Posts Tagged ‘VOCALOID4’
According to a press release from AH-Software, VOCALOID4 updated versions of Nekomura Iroha and miki will be released on June 18. VOCALOID4 Nekomura Iroha will come in Natural and Soft versions, with the former being an augmented version of the original VOCALOID2 sound bank and the latter being an all-new sound bank for more gentle singing. VOCALOID4 miki will only have a Natural sound back, being an upgraded version of the original one. Each product will come with MMD models of the respective characters, Music Maker Silver (a simplified DAW), Charamin Studio 90 Day Version (for animations), Video Easy SE (for video editing) as well as a demo version of VOCALOID4 Editor. Demo songs for Iroha and miki can be found on AH-Software’s official SoundCloud account. Pricing is as follows (sales tax is additional):
|Product||Boxed Package||Download||Upgrade||AH-Soft Customers|
|Iroha Natural||10800 JPY||8000 JPY||6000 JPY||8500 JPY|
|Iroha Soft||10800 JPY||8000 JPY||6000 JPY||8500 JPY|
|Iroha Complete||17800 JPY||–||10800 JPY||14800 JPY|
|Iroha Starter||23800 JPY||–||16800 JPY||20800 JPY|
|miki Natural||9800 JPY||7000 JPY||5000 JPY||8000 JPY|
|miki Starter||16000 JPY||–||11000 JPY||14000 JPY|
Upgrade pricing is for registered owners of the respective VOCALOID2 versions. AH-Soft special pricing is for registered owners of any AH-Software product. Iroha Complete includes both sound banks and the Starter versions also include the full version of VOCALOID4 Editor.
During Yamaha’s product announcement live stream, AH-Software announced VOCALOID4 versions of their VOCALOID2 catalog—Kaai Yuki, Kiyoteru, SFA2 Miki and Nekomura Iroha. Furthermore, a VOCALOID4 version of Yuzuki Yukari is also in progress, featuring a new whisper voice. According to the latest blog post, the VOCALOID4 version of Yuzuki Yukari will have two voice banks—the normal one and a whisper one. The normal bank will essentially be the same as the VOCALOID3 version, but with growl added. The whisper bank is named “On” (“穏”, which means calm in Japanese). A demo snippet as well as a high resolution image are included in that blog post.
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.
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.