Zero-G Limited, otherwise known simply as Zero-G, is a sampling, sound FX and Vocaloid publisher based out of the UK. Founded in 1990 by Ed &Julie Stratton as a music production and education company they would later release the world’s first ever VOCALOIDs LEON and LOLA on March 3, 2004.
Released with almost no warning Vocaloid 3 Avanna is available for download through Zero-G’s Avanna-Vocaloid.com sub-site. Priced at $95 USD Zero-G continues their trend of pricing their Vocaloids lower than their PowerFX counterparts.
Right now Avanna is Download Only, with a physical version estimated fpr a late-January to early-Febuary release. We have reached out to Zero-G about the possibility of a Avanna/Vocaloid 3 Editor DVD bundle, but they were unable to comment at the time of press.
All versions of Avanna include a ‘lite’ version of the Vocaloid 3 Editor. The full Vocaloid 3 Editor is currently only available through PowerFX as a DVD for $120 [link] or from VocaloidStore (English) as a download for ￥9,800 [link].
Do note the ‘Lite’ editor include a limitation of 17 bars of music at one time. The Full Editor also includes additional features such as multi-track editing, effects support, plugin jobs, and the ability to import Vocaloid 2 voicebanks into the new rendering engine.
With Avanna’s launch right around the corner, rumored to be sometime within the next week, Zero-G has released another demo. Its short, at only 45 seconds and without a backing track it provides a nice clean look at Avanna’s vocal qualities.
The demo song is Wishing on a Star, originally an R&B song from 1978 sung by Rose Royce. Avanna seems to be exceptionally smooth and clear, though not without some delivery oddnesses that will likely take some fine tuning in-editor to work out.
The demo debuted on the Demo Page of the still in progress Avanna Vocaloid website. While still a Work-In-Progress the page had previously had a ‘coming soon’ message with an expected release date of December 20th.
Expect more details to come. You can follow our previous coverage on our Avanna site tag.
‘It is unlikely to be as soon as the 20th unfortunately. We are hopeful for a pre-Christmas release for the downloadable version, but we really cannot promise that. Thanks so much for your patience, and I’m very sorry for not having a definite answer yet.’
This is a question that has been asked continually over the last month, looking at my Google Analytics alone all of the my top 5 Google search keywords are different combinations of ‘Avanna’ and ‘Release’. As we have no official news from the powers that be I figured I may as well rant and speculate on the topic.
Personally I am placing the blame on squarely on Yamaha, as for their motivations, and how I came to this conclusion, we will go over through the course of this article. Before we begin speculating let us first let us establish what we do, what official statements have been made, and the ‘facts’ of the situation. First we will have a look at Avanna, her artwork redesigns, what progress has been made on her vocals, and then we will look at the past with Oliver’s release last year. Once we have established what we do know, then I will go into my speculation, and the conclusions I have drawn from the situation at hand.
In likely the first of many such info-dumps Zero-G has authorized EmpathP (Aki Glancy) to give us our first look at Vocaloid 3 Avanna’s official artwork. This combined with the audio preview from yesterday VocaNoIro NekoCon Producers Panel Avanna Preview the public now has their first look at what Vocaloid 3 Avanna will both look and sound like.
Along with including the art, EmpathP has included a little ‘dev diary‘ giving us a look into how exactly Avanna came to be. There are a bunch of interesting factoids included in this dev diary including how EmpathP got the job, some of the revisions they made, and the reveal that Avanna’s may be of Irish descent, thus prompting the ‘Celtic’ theme.
Probably most interesting of all was the insight in how Yamaha has input in all of their sub-licencer’s VOCALOID production. Yamaha expressed concerns “that Zero-G’s approved design was not “Anime” styled enough” and requested Avanna be redesigned into a “cuter, modern anime style”, maybe in an attempt to grab that ‘moe’ appeal that is oh, so popular these days.
A ‘Mock’ Boxart Image of Vocaloid 3 Avanna
Color Scheme: Green, Gold, and Blue
Artist’s assumed height: 5’6”
Artist’s assumed weight: 156 lbs
The full art is included after the jump. EmpathP’s full report at deviantArt, and see the artwork release post over at VocaloidOtaku. Our previous coverage can be found under the ‘Avanna‘ tag.
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.