Jan 022020
 

This one’s a quick one, but big: Hatsune Miku is a confirmed music guest at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California in 2020! Simply known as “Coachella”, the event is known as the largest music festival in the world, held across two weekends at the Indio polo grounds in Southern California.

Hatsune Miku is scheduled to make appearances on both Fridays on April 10th and the 17th. Tickets for the weekend of 17th~19th are still available for reservation on the Coachella Music Festival official site.

As a side note, I live only 10 miles/16km away from the event, and will be attending to also give away free goodies to fellow Miku fans. More details to come later!

Coachella Music Festival Official Site: https://coachella.com/

Dec 262019
 

Two big Snow Miku collaborations have been just announced, which will no doubt make for more fun for fans visiting Hokkaido. The first is a collaboration between Snow Miku 2020 and Pokémon, more specifically with Alola Rokon (known in the West as Alolan Vulpix). The second is yet another collaboration between Snow Miku and Hello Kitty for the Winter season of 2020. Below are the full details of these collaborations!

Illustration by Saitou Naoki

Pokémon will be cross promoting with Snow Miku during the Snow Festival in Sapporo from February 4th through February 11th 2020. During this time, the usual Snow Miku sculpture at Odori Park block 11 will be accompanied by a snow scuplture of Alolan Vulpix! Additionally, the Pokémon Center Sapporo office branch will have a booth set up at Odori Park block 11 to sell various collaboration themed goods, which will be detailed at a later date.

Announcement Page: https://snowmiku.com/2020/collabo_alola.html


Illustrations by 胡麻乃りお

Snow Miku and Hello Kitty will be collaborating for their 3rd consecutive year! This year, various collaboration goods will be available at the Snow Miku Sky Town store at the New Chitose Airport (Domestic Terminal 4th Floor). Some goods are already available, while others will be released gradually into the year 2020. These goods include full-graphic T-shirts, towels, clear files, can badges, keychains & more! Check the full list from the official goods page!

Collaboration Goods Page: https://gotochikitty.com/gentei/468

Samples of Snow Miku x Hello Kitty collaboration goods

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
 

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Miku Symphony, three new performances have been announced for 2020! The first stop will be the Suntory Hall in Tokyo on May 24th, 2020 at 6:00 PM. Advance ticket reservation is already open from now until January 26th at 11:59 PM JST. General release tickets will be made available on February 22nd at 10:00 AM JST.

Tickets → https://w.pia.jp/t/mikusymphony20/

Ticket prices range from 5,500 ~ 16,300 JPY, depending on the seating you choose. Buyers of the Special Seat tier for 16,300 JPY will also receive a special design ticket and limited goods!

Additionally, performances in Yokohama and Osaka have also been decided, with ticket sales to be announced at a later date. The Yokohama performance is scheduled for October 17th, 2020 at the Pacifico Yokohama National Grand Hall, while the Osaka performance is scheduled for November 27th, 2020 at the Osaka Festival Hall.

Rella once again illustrated beautiful artwork for this announcement, and you can check that and the official announcement out from the tweets below. Stay tuned for more info!

※Hatsune Miku Symphony is performed by a full orchestra, and does not feature any singing or video/screening effects of traditional Hatsune Miku concerts.

Miku Symphony Official Site: https://sp.wmg.jp/mikusymphony/


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/