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!

Aug 302019
 

Sega has announced a new Hatsune Miku smartphone game project under the title “Project Sekai” developed by Colorful Palette, a new studio by Craft Egg (BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!), with an immediate launch of the teaser site upon the announcement. Not much is known about the game for now, but the target platforms are known to be both iOS and Android. Stay tuned.

Project Sekai Twitter
https://twitter.com/pj_sekai
Teaser Site
http://miku.sega.jp/pjsekai/teaser/

Aug 302019
 

A promotional video has been released for the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s detailing its release date and the long hinted new game mode. Packing with 10 years of SEGA feat. HATSUNE MIKU Project history, the game will be released in Japan on February 13th, 2020, as well as a western release to follow shortly in 2020 under the title Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix.

In addition to the 101 songs and 300 modules to choose from, there’s a new game mode “Mix Mode” (left) unique to Nintendo Switch as a new way to enjoy the game using the joy-cons. A third new song “Dreamin Chuchu” (right) by emon has also been revealed in addition to the previously confirmed “Alien Alien” by Nayutan Alien and “39 Music!” by MikitoP.

 

Sega will also be launching a 10th anniversary collection of the game featuring the additions of special box illustrated by KEI, CD collection of 5 discs, and SONOCA card for the theme song “Catch the Wave” by kz. Early purchases in Japan will come with a 4-songs theme song pack DLC with songs such as “The secret garden” and “Yume Yume“.

Another reveal by Sega yet is the module design for kz‘s “Catch the Wave” by the artist LAM.

 

HORI is also joining in the occasion to announce dedicated controllers for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s/Mega Mix and Future Tone/DX. Preorders are available until September 24th, 2019 at 10:00 JST, with release scheduled for early 2020.

Additionally, for those who own Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone/DX, 10 newly recorded songs from Mega39’s/Mega Mix will be available as DLC in 2020; a few examples being “DECORATOR by kz, “FREELY TOMORROW” by Mitchie M, and “Rolling Girl” by wowaka.

Check out the trailers for both versions below.

> Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s on CDJapan
> Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s 10th anniversary collection on CDJapan
> Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s 10th anniversary collection on AmiAmi

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA MEGA39’s
http://miku.sega.jp/mega39s/
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix
https://miku.sega.com/megamix/ 

Aug 082019
 

Previously exclusive to Steam and Oculus Store, the action rhythm game “Hatsune Miku VR” will be coming soon to PlayStation VR! The game was initially launched in spring 2018 as a collaboration between Crypton Future Media and Degica co., with the main visual by the artist Yuuki Kira

A trial version is also available now for play testing at Magical Mirai 2019 in Osaka. Stay tuned for more info!

Hatsune Miku VR http://promo.degicagames.com/vr/

Steam https://store.steampowered.com/app/707300/Hatsune_Miku_VR___VR/
Oculus Store
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1731587616863812/

Jul 302019
 

Hatsune Miku will be collaborating with the full-scale multiplayer online mobile RPG “Magatsu Wahrheit” by KLabGames that launched earlier in late April this year with over 460,000 pre-registrations. The collaboration music contest is now live on piapro under the theme “live in the present era“.

Three winning entries will be chosen as in-game BGM, as well as winning various Hatsune Miku goods, Magatsu Wahrheit goods, and in-game items. Additionally, winning entries will also be promoted across Magatsu Wahrheit’s social media. Entries are open starting now, and will close on September 20th, 2019 at 17:00 JST!

Magatsu Wahrheit tells a story of a world that is Wahrheit hanging on a brink of extinction, where a group of mankind known as the Kidou Heidan has taken up arms against threats to humanity. The game is available on both iOS and Android.

Target characters

Hatsune Miku / Kagamine Rin & Len / Megurine Luka

Entry Eligibility

Any applicants registered to piapro.jp, and agree to the application method and rules of entry.

Song Length

1 minute 30 seconds or more, but no more than 5 minutes

File Format

MP3

Result release date

September 2019

Other Notes

  • Entry must be an unreleased original song.
  • Please make sure to include the lyrics of the song when submitting.
  • Please limit to one character per submission, with the exception of Kagamine Rin & Len that must be submitted together.
  • Please be ready to provide WAV data and lyrics once submission is adopted.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Entries must be uploaded with the tag “禍つヴァールハイト2019_楽曲” (copy and paste without quotes). Please make sure to lock the tag otherwise your entry will be invalid.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure your entry is submitted without any licenses! During the submission process linked below, you’ll be presented with a list of licenses. Choose the checkbox at the bottom for “Upload without licenses”.

-> Click Here To Begin Submission Application <-

Magatsu Wahrheit: https://www.magatsu-wahrheit.com/
Song Contest: https://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/magatsu/
Submission list: https://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/magatsu/list