy howdy i funking love ia english and cevio!!!!!!!! it took me two days WITH HELP to correctly install ia……..its the most confusing thing in the world………but now i can help other people ^^; all in all ia english is the best $118 i’ve ever spent despite the disgustingly huge hassle….would recommend 10/10

If you like the song a high-quality version can be purchased via Bandcamp, where it is being published by ASDR and all proceeds are donated to a mental health research charity.

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CYBER-series Product Discontinuation & Relaunch of Vocaloid.com

Yamaha has big things planned for Vocaloid.com. Specifics have yet to be revealed but one of the few things announced was the promotional sale, and coming discontinuation of many of their Vocaloid4 products, including, but not limited to their Engloids CYBER DIVA, CYBER SONGMAN, Megpoid English, and all their respective Starter Packs.

Products to be Discontinued

The site will be taken down on July 12th (Japan Time), relaunch is expected to be on the 13th. For those of us in the United States we will no longer be able to purchase CYBER DIVA or CYBER SONGMAN after July 11th. If you were interested in these Vocaloid, please purchase them now.

Official Announcement

The full list of discontinued products is available after the jump Continue reading “CYBER-series Product Discontinuation & Relaunch of Vocaloid.com” »

IA ENGLISH C for CeVIO Now Released

The long-anticipated English voice bank for IA -ARIA ON THE PLANETES- is now for sale. IA ENGLISH C for CeVIO is available in Natural and Powerful varieties and can be purchased at VectorPC’s online store, direct links below.

IA is voiced by the well-known singer of game theme songs and anison songs Lia and production of this English voice bank is said to have been overseen by Native English speakers. This is the first English product of the CeVIO series.

For more about IA please check out the links below.

[Official Product Page] [World Facebook Page] [CeVIO Creative Studio]

Official samples are embedded after the jump. Continue reading “IA ENGLISH C for CeVIO Now Released” »

20% off at BigFishAudio Including Crypton & Zero-G Products

To celebrate The NAMM Show 2018 (National Association of Music Merchants) BigFishAudio is having a sitewide sale of 20% off most products with the coupon code “namm18”. This includes the entire lineup of Vocaloid products including Vocaloid from Crypton Future Media and Zero-G Co. Ltd.

BigFishAudio Vocaloid Category

Remember to use the coupon code “namm18” for 20% off. This promotion is good until January 29th. Get Miku English for as low as $111.96 just in time the MikuExpo USA & Mexico Song Contest which closes next week.

Hatsune Miku Retrospective: Lost History

“Hatsune Miku Retrospective” is a series of blogs relating to the like-named panel to be hosted at Anime Los Angeles 14. This blog “Lost History” is the first in the series and chronicles issues encountered in the research phase of the panel.

Preparing for my upcoming panel was quite a nostalgic experience.

I got to reflect on my decade of being a Vocaloid fan and look back at old videos and all of a sudden I am a freshman in college, Bleach had just come out and this viral video with a girl spinning a leek became a hit between my friends. There wasn’t a term for this at the time but I guess I can say ‘lolituma’ and ‘leek spin’ would become one of my first exposures to a “meme”. From this meme would spawn the infamous video by Otomania, Hachune Miku, and my first exposure to Vocaloid.

From there it was Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru♪, Po Pi Po, and the heyday of ryo (supercell). I became obsessed and we shared these clips and music videos with my friends at my college’s anime club. Back in the day, however, foreigners were not easily able to browse Nico Nico Douga so we mostly relied on YouTube reprinters to download these videos and re-upload them for western audiences.

Back in the day copyright enforcement was lax and no Vocaloid producer had signed up with any major record labels. With the previous sentence and this blog post’s title, you can guess where the rest of this blog is going. As copyright crackdown, almost every major Nico reprinter lost their channel and trying to get proper view counts for older Vocaloid videos before producers started cross-uploading to YouTube became very hard when researching for the panel.

It wasn’t just the Nico reprinters affected either. When Google implemented YouTube Red they failed to get many non-US record labels on board and many Vocaloid videos whose producers signed with Japanese record labels had their videos blocked abroad. Between Sony Music Entertainment Japan, EXIT TUNES, Inc., UMAAA, and other Japanese music labels many old Vocaloid videos, even official uploads on official artist YouTube channels have been blocked abroad.

Luckily there are ways to bypass these regions restrictions or we were able to get copies of the videos to use in our panel off of Nico Nico Douga but it has shown how the media landscape has changed over the years in the Vocaloid realm. From being ignored, finally accepted, to now rejected, over the last 10 years a lot of early Vocaloid history is lost.

As we now celebrate a decade of Hatsune Miku I think it’s important we reflect on the past and cherish this living history… while we still can.

Additional Reading: YouTube Red and Vocaloid @ VocaloidNews.net