In a continuation of Yamaha’s consolidation of power and the closure of Vocaloid Store there is no longer any legal way to acquire new, digital versions, of the Vocaloid 3 Editor software. The only way to acquire the V3 editor is limited to previously published physical editions and physical bundles.
With the end of Vocaloid 3 Editor is also the end of the VOCALOID2 Library Import tool.
In their latest Japanese-language support notice Yamaha has announced that they are planning to drop support of the importer and will no longer issue any new import serial codes. They advise customers that have previously bought the Vocaloid 3 Editor and need import serials to contact them as soon as possible.
Yamaha still neglecting Westerners. Still no sign of English Vocaloid NET & Vocaloid Shop.
An English version of Vocaloid NET & Vocaloid Shop has been promised for the last year but no release is in sight. With the closure of the English Vocaloid Store it leaves many Western users in limbo with no native access to the portal for Editor Plugins, technical documentation, and various Bplats, Inc. developed Vocaloid such as Macne Nana (English).
In an announcement earlier this week Bplats, Inc. has announced the official closing of the English version of the Vocaloid Store. The last day to make any orders will be March 23rd, with the entire store closing March 25, 2016 @ 6 PM (Japanese Standard Time). Download all your Job Plugins and pick up your Vocaloid 3 Downloads while they are still available!
The writing has been on the wall since last May when the Japanese version of Vocaloid Store was shuttered and the Yamaha operated Vocaloid NET was launched. As Vocaloid NET was a Japanese-only portal Bplats, Inc.was allowed to continue operating the English version of Vocaloid Store.
With the upcoming closure of there is no word yet for Yamaha if English support is going to be added to Vocaloid NET or where westerners are supposed to get their Job Plugins and voicebank downloads.
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Yamaha announced today on Vocaloid Net, Yamaha’s public facing (Japanese) Vocaloid portal, that they will be closing Vocaloid Store and that a replacement creatively named “Vocaloid Shop” will be launching some time late May.
The announcement is short on details on the exactly what the difference will be beyond that Yamaha will be continuing their existing relationship with Bplats Ltd. and as with the now defunct Vocaloid Store, the new Vocaloid Shop will be managed and operated under licence to Bplats Ltd.
At the time of press VocaloidStore.com leads to a null DNS and Shop.VocaloidStore.com is still operating. No word yet on how this operating change will affect the English VocaloidStore which remains up for the time being.
[Official Press Release] (Japanese Language)
With VOCALOID 4 being available in Japan since mid December and with stable release V4 v4.1.0 rolling out earlier last week Bplats, Inc. and Yamaha have finally added VOCALOID4 to the English VocaloidStore. Along with adding the full VOCALOID4 editor they also included half price discount downloads for anyone that bought the full version of VOCALOID3.
Other products added to the store include the English capable Cyber Diva and normal/upgrade versions of VY1V4. As usual the USD pricing of the English VocaloidStore hasn’t been ajusted for the weak JPY and it may be cheaper to buy from the JP store, even with associated currency coversion fees… assuming you can navigate the moonrunes of course.
All products are available as download only. Full press release & price list available after the jump.
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The English language version of Bplats/Yamaha’s VocaloidStore has finally added the disk and physical versions of the various Vocaloids to their site. When we last covered VocaloidStore in ‘Vocaloid 3 Full Editor Sale @ English VocaloidStore.com‘ the English Vocaloid Store was a strictly download-only affair with selection limited to the few Vocaloid 3s that had downloadable versions available.
Since they are now listing physical products that also means they are also shipping to select English speaking countries with the US and UK being confirmed, but details hazy on what other countries they are supporting. Keep in mind that all of the prices on the site are based off the (JPY) Japanese Yen and with exchange rates in mind prices for things like the Vocaloid 3 Editor would be more expensive than if you had bought it from PowerFX.
The New Disk Category
PowerFX’s Vocaloid Category