Crypton made ‘new’ boxart based off the original Engloid designs for their Japanese retail release.
Crypton made ‘new’ boxart based off the original Engloid designs for their Japanese physical release.
Previously we had a feature on Ecapsule & Their Redesigns and the old Engloids blog took a look at Sonika’s Mandarin release. So other companies reselling Engloids in their respective regions is hardly anything new.
That being said the fact that Crypton is reselling the Engloids as “Virtual Instruments” in the Crypton Marketplace along with providing a fancy physical DVDs and boxes is news to me. I know I only recently found out when browsing Vocaloid.com’s 3rd Party Vocaloid 2 Listing and found them linking to Crypton Market pages.
They are priced at 19,950¥ or roughly $260. A bit expensive compared to the digital downloads available direct from PowerFX/Zero-G but about on par with many retail box releases of other Vocaloid 2s. I am unsure if like Sonika in Mandarin they come with additional native language usage materials but they are stamped onto physical DVDs.
The designs are the same as the PowerFX & Zero-G but the 3d renditions of the retail boxes are something new. Check them out for yourself at Crypton’s website following the links below.
[Vocaloid 2 Engine Listing] [PowerFX Company Page] [Zero-G Company Page]
Zero-G’s Vocaloid sale continues into August with an additional 10% off their July discounted prices. With the additional 10% off these are now the lowest prices that their Vocaloids have ever been!
Sonika, Prima, and Tonio are available for $79.99/£56 at their respective websites:
Leon, Lola, and Miriam are available here and are still $55.99 but now come with a $25 discount coupon for your next Zero-G purchase.
You can always keep saving for Vocaloid 3, likely the reason for this sale, but the editor should be backward compatible with all Vocaloid 2s. This sale should be good for the rest of August.
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:
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Robert Hedin producer of annaROBIK feat. LOLA
Time+Space a site affiliated with Zero-G that distributes samples, sound libraries, and virtual instruments interviews Robert Hedin the creator of “Anarobik“, an alias for Vocaloid Lola that acts as the lead singer and ‘stage name’ of Robert’s electronic music projects.
How did Vocaloid Lola first come to your attention? What was it about the product that prompted you to buy it?
I’m sure I discovered Lola by browsing the internet. I had the concept of anaROBIK several years before I had the idea of using a Vocaloid. Once I started listening to the demos of Vocaloids, it became obvious rather quickly that Vocaloid was the technology of choice, and Lola was the one I wanted to work with. I think she has the most versatile voice that can be placed in a very wide range of musical settings, and it just seems to work. I really wanted a voice that allows me a lot of creative freedom, I didn’t want to be stylistically trapped by a voice, and I don’t feel that I am with Lola.
aniROBIK is a great example of “Vocaloid as a Software” rather than “Vocaloid as a Character” where the Vocaloid is transformed by the artist into something unique and can go beyond the limitations of their boxart using the artist’s creativity as a medium.
Check out the full interview: @The Time+Space Blog!
Listen to Rebert’s electronica music: anaROBIK@YouTube