Vocaloid: Discovery Interactive Convention: Anime Los Angeles Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014 Location: Room LP4 (MARQUIS III) Time: 11:45AM – 01:15PM Synopsis: 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.
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.
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.
Our friends at Vocalekt Visions have been pretty busy. Not only was Tempo-P at NekoCon in Hampton, Virginia for the reveal of Avanna in VocaNoIro NekoCon Producers Panel Avanna Preview but he flew back across the United States to Los Angeles, California to host his own event at Pacific Media Expo. Sadly, none of the Engloids.Info staff could make it to the event but MMD Live has went ahead and uploaded the official concert footage for you to enjoy.
The event began with the cosplay/dance troupe VWD 01 (Vocaloid World Dance 01) greeting the crowds and handing out goodies before taking the stage and opening the show with their dance routine. Music featured in the concert included songs by Tempo-P, NeutrinoP, MitchieM, SmileR, Jesus-P, Kz, Hachioji P, and Nem.
Full credits for the event can be found at the end of the video.
Some of you may or may not know, but last weekend I flew out to Virginia to host a series of events titled VocaNoIro (“The Colors of Vocaloid”). These events included two panels, and a live concert powered by the newest, unreleased version of my AniMiku software.
The first panel was on Friday from 9-10PM in Panel Room 1, and featured panelists Tempo-P from Vocalekt Visions and EmpathP. At the panel, they provided an introduction to Vocaloid and how they make music with the software. In this panel, EmpathP also announced that she is the artist for Zero-G’s new Celtic Vocaloid Avanna and also previewed her first demo.
The second panel was on Saturday from 2-3PM in Panel Room 2 and featured panelists Tempo-P and myself (Re:VB-P). At this panel, we explained who we are, what we do, and how our concerts are run. I also provided a quick explanation of how the technology of the projection screens works, and gave a history of AniMiku and my events. Unfortunately because we were forced to start late, we had to cut out Tempo-P’s portion of the panel, and I had to paraphrase and shorted my portion. The rest of the time was used to answer questions.
The concert was in main events from 10-11PM Saturday night, right before the dance. At this concert I used the AniMiku 3.9 beta, the newest version of the software which is currently unreleased. This version features a rendering engine completely coded by me, replacing the older MMDAgent engine. The newer engine supports better shading, physics, smoother animations, animated textures, and many other features.