Recent News Roundup: April 1st Edition (Happy April Fools!)

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Megurine Luka,Miku News,Project Diva,Software,Videogames — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 @ 10:27 pm

Illustration by Kenji from Piapro

Happy April 1st, everyone! Today also marks the 7th anniversary of Kasane Teto, who was originally revealed as a “Vocaloid” on April Fools day as a prank in 2008, but actually turned out to be for the newly-announced UTAU software.

While other sites are busy having fun with April Fools, we’ll focus on covering the news event from the past few days. To start, the 3DCG artist Kasoku Sato, best known for creating the movies and models for Mitchie M’sBurenai ai de” and Digi-eye, has teased a Sakura Miku edition of his Hatsune Miku model on twitter.

This could be just for fun, or we may expect to see a Sakura Miku-themed collab with this model and Rhoto’s Digi-Eye AR app. Or perhaps a new Sakura Miku-themed PV altogether?

The Magical Mirai 2015 website updated yesterday to reveal the new main event artwork (by Hoshima), along with the concept art sketches (by Shikimi). The new design seems to take a lot of inspiration from last year’s Magical Mirai 2014 artwork, but still feels new and fresh. Further event information is still TBA. Event website: http://magicalmirai.com/2015/index_en.php

Cute miniature Hatsune Miku and Shiteyan’yo plushies, created by TAITO, were announced as available machine prizes (likely from SEGA UFO catcher machines). The plushies come in 3 varieties with Miku holding an even smaller Shiteyan’yo. The plushies seem to continue from a previous collaboration, where even smaller miniature figures with the same theme were released. Location availability list: https://www.taito.co.jp/prize/item/0000000269

Lastly, Senbonzakura-themed ball-chain figures were announced by TAITO, also as a machine prize. They are available from the listed locations: https://www.taito.co.jp/prize/item/0000000270


 
While seeming like a prank at first, this comes as real news: SEGA has made the Mikudayo mask/head accessory available for Project Diva Arcade Future Tone, and is available starting today (April 1st) with a cost of 1500vp (and we repeat, this is not a joke!). Official announcement video below:

Crypton Future Media couldn’t resist having a little fun on April Fools this year, and has “announced” the company’s own CEO, Hiroyuki Itoh, to have his own VOCALOID V4X software release. A demo clip is even provided on the site. While not actually real, it does serve as an interesting joke to push people to purchase the new Megurine Luka V4X software instead. The “purchase” button for Hiroyuki Itoh V4X simply “runs away” when you attempt to click it (to repeat, this is a prank).

Product Page: http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/hiroyukiv4x.jsp

Recent News Roundup: April 1st Edition (Happy April Fools!)

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Megurine Luka,Miku News,Project Diva,Software,Videogames — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 @ 10:27 pm

Illustration by Kenji from Piapro

Happy April 1st, everyone! Today also marks the 7th anniversary of Kasane Teto, who was originally revealed as a “Vocaloid” on April Fools day as a prank in 2008, but actually turned out to be for the newly-announced UTAU software.

While other sites are busy having fun with April Fools, we’ll focus on covering the news event from the past few days. To start, the 3DCG artist Kasoku Sato, best known for creating the movies and models for Mitchie M’sBurenai ai de” and Digi-eye, has teased a Sakura Miku edition of his Hatsune Miku model on twitter.

This could be just for fun, or we may expect to see a Sakura Miku-themed collab with this model and Rhoto’s Digi-Eye AR app. Or perhaps a new Sakura Miku-themed PV altogether?

The Magical Mirai 2015 website updated yesterday to reveal the new main event artwork (by Hoshima), along with the concept art sketches (by Shikimi). The new design seems to take a lot of inspiration from last year’s Magical Mirai 2014 artwork, but still feels new and fresh. Further event information is still TBA. Event website: http://magicalmirai.com/2015/index_en.php

Cute miniature Hatsune Miku and Shiteyan’yo plushies, created by TAITO, were announced as available machine prizes (likely from SEGA UFO catcher machines). The plushies come in 3 varieties with Miku holding an even smaller Shiteyan’yo. The plushies seem to continue from a previous collaboration, where even smaller miniature figures with the same theme were released. Location availability list: https://www.taito.co.jp/prize/item/0000000269

Lastly, Senbonzakura-themed ball-chain figures were announced by TAITO, also as a machine prize. They are available from the listed locations: https://www.taito.co.jp/prize/item/0000000270


 
While seeming like a prank at first, this comes as real news: SEGA has made the Mikudayo mask/head accessory available for Project Diva Arcade Future Tone, and is available starting today (April 1st) with a cost of 1500vp (and we repeat, this is not a joke!). Official announcement video below:

Crypton Future Media couldn’t resist having a little fun on April Fools this year, and has “announced” the company’s own CEO, Hiroyuki Itoh, to have his own VOCALOID V4X software release. A demo clip is even provided on the site. While not actually real, it does serve as an interesting joke to push people to purchase the new Megurine Luka V4X software instead. The “purchase” button for Hiroyuki Itoh V4X simply “runs away” when you attempt to click it (to repeat, this is a prank).

Product Page: http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/hiroyukiv4x.jsp

Recent News Roundup: April 1st Edition (Happy April Fools!)

Filed under: Hatsune Miku,Megurine Luka,Miku News,Project Diva,Software,Videogames — Written by jrharbort on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 @ 10:27 pm

Illustration by Kenji from Piapro

Happy April 1st, everyone! Today also marks the 7th anniversary of Kasane Teto, who was originally revealed as a “Vocaloid” on April Fools day as a prank in 2008, but actually turned out to be for the newly-announced UTAU software.

While other sites are busy having fun with April Fools, we’ll focus on covering the news event from the past few days. To start, the 3DCG artist Kasoku Sato, best known for creating the movies and models for Mitchie M’sBurenai ai de” and Digi-eye, has teased a Sakura Miku edition of his Hatsune Miku model on twitter.

This could be just for fun, or we may expect to see a Sakura Miku-themed collab with this model and Rhoto’s Digi-Eye AR app. Or perhaps a new Sakura Miku-themed PV altogether?

The Magical Mirai 2015 website updated yesterday to reveal the new main event artwork (by Hoshima), along with the concept art sketches (by Shikimi). The new design seems to take a lot of inspiration from last year’s Magical Mirai 2014 artwork, but still feels new and fresh. Further event information is still TBA. Event website: http://magicalmirai.com/2015/index_en.php

Cute miniature Hatsune Miku and Shiteyan’yo plushies, created by TAITO, were announced as available machine prizes (likely from SEGA UFO catcher machines). The plushies come in 3 varieties with Miku holding an even smaller Shiteyan’yo. The plushies seem to continue from a previous collaboration, where even smaller miniature figures with the same theme were released. Location availability list: https://www.taito.co.jp/prize/item/0000000269

Lastly, Senbonzakura-themed ball-chain figures were announced by TAITO, also as a machine prize. They are available from the listed locations: https://www.taito.co.jp/prize/item/0000000270


 
While seeming like a prank at first, this comes as real news: SEGA has made the Mikudayo mask/head accessory available for Project Diva Arcade Future Tone, and is available starting today (April 1st) with a cost of 1500vp (and we repeat, this is not a joke!). Official announcement video below:

Crypton Future Media couldn’t resist having a little fun on April Fools this year, and has “announced” the company’s own CEO, Hiroyuki Itoh, to have his own VOCALOID V4X software release. A demo clip is even provided on the site. While not actually real, it does serve as an interesting joke to push people to purchase the new Megurine Luka V4X software instead. The “purchase” button for Hiroyuki Itoh V4X simply “runs away” when you attempt to click it (to repeat, this is a prank).

Product Page: http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/hiroyukiv4x.jsp

Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in New York Concert Blu-Ray and DVD Sets Announced, Bonuses Detailed

Filed under: Concerts,Events,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 @ 7:19 pm

All-new Miku Expo illustration by Apapico.

The official concert Blu-Ray and DVDs for Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in New York has been announced for preorder starting today! It’s already available from a few sources, with more likely on the way. We will add more as they come, but below are the details you need to know about what was announced so far.

A regular edition DVD, regular edition Blu-Ray and limited edition Blu-Ray has been announced for release from several online retailers, and is available for international shipping. There wont be a localized release of the concert, but the menus will be bilingual (English and Japanese). The bonuses offered are nearly identical for all sites. All sets are expected to ship July 31st.

Early orders from CDJapan and Amiami will include an A3-size clear poster featuring a new illustration by KEI! Amazon Japan also offers an exclusive limited edition that will include a clear file at no extra charge (available here).

DVD (Regular) includes: Standard definition concert with 5.1 channel audio featuring 27 songs over 120 minutes, case with new illustration by Apapico, event documentary and fan interview footage.
> Order from CDJapan
> Order from Amazon Japan
> Order from Amiami

Blu-Ray (Regular) includes: High definition concert with 5.1 channel audio featuring 27 songs over 120 minutes, case with new illustration by Apaico, event documentary and fan interview footage.
> Order from CDJapan
> Order from Amazon Japan
> Order from Amiami

Blu-Ray (Limited) includes: High definition concert with 5.1 channel audio featuring 27 songs over 120 minutes, case with illustration by Apaico, event documentary and fan interview footage, 18cm vinyl record featuring “Sharing the World” by BIGHEAD and 1 other song, and event pamphlet.
> Order from CDJapan
> Order from Amazon Japan
> Order from Amiami

YAMAHA Announces AG03-MIKU Webcasting Mixer, Livestream Event Announced For March 31st

Filed under: Events,Hatsune Miku,Merchandise,Miku News — Written by jrharbort on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 @ 9:11 pm


 
A recent collaboration announcement between YAMAHA and Crypton Future Media has resulted in a rather surprising, yet useful tool for Vocaloid media creators: The AG03-MIKU webcasting audio mixer. To put it simply, the AG03-MIKU is exactly like the original AG03 mixer in terms of specifications and price (roughly $133 USD), but offers extras to entice Miku fans to pick it over the original.

The obvious difference is the color design, with the charcoal grey patterns being swapped out for a “Miku Green” look, complete wth an illustration designed by iXima. The best part of the package is the bundled software: It will include a 39 day trial of the Hatsune Miku V3 Original and Dark voice banks, Crypton’s Piapro V4 Studio Editor and Vocaloid Editor for Cubase, and full versions of Cubase AI and Sonicwire audio samples.


AG03-MIKU Mixer, and promotional art by iXima

With all of this bundled software, you’re not only ready to begin webcasting, but also prepared to begin Vocaloid music production. The full AG03 specifications can be seen from Yamaha’s official product page (from the 仕様 tab), and they even offer free wallpapers featuring iXima’s promotional art, for both PC and mobile (just click the ダウンロード tab).

AG03-MIKU product page: http://jp.yamaha.com/products/music-production/interfaces/ag03-miku/

Availability of the mixer is expected later in 2015, and more info is due to be announced during a livestream event on March 31st, featuring popular Vocaloid producers HachiojiP, Yuyoyuppe and more. Stream info: http://jp.yamaha.com/products/music-production/interfaces/miku/webcasting_live_2015/

AG03-MIKU Promotional Video

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