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VOCAMERICA: The Western Concert Project Kickstarter in its Final Hours

VOCAMERICA: The Western Concert Project is a live holographic musical event featuring English and Western vocal synthesizers of both the Vocaloid and UTAU variety. The event is sponsored by Producer & Daina Voice Provider AkiGlancy and her studio Empathy Studios to be held at NEKOCON 2016. While much of the initial equipment and production related costs were fronted by EmpathP she reached a point where she turned toward the community and Kickstarter for help.

Through the Kickstarter she hopes to finalize the payments of the VOCAMERICA staff members and produce an official concert CD and merchandise. The initial NEKOCON concert is to star Vocaloid Dex & Daina as the main act with Vocaloid Ruby & Maika and UTAU Aiko Kikyuune & Namida with supporting sets. If successful Aki hopes to expand VOCAMERICA to include additional singers and venues.

At the time of writing the Kickstarter is fully funded and is set for Nekocon 2016. As with most Kickstarters Vocamerica is looking to expand its scope and has a variety of stretch goals including “performance upgrades” for potential virtual singers as well as projection and motion capture equipment upgrades.

The campaign is currently working toward its final stretch goals at $20,000 for a Tonio & Prima “performance upgrade” and $25,000 Bruno & Clara “performance upgrade”. Previous stretch goals already met include performance upgrades for Big Al, Sonika, Yohioloid, Oliver and Avanna.

For more information check out the Project’s Kickstarter Page.

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Yamaha Ends V3 Editor Distribution and VOCALOID2 Library Import Support

In a continuation of Yamaha’s consolidation of power and the closure of Vocaloid Store there is no longer any legal way to acquire new, digital versions, of the Vocaloid 3 Editor software. The only way to acquire the V3 editor is limited to previously published physical editions and physical bundles.

With the end of Vocaloid 3 Editor is also the end of the VOCALOID2 Library Import tool.

In their latest Japanese-language support notice Yamaha has announced that they are planning to drop support of the importer and will no longer issue any new import serial codes. They advise customers that have previously bought the Vocaloid 3 Editor and need import serials to contact them as soon as possible.

Yamaha still neglecting Westerners. Still no sign of English Vocaloid NET & Vocaloid Shop.

An English version of Vocaloid NET & Vocaloid Shop has been promised for the last year but no release is in sight. With the closure of the English Vocaloid Store it leaves many Western users in limbo with no native access to the portal for Editor Plugins, technical documentation, and various Bplats, Inc. developed Vocaloid such as Macne Nana (English).

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Vocaloid Lucía Created, MasterVocaloid Seeking Publisher

Friend of the blog, José Lastras, also known as MasterVocaloid or Giuseppe-P has recorded and sequenced a new Vocaloid prototype named “Lucía”. Describing her as “sweet” and “pretty” he released a this playlist to showcase the voicebank’s capabilities. For art end he commissioned two character design concepts from artists Aki Glancy and Riisago respectively.

In the Facebook announcement revealing the project he said he has been in contact with the various companies that are licensed to publish voicebanks (Power-FX, Zero-G, and VoctroLabs) but for the moment they didn’t seem interested in selling it at the moment with Yamaha’s licencing costs being cited as the main limiting factor.

He is asking for feedback and for fans to help spread the word about “Lucía”. Hopefully in the future we will see this Vocaloid on sale. You can read and comment on the full release @ Giuseppe-Ps original Spanish-language Facebook post.

VoxWave Alys Releases for Plogue’s Alter/Ego

Today marks Alys’ 2nd anniversary and final release date. Alys is the first commercial voice for Plogue’s Alter/Ego voice singthesis software and markets itself as “a unique user-friendly and high-quality voice synthesizer”. Alter/Ego works in a variety of DAWs, allowing you to type in your lyrics and modify the sound for easy and expressive performances.

ALYS, first covered in 2013, is Franco-Japanese virtual singer developed by VoxWave. She can sing naively in French and Japanese, and includes English has dictionaries and aliases that allow her to sing in heavily accented English. She is voiced by French YouTuber Plucet and has a detailed character bio available on VoxWave’s website.

Alter/Ego is a singing synthesis algorithm developed by Plogue Art et Technologie, Inc. Based off their award winning technology featured in chipspeech Alter/Ego aims to have a more ‘modern’ sound, as compared to chipspeech which had aimed to emulate Vintage voice technology.