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Crypton Announces Release Details for Hatsune Miku V3

Hatsune Miku V3 English PageDuring 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.
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Yamaha Posts New Project Demo on galaco Anniversary

Today happens to be the first anniversary of galaco’s release (as well as Shibasaki Ko’s birthday), and Yamaha has posted a video featuring a beta VOCALOID3 sound bank. This sound bank is a collaboration between Yamaha and Stardust Promotion, the talent management firm to which Shibasaki Ko belongs. The video description states that the sound bank is approximately 60% complete. In a related tweet, Yamaha has also stated that although the current serial codes for galaco are set to expire at the end of October, users should keep those serial codes in a safe place and not lose them.

Run Miku Run

Run Miku Run is a flash based typing game that has the player input letters that show up on the screen to make Miku run! The game was made by daniwell and features his own song “LET’S TYPE!“. The model used for Miku in this game is the well known LAT Miku MMD model. The objective of the game is to gather as many points as you can by typing as many letters as you can before the time is up. The Ranking also lets the player see how well they can type compared to others. As this game uses random letters instead of words, words per minute do not help as much as knowing where the keys are and the player’s reaction. See how far Miku can run by typing away!

Music Girl Hatsune Miku now in English

Music Girl Hatsune Miku logo
Music Girl Hatsune Miku is now available on the iTunes App Store for $3.99. Originally released in Japan back in August 2012, MARZA ANIMATION PLANET localized the application into English and made it available in the US, however it is now a paid application instead of being free while at the same time including the Harukaze costume set for free. For more information on Music Girl Hatsune Miku and some gameplay videos, check out our original release article.
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Amongst all the recent news regarding VOCALOID on Mac, INTERNET Co., Ltd. has also posted a press release detailing their plans for Mac conversions of their VOCALOID3 products Megpoid, Gackpoid, Lily and CUL. In September, they will begin the gradual process of offering free downloads of the respective Mac versions to currently registered users. Users who have purchased any of the VOCALOID3 Megpoid, Gackpoid, Lily and CUL products are encouraged to register with INTERNET to get notification and more details regarding the free Mac downloads. The press release also notes that only one version (Mac or Windows) can be used at one time, which fits with Yamaha’s suggested procedure of deactivation, followed by Mac installation and activation. It also notes that these are for the sound banks only, and that a separate purchase of VOCALOID for Cubase NEO is required to use them since VOCALOID3 Editor and Tiny VOCALOID3 Editor do not run on Mac.

Yamaha and Crypton Announce New Products at Press Event

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.
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Good Smile Company Holding Scale Figure Photo Contest

Last Friday, Good Smile Company started their “2013 Summer Scale Figure Photo Contest” with figures as prizes for winning photos that feature GSC’s Scale Figure(s) that have or will have been released as of July 7, 2013. The deadline for submissions will be July 7, 2013 as well. Prizes will be determined by both a vetting process as well as public voting, with even a random drawing for lucky voters to get a free figure of their own. Currently the official website is only available in Japanese, but a small note on the top banner indicates that an English version is on its way.
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Crypton Talks About MEIKO V3 in New Tweets

meikoiconCrypton Future Media’s Sasaki Wataru (wat) has revealed a few little tidbits here and there about the currently-in-production MEIKO V3 sound banks both last week and today on Twitter. Most of the comments were with regards to recording and adjustments to specific parts of the sound bank to improve its quality. However, last week, he also mentioned on the side that it’s not definite that MEIKO V3 would be the next sound bank to be released, hinting at Miku being a contender. This week, he unveiled a new MEIKO Twitter icon, although he specifically states that it’s not a silhouette of the box art.
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40mP Song Airing on Minna no Uta

It appears that VOCALOID producer 40mP has written a song that will be aired on NHK’s music program Minna no Uta in the August to September timeframe. The song, titled “Shounen to Mahou no Robot” (A Boy and a Magical Robot), was specifically written for the show and will be sung by GUMI. Minna no Uta is a well-known show in Japan aimed at youths that introduces songs via its five-minute broadcasts. It was started in 1961 by NHK and has been running ever since, and this will mark the first time the long-running show featured a non-human singer. While on the show, “Shounen to Mahou no Robot” will be accompanied by animation made by illustrator tama, who had made other videos for 40mP songs such as “Do Re Mi Fa Rondo” and “Shiryoku Kensa”. 40mP originally received his monicker from his song uploaded on niconico called “Melody in the sky” in which the background visuals featured a Miku who looked 40 meters tall. He has since then produced many hits including “Torinoko City” and “Time Machine” (in collaboration with 164, with their combo named 1640mP).

Yamaha Panel at Niconico Chokaigi 2

On day 2 of Niconico Chokaigi 2, Yamaha held an hour-long panel talking about their latest VOCALOID-related developments. Front and center was ZOLA Project; more background was given about this three-person male VOCALOID sound bank, and voice samples were played as well. Other products featured were DAW plugin VOCALOID Editor for Cubase, VOCALOID3 Job Plugin VocaListener and a series of iVOCALOID iOS apps. Finally, the panel talked about the future of galaco, and PeperonP came up to plug his book.
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