Its a bit delayed but welcome to the first of Engloids.Info’s recap coverage of AnimeExpo 2014. First up is a VocaRant article where Executive Editor ‘Hentai’ shares his thoughts on “Mirai no Neiro -The Sound of the Future-” AnimeExpo’s annual Vocaloid panel hosted by D.P.H. (Delusion Production House)
For those unfamiliar with Mirai no Neiro’s basic format it consists of a host/translator along with a panel of 3-5 Vocaloid producers who each take turns introducing themselves, sharing a bit of their work (often a PV something new), and a segment where each producer either gives some background in the production of that particular song or Vocaloid in general.
This year’s panel of producer included the likes of buzzG, KagomeP, sunzriver, UtataP & WataameP. While they all had a lot of interesting things to share, KagomeP and UtataP in particular thanks to their relatively high English proficiency and great stories, what really stood out to me were the segments by the Illustrator WOGURA and MMD Producer MasatakaP.
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The Miku Expo Convention-Concert Tour has just announced two new stops in the United States. Miku will returning once again to the NOKIA Theater in Los Angele and for the first time will be rocking the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The virtual idol is scheduled for two concerts at each venue as well as with appearances in the traveling convention that is coming with her featuring a variety of booths and panels from Crypton Future Media and other exhibitors.
The Los Angeles concerts are scheduled for October 11 & 12 with tickets available now, starting at $55 and going up to $125 for the “Miku Love” package. The New York City expo will also feature two concerts dated October 17 & 18 in the Hammerstein Ballroom. This is Miku’s first time in New York and the venue is quite small so seating will be particularly limited. we recommend you get tickets now while they are still available.
The convention details have yet to be announced. For more information as it becomes available check out the official website. If you can’t make it to either of these Miku Expo locations be sure to submit your city of choice for the chance of Hatsune Miku coming to visit you!
The Engloids.Info staff already has their tickets. Do you have yours?
Vocaloid: Discovery Interactive
Convention: Anime Los Angeles
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Location: Room LP4 (MARQUIS III)
Time: 11:45AM – 01:15PM
Vocaloid Discovery Interactive is a two-part panel on Vocaloid and other ‘singthesisers’.
In ‘Discovery’ we will explore the history of vocal synthesizers, overview some of the ones out today, before finally doing an in-depth analysis of the Vocaloid software in particular. We will demonstrate how the software works, introduce common workflows of a producer, before finally taking a look at Vocaloid’s applications, possibilities, and future.
In ‘Interactive’ producer Kodakami will ask you to apply some of the lessons learned earlier in the panel to help him create a song. Koda-P will demonstrate the entire (abridged) workflow of Vocaloid song creation and you can be with him from beginning to end as we create music together!
Engloids.Info is proud to announce our very first Vocaloid panel/workshop. We covered Anime Los Angeles extensively back in 2012 when VocalektVisions held Vocaloid concert there that featured the Engloid Sweet Ann. I also did a writeup (complete with video) on the year’s Vocaloid panel Vocaloid: The Fan Phenomenon. Sadly, last year’s Vocaloid panel was sadly lackluster and, though we enjoyed the con very much, there wasn’t much relevant to the blog worth reporting.
After the poor Vocaloid showing last year, and having attending the “How to Host a Panel” Panel giving tips on how you too could host your own panel at a convention fellow Engloids.Info staffer and Vocaloid producer Koda-P and I decided that we should host one of our own but instead of examining Vocaloid as a ‘Fan Phenomenon’ take a look at it from a producer’s perspective, and provide some unique insight not only on Vocaloid’s history and culture, but also the software, how it works, and maybe even a sneak peek at a producers workflow.
Too make sure that the audience doesn’t get bored, and to make sure they were paying attention during the first part of the presentation we decided to make the panel “interactive” and invite the audience to take part and see their input being applied to the production of a Vocaloid original, live on stage. We got quite the panel lined up for you all and we hope to see you all there. If not hopefully we can get some video to share with all you that couldn’t make it.
Speaking of ‘making it’ if you are interested in attending Anime Los Angeles and seeing our panel the convention is January 10-12 2014 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The convention is limited to 4,000 badges this year and as of December 25, 2013 (11:25pm) there are only only 575 spots left. If you are interested in attending check out the Registration Page for latest updates on badges and availability.
Synthesized Reality Productions covered previously in Fan Group Seeks to Crowdfund Convention Concert reached their funding goal with more than 2 weeks left on their campaign.
With their Kickstarter fully funded and their much needed projector now secured, the details for their upcoming Los Angeles concert have been release and tickets are now available. Space at the concert hall is limited so seating will be reserved and tickets, though free, will be required and seats are going fast.
SRP’s Kickstarter still has more than two weeks left on their project. Tickets to the concert are free but if you would like to support their efforts stretch goals on their campaign include an improved projector, and additional stage gear including lighting and sound equipment. Check out their campaign page for more on their goals and rewards tiers.
Beyond opening event registration Pacific Media Expo also released the event program detailing the full track listing what we can expect to see as part of SRP’s upcoming show. It includes songs licenced from producers like Mitchie M, Daniwell, GaGain, Seibin JesusP, kagomeP, FeiP, and Vocalekt Visions featuring the likes of Gumi, Miku, SeeU, Lily, CUL, Rin and Len.
The program’s full track listing is available after the jump.
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A fan group calling themselves Synthesized Reality Productions (SRP) has launched a Kickstarter in hopes to crowdfund an upcoming convention concert at Pacific Media Expo in Los Angles, California this coming November.
Members of SRP include staff from the Vocalekt Visions 3D Concert Group, whose 2012 concert tour included fan concerts at Anime Los Angeles, Pacific Media Expo, and Anime on Display. Previous concerts were held using rental gear which were challenging for both the concert staff, who is unable to practice, test, and optimize for the hardware they will be using, and the conventions that host them, many lacking hardware themselves.
This Kickstarter follows an unsuccessful bid earlier in the year to raise $50,000 for a full professional setup that included new projectors, screens, and light rigging. SRP seems to have lowered the bar from Vocalekt’s first attempt and set their primary goal as a new projector, with the rest of the equipment and associated costs being relegated to stretch goals.
Rewards tiers include social media shoutouts, phone charms of the group’s mascot, and of course DVDs of the concert. Additional rewards tier include CDs and/or artwork from the likes of MystSaphyr, NeutrinoP, Wolf Neve, and EmpathP, Avanna’s designer and producer of Fables of Farewell.
The highest tiers include all of the above as well as original song commissions where you can help craft a song to be featured in the concert. Check out the Kickstarter page for full details.