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On July 1, Crypton Future Media announced an August 31 release date for the upcoming Hatsune Miku V4X series of Vocaloid sound banks, with preorders now open. The new visuals on the product web pages put clothes back on Miku, whose naked portrait adorned the previous beta-version web page. The basic Japanese language release will consist of five sound banks—Original, Soft, Solid, Dark and Sweet, with the first three including Crypton’s own E.V.E.C. extensions. A separate V4 version of the English language sound bank will also be released, and it will be available as either a standard release, a barebones release (just the library without Piapro Studio, etc.) or bundled with the Japanese version. Pricing (in JPY, tax included) comes to 21600, 17280, 15120 and 12960 for the Japanese/English bundle, Japanese, English and barebones English versions, respectively, with a 25% upgrade discount for registered users of Hatsune Miku V2/V3.
Crypton updated the official webpage for the upcoming Kagamine Rin/Len V4X today, adding more information to the original teaser site. Rin/Len V4X, slated for a late December 2015 release, will be available at a 17280 JPY price point (including tax), whereas a bundle version that also includes the English voice banks comes in at 21600 JPY; the English Rin/Len V4X comes in at 12960 JPY standalone and doesn’t include Piapro Studio. Download versions of Rin/Len V4X, the English voice banks and the bundle will be released on SONICWIRE. Discount pricing (25% off) will be available through June 30, 2016 for currently registered users of Kagamine Rin/Len V2, at 12960 JPY for the standard package and 16200 JPY for the bundle package that includes English. Preorders for the packaged versions also start today, and people interested in the download version can sign up to be notified by email when the download will be ready.
During Yamaha’s new product announcement live stream, Crypton Future Media’s Sasaki Wataru revealed that the new Luka library will be called “Megurine Luka V4X“, where the X stands for eXpression, eXtended as well as venturing out into the unknown. As expected, the new Luka library will be using the VOCALOID4 engine, and hence will be growl-capable. The software will come with Hard and Soft voice banks in Japanese as well as Straight and Soft voice banks in English. For the Japanese voice banks, the user can also apply a “voice color”—Power, Whisper, Cute, Soft, Husky or Falsetto—using Crypton’s E.V.E.C. feature. The software will be released at the end of February 2015 for 17280 JPY (12960 JPY for registered owners of Luka (V2), Miku V3, Miku V3 Bundle, KAITO V3 or MEIKO V3). New information will be released every weekend starting with November 28. An official upload of the demo movie is now available on YouTube.
Crypton’s upcoming revamp of Megurine Luka, tentatively called Megurine Luka V3, comes not only with newly recorded sound banks, but also several new capabilities. One of the new capabilities is apparently called Enhanced Voice Expression Control (E.V.E.C.), which allows for finer per-note adjustment of the voice synthesis process. A demo of the feature has been uploaded to SoundCloud. While E.V.E.C. is only applicable to Japanese singing, another new capability, this time with respect to Luka’s English, is slated to be revealed late November. Lastly, from the screenshots on the page, it appears that “Whisper”, “Soft”, “Power”, “Cute” and “Closed” will be among the voices available in the upcoming software package.
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.
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.
In an email newsletter as well as on a blog post, Crypton Future Media has announced that a 14-day trial version for MEIKO POWER, part of the upcoming MEIKO V3, is now available as a free download. It also includes a trial version of VOCALOID editing software Piapro Studio, which now supports AU on the Mac in addition to VSTi. To run the trial, a DAW capable of loading VSTi or AU plugins is required, since the trial bundle doesn’t come with Studio One. Furthermore, they are hoping to release the Mac version of KAITO V3 in February of next year and will be provided free of charge to people who have or who will purchase (the Windows version of) KAITO V3.
Crypton Future Media is currently offering several software packages as free downloads to existing registered users of its software. Users must have created an account with Crypton and registered serial numbers corresponding to the required products in order to be eligible. Currently, three offerings are available, and all current offerings end on February 28, 2014.
According to a new blog post on Crypton Future Media’s website, Crypton Future Media will be providing Hatsune Miku V3 VIVID and Hatsune Miku V3 LIGHT free of charge to users of Miku Append who buy Miku V3. More specifically, this applies to users who have registered their copies of Hatsune Miku, Hatsune Miku Append and the standard or bundle version of Hatsune Miku V3 with Crypton’s website. The VIVID and LIGHT sound banks were the two remaining sound banks from Append that were not added to the main Hatsune Miku V3 release. Details are expected to be sent out to eligible users by mid October. Plans to distribute these two sound banks for free were previously hinted in solicitation emails sent out to currently registered owners.
According to an official tweet last night and subsequent blog post this morning, Crypton Future Media had received many inquiries from users unable to activate their copies of Hatsune Miku V3, which had just been released yesterday. Yamaha, who runs the activation servers, also reported a similar situation last night. Shortly after noon, Crypton CEO Hiroyuki Itoh talked more in detail about the situation and their morning meeting with Yamaha through a series of tweets [1 2 3 4], stating that Yamaha had confirmed a much higher than normal amount of hits to their activation server(s) and are looking into expanding the capacity of the system. Apparently, activation for all VOCALOID products are done through the same server system, and hence this should be affecting other VOCALOID products as well; Itoh hopes for Yamaha to make a general announcement regarding the issue. He also noted that Hatsune Miku V3 can be used for up to 14 days without activation, and thus it would be possible to activate her later after the online activation problems have been resolved. Finally, he apologized for the inconvenience and promised to keep people informed of any new developments.
UPDATE: Yamaha has posted an update and apology on their website, stating that the servers should now be fixed and that they are looking into addressing the original cause (too many activation requests).