Its that time of the year everyone. Zero-G has joined the season of savings with a very special Christmas Sale with up to 70% off the various products on their download shop. These sales drop their Vocaloids to record lows with their Vocaloid 2s being priced $49.99 each and Vocaloid 3 Avanna being priced $48.99, a record low price for the latter.
These discounts stack with the one-time $20 off coupon that Zero-G is handing out to new newsletter subscribers. Subscribe to their newsletter, enter the coupon code (valid once per account) and you can get Avanna V3 for as low as $28.99! After your receive your discount code feel free to unsubscribe at any time.
You can view all of Zero-G’s Vocaloid products here.
Update: Initial reports indicate that while the above coupon stacked initially it may have been redacted and seems to no longer provide full discount to either Vocaloid or holiday discounted items.
Interlink Co., Ltd., the registry operator for the “.moe” gTLD generic top-level domain is hosting an “Idoloid” contest for UTAU & Vocaloid voicebanks. With a grand prize of 200,000 JPY (approx $1,850 USD) and five runner up prizes of 10,000 JPY (approx $90 USD) the contest challenges users to create music for Moe-tan the domain registry’s mascot.
Interlink has provided three sets of pre-written lyrics for entrants to write their music around with Lyric A being titled “0.2mm no kyoukaisen”, Lyric B as “dot moe”, and the shortest Lyric C being “rairuto nijito moerusekai”. The full lyrics can be found in rōmaji here and in the original Japanese here.
The bottom of the lyric page also includes a prompt asking for “music to make the entire world dance to moe“. It also notes that the contest is “open to anyone regardless of age, sex, country of residence, professionals, amateurs”. The contest is set to run from October 1st to November 30th with the results being announced on December 5, 2014.
An important thing of note is that all entries must be made with either a Vocaloid, UTAU, or other similar synthesizer vocal.
For the full details, including contest terms & conditions and instructions on how to enter please visit the full contest page. You can find out more about Project Idoloid @ Idoloid.moe.
After a catastrophic failure of their old forum software UtaForum turned to the community to help Kickstart their transition to the commercial forum software XenForo. Now, toward the end of the campaign with less than 72 hours in their funding period the campaign stands at 176% funded with some 31 backers supporting their project.
While the funds currently pledged basically guarantee a successful transition to their new forum software, the initial goal only included a licence for the basic forum software and a basic theme. The “stretch goals” of their campaign include many commercial plugins and ‘quality of life’ improvements to add features to UtaForum beyond the basic BBS functionality that XenForo provides.
Showing his support for the project Vocaloid/UTAU producer baggagelizard-P even contributed an original song to the campaign. We are not sure if we are the first Kickstarter to have its own theme song but we are certainly the first to use singthesizers like Vocaloid or UTAU.
Beyond just monetary contributions UtaForum is also accepting contributions to their social reach via Thunderclap. For the full details on their campaign check out their official forum thread and related links below.
It is about that time of the year again. As part of Zero-G’s annual summer sale the Vocaloid publisher has announced their lowest prices to date. The Vocaloids Sonika, Prima, and Tonio are on sale for $50 each through the Zero-G Download Shop.
Note: This promotional pricing is ONLY through the Zero-G Download Shop. Digital downloads through each Vocaloid’s official websites [name]-vocaloid.com are NOT discounted and still retail for the $69.99 regular price.
In this week’s “Today I Learned” Polygon’s Editor at Large Chris Plante tackles what it is to be a pop star, the existential crisis many real idols face during the end of their limelight, Justin Beiber’s recent public breakdown and how this all compares to ‘virtual idols’ such as Hatsune Miku. It examines what it means to be a star, how these stars interact with the public at large, and answers the question “Is a Virtual Popstar Better than a Human Popstar” using Hatsune Miku vs Justin Beiber as proxies for the argument. You can watch the full video on Polygon or see it embedded after the jump. Continue reading “Polygon Tackles Real Idols, Virtual Idols & Stardom in this Week’s “Today I Learned”” »