Hinted at for a while the first teasing look at PowerFX’s VOCALOID3 nicknamed “Oliver” has been released on VocaloidOtaku.
Details are scarce and there is no demo yet but they did tell us that he was created in conjunction with PowerFX and a new English Vocaloid company called “VocaTone” run by Anders, who you may recognize as the independent Engloid developer/programmer behind some of both PowerFX & Zero-G’s past Vocaloids.
You can get your first look/listen to Oliver at Utah’s AnimeBanzai Convention (Saturday, October 22nd @ 11:00pm) at their Vocaloid panel. Do note they are asking for no video or audio recording during the event but official demos should be online soon afterwards.
More details to come as we wait for the proper channels and their public relation officers confirm what they are authorized to tell us or not.
Update 10/16: The voicebank and art are all aready completed and it is expected to be a young, smooth, and male voice. You can expect more complete details mid-late November when the press information blackout is lifted.
As for the bird/hat featured in the teaser art it is an American Goldfinch and was chose because “It compliments Oliver’s design very nicely” and “to add a little nod to the fact that a lot of Americans worked on this project”. The bird doesn’t have a official name but the VocaTone staff seem receptive for the fans to give him/her one.
Expect a full battery of demos, art, and possibly even an official MMD model as we approach his release. We will keep this site/post updated with more news as it is released.
The Engloid Dounin Anthology “いんぐろいど” is now available online with overseas shipping to North America, Oceania, UK, France and Germany through Alice-Books.com! Click the “English” button on the top right of the page to enable the site’s (mostly) English navigation/interface.
Be sure to read their Overseas Shipping Infopage carefully as it contains all the details on the order process, shipping charges, and general time frame before receiving your order.
You will need Paypal to make your payment and your international phone number handy. For those of you in the US it should be in the following format: 010-1-[areacode]-[number]
We are not quite sure about how the entire process works as international orders are processed manually via AliceBooks but Staff Editor Myst    has already begun her order process and we will post more details as they develop.
Update 1: Myst’s order was processed and price after shipping was 1788 yen or approximately $24 after taxes and fees. That means each book weighs about 300g so you can use that and the handy dandy shipping chart as a base to find your best shipping option for your quantity and location.
When I found this classified under the Vocaloid “Crowning Music of Awesome” @ TvTropes I knew this just had to be our next feature.
Done in an Electronic style and marked by its driving beats, haunting vocals, clear rythm, and one hell of a catchy hook this song represents MsConstantine’s first real attempt an an Original Song. She is relativly new to making music, is looking to improve and is requesting some feedback/constructive criticism. Drop her a line on the video page or the various links at the end of the post.
Ok, so this was my first real attempt at an original song. I was going for a techno-ish feel, as that’s the genre I’m most comfortable starting out in. I tried to make a song that would fit Big Al’s vocal range well, so I hope it turned out ok. I’m completely new and untrained to actual music, so this was kind of a shot in the dark for me. I really want to improve and keep making music, so please tell me what areas I can improve in. Also, as you may have noticed, I’ve disabled the thumbs up and thumbs down on this because I really, really want feedback. If you hate it, please at least leave a comment to tell me why, and what I can do to fix it in the future. I really appreciate all constructive criticism, and I value your opinions, so please let me know what you think. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this! It really took a lot of work!
In a recent seriesof tweets project leader Tama went over his plans to sell the remainder of the books published online through their sales partner Alice-Books.
Alice-Books is one of the internet’s largest mail-order doujinshi distributors selling everything from doujin manga, indie games, to self published VOCALOID music. Beyond simply allowing people who missed VOC@LOID M@STER 17 to buy the book, this partnership will also allow overseas fans a chance at owning this book through Alice-Book’s international shipping options.
The system is not automated and you will have to send your payment via PayPal but if Tama’s deal with Alice-Books goes through Western Engloid fans will have their first shot at owning the world’s first Engloid-centeric doujin anthology.
For more information check out the Circle’s Mail Order Page under the “About Overseas shipping” headline for details as they develop.
That being said the fact that Crypton is reselling the Engloids as “Virtual Instruments” in the Crypton Marketplace along with providing a fancy physical DVDs and boxes is news to me. I know I only recently found out when browsing Vocaloid.com’s 3rd Party Vocaloid 2 Listing and found them linking to Crypton Market pages.
They are priced at 19,950¥ or roughly $260. A bit expensive compared to the digital downloads available direct from PowerFX/Zero-G but about on par with many retail box releases of other Vocaloid 2s. I am unsure if like Sonika in Mandarin they come with additional native language usage materials but they are stamped onto physical DVDs.
The designs are the same as the PowerFX & Zero-G but the 3d renditions of the retail boxes are something new. Check them out for yourself at Crypton’s website following the links below.