jrharbort

A Hatsune Miku fan since December 2007, jrharbort joined MikuFan.com as the Head Writer in October 2011, and enjoys sharing news with other fans around the world. You can follow him on Twitter at @jrharbort!

Sep 122019
 

The official Hatsune Miku YouTube channel has uploaded a recording of the live performance of “Bless Your Breath” from Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2019 in Tokyo! Check it out below:

Additionally, a digest video of the Magical Mirai 2019 exhibition in Osaka has been uploaded, summarizing the various activities from the event:

Feel free to share some of your own positive memories from the event in the comments below!

Sep 042019
 

At the recent Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2019 in Tokyo, Crypton Future Media’s Wataru Sasaki (head of Crypton Future Media’s Piapro Character development) announced in a talk session some details regarding Hatsune Miku and the other Piapro Character vocal synth software development from this point moving forward.

Simply put, Crypton Future Media will be moving Hatsune Miku and their other characters away from Yamaha’s VOCALOID engine. This is arguably the biggest change to happen to Hatsune Miku’s software since her initial release in 2007, so there’s understandably quite a few fans that might be confused as to what this means, and might even be worried. So here’s a rundown of what the known changes are, and what they will mean for Vocaloid fans as consumers, and Vocaloid music creators.

– Hatsune Miku’s voicebank, along with Crypton’s other character voicebanks, will become less tied to Yamaha’s VOCALOID engine.
– There will be no updates utilizing Yamaha’s VOCALOID 5 engine.
– A new engine/product for the characters was developed using in-house algorithms by Crypton Future Media.
– This new engine has been in development for 2 years.
– The ‘identity’ of the voices are planned to remain the same with the new engine.
– This new product is aimed to be compatible with existing tools.
– The new product is currently not named.
– 11 new effector VSTs will be included in the new product. These include Cherry Pie, HS Booster, Vocal Drive and more.
– Patches/updates to the voicebanks themselves will now be possible.
– The new product will be released as a new series along with the next generation Piapro Studio in 1H 2020.
– Relationships with Yamaha will continue going forward (vocal synth promotion, and other partnerships).
– More info on this change is expected later this year.

Effector VST demo video

What does this mean for Hatsune Miku and Cryptonloid fans as listeners? Possibly not too much, since this move aims to keep Miku sounding mostly as she currently does, while adding more functionality and enhancing the tools available to the music producers. And for the producers, this translates to more options and flexibility in production, and possibly even a lower product price since there wont be a royalty fee paid to Yamaha in future product iterations.

These changes allow Crypton more flexibility in in the updates and add-ons to their software, which creates more exciting possibilities in the future for everyone! For further details, we will have to wait for more in-depth announcements from Crypton Future Media and Yamaha later this year.

Thank you to Ejiwarp for sharing info from the info panel!

Sep 032019
 

With the end of Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2019’s preseale of the Magical Mirai 2018 ver. Nendoroid, that means online preorders are now open!

Miku from Magical Mirai 2018 has arrived!
From “Character Vocal Series 01: Hatsune Miku” comes a Nendoroid of Hatsune Miku wearing her outfit from the Magical Mirai 2018 main visual illustration! Illustrator Mika Pikazo’s colorful and upbeat version of Miku has been brought to life.

She comes with three face plates including an energetic standard expression, a smiling expression and a winking expression often seen during concerts! Her school uniform themed outfit has been perfectly recreated in Nendoroid size. Her megaphone mic decorated with a cube and balloons is included. Both a stand type and handheld megaphone are included allowing for various different poses. Be sure to add her to your collection!

Preorders for this nendoroid will be available from Good Smile Company’s online shop until October 3rd at 12:00 PM JST, and has a price of 5,093 JPY ($48.99 USD). The expected shipping period is around February 2020.

Check out more photos by Kahotan on her review of the figure! → https://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2019/08/30/nendoroid-hatsune-miku-magical-mirai-2018-ver/

> Nendoroid Product page
> Nendoroid Preorder page

Aug 252019
 

Today’s 33rd illustration in the 39 day countdown to Hatsune Miku’s 12th anniversary was contributed by “nira”!

Here’s what nira had to say for Hatsune Miku’s 12th anniversary:

“Chemical reaction of the deep sky with the unknown.” – nira

nira’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/nirafish

Today is also the 2nd anniversary of the release of Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese!

7 days remaining until Hatsune Miku’s 12th anniversary!

Aug 242019
 

Today’s 32nd illustration in the 39 day countdown to Hatsune Miku’s anniversary was contributed by 菓子狸Kakami!

Here’s what 菓子狸Kakami had to day for Hatsune Miku’s 12th anniversary:

“さあ、ミライへ——” – 菓子狸Kakami

菓子狸Kakami’s Pixiv: http://pixiv.net/u/7616827

8 days remaining until Hatsune Miku’s 12th anniversary!