Hatsune Miku V4 Update Details Revealed Via Crypton Future Media’s Sonicwire Blog

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Software — Written by jrharbort on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 @ 1:30 am


 
Crypton Future Media posted a surprised news update earlier today on the blog of their music software distribution site, Sonicwire. We were finally treated to details of Hatsune Miku’s VOCALOID 4 software development, along with an audio sample showing the “before and after” of improved vowel sounds.

The blog post states the following changes are in development for Hatsune Miku V4:

> E.V.E.C Support
(*About 2~3 variations of voice colors, but specification of Voice Release is not finalized)
> With standard editor, vocals refined for ranges lower than D3, and higher than C4.
> Adjust/refine some phonemes that have some high-fequency loss, or don’t end properly.
> Add more consonants: Consonant continuation, [br] phoneme refine, and many more adjustments.
> Add Growl voice.

A tweet by crypton_wat on twtter stated: “We’re analyzing and making a comparison between Fujita’s voice and Miku’s voice with the same conditions, since there’s no harm in trying it. Vocaloids tend to be worse with lower pitches. So we focused on that and compared the frequency characteristics, etc. Then we’re trying to revise the sounds to make them clearer”.

Below is the audio sample from Crypton Future Media’s soundcloud, showing the old and new vocals for the vowels “ta”, “ni”, “fu”, “re”, and “ko”.

Hatsune Miku V4 Update Details Revealed Via Crypton Future Media’s Sonicwire Blog

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Software — Written by jrharbort on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 @ 1:30 am


 
Crypton Future Media posted a surprised news update earlier today on the blog of their music software distribution site, Sonicwire. We were finally treated to details of Hatsune Miku’s VOCALOID 4 software development, along with an audio sample showing the “before and after” of improved vowel sounds.

The blog post states the following changes are in development for Hatsune Miku V4:

> E.V.E.C Support
(*About 2~3 variations of voice colors, but specification of Voice Release is not finalized)
> With standard editor, vocals refined for ranges lower than D3, and higher than C4.
> Adjust/refine some phonemes that have some high-fequency loss, or don’t end properly.
> Add more consonants: Consonant continuation, [br] phoneme refine, and many more adjustments.
> Add Growl voice.

A tweet by crypton_wat on twtter stated: “We’re analyzing and making a comparison between Fujita’s voice and Miku’s voice with the same conditions, since there’s no harm in trying it. Vocaloids tend to be worse with lower pitches. So we focused on that and compared the frequency characteristics, etc. Then we’re trying to revise the sounds to make them clearer”.

Below is the audio sample from Crypton Future Media’s soundcloud, showing the old and new vocals for the vowels “ta”, “ni”, “fu”, “re”, and “ko”.

New Recap April 24th: Magical Mirai 2015, Nendoroid Sakura Mikudayo, Racing Miku 2015 Photo Review

Filed under: Concerts,Events,Exhibitions,Figures,Good Smile Racing,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Friday, April 24th, 2015 @ 7:20 am


 
The first bit of today’s recent news recap brings news that Magical Mirai concert go-ers have been waiting for: The open period for concert ticket orders. Ticket applications will begin on May 2nd at 12:00 PM JST, and close on June 1st at 11:59 PM JST. They can close MUCH sooner if tickets sell out. Ticket prices are 9,000 Yen ($76) for Arena seats, and 8,000 Yen ($68 USD) for S seats, which include entry to the exhibition area. Exhibition-only tickets are 500 Yen ($5).

More info: http://magicalmirai.com/2015/ticket_en.php

Some of you may remember Good Smile Company’s April Fools prank from 2013, where they announced a “Sakura” version of their Mikudayo nendoroid. It looks like this prank is now becoming a reality, as its release has been announced by a recent Famiku magazine release. It appears that orders for the nendoroid will open soon, and she’ll ship later this summer.

Good Smile Company’s Kahotan has uploaded a photo gallery of the Racing Miku 2015 nendoroid, which will be available only to personal sponsors of Good Smile Racing for the 2015 racing season. The available accessories and expressions for the nendoroid are quite cute. It also brings a much welcome feature you don’t see often on Nendoroids: Fully articulated arms! Nendoroid course sponsorships will close on May 11th.

Personal sponsors page: http://gsr-global.ecq.sc/
English photo gallery: http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2015/04/24/nendoroid-racing-miku-2015-ver/

New Recap April 24th: Magical Mirai 2015, Nendoroid Sakura Mikudayo, Racing Miku 2015 Photo Review

Filed under: Concerts,Events,Exhibitions,Figures,Good Smile Racing,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Friday, April 24th, 2015 @ 7:20 am


 
The first bit of today’s recent news recap brings news that Magical Mirai concert go-ers have been waiting for: The open period for concert ticket orders. Ticket applications will begin on May 2nd at 12:00 PM JST, and close on June 1st at 11:59 PM JST. They can close MUCH sooner if tickets sell out. Ticket prices are 9,000 Yen ($76) for Arena seats, and 8,000 Yen ($68 USD) for S seats, which include entry to the exhibition area. Exhibition-only tickets are 500 Yen ($5).

More info: http://magicalmirai.com/2015/ticket_en.php

Some of you may remember Good Smile Company’s April Fools prank from 2013, where they announced a “Sakura” version of their Mikudayo nendoroid. It looks like this prank is now becoming a reality, as its release has been announced by a recent Famiku magazine release. It appears that orders for the nendoroid will open soon, and she’ll ship later this summer.

Good Smile Company’s Kahotan has uploaded a photo gallery of the Racing Miku 2015 nendoroid, which will be available only to personal sponsors of Good Smile Racing for the 2015 racing season. The available accessories and expressions for the nendoroid are quite cute. It also brings a much welcome feature you don’t see often on Nendoroids: Fully articulated arms! Nendoroid course sponsorships will close on May 11th.

Personal sponsors page: http://gsr-global.ecq.sc/
English photo gallery: http://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2015/04/24/nendoroid-racing-miku-2015-ver/

SEGA Shows Possible Interest In Bringing Project Diva Arcade to Home Consoles (HOW TO VOTE)

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Miku News,Project Diva,Videogames — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 @ 8:00 am

Click banner to visit official DIVA.NET site

Recent buzz has been circulating about SEGA of Japan’s interest in bringing Project Diva Arcade (or some version of it) to select home consoles, and they have opened a poll on their own DIVA.NET site to gauge interest from fans.

The idea is intriguing, as SEGA has expressed in the past that they were interested in making a game similar to Project Diva Arcade for the PS4, due to its new touch-enabled controller. But simply porting the full Arcade game to home consoles could negatively impact the popularity of the actual arcade units. So SEGA might be considering some other kind of idea.

Many sites seem to have excluded how to vote from their own news publications, so we’re happy to help with that. Please note that voting requires a DIVA.NET account (which requires proper registration with your Project Diva Arcade card). There is a 300vp reward for completing the survey. Voting ends April 24th (JST)!

HOW TO ACCESS POLL:
1: Login to DIVA.NET
2: Click “アンケート実施中”.
3: Click “アンケートに回答する”.

QUESTIONS IN POLL:
Q1. Gender
* Male
* Female

Q2. Age
* 14 years or younger
* 15-19 years
* 20-24 years
* 25-29 years
* 30-34 years
* 35-39 years
* 40-44 years
* 45-49 years
* 50+ years

Q3. Where did you first hear about/play Project Diva Arcade
* SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project official website(http://miku.sega.jp/).
* SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project official blog(Http://info.miku.sega.jp/)
* SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project official twitter(https://twitter.com/pjd_sega).
* Game Center
* Recommended by friends
* Social Network (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
* Video sharing website (such as YouTube, NicoNico, etc.).
* News and articles from the Internet
* Web blog
* Others (please specify in Japanese or English).

Q4. How many music games are you currently playing? (including game Project Diva Arcade).
* 1 game (playing a game Project Diva Arcade).
* 2 – 3 games
* 4 – 5 games
* 6 – 9 games
* 10+ games

Q5. Factors that makes you enjoy Project Diva Arcade
(Can choose more than one answer).
* 4-button and slide the touch.
* Quality of PV modules
* Quality of music
* To be able to change modules and accessories as you like.
* Notes on the screen
* Festa and Contest event.
* Skins and collection cards
* PV mode
* DIVAPro
* No factor
* Others (please specify in Japanese or English).

Q6. Factors that make Project Diva Arcade game not fun.
(Can choose more than one answer).
* 4-button and slide the touch.
* Quality of PV modules
* Quality of music
* To be able to change modules and accessories as you like.
* Notes on the screen
* Festa and Contest event.
* Skins and collection cards
* PV mode
* DIVAPro
* No factor
* Others (please specify in Japanese or English).

Q7. In addition to the arcades, which gaming platforms would you prefer to play Project Diva Arcade on (First choice)
* PlayStation 3
* PlayStation 4
* Xbox One
* Wii U
* PC
* Smartphone
* None

Q8. In addition to the arcades, which gaming platforms would you prefer to play Project Diva Arcade on (Second choice)
* PlayStation 3
* PlayStation 4
* Xbox One
* Wii U
* PC
* Smartphone
* None

Q9. If you could play Project Diva Arcade on the desired gaming platforms, what factors would you like to be in the game?
(Can choose more than one answer).
* Notes on screen (Project Diva Arcade)
* Tutorial (Project Diva Arcade)
* Graphics (Project Diva Arcade)
* To be able to change modules and accessories as you like
* PV mode
* Satisfying cost per play
* To be able to play anyime, anywhere
* None

Q10. How much do you spend on music games monthly?
* Approximately 100 yen (about 1 USD).
* Approximately 500 yen (about 5 USD).
* Approximately 1,000 yen (about 10 USD).
* Approximately 5,000 yen (about 50 USD).
* Approximately 10,000 yen (about 100 USD).
* Higher than 10,000 yen

Q11. How much do you spend on Project Diva Arcade monthly?
* Approximately 100 yen (about 1 USD).
* Approximately 500 yen (about 5 USD).
* Approximately 1,000 yen (about 10 USD).
* Approximately 5,000 yen (about 50 USD).
* Approximately 10,000 yen (about 100 USD).
* Higher than 10,000 yen

Q12. Factors to be expected in the future is
(Can choose more than one answer).
* Add new original songs for Project Diva Arcade.
* Added new original modules for Project Diva Arcade.
* Add new original accessories for Project Diva Arcade.
* Add new event.
* Updated DIVAPro activities
* Community system that allow connections with other players
* None

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