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Yamaha Announces VOCALOID4

During a product announcement live stream, Yamaha has revealed that VOCALOID4 is coming this winter. More specifically, VOCALOID4 Editor and VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase, along with VY1V4, are scheduled to be released late December, “in time for Christmas.” The hardcopy version of VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase will also come with a complementary license to Cubase AI so that users can immediately use the software. VOCALOID4 will bring a few new features, including growl (the amount of growling/raspiness can be adjusted as a time-varying parameter), cross-synthesis (the singing of the same singer in the same language can be blended smoothly between two different voices (e.g. between normal and power) using a time-varying parameter, as long as a special “voice” has been prepared beforehand with the two voices), pitch rendering (displays the effective pitch curve on the UI) and real-time input (using a MIDI keyboard, fixed syllable).

Cross-synthesis, pitch rendering and real-time input are supported for VOCALOID3 banks as well, and VOCALOID2 banks can support pitch rendering and real-time input as long as they have been imported into VOCALOID3. DTM Station’s writeup also indicates some other features such as pitch-snap mode (remove natural portamento, etc.) as well ways to bake the portamento and vibrato effects into the PIT curve. The press release from Yamaha indicates that VY1V4 will have four voices—Normal, Soft, Power and Natural. As for upgrade pricing, customers who bought any version of VOCALOID3 Editor, VOCALOID Editor for Cubase or VY1V3 are eligible for an upgrade pricing of 5400 JPY for the new products. Those who bought the editor software after November 10 are also eligible for a free upgrade until end of June, 2015. Starting on November 21, there will also be a song contest on VOCALOID NET with a VY1V4-Editor set as the grand prize.

UPDATE: According to a tweet from Kenmochi, VOCALOID3 Editor and VOCALOID Editor for Cubase will be receiving updates in the future to read .vsqx files created by their VOCALOID4 analogues.

VOCALOID Engine Used for Vocals in Upcoming hide Album

According to a news item on the hide official web site, the vocals for the title track on the upcoming album “Co GAL” were created with the help of Yamaha’s VOCALOID engine. A former member of X Japan as well as a solo artist, hide passed away at the age of 33, with his death officially ruled a suicide. At the time, only a demo track with rough vocals was available for “Co Gal”, unfit for release on the then upcoming posthumous studio album “Ja, Zoo”. Fellow musician I.N.A., along with Yamaha’s VOCALOID synthesis engine, have now recreated the song, which will be released on an album commemorating hide’s 50th birthday. This album will also include remastered versions of 15 other popular songs of hide’s. Finally, the first press limited edition version of the album will include the original demo track as well. Both versions will be available starting December 10 at a price point of 3000 JPY/3800 JPY for the standard and limited editions respectively.

Crypton Projects Luka V3 for Q1 2015 and Rin/Len V3 for Q3 2015

At the NYCC panel, in addition to playing an English version of Just Be Friends, Crypton announced that Megurine Luka V3 will have a projected release date sometime in the first quarter of 2015 and teased the audience with her silhouette. Furthermore, Kagamine Rin/Len V3 will have a scheduled release in the third quarter of 2015 as well. Based on various tweets from attendees, other highlights of the panel include summarizing previous Miku collaboration projects and showing concert footage from Indonesia. Crypton also said that the reason for Miku Expo being held in Jakarta and the US was that the former was the city with the most votes on the Help Us Find You! campaign and the latter was the country with the most votes. Furthermore, according to some tweets from @crypton_wat, the experimental “extra functionality” they had been working on for Luka V3 will be mainly for the Japanese sound bank(s)—Wataru Sasaki and Hideki Kenmochi were recently interviewed regarding this and details will be revealed in stages from now through November.

Crypton’s SONICWIRE Store to Add Miku V3/Bundle/VIVID/LIGHT Downloads

According to an official blog post, the download version of Hatsune Miku V3 will be available through Crypton Future Media’s SONICWIRE online store at a price point of 17280 JPY (taxes included). The bundle version, which additionally includes Hatsune Miku V3 English, will also be available at 21600 JPY; previously, only a download version of Hatsune Miku V3 English was available. Lastly, the VIVID and LIGHT sound banks, previously only available as a free download to previous owners of all of Hatsune Miku’s software packages, will now be offered at 8640 JPY each. These two sound banks are add-on VOCALOID3 sound banks and do not include Piapro Studio or Studio One.


VOCALOID3 ChikaAfter posting a teaser demo song made by Peperon-P, INTERNET has now put up a webpage talking about its upcoming VOCALOID3 voice bank, Chika. It is based on the voice of Itoh Chiaki, a member of avex’s seven-person music act AAA. Chika is touted as a versatile voice bank able to hit both highs and lows (recommended pitch range of F2 to D5), with twice as many samples as VOCALOID3 products from before. According to Peperon-P, her consonants are quick, making it easy for fast songs (recommended tempo range of 60 to 175 BPM). The producer also mentioned that she sounds natural and charming near the middle of range, while she gets a bit crisper and huskier near the top of her register. The boxed version will be released on October 16 at 10800 JPY plus tax, while the download version will come in the same day at 8640 JPY plus tax. There are also discounts for current registered owners of INTERNET software, with up to almost a 30% discount for these people who buy early.

New Educational Magazine to Launch in September, Featuring New VOCALOID Character Rana

RanaWe’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.

ALYS To Be Developed for Another Engine

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.

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galaco NEO Gets Early August Release Date

galaco NEO Package DesignYamaha 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.

AH-Software Announces VOCALOID3 Tohoku Zunko

VOCALOID3 Tohoku ZunkoTohoku 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.
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Hatsune Miku Opens for Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Ball Tours

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.

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