MikuFan Interview With Vocaloid Producer Tripshots

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Music,Other — Written by jrharbort on Friday, August 8th, 2014 @ 9:23 am

Tripshots is a long standing contributing artist to Vocaloid in both music and outstanding CGI animation work. His animations in particular continued to set new benchmarks for years to follow, and have been widely publicized across the web as representations of what the Vocaloid community creates. For many fans today, works like Nebula or Gift nor Art can be recognized as the video that attracted them to the Vocaloid culture.

An interesting trait of Tripshots’ personality is his openness towards overseas fans of his work, something that we would like to see from many more Vocaloid producers in the future. After Tripshots kindly agreed to our interview request, we proceeded to gather questions from Vocaloid fans from around the world. So we’d like to thank everyone for their contributions! Special thanks to Descent87 for providing translations for the interview.

Tripshots Official Site: http://www.tripshots.net/
Tripshots Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/tripshots
Tripshots Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/Tripshots

MikuFan: Good evening, and thank you for accepting! I’ve been a follower of your work for many years. We have also gathered many questions from fans overseas.

Tripshots: I’m truly grateful to have so many fans who are interested in me and my work.

MikuFan: The first question is one that almost everyone would like to know the answer to: How did you discover Vocaloid, and what inspired you to become involved?

Tripshots: The first time I heard about Vocaloid was through a news article. I noticed a name I had never seen before, “Hatsune Miku”. As a Japanese person, seeing a name I had never seen before perked my interested and I read the article. The article basically spoke about how Hatsune Miku was the face of a new vocal synthesizer software that had gained considerable popularity on video sharing sites.

MikuFan: Ahh, I see. (This had happened within a mere couple month of Miku’s software release, her popularity had unexpectedly exploded in Japan)

Tripshots: I had already had some interest in this kind of technology and was already aware of Meiko’s release. However having listened to her demo songs, I felt that she still sounded too mechanical. However when I listened to Hatsune Miku’s demo work, I was truly surprised and excited by the amount of expressiveness in her voice and found myself wanting to try and work with her.

MikuFan: Hatsune Miku’s voice was truly captivating for many people.

Tripshots: I was especially impressed when I heard OSTER Project’s work.

MikuFan: Ah, OSTER Project! She is a very early Vocaloid producer.

Tripshots: Saying that, I basically mean to say that she was the culprit (joking) who helped drag me into the world of Vocaloid. (more…)

Sapporo Short Fest UGC Award Open for Entry

Filed under: Events,Hatsune Miku,Software — Written by Lawrence Elsa on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

sapporo film banner
Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market is holding a video contest for Vocaloid Music videos with the support of Crypton Future Media. The history of this festival starts as the CGM Award, but was renamed to UGC (User Generated Contents) Award in the 9th SAPPORO Short Fest to celebrate Hatsune Miku’s 5th anniversary, and since then has screened various promotional videos from a wide range of artists and producers.
All the submitted videos and films are previewed by the selection committee, and some works will be chosen for an official UGC Award of SAPPORO Short Fest 2014. Those videos and films will be screened at their main theater, and will give a grand prize for the UGC Grand Prix and two winners of UGC awards.
[Submission Regulations]

  • The singing synthesizer software has to be used in the work.
  • The images have to be original works.
  • Copyright has to be clear with illustration and music.
  • The length of the video or film has to be within 30 minutes.
  • The video or film is published on the website.
  • Resolution of the video must be more than 1024 x 768 pixels.
  • A director or a group of directors can submit only one video or film.

Last year’s winners
Submissions are open from July 18, to August 31, 2014 15:00 JST and can be submitted here (instructions in both Japanese and English).

We Love Fine Opens Second Hatsune Miku Design Contest, Win A Trip To Miku Expo In LA or NY!

Filed under: Events,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

The second We Love Fine art design contest for Hatsune Miku and other Cryptonloids has begun! Last year’s contest inspired some amazing artworks that surprised both We Love Fine and Crypton Future Media, and they are looking forward to what the community can contribute to the 2nd Hatsune Miku Fan Design contest! We here at MikuFan also look forward to it, because this year we are participating as official judges alongside Crunchyroll and Hot Topic!

Contest participants could have a chance at winning the top prize: A paid trip to Miku Expo in either Los Angeles at the NOKIA Theatre, or New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Your design will also be featured on official We Love Fine merchandise.

-> Click To View Official Contest Page <-

Contest Prizes

Grand Prize Winner (1): One (1) Grand Prize Winner will win a trip to HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in New York OR Los Angeles! Trip will include: – Two Miku Expo concert tickets – One round trip airfare (limited to US domestic flights only) – Two nights of lodging near the convention center.

Judge Picks (3): Three (3) Judge Pick Winners will be chosen and each winner will receive Four Hundred Dollars Cash ($400.00)

Hot Topic Pick (1): One (1) winner will receive Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) Cash Prize

Discover the world of Hatsune Miku Exhibition, Live Concerts and more!

LA@NOKIA Theatre: Oct. 11th & 12th, 2014
NY@Hammerstein Ballroom: Oct. 17th & 18th, 2014
Web: http://mikuexpo.com/
Video: http://youtu.be/Ym2oorgYwQw

For the full contest rules and FAQs, please visit the official contest page. There you will also be able to download the art submission kit, submit your own designs, as well as view other contest entries. Art designs can be submitted between August 5th and September 2nd, which gives artists 29 days to submit an entry. So get started with creating those new art designs! And if you haven’t already, check out the current designs that We Love Fine has to offer on their shop.

COSPA Straps and Keychains of Crypton Vocaloids Available For Preorder

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Other,Other Vocaloids — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

COSPA will be releasing rubber keychain and strap sets of Crypton Future Media’s characters this October. All Cryptonloids are featured, which includes Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin and Len, Meiko and Kaito. Each character comes in two styles: A keychain for use on backpacks, handbags or key sets, or a strap that fits into the headphone jack of any mobile device.

Hatsune Miku: Keychain | Strap
Megurine Luka: Keychain | Strap
Kagamine Rin: Keychain | Strap
Kagamine Len: Keychain | Strap
Meiko: Keychain | Strap
Kaito: Keychain | Strap

The straps can be found on Amiami for just 648 Yen each, and their small size also makes them convenient to bundle with other orders without increasing the shipping costs (shipping for the strap alone would normally be more than the strap itself). They are available for preorder now, and scheduled to release sometime in late October.

Closeup View of the Hatsune Miku Rubber Strap

Via Hatsune Miku Official Blog

Rohto Digi-Eye Feat. Hatsune Miku AR App Now Activated on iOS and Android

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News,Other,Software — Written by jrharbort on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

The Digi-Eye augmented reality application that was mentioned in our previous article has been activated, and viewers can now enjoy a “live” performance of Hatsune Miku dancing and singing to a new song composed by Mitchie M.

The application is available globally for iOS, but the Android version is unfortunately region locked to Japan (Sorry Android users!). However, I think the lock was a mistake, and I’m looking into it. I will edit this post with an update if it is changed.

iOS (Global): https://itunes.apple.com/app/dejiaiar/id893544146
Android (Japan-only): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.rohto.digieye

The application also requires the Digi-Eye product box to work as the stage for the live performance. Can’t buy it? You’re in luck! Rohto has made a printable version of the box available online for those unable to purchase Digi-Eye.

-> Printable Box Download <-

Below are a few snapshots of the application in action.

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