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Hatsune Miku V3 English
Product information
Company

Crypton Future Media, Inc.

Initial release

August 31st, 2013 (download only)
September 26, 2013 (retail)

Stable release

VOCALOID3

Status

Released

Osystem

Windows XP/Vista/7/8 - OS X 10.7/10.8

Language

English Engflag

License

Proprietary

Website

Company homepage Product page

Hatsune Miku VOCALOID2 Append English __V3__ eVocaloid
This is an article about the Hatsune Miku English software for the VOCALOID3 engine.

HistoryEdit

At the time of her first announcement, it was unknown if this update to Miku would be for VOCALOID2 or VOCALOID3.[1]

Miku English: 2007Edit

Miku was originally going to have both a Japanese and an English voicebank when she was conceptualized in 2007. However, the concept that was destined to be Hatsune Miku, later became Megurine Luka.[2]

Miku English: 2010Edit

On October 8, 2010, at the New York Comic-Con, Ito Hiroyuki (Crypton's CEO) announced that if Miku's Facebook page hit 39,390 "likes", an English voicebank would be developed. The project was termed "Project MIKUCASH".

Miku's page has reached more than 1,000,000 "likes" on her Facebook page (run by Crypton staff). On November 17, Wat mentioned he would be announcing more information in the future weeks.[3]

In December, Wat questioned if the vocal would be VOCALOID2 or VOCALOID3.[4]

Miku English: 2011Edit

Early on in the English voicebank announcement, Crypton Future Media made a point that they would not make a localized version of the software if it did not meet their expectations, or if it did not sound cute enough, they would cancel it.[5]

The alpha stage of development went under review the weekend of March 19, 2011. By then, it was still far from the beta stage.[6] Crypton reported they would keep their fans up to date with its development and were aiming for a good, qualified English voicebank. Crypton also reported that they would like to do Miku English Appends in the future, however, they have no specific plans right now.[7]

On May 28, 2011, demos of KAITO Append, Whisper and Power, along with Miku English were posted on Niconico. This voicebank was only 40% complete and there is more development left to do. As noted by a number of native English fans, her smoothness was lacking, but improvements had already been made from Luka's voicebank.[8] Wat had also mentioned previously that he would love to hear the expression change to "Dark" or "Sweet" in English.[9]

On July 2, 2011, a Beta version of Miku's English voicebank was used at the "MikuNopolis" concert in Los Angeles. It was used to enable Miku to address the audience and, with Luka, perform World's End Dancehall with English lyrics (although Luka sang most of the song).

On October 16, a video was uploaded on YouTube showing Miku's English Voicebank with greater improvement.

On October 24, it was reported that Miku's voicebank was 70% complete and all the basic sounds had been captured.[10]

Wat tweeted on the December 1, 2011, noting that all previous demos had originally been rendered with the VOCALOID2 engine, and things were being redone for the VOCALOID3 engine.[11]

Miku English: 2012Edit

On March 25, 2012, a demo using Miku's English voicebank composed by Fink was released. At the time, the voicebank was still in beta and her triphones were still needing adjustment.[12] It was also mentioned that in the future they would like to add Appends to the English version to give Miku English expression. However, they are currently undecided on the matter.[13]

On July 31, 2012, a usage of English Miku singing NICE AGE was released, and was purposely edited to have a strong Japanese accent. This song will also be featured the album "増殖気味 X≒MULTIPLIES", along with other songs using the English vocal.[14]

On December 15, 2012, another usage was released: a cover of Day Tripper (stylized in all caps) by The Beatles, composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Note that NICE AGE and DAY TRIPPER are not demos of English Miku and should not be treated as such.


Further adjustments were made to KAITO and Miku in early October prior to their vocals demostration.[15]

A English demo of Miku and KAITO was shown NYCCon 2012. Both were still in Beta version.[16]

Yuu Asakawa stated that Hatsune Miku English would be released in the Spring of 2013.

Miku English: 2013Edit

A short usage of English Miku was uploaded on February 7, with Miku singing "Spectrum", remixed by kz (livetune). Circus-P worked on the tuning for the for the track. A longer version was later uploaded on February 25. "Spectrum" was written by ZEDD, a producer who has also written songs for Skrillex, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. The livetune remix featuring Miku is featured on the Japanese release of ZEDD's debut album, "Clarity".[17]
Note that Spectrum is not a demo of English Miku and should not be treated as such.


kz (livetune) used English Miku once again, also tuned by Circus-P, in his English version of "Tell Your World". It is featured on his album Re:Dial which was released on March 20.

On March 9, Crypton updated their product page for the English version of Miku. It stated that English Miku was pushed back to summer 2013, with planned collaborations with popular labels and artists. The page was shortened on March 11, removing any details about her release and advertisement to potential business partners.[18][19]

At Anime Expo, it was announced that Miku English would be the first VOCALOID to be made for Apple's Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Later, this was confirmed on the official Facebook page of Miku as well.

Crypton recently put up this website, confirming the VOCALOID's summer release.

Hatsune Miku V3 English was released on August 31, 2013 as download only software.

Later on in regards to a talk on Miku's 6th anniversary, aspects of Miku English were discussed. Some of the things discussed was why a on-line sale was chosen first for the vocal. Crypton mentioned that they wanted simultaneous sales world wide for the release. Sweet ANN was used as a guide for Miku's development. They also noted that Miku English did not produce good results on the VOCALOID2 engine so it was not released for this version. They also discussed that they had to make changes in art and vocal tone in order to appeal to the new cultures they were selling Miku to abroad. Wat confirmed that her voice had been adjusted to make her sound more mature.[20] Miku English also faced problems that even native English VOCALOIDs have faced, in that English, unlike Japanese, had no definite sounds, which lead to problems collecting data.[21]

In an interview, Saki Fujita stated that she had to do many more takes for the English voicebank, and that her pronunciation had to be approved by an English instructor. The V3 development team said that it was difficult to achieve the same sound during a re-recording for artificial and physical reasons. Fujita also went through training on how to produce the 'r' and 'l' sounds of the English language.[22]

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

2011Edit

Demonstrations
Miku singing Ballet Mecanique by Sakamoto Ryuichi (Demo Version) YouTube  
Miku singing Ballet Mecanique by Sakamoto Ryuichi (Full Version) YouTube  

2012Edit

Demonstrations
Tokyo x Nicofarre YouTube  
NICE AGE Niconico   YouTube  
DAY TRIPPER Niconico   YouTube  

2013Edit

Demonstrations
Spectrum (short ver.) YouTube  
Spectrum (longer ver.) YouTube  
Coming Together by BSC a.k.a. kuni YouTube  
Let The Music Speak by Dan Corches (Fid Rizz) YouTube  
FATE by CircusP YouTube  
Second Star by EmpathP YouTube  
Let Me Fly by DAISHI DANCE YouTube  
Shine for me by Cosima & Takaaki Suzuki YouTube  
New world by Gramline a.k.a O.N.O YouTube  

RecommendedEdit

PC version
  • OS: Windows 7(32/64bit)/ Windows 8(32/64bit)/ Vista(32bit)/ XP(32bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor or better
  • RAM: 2GB or more
  • HDD: 10GB or more
  • Other: DVD-ROM drive / Sound Device (with DirectX Support) / Graphics Card that supports OpenGL 3.0 or higher / A monitor resolution no lower than 1280 x 768 pixels / Internet connection
Mac
  • OS: OS X 10.7, 10.8
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor or better
  • RAM: 2GB or more
  • HDD: 8GB or more
  • Other: DVD-ROM drive / A monitor resolution no lower than 1280 x 768 pixels / Internet connection

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
To our readers and editors: For section notes, please read Wiki notes:Voicebank Libraries sections.
Optimum
  Genre: House, Techno, Crossover  Tempo: 100 ~ 130BPM  Range: B2 ~ B3
Package details
This is the English version of the Hatsune Miku software. The vocal sings with a Japanese accent and as Miku is a member of the CV series, her vocals focus on sounding cute – although she was adjusted to sound more mature than her original bank.
Vocal traits as noted:
  • Improvements since Megurine Luka English have resulted in Miku having a higher level of language capabilities, bringing her to a "Standard" level of English.
  • Has the smallest optimum range and tempo of all the released Hatsune Miku VOCALOID3 vocals. Its range and tempo also render it as one of the least capable of the English vocals made for VOCALOID3. It currently ties with KAITO V3 English as the 2nd smallest tempo range of any VOCALOID3 vocal.
  • Has a good pitching abilities.
  • The vocal itself is overall weaker sounding then the original Japanese vocal and looses strength on sounds where strength needs to be maintained.
  • The tone of the voice was made more tense then the original because "cute" was felt inappropriate for United States and European countries due to the "pedophile" fear from those countries. This put the new vocal between Miku Appends "Soft" and "Dark" in terms of properties.[23]
  • Has some singing style inconsistency between short and long notes with longer notes being more "singing" style while shorter notes can sound more "talking". This means Miku is often not smooth.
  • It ties with MEIKO V3's english vocal on the smallest tempo range of any VOCALOID3 vocal.
Phonetic notes as noted:
  • Her [aU] samples warp oddly when followed by [-].
  • Miku will pronounce her [@r] as [Q@]
  • Like other Japanese -> English vocals before this one, she has trouble separating "R" and "L" sounds in general. In this case she is overall hard on "R" related sounds due to the Japanese accent, though has improved definition on "L" sounds compared to KAITO V3 English.
Software issues as noted:
  • The English vocal and its closest Japanese equivalent from the Hatsune Miku V3 package have different vocal ranges and tempos listed. There may be some inconsistency matching the two vocals with each other as a result.
  • At 10GB this is the largest of the English vocals for VOCALOID3. Do note, however, this large size is because of the inclusion of Piapro Studio within the package and the actual vocal itself does not consume the full 10GB.
Voicebank sample

Hatsune Miku V3 English

Miku Hatsune V3 english


Hatsune Miku V3 English also includes Piapro Studio.

ReferencesEdit

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  7. [1] Tweet - Potential English bank of Hatsune Miku's - 11:06 PM Mar 17th
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  17. hightrancesea (February 7, 2013). "Upcoming Japanese Release of Zedd Album to Include Remix Using English Miku". Vocaloidism. http://www.vocaloidism.com/upcoming-japanese-release-of-zedd-album-to-include-remix-using-english-miku/. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  18. "Who is Hatsune Miku?". Crypton Future Media, INC.. http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/cv01_us.jsp. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  19. hightrancesea (March 12, 2013). "The Evanescent English Hatsune Miku Website". Vocaloidism. http://www.vocaloidism.com/the-evanescent-english-hatsune-miku-website/. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
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  • A new voicebank is being produced for Miku English

    49 messages
    • I kinda wish they would make the tone in her new English bank sound more like her Japanese ones, but at least she has a bit (key word is "a bi...
    • ^ It would depend on the purpose of the voicebank. If it's going to be ACT 2 like the Kagamines then I think they would be given free since t...
  • I = Fantasy Miku V3 English Version

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    • not bad. I few parts felt a bit awkward at times and off tempo (mostly near the end) but overall not bad
    • She sounds pretty good, keep up the good work :D

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