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.
In an announcement earlier this week Bplats, Inc. has announced the official closing of the English version of the Vocaloid Store. The last day to make any orders will be March 23rd, with the entire store closing March 25, 2016 @ 6 PM (Japanese Standard Time). Download all your Job Plugins and pick up your Vocaloid 3 Downloads while they are still available!
The writing has been on the wall since last May when the Japanese version of Vocaloid Store was shuttered and the Yamaha operated Vocaloid NET was launched. As Vocaloid NET was a Japanese-only portal Bplats, Inc.was allowed to continue operating the English version of Vocaloid Store.
With the upcoming closure of there is no word yet for Yamaha if English support is going to be added to Vocaloid NET or where westerners are supposed to get their Job Plugins and voicebank downloads.
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In a merch campaign promoting the MikuExpo 2016 Tour along with the official Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 E.P. special edition compilation album the organisers have setup a PledgeMusic campaign to help raise additional funds for the tour as well as give fans the chance to bring Miku to their own town.
For those unfamiliar PledgeMusic operates similar to Kickstarter in that it is an all-or-nothing style crowdfunding platform that specifically targets musicians and music fans. The campaign offers a variety of rewards including the MikuExpo 2016 EP, tour t-shirts, multicolor glowsticks, concert credits and more.
The holy grail of prizes however has to be the $1,000,000 tier however, where for the low price of one million dollars one enterprising Vocaloid fans can put his/her money where their mouth is and bring Hatsune Miku to your own town for a concert (unspecified restrictions apply).
The PledgeMusic campaign quickly reached its goal when the unique concert experiences sold out quickly and now the campaign is mostly acting as a hub for merch pre-orders and AccessPass digital download sales.
- Click Here if you would like to pledge $1,000,000.
- Click Here if you just want to see the merchandise.
MikuExpo 2016 is a global concert tour featuring Hatsune Miku which includes a North American tour stopping by seven cities and three countries in North America. For more information visit the tour page here. Tickets are available now.
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We are proud to announce that Zero-G have released their much anticipated Vocaloid 4 voicebanks “Dex” and “Daina” male and female virtual singers. Though released as a pair and not available as a bundle Zero-G are offering them at a special introductory price for their first week of sale.
For a limited time both Dex and Daina will be on sale for $49.99, $20 off their MSRP of $69.99. Buy the pair together for an additional 10% off totalling $89.99 for both Vocaloid 4, discount applied at checkout. Get them while you can both as Vocaloid and as a deal, it doesn’t get much better than this!
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Without much fanfare, not even a tweet on their, PowerFX has released Vocaloid 4. In a surprise turn of events on the official product listing and latest demo by VocaloidMaster (embedded below) there is no official character artwork. Instead, they feature a set of stage curtains being drawn and the text “Presenting Ruby”.
This strange release decision is likely related to the controversy previously covered in Behind the Scenes: PowerFX & Vocaloid 4 Ruby. With so much furor and pushback over the AnimeExpo reveal event’s character art PowerFX may have chosen to sidestep the controversy by not including anything whatsoever. Its unclear whether the software splash is similarly art-less as none of the Engloids.Info staff have purchased the product yet.
On Twitter Ruby’s Lead Developer Syo using Ruby’s new phonemes. As always it is probably better to avoid the dictionary pronunciations when possible but without much documentation on the new phonemes added in Vocaloid 4 this should help new and veteran users alike.
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