Posts Tagged ‘Hatsune Miku’
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.
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.
I recently had the pleasure of attending Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Ball at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (after some drama involving the resident national sports team necessitating the concert to be rescheduled earlier in the week, but that’s another story).
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.
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).
During a product announcement event streamed live on niconico, Crypton has released more detailed plans regarding the upcoming release of Hatsune Miku V3 and Hatsune Miku English. There will be two packaged (hard copy) releases — Hatsune Miku V3 and Hatsune Miku V3 Bundle. The former will include five Japanese sound banks — Sweet, Dark, Original, Soft and Solid, whereas the latter will also include the English sound bank. Both package versions will be released on September 26. Hatsune Miku V3 will be 16800 JPY and Hatsune Miku V3 Bundle will be 21000 JPY. Furthermore, the English sound bank release will be on August 31 and that release will be download only and worldwide. Pricing is set at 149 USD. The announcement event also revealed the final illustrations for V3 and English as well, which are now reflected on the official home pages.
Can’t make it in person to Magical Mirai? Here are some other options:
- Attend one of the delayed screenings to be held by Live Viewing Japan in Hong Kong (1)(2), Taiwan, France, UK, Germany, USA, Mexico and Brazil. Latest updates are available on their official Facebook page.
- Watch it live on niconico. Premium users can watch their stream for free, whereas normal users can opt to buy a 1500 point (equivalent to 1500 JPY) ticket to watch. The free stream for premium users is in celebration of niconico reaching 2 million premium users. Tickets for the stream will be sold through September 5, and time-shifting is available through September 6 (once you start watching a time-shift, you have 24 hours to finish watching it).
- Be resigned to your fate and watch all the concert Blu-rays you bought instead to celebrate Miku’s birthday.
Earlier today, Yamaha held a press event along with invited guest Itoh Hiroyuki (CEO of Crypton Future Media) at the Yamaha Ginza building; the event was also streamed live on niconico. During the event, Yamaha announced their “NEO” line of Mac/Windows VOCALOID products, including VOCALOID Editor for Cubase (VocaCu for short), VY1V3, VY2V3, Mew, Aoki Lapis and ZOLA PROJECT. They also outlined procedures for current owners of (the Windows version of) these products to be able to obtain the Mac version for free. The first half concluded with a demonstration of VocaCu, and the second half was a presentation from Itoh. It appears that Miku V3 Japanese and Miku V3 English will be separate products. Miku V3 Japanese will also feature several different sound banks as well. Details on which sound banks, pricing and distribution channels are expected to come out in early August, although a brief shot of a computer screen revealed Dark, Soft, Sweet and Solid variants in addition to Original and English.
UPDATE: Fixed final parts of Crypton presentation for accuracy.