Hello to you, I´m a new contributor, I actually subscribed here as a columnist, but I believe this worths the post. Yesterday I’ve spoken to someone I believe you all already know.
José Lastras, also known as MasterVocaloid or Giuseppe, is an amateur musician and, I dare say, the best producer western VOCALOID fans have seen so far. Three months ago Giuseppe apparently left the fandom without further announcement. Many questions were left unanswered and lots of fans were sad about his sudden leave.
In this brief interview, José spoke about his work with VOCALOID, his relationship with the fandom, the reason why he erased his blog and he also reveals to us one more Spanish voicebank that remained unknown until this interview.
With sentiments I can agree with PrimaLove of VocaloidOtaku and her RL friend as Len performed this skit during the Anime Expo 2011 Masquerade.
I must say I love the accent and the entire persona she adopted as Prima. A bit more effort than the Mirai no Neiro cosplayers, but then again this is an Engloid so I am obviously and unashamedly bias.
Highlights include her referring to Miku as the “dreaded pigtailed monster” and Rin as Len’s “insufferable sister”.
It is probably not the kind skit non-Engloid fans would enjoy (I would say ‘Vocaloid fans’ but some Crypton fans might take offense) but it is better than most your Convention Masquerade fare.
So you’re interested in writing your own original Engloid song (or maybe even just a cover), but you don’t know where to start. No problem. Provided you already know a little about music, then the next step is to buy one of the great and powerful English-language VOCALOID voicebanks.
The two main providers of Engloid voices to date are Zero-G Ltd., operating from England, and PowerFX Systems AB, from Sweden. Aside from those two major players, Crypton’s CV03 Megurine Luka software includes an English voicebank (albeit with a Japanese accent).
What this all boils down to is that, provided you are not interested in using Luka’s English voice, you will have to decide between Zero-G and PowerFX sooner or later. Before you go deciding, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
There seems to have a serious lack of coverage of Ecapsule Co., Ltd., our friends in Taiwan. While other blogs might not care about these Engloid ports and redesigns, ‘Engloid’ is not only our middle name but our first and last name too!
First will take a look at Ecapsule the company, what they did with Sonika, the finally the latest of the Engloid imports with eCapsule Corp’s take on Zero-G’s Prima & Tonio as well as PowerFX’s Big Al & Sweet Ann.