Dec 252019
 

Crypton Future Media has officially announced the latest version of Hatsune Miku’s singing synthesis software, which will be called Hatsune Miku NT (New Type). Hatsune Miku NT is scheduled for a late August 2020 release (with a beta release in Mid-March 2020).

Generate high-quality vocals through simple operation with the next generation of Hatsune Miku software!

“Hatsune Miku NT (New Type)” is a Hatsune Miku package that is a combination of newly developed “singing voice expression technology / dedicated voice library / software interface / voice effector”.The advanced vocal editor “Piapro Studio” integrates a variety of newly developed functions. You can control the direction of the song simply by typing in the lyrics and melody, and selecting the expression style. Combining the brushed-up voice library with the newly developed voice effector, it is possible to express everything from Hatsune Miku’s pretty singing voice, emotional sighing voice to angry voice, rattle voice, and death growl voice, all while maintaining smooth articulation. You can also introduce decorative pronunciations with one touch, allowing you to customize the singing voice in a very detailed way!

Hatsune Miku NT Official Product Page: https://sonicwire.com/product/virtualsinger/special/mikunt

The software will retail for 19,800 JPY for the download version, but will be offered for 15,400 JPY to buyers that also own any one of Hatsune Miku’s previous software releases (excluding Append). That means owning any versions from Hatsune Miku V2 through Hatsune Miku V4X will qualify buyers for the discount!

The new software has been demonstrated in 3 songs in the video below:

Three voice types are planned in this new software, with “Original Voice” being the only one announced so far. This is also the only one that will be available in the beta release. This voice is described as a “Standard voice library with improved voice expression from previous Hatsune Miku”.

A more advanced version of the Piapro Studio editor for NT will be included in the software bundle, and will be able to operate as both standlone, and as a plugin (standalone-only in the beta version). Users can expect notable improvements to functionality in this release compared to previous versions.

Preview of Piapro Studio for NT (Standalone version)

The new software version also boasts a newly developed voice effector, which will have 6 different functions. Three have been announced so far, and these will be the ones available in the beta version.

Voice Drive
The effect which controls the trembling component of the voice and adjusts the strength/nuance of the voice. To express rattle and death growl voices is even possible by applying the presets.

Voice Voltage
This effect controls the tone and strength / weakness of voice and creates dynamic voice intonation.

Super Formant Shifter
This effect intelligently changes voice quality while maintaining the identity of the original voice. The effect can modulate voices to be more femine or child-like.

Hatsune Miku NT also comes bundled with “Studio One Artist Piapro Edition” by Presonus, which comes with over 500 virtual instruments (guitar, piano, drums, and various other synthesizers). This makes it easy to begin producing complete compositions!

Hatsune Miku NT will be available for Windows (version 8.1 and up) and Mac OS (version 10.11 and up).

Dec 232019
 

Preorders are now open for the magnificient Hatsune Miku: Symphony 2019 Ver. 1/8 scale figure from Good Smile Company!

Listen closely with your heart.
From “Character Vocal Series 01: Hatsune Miku” comes a scale figure of Hatsune Miku based off of the main visual from the full orchestra concert “Hatsune Miku Symphony 2019”.

Her pure and delicate dress has been faithfully recreated based on the original illustration by Rella. Her flowing twintails and fluttering skirt have been recreated with the utmost care. Her outfit and hair have been painted with a pearl finish for an elegant appearance. Be sure to add her to your collection!

The figure is available for preorder now from Good Smile Company’s online shop with a tapestry preorder bonus for 16,280 JPY/$155.99 USD. Preorders from their shop will be open until February 27th at 12:00 PM JST, and orders are expected to ship in May 2021. Check ouyt the full list of online stores below!

> Tokyo Otaku Mode (Supports MikuFan!)
> CDJapan (Supports MikuFan!)
> Amiami
> Hobby Search
> Hobby Link Japan
> Nippon Yasan

For a more in-depth preview, check out the review on Kahotan’s blog! → https://mikatan.goodsmile.info/en/2019/12/20/hatsune-miku-symphony-2019-ver/

Dec 222019
 

In a surprising and previously unheard of move for any Vocaloid software, a voice library update has been issued by Crypton Future Media for Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese! This update to the voice library improves the pronunciation and sound quality, and is available for both the package and download versions of the software. Updated demo songs are embedded below.

The update is available via Crypton’s Sonicwire distribution platform, and is available to all people that have purchased or downloaded the software prior to December 23rd, 2019 (Japan Time). If you own the software, check out the links below!

Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese Product Page: https://sonicwire.com/product/vocaloid/special/mikuv4c
Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese Update Page: https://sonicwire.com/support/detail?id=1946



Dec 172019
 

Hatsune Miku hasn’t been slowing down at all in recent years, and sometimes the amount of news in one month can exceed the amount of news I’d cover in a year when I first started writing for this site! It’s hard to keep up these days, so I’ll try to quickly summarize the major points of news from the first week of this month. I’ll try to follow with another roundup for week 2 shortly!

Snow Miku is expanding her sports support reach beyond just baseball and snowboarding, and is now the first digital ambassador to support Japan’s B.LEAGUE (Japan’s Basketball league)! The B.LEAGUE All-Star Game 2020 will be hosted in Hokkaido on January 18th 2020, and will be supported by Snow Miku. The Japan basketball league chairman Okawa Masaaki says the move supports the planned theme of “future city” for the event, in which a digital character would fit perfectly.

More: http://blog.piapro.net/2019/12/mo20191202.html

We’ve seen the prototypes before, and preorders are now available for the Precious Figure F Miku ~Special Edition~ figure! This figure is exclusively available for preorder (officially) from 7net for 10,780 JPY, and is expected to ship in March 2020. You can use various proxy or 3rd party sites to get one of your own if you’re not in Japan!

Preorder Link: https://7net.omni7.jp/detail/1301437567

SEGA has announced another DAIBA de DIVA event in celebration of the upcoming MEGA 39s game release for the Nintendo Switch! The event will be held at Tokyo Joypolis from January 20th 2020 until March 9th 2020. More info on the event will come at a later date!

Event Page: https://tokyo-joypolis.com/event/SFHMP10_DdDIVA/index.html

A Hatsune Miku themed LCD computer monitor was created in a collaboration between ViewSonic and TSUKUMO. The 23.8″ 1080p monitor is available for order from TSUKUMO for 28,380 JPY (keep in mind electronics in Japan are more expensive in general). This monitor features a beautiful Hatsune Miku illustration drawn by Fukahire, which is visible on the product box, as well as on the included monitor cover to prevent it from getting dusty when not in use!

Product Page: https://shop.tsukumo.co.jp/features/mikudisplay/

Rella, the popular illustrator behind the artwork for Miku Symphony 2018~2019, has teased some images of the upcoming Hatsune Miku scale figure based on the official artwork! We’re definitely excited to see more about this figure soon.

Dec 162019
 

Spring has come early, thanks to various Sakura Miku themed prize figures, plushies and tapestries, now available for preorder from our partners at TOM! Check them out below!

Hatsune Miku Sakura Miku: Cherry Blossoms Ver. Non-Scale Figure

Preorder Link: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Manufacturer: TAITO (Prize)
Size: 200mm
Release Date: July 2020
Illustrator: かも仮面
Additional Note: Lottery Limited prize figure in Japan

Hatsune Miku Sakura Miku Doll Crystal Figure

Preorder Link: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Manufacturer: TAITO
Size: 140mm
Release Date: June 2020

Sakura Miku 2020 Ver. Prize Figure

Preorder Link: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Manufacturer: TAITO (Prize)
Size: 180mm
Release Date: May 2020
Illustrator: iXima

Sakura Miku Ver. 2 Super Premium Figure

Preorder Link: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Manufacturer: SEGA Prize
Size: 200mm
Release Date: July 2020

Mega Jumbo Lying Down Plush Sakura Miku

Preorder Link: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Manufacturer: SEGA Prize
Size: 40cm x 22cm
Release Date: June 2020

Lying Down Plush Sakura Miku

Preorder Link: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Manufacturer: SEGA Prize
Size: 16cm x 11cm x 12cm
Release Date: July 2020

Sakura Miku: 2020 Ver. Mini Plush

Preorder Link: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Manufacturer: TAITO
Size: 110mm
Release Date: June 2020

Sakura Miku Tapestries (Prize)

Preorder Link: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Manufacturer: TAITO
Size: 135mm (Height)
Release Date: July 2020