Jul 142018
 

Hatsune Miku illustrations, like the music, are a quintessential part of what makes Hatsune Miku who she is. It’s another medium for artists to express their feelings and ideas through Hatsune Miku’s character, and there’s a lot of amazing artworks out there! Some of you might be looking to add some of these artworks to your collections, and we found three excellent art books available for order right now from overseas!

These are also official sources, so you’ll also be helping support these artists works. If you know of other great art books, feel free to share below in the comments. Just be sure to keep them official!

Transfer by Rella

After we saw the announcement for Rella’s newest art book, we knew we had to share it! Rella is a highly acclaimed illustrator on Pixiv, and one of the most popular Hatsune Miku and Vocaloid artists of all time. We even interviewed her last year.

Rella’s newly announced 3rd Vocaloid art book contains 36 pages of full-color prints in A4 size, and is available for preorder on Alice-Books until Jul 28th! Regular sales and shipment will begin August 13th after Summer Comiket ends. It’s priced at 1800 Yen ($16 USD) with small packet and EMS shipping options available, and an English website interface.

Artwork Samples

-= Overseas Shipping =-
Alice-Books: http://alice-books.com/item/show/2377-9

-= Others (Proxy Needed) =-
Toranoana: https://ec.toranoana.shop/tora/ec/item/040030646722/
Melonbooks: https://www.melonbooks.co.jp/fromagee/detail/detail.php?product_id=378768

-= Follow Rella! =-
Pixiv: https://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=163536
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rellakinoko

Miku Rhythm by QYS3

QYS3, much like Rella, is also a popular Hatsune Miku illustrator from China. His art themes are more diverse, and are known to range anywhere from beautiful, to cool, and even hilarious. He’s offering a really amazing bundle over on Taobao.

You can get his two newest art books “Miku Rhythm” (32 pages) and “Tales From The Thousand and One Nights” (28 pages), two keychains, and your choice from 3 different tapestry designs measuring 80x60cm. And all of this is available for just 150 Yuan, or about $23 USD! You can optionally also choose just the books, keychains or tapestries on their own if you wish.

Bundle Previews

If you don’t know how to order direct from Taobao, you can easily order the bundle using the proxy TaobaoFocus, which has great pricing and flexible shipping options to many countries.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To choose the tapestry, make sure to mention in the buyer’s notes which tapestry design you want in CHINESE. Morning Miku = 初音NEET系列, Beach Miku = 初音泳装, Bride miku = 初音私服系列.

Taobao (Direct): https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=569279044210
TaobaoFocus (Proxy): https://shop.tbfocus.com/item.php?id=569279044210#3822245687011

-= Follow QYS3! =-
Pixiv: https://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=7210261
Twitter: https://twitter.com/QYSThree

Snow Miku 3 by Snowmi

Another artist’s book worth adding to your collection is “Snow Miku 3” by Snowmi, and the 3rd book in her “Snowmi’s Miku” series. Snowmi’s art styles are the kind that will make you think “That’s cute!” every time you turn the page.

The book features 12 color illustrations, and is available from Alicebooks for just 500 Yen ($5 USD). This makes it a good bundle item along with Rella’s newest book “Transfer”!

Artwork Samples

Alice-Books: http://alice-books.com/item/show/3558-5

-= Follow Snowmi! =-
Pixiv: https://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=679963
Twitter: https://twitter.com/snowmioo

Jul 122018
 

In the recent race discussion live stream by Goodsmile Racing, a new kind of Racing Miku has emerged – the Racing Miku Summer ver. by Kanzaki Hiro! Based on the original Racing Miku 2018 design (left), the Summer version (right) can be seen in a very much alike outfit but without her usual coat and fuzzes to combat the heat of summer.

Furthermore, the new visual has been confirmed for a figure by Max Factory. More details on the figure are bound to follow at later dates. Below is the aforementioned live steam, where the reveal can be seen at around 39 minutes mark or so. Stay tuned!

Jul 112018
 

 
YAMAHA Corporation has officially announced the VOCALOID5 engine and VOCALOID Editor 4.5 for release beginning today! It’s also shaping up to be quite an update to the software platform, much more than the previous VOCALOID4. Here’s what’s included in the release.

VOCALOID5 Standard (Windows & Mac, 4 voicebanks, 25,000 yen)
VOCALOID5 Premium (Windows & Mac, 8 voicebanks, 40,000 yen)

VOCALOID Official Site: https://www.vocaloid.com/en/

•Features & Function Overview

Drag-and-drop song creation … Over 2,000 preset phrases & audio
Allows for realistic vocal expression … Attack & Release effects, emotion tools
Instant conversion of your desired styles & voices … Style function
Fine control of vocal tension and amount of breath … 3 new vocal expression parameters
Includes a weath of voices for every genre … 4 voicebanks (male & female, Japanese & English
Create complete vocal tracks with a single application … 11 kinds of audio effects
Better external functionality, improved production efficiency … VST, AU, external MIDI output
Power up your favorite voices with VOCALOID5 … Compatible with VOCALOID3 & 4 voicebanks
Includes software support for Cubase … VOCALOID 4.5 Editor for Cubase

•Comes with 4 voicebanks (male & female, in Japanese & English) – Unique singing voices compatible with every genre

Amy (Left): Expressive English-language female voicebank, ideal for contemporary singing. The versatile voice boasts natural pronunciation and varied vocal tones, suited to genres from R&B to pop music.

Chris (Center left): Authentic R&B English-language male voicebank. Capable of singing over a wide range from delicate, soft bass to powerful, sustained high tones.

Kaori (Center Right): Japanese-language female voicebank with a soulful vocal quality. Long vocal sustains make it perfect for powerful singing.

Ken (Right): Sharp, clear Japanese-language male voicebank, with a light vocal quality ideal for singing J-pop.

•VOCALOID3 & 4 voicebank compatible: Power up your favorite voices with the expressive power of VOCALOID5

The singing voice libraries of VOCALOID3 and VOCALOID4 can be used as voicebanks. Richer expressions can be achieved by simply adding VOCALOID5 effects.

•[Bonus extra] Includes VOCALOID4.5 Editor for Cubase software

The VOCALOID4.5 Editor for Cubase software, capable of importing VOCALOID features into Steinberg’s Cubase DAW software – widely used around the world for music production – is included as a bonus extra.
*All VOCALOIS5 voicebanks can be used. The functions for editing are the same as in VOCALOID4. New OS and Cubase environments scheduled for future release are not supported.

•VOCALOID5 Upgrade Editions also available

VOCALOID5 Upgrade Editions are also available for those who have already purchased VOCALOID3 Editor (SE), VOCALOID4 Editor, VOCALOID Editor for Cubase (NEO), or VOCALOID4 Editor for Cubase.

VOCALOID5 Standard, Upgrade Edition – 15,000 yen
VOCALOID5 Premium, Upgrade Edition – 24,000 yen

Jul 112018
 

Someone accidentally let some news slip a little early. It looks like one of YAMAHA’s VOCALOID software partners, AH-Software, confirmed the upcoming announcement of the next generation VOCALOID5 synthesis engine with one of their products listed for preorder on Amazon Japan. YAMAHA themselves have not even announced such a product yet. The release is announced for July 26th, 2018, so we can likely expect YAMAHA to formally announce the VOCALOID5 engine soon.

Link: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07DZY25M8/
Webarchive Backup: https://web.archive.org/web/20180711180105/https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07DZY25M8/

The software titled “VOCALOID SAKURANO SORA (COMPLETE) NATURAL & COOL” clearly mentions the inclusion of the VOCALOID5 editor. It even briefly mentions some of the VOCALOID5 editor’s parameters, called “VOICE COLOR, ATTACK & RELEASE”, the last two of which are all-new features we have not heard of before.

What does this mean for Hatsune Miku fans, though? An update to her software can likely be expected sometime in the near future, of course!

Jul 102018
 

Hatsune Miku and NewDays collaboration returns once again but this time with Snow Miku to support Hokkaido! The collaboration, in celebration of Hokkaido’s 150th anniversary, will be bringing a variety of Hokkaido’s specialties starting today at all NewDays, NewDays KIOSK, and KIOSK shops until August 6th. Also included are clear files upon purchases and stamp rally with various prizes.

Fans who make purchases over 700 yen from now until July 23rd will receive a limited edition clear file of Snow Miku in NewDays uniform by KEI, where a second clear file by Mame no Moto will substitute in from July 24th until the end of collaboration. This makes it the second year we’re seeing Miku in her NewDays and JR East uniforms.

A stamp rally with QR codes will also be carried out. The rewards start out small from various designs of clear files to a limited edition Shinkalion the Animation postcard (where Miku piloted a bullet train transforming robot, and yes you read that right), and eventually, a special video with the names of winners called out by Miku herself.

In celebration of the launch of the campaign today, a new music video titled “NEWDAYS” by Michita has been released featuring Hatsune Miku and a Japanese music artist “pinoko” rapping together about Hokkaido. Movie & illustration courtesy of the artist iXima himself.

Enjoy the campaign promotional video and “NEWDAYS” music video now below!

Snow Miku NewDays: https://www.j-retail.jp/info/detail.html?id=3128
Snow Miku Stamp Rally: https://www.stamprally.net/natsukita-miku