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(TENTATIVE) AWA 2021
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As the situation with COVID19 is still fluid, this announcement is an extremely tenuous one.
I will be applying for a panel for AWA 2021, which takes place at the end of October.
I will be fully vaccinated, but I am waiting to see how the overall pandemic status leading up to those dates, and what safety measures the convention will be putting into place before I make my final decision whether or not to attend.
As part of Studio VOXYZ’s initiative to teach others about vocalsynths, Myst has produced informative panels that she presents at fan conventions. She also hosts UTAU fan meets at both conventions and concerts.
UTAU: Free Virtual Vocalists
This panel about the UTAU software consists of a brief fandom history, an intro to some of the prominent characters, and a quick rundown of the process of creating a voicebank. It includes video examples of unique UTAU in various languages and voice types, and ends with a software demonstration.
VOCALOID Culture: Beyond the Voice
This is a newer panel that focuses on the unique creative culture surrounding the vocalsynth idol-in-a-box concept. It discusses the use of VOCALOID in doujin works in Japan, introduces Western producers that often slip under the general fandom radar, and explains how fans can support artists within the community and become content creators themselves.
Where have all the VOCALOIDs gone?
The title is tentative, but this is a planned upcoming panel about various companies’ transition from Yamaha’s VOCALOID to other synth engines (CeVIO, SynthV, Piapro NT).