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.
I knew EmpathP (Aki Glancy) had something special planned for the visitors of the VocaNoIro Producers Panel but I never imagined something of this scale. She revealed that she was the artist for Zero-G’s upcoming Vocaloid 3, and previewed an audio demo of Avanna still in development.
Full convention and panel footage from Re:VB is still pending but for now he has uploaded the one segment you are probably looking most forward to, the special preview demonstration of Zero-G’s upcoming Vocaloid 3 Avanna.
Due note this is NOT a representation of the completed voicebank, the sample previewed is from October 25th configuration and she has been further since then. Likewise EmpathP would like to make it clear this is not a “Release Demo”, simply something Zero-G had prepared for the convention to show some their current progress on the Vocaloid.
Think of this more as a preview of her voice, so you aspiring producers looking to release Day 1 songs know what to program for. Also, the preview was tuned in-house by Zero-G, not by any known producers, and was part of several internal tests at Zero-G before the final programming was completed.
I must say, despite the poor audio from the panel the preview has us all at Engloids.Info hyped for her release. Expect more details about Avanna to be made public ‘soon’™. You can track our continuing coverage on our “Avanna” site tag.
For you lucky Vocaloid fans near Hampton, Virginia Re:VB & AniMiku are going to be holding a series of events next month from November 2-4th called “VocaNolro”, short for “Vocaloid no Iro” or “The Colors of Vocaloid”. Events include the AniMiku ‘live’ concert, as well as two panels featuring Western producers like Tempo-P of VocalektVisions and Empath-P (Aki Glancy).
The concert itself just might be the most impressive AniMiku one to date and is said to feature a real stage, opening up options for lighting, rigging, and getting the best hologram effects possible. The setlist also has many new additions, along with new Vocaloids, one never before seen, and another that has only been on stage on one other occasion.
Seating capacity for the main event has also been increased to but space is limited so it is probably best to arrive early as a full house is expected. Free commemorative glow-sticks will be given out to the first 1,000 people in the door. VocaNolro will also have a booth in the dealer’s hall selling the latest Vocalekt Visions album, as well as answering any questions you may have concerning the technology powering this event.
For those of you who want to go and have no already registered PayPal Pre-Registration closes tomorrow Friday, October 5th at 11:59 EDT.
In the first Editorial post in over a year we would like to officially expand the scope of Engloids.Info.
When we started this blog we wanted to be the best “Engloid” blog on the West. Now, more than a year later, I would like to think we achieved that goal… if only because we never really had any competition.
We started with a simple mission statement and the humble goal of “Spreading the Engloid Love”. Traditionally I have always translated “Engloid” to “English Vocaloid” but this always seemed a bit narrow of a definition. We don’t just love English-language Vocaloid but all English supporting Vocal Synthesizers.
So with this love in mind we are formally expanding our scope to include English-language UTAU and other Vocal Synthesizing technology. We haven’t changed our original mission statement, we are simply spreading the love around, because we love many things, but we love vocal synths most of all.
Beyond this we would also like to not only spread the love ourselves but cover other people in the act of spending it. Expect more Convention, Concert, and Event coverage in the future as we look forward to covering the many evens the English speaking community has to offer.
If you would like to join us in spreading the love. Staff Recruitment is Openonce again. We are looking for news bloggers, regular columnists on related topics, and at least one more editor to keep us all in check.
Hey everyone! Long time, no blog. I’ve been neck-deep in VOCALOID music and other duties this summer, but I’ve been set back by an unexpected fatal hard-drive crash. I hope this brief recap of my Anime Expo 2012 trip will be enough to prove I’m still alive!
First item on my little list here would be how blown-away I was by the fan-driven Mirai no Neiro panel this year (see last year’s article). I’ve been to every Mirai no Neiro at AX so far and I have to say that I wasn’t prepared for this year’s. I don’t mean to be too harsh, but it’s true that I sat down in my seat on the afternoon of Day 1 (the first half of the panel) preparing my friend next to me for a session of cheesy acting and niche music.