Aoki Lapis, i-style Project’s VOCALOID3 sound bank, has now received a release date of April 6, 2012. The software package will come in at 12,800 JPY for the standard Limited Edition version, 14,800 JPY for the Deluxe Edition and 19,800 JPY for the starter pack. Meanwhile, INTERNET Co., Ltd. has announced a March 16, 2012 release date for Megpoid Native, a VOCALOID3 revamp of the original Megpoid. The standard package will come in at 10,800 JPY and the starter pack will be 16,800 JPY (neither price including tax).
The standard Limited Edition for Aoki Lapis comes with a DVD titled Aoki Lapis Episode 0, as well as a CD consisting of .vsqx and karaoke sound files for the official demo songs. Preorders also receive a copy of a mini signed Carnelian (character designer for Aoki Lapis) sketch. Furthermore, preorders from the official site also receive a telephone card as well. The (500 copies only) Deluxe Edition adds a “visual fan book” (B5 paper size), a rubber character strap, a CD case and two kinds of clear files. Preorders get a different mini sketch. Meanwhile, the starter pack is just the normal Limited Edition with the VOCALOID3 editor.
According to the Megpoid Native product page, Megpoid Native tries to retain the character and nuance of the original VOCALOID2 product while at the same time adding adjustments to the sound as well as “triphon” support. Triphons are a new feature in VOCALOID3 that will instantiate a different sound if a particular set of three phonemes are pieced together, allowing for instance “ka” to sound different in “aka” compared to “ika”. The aim of this product was to increase the sound quality of the original Megpoid sound to make it comparable to the other VOCALOID3 soundbanks. Preorders receive a special Megpoid Native Technique Guide that teaches the user how to be a better VOCALOID producer and comes with sample .vsqx files.