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Vocamerica at AnimeBanzai Recap

On the weekend of October 20-22 Anime Banzai in Layton Utah hosted special guest EmpathP & her VOCAMERICA concert. Although EmpathP has brought her western Vocaloid-focused concert series all over the eastern U.S. as well as Switzerland, this was the concert’s first venture into the western part of the country. Festivities kicked off early Friday evening with a pair of special panel sessions: The World of Vocaloid & VOCAMERICA Q&A. The first session was an introduction to Vocaloid including a brief history of the software, how it evolved through the years & how the character aspect developed, becoming an integral part of each voice bank. VOCAMERICA Q&A was more of an open forum that allowed the audience to delve deeper into the roots of VOCAMERICA & provide input as to what future directions the concert project might take.

VOCAMERICA on the main stage

Although there was no formal VOCALOID cosplay gathering at Anime Banzai, there were plenty of GUMIs, Rins, Lens, & even a Mayu cosplayer was spotted. EmpathP’s Vocaloid panels served as a magnet for Vocaloid enthusiasts throughout the weekend, & they continued early Saturday evening with two more sessions. The first was an English Vocaloid lecture full of all sorts of inside info you probably won’t find online anywhere. For example, the voice samples for Big Al’s first voice bank had to be re-recorded due to “quality issues”. EmpathP explained just what those “quality problems” were & what options were available to PowerFX in order to resolve them. After a short break EmpathP finished the evening with a most intriguing analysis of the Vocaloid opera “The End” starring Hatsune Miku.

Rear projection technology provided a holographic effect.

VOCAMERICA’s 9th concert was held Sunday morning at 9 AM. As with past concerts, DEX & DAINA opened with CircusP’s “Fade”. Other crowd favorites from past concerts included nostraightanswer’s “Define Me” starring Maika & her incredibly long, bouncy locks, CrusherP’s “Biohazard” sung by Kikyuune Aiko (with new animation!) & “Wildfire” sung by an “inflammable” DAINA, & EmpathP’s “Two Weeks” featuring a heart-grabbing performance by DEX. Some new songs featured in this concert included CircusP’s “Different Seas”, EmpathP’s “Fairytale Blue”, CreepP’s “Mommy”, & “Barrier” by MJQ & Eri. Kikyuune Aiko also surprised the audience with “Hibikase” by GigaP & Reol (even Kikyuune Aiko’s creator MystSaphyr had no idea that Aiko was going to perform this one!).

After the concert merchandise was available for sale.

The VOCAMERICA train rolls on! Heading back to the east coast, its next stops are in Columbia SC (Banzaicon Nov. 3-5th), Deerfield Beach FL (Anime Iwai Nov. 10-12th) & Pigeon Forge TN (Yama-Con Dec. 1-3rd). There are also plans for a 2nd European show in Spain.

Keep an eye on VOCAMERICA.com as more shows will be added as they are booked.

Additional Coverage @ Studio VOXYZ’s VOCAMERICA at Anime Banzai

Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper to Perform at VOCAMERICA

With the VOCAMERICA Kickstarter now closed AkiGlancy (EmpathP) has revealed the “mystery UTAU” that claimed the $1,000 “UTAU Performance Reward Package” to be none other Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper. Viki Hopper is an English VCCV voicebank developed for the UTAU singthesis software.

As part of “UTAU Performance Reward Package” Viki Hopper will appear in concert performing an original song written and composed by EmpathP. As updates for Viki Hopper are still pending she won’t debut until “next summer” during a yet unnamed future VOCAMERICA event as the opening act.

Congratulations to Ben Laudicano and the rest of the Seiun team. Thanks to you and 313 other backers supporting this, and other future concerts, would not have been possible. Viki Hopper is amazing and we look forward to her VOCAMERICA debut later next year.

You can download Viki Hopper for FREE here. You can listen to a sample of her in a video embedded below. Continue reading “Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper to Perform at VOCAMERICA” »

VOCAMERICA: The Western Concert Project Kickstarter in its Final Hours

VOCAMERICA: The Western Concert Project is a live holographic musical event featuring English and Western vocal synthesizers of both the Vocaloid and UTAU variety. The event is sponsored by Producer & Daina Voice Provider AkiGlancy and her studio Empathy Studios to be held at NEKOCON 2016. While much of the initial equipment and production related costs were fronted by EmpathP she reached a point where she turned toward the community and Kickstarter for help.

Through the Kickstarter she hopes to finalize the payments of the VOCAMERICA staff members and produce an official concert CD and merchandise. The initial NEKOCON concert is to star Vocaloid Dex & Daina as the main act with Vocaloid Ruby & Maika and UTAU Aiko Kikyuune & Namida with supporting sets. If successful Aki hopes to expand VOCAMERICA to include additional singers and venues.

At the time of writing the Kickstarter is fully funded and is set for Nekocon 2016. As with most Kickstarters Vocamerica is looking to expand its scope and has a variety of stretch goals including “performance upgrades” for potential virtual singers as well as projection and motion capture equipment upgrades.

The campaign is currently working toward its final stretch goals at $20,000 for a Tonio & Prima “performance upgrade” and $25,000 Bruno & Clara “performance upgrade”. Previous stretch goals already met include performance upgrades for Big Al, Sonika, Yohioloid, Oliver and Avanna.

For more information check out the Project’s Kickstarter Page.

You can view the pitch video embedded as well as some disclosures after the jump. Continue reading “VOCAMERICA: The Western Concert Project Kickstarter in its Final Hours” »