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We’ve Inc., the company that brought My Little Pony to Japan, is now launching an educational magazine titled “Vocalo-P ni Naritai!” (I want to become a VOCALOID producer!), and it will feature a new sound bank and character named Rana. Each of the thirty issues of this magazine (at 1420 JPY an issue plus tax, with 799 JPY for the inaugural issue coming out on September 9) will include all the software and materials necessary to make a VOCALOID song and PV. The included DVD for each issue will contain: VOCALOID3 Editor and VOCALOID3 Library Rana to let the user make vocal tracks, Singer Song Writer 7 Lite for Rana for putting together a song, and MikuMikuDance (along with a Rana model) for making videos. Each issue of the magazine is set up to be a complete lesson, starting out with a yonkoma comic about what type of song will be the focus of the issue, and then proceeds with a discussion about an already-made VOCALOID song, followed by tutorials in using the VOCALOID editor, putting together a song in the DAW, and making a video using MMD. Finally, the issue will close out with some product placement as well as a review quiz. The website mentions that the provided software will need to be reactivated every two to five issues, although someone who purchased all the volumes of the magazine will receive at the end a fully functioning set of software that will work indefinitely. Another disclaimer on the website says that the software and content included with each issue is subject to change. The character Rana comes with a license that essentially allows free use non-commercially.
On July 12, 2014, VoxWave announced that they were planning “A New Beginning For ALYS” via blog post. This blog post simply said-
Hello everyone ! Long time not see ! We have some news for you ! Please read our press release.
-with an accompanying link to the press release.
Yamaha has unveiled a teaser site for the upcoming galaco NEO, shortly after DTM Magazine posted their article. Yamaha will release the packaged version of galaco NEO in early August with “open pricing” (i.e. retailers set their own prices; it’s the norm for a lot of Japanese products, including some VOCALOID libraries) and a download version on August 5 at 16000 JPY. The official website is slated to launch on July 18 with demo songs. Unlike the original galaco,
whose voice provider’s identity is still a mystery, the new version is publicly confirmed to be Ko Shibasaki. The Win/Mac software package will come with two VOCALOID3 soundbanks — the solid and clear galaco RED, with pitch and tempo ranges of F2 to G4 and 60 to 175 BPM respectively, and the calm and full-bodied galaco BLUE, with pitch and tempo ranges of E2 to F#4 and 90 to 195 BPM respectively. Furthermore, over 100 types of voice samples will be included as well as a Windows-only galaco Talk software. The character design has also been updated for the NEO release, with Tomioka Jiro as the new illlustrator. The DTM Magazine article also provided a quote from Ko Shibasaki, who said that she was looking forward to seeing her alter-ego galaco surpass her, reach out to a wider audience, get molded through the process of creation and give birth to a new wind that’ll sweep through the world.
Tohoku Zunko, a character mascot for the Tohoku region of Japan to aid in revival efforts, will now be able to sing thanks to an upcoming VOCALOID3 software package from AH-Software. It will be released on June 5 at a price point of 11238 JPY plus tax, and it will include several bundled software programs for free in order to let beginners hit the ground running. Four demo songs are currently available on the product website. AH-Software has previously released a VOICEROID+ software package for Zunko that lets her speak.
Recently, it announced via a Tweet that Miku will be opening for Lady Gaga in her US Concerts of the ARTPOP Ball Tour.
Tonight is Miku’s first performance as an opening act, and the show is going on as of this articles release.
Lady Gaga posted a small snippet of her performance on her Instagram page. The song she was performing in that clip was Glass Wall by GuitarHeroPianoZero (Shoutout: Congrats!!). Many VOCALOID fans and producers alike have been commenting on Twitter about her performance.
Personally, I believe that this is great exposure for the VOCALOID community, and I can’t wait to see what more we get as Miku and Lady Gaga travel across the US.
These recordings are from a panel or presentation, in which the VoxWave team explained VOCALOID to the French community.
This video also has English subtitles available.
For those of you who are not yet acquainted with ALYS, she is a new VOCALOID being developed by VoxWave, bilingual in French and Japanese.
Her artwork has been illustrated by Saphirya, the winner of her design contest, which received over 200 entries. Her voice provider will be Poucet, the popular YouTaite (YouTube-based Utaite).
Given this conference informing the French community about VOCALOID, I think it would be safe to say that we will be getting more information on ALYS soon, so stay tuned!
Yamaha has posted a new press release describing VOCALOID NET, their upcoming cloud platform. Launching in July, VOCALOID NET will be a members-only service aimed at aiding users with the creation of VOCALOID music. At launch, the platform will feature two services — VOCALODUCER, an automatic music generator service previously only available to commercial partners, and VOCALOSTORAGE, in-the-cloud storage allowing seamless transfer of song data between applications. VOCALODUCER will allow a user to create a song simply by entering lyrics and selecting a melody and singer. An advanced mode will allow selecting of musical genre, accompaniment style, and chord progressions, etc. VOCALOSTORAGE, meanwhile, will allow enabled applications to directly save and load files via the cloud. Basic membership will be free, but it is limited to 500MB of storage and the basic version of VOCALODUCER, whereas the 500 JPY per month premium membership plan will come with 5GB of storage and access to VOCALODUCER feature updates. A teaser webpage is currently up with a short promotional video as well as a countdown to the start of Chokaigi, where Yamaha will be demonstrating the service at the VOCALOID NET booth.
Yamaha has just posted a press release announcing more details about the upcoming “v flower” VOCALOID3 voice bank that had been used recently in a new song by production team HoneyWorks. The voice bank will have a May 9 release as a digital download at 9333 JPY, with a hard copy version scheduled for summer of this year. The voice bank is touted to be a powerful and clear-sounding female voice suitable for rock music. Her range is from F#2 to F4 and her recommended tempo range is from 80 to 200 BPM. The character herself is called “flower” and was designed by Rukoru and illustrated by Yamako, both members of HoneyWorks. A booth will be set up at niconico Chokaigi this year to demonstrate the software.
This new voice has been dubbed “v flower” for the time being, and the voice has been described numerous times as a power type voicebank with a crisp voice. The tagline for this new test bank is “New VOCALOID3 Up To You”. The voice has been described as genderless, however if you look at the mascot, you can tell that at least the design is feminine, since the small part of the mascot shown in the banner above in fact has a skirt on.
A full artwork has not yet been released. You can see her design here.
This song was just released yesterday (April 16th), but Flower already has a Twitter account and an Official Site up and running. The signature symbol for this new voicebank also seems to be a bass clef, seeing as it is her Twitter Icon, and also the Favicon on her Official Site.
Many well known producers such as Circus-P have already commented on Flower, so that is definitely a good sign for her popularity. And since both Windows 8 and OS X Mavericks logos can be seen on the banner above, that would suggest that this voicebank will be hybrid-compatible when released. At any rate, Flower has already been well received by the community after just one day, and personally, I am very excited to see what potential she has in store for us.
EDIT: She also already has a SoundCloud page up and running.
The iVOCALOID app series hasn’t seen much activity recently, however, Yamaha recently released i-Style Project’s latest voice bank, Merli, for the engine. The application is currently available on the App Store and costs 2,700 JPY normally but is on sale for 1,000 JPY until April 16th. Previous issues with iOS 7 have reportedly been fixed in this new release.
It seems appropriate that Merli would be the next iVOCALOID release, considering that her sister and fellow i-Style Project VOCALOID, Aoki Lapis, was the last release the series saw before Merli came into the picture.