Oct 142012

Thanks to the efforts of some live tweeters during the panel, there’s already some new information from the New York Comic Con regarding Kaito and Miku’s upcoming V3 and English voice bank releases.

Two sample songs of Kaito’s English voice bank were shown, and they plan an early 2013 release with both the Japanese and English voice banks.

Hatsune Miku also had a new English demo played. And from what I hear, some people are saying they didn’t like it. I’m unsure if some fans had their expectations too high, or if they opted for yet another non-English speaker to create the demo, the same as they did with the song “Nice Age”.

They plan a Spring 2013 release at the earliest. This is an entire year later than what was originally announced back in 2011, but this is what happens when you make the switch to V3 and start working on 6 Vocaloids at once.

As for the other Cryptonloids, Crypton has said that they have “a desire to create an Append for all Vocaloids eventually”.

They also demonstrated a new custom model of Miku for use in MikuMikuDance, although I’m unsure if this is intended for public release or private company use. It will be based on the same model shown at the summer caravan event.

They also expressed that there are no announced plans for another concert in the U.S., and that overseas performances are quite expensive. Another sponsorship would likely be necessary to make it happen, just as it did before with Toyota and Mikunopolis.

Source: [Link]

There are no audio or video feeds available at this time, but I’ll be sure to update this article later when they come up.

EDIT: Here’s a demo of “1/6 Out of Gravity” using Miku’s English voice bank. Remember that’s it’s still beta.

Kaito’s V3 Japanese demo:
Kaito’s V3 English demo:

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  • Faux Pas

    We still have to wait for an English Miku, eh? I’m glad they are taking their time to make sure it’s right (assuming that is what is causing the delay)! Honestly I’m not sure what you mean by “we all remember what happened with “Nice Age”, right?” Last I heard was from your post earlier where people generally approved of the Japanese accent. Please elaborate on what happened with that release!
    I look forward to the audio and video feeds, the results of the panel sound very interesting!

  • @Faux Pas: It turned out that a producer who created “Nice Age” was not a native English speaker. This means it wouldn’t have sounded as good as if it had been done by someone who was a native English speaker, or at least capable of proper English comprehension.

  • Rtkool

    im so glad they are coming out with the english versions!!!! i absolutly love miku and kaito! waiting sucks but at least the are taking the time and sweet effort to perfect it for us so we can enjoy it too!
    thank you !!!!!
    love, Rtkool

  • Orokana

    Honestly the reason why Miku sounds a bit funny in English is because the Japanese don’t hear their accents. Of course Miku is going to have an accent. I don’t mind at all after all we’re suppose to created the voice, the program doesn’t do the work. We do.

  • Watashi

    I understand what a wonderful thing this is for Hatsune Miku fans, but it’s best to make her keep singing Japanese instead of English.

  • @Watashi: And please share your opinion on why. I find it’s quite common for people to seem to think that Miku’s Japanese is perfect. It’s quite the opposite actually. Japanese Vocaloids can be just as difficult for the Japanese to understand as English Vocaloids are for English speakers to understand. Vocaloid is not (yet) a perfect Vocal reproduction technology. Therefore, it is impossible to make Miku’s English perfect, because it’s also impossible to make her Japanese perfect for the same reasons.

  • airgeneralpong

    About the English demo “1/6”, the voice surely sounds horrible, but I don’t think it’s because of incomplete English voice bank. From what I hear, it’s horrible actually because of bad English lyrics arrangement. The English syllables they use just don’t match with the rhythm of the original song, also the sliding notes they made for English pronunciation made it even worse (and results in Miku singing like a noob singer, instead of being professional like she normally does).
    So I think we should not conclude the performance of the English voice bank from this demo, because Miku can actually do better. The demo is just too poor to demonstrate English voice bank. I believe there must be a better way to arrange English lyrics for “1/6” song, better than this (I bet some fans on Youtube can do better).

  • airgeneralpong

    Well, some parts of the English lyrics still sounds quite nice, though.

  • Faux Pas

    For English translations of Vocaloid songs, I have to say that Rockleetist is the best I’ve ever heard. She is absolutely amazing. Check out an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agkxmEoz-DY&list=UUjTMLOpLz0T71ubPs2SEMlA&index=7&feature=plcp

  • @Faux Pas: Already know her. 😛

    My favorite cover by her was of the song Unfragment by HanasoumenP/HSP/Hiroyuki ODA.

  • Faux Pas

    @JrHarbort: I was definitely excited when she released “Unfragment” as this is one of my all-time favorite Miku songs, but I honestly didn’t like that she changed the key so dramatically, and the lyrics didn’t always seem quite right (or the translations I’ve previously read weren’t quite right, one of the two). Nevertheless I was certainly happy with this work as well (>.<)

  • @Faux Pas: I agree and also complained of the instrumental key change (I also had the top comment on the video for about 2 weeks). It was still a nice cover nonetheless.

  • faTWave

    Personally, I’m waiting for the English voicebank. It will definitely (obviously) give the opportunity to non-Japanese speakers = more music = MORE MUSIC with Miku = MORE ABSOLUTE EUPHORIC AFFECTIVE MIKU SYNDROME

  • Cosmoman

    Ugh…liriknya 1/6 maksa abisss… (>.<)

  • I must hear these! My twin won’t use her phone so we can hear the new voice banks of Miku-chan and my Kaito-chan! I am outraged!!

  • DS23

    Mitchie M’s made her sound better than this demo did in English but hey it’s a Beta and probably wasn’t tweaked that much. Still excited for whenever the Eng bank finally comes out.

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  • Marielez Villa

    Should there be a V3 Megurine Luka English voicebank?

  • @Marielez Villa: For now, only the Japanese version of Luka’s V3 was confirmed, and that Crypton would only create the English half if it was “cost efficient”.

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  • StaryuManiac

    Listening to the 1/6 out of gravity, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t written by an English speaker. The lyrics were a little… weak compared compared to most Japanese vocaloid songs and English songs in general. Although cute, I don’t think it showed what English Miku will be capable of.

  • Kota

    I seriously hope they don’t screw it up like other enlish vocaloids. Most of the English Vocaloids are really hard to understand. I’m just hoping that when her english voice comes out, it will be so good that western society will take it in like japan did.

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