In a surprise turn of events the Yamaha USA has added physical editions of the VOCALOID 4 Editor, VOCALOID 4 Editor for Cubase, and Cyber Diva to their webstore under “Music Production Software”. This is the first instance of Yamaha incorporating Vocaloid with their famous Music Production Tool lineup which includes synthesizers, stage pianos, pixers, pocket recorders, interfaces, studio monitors, midi controllers, and plug-in boards.
Beyond the historic note of mainstream Yamaha finally featuring Vocaloid as a major product line this is also the first instance of Cyber Diva being available to residents of (North) America. While previously marketed as an “American” Vocaloid she was previously unavailable through Vocaloid Store’s digital downloads to residents of North America and there was a specific notice for Americans not to purchase her through that outlet.
Right now the Yamaha USA store is purely physical products, no word on how this will affect digital downloads, plugin distrobution, or our current limbo after the planned retirement of Vocaloid Store and its lack of English replacement.
In a statement released earlier in the month during the Windows 10 Technical Preview Yamaha recommended against upgrading to Windows 10 until compatibility could be confirmed after users reported problems with the Vocaloid 4 Editor on Microsoft’s new OS. For the moment Yamaha is regarding Windows 10 as an unsupported OS until compatibility can be confirmed.
While Windows 10 is exciting, new, and upgrade free for Windows 7 & 8 users it is recommended you hold off upgrading for at least a couple months as both Microsoft and software vendors sort out the release issues. This post will be updated as the situation changes. For now, it is recommended against upgrading.
For those of you whom jumped the gun and have already upgraded to Windows 10 fear not. As long as you did not delete the 15GB Windows.Old folder you can still revert back to your Windows 7/8.1 install by following this guide.
Source: Yamaha Windows 10 Statement (Japanese)
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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Yamaha opens 2015 by launching this spash page where they introduce United States based female Vocaloid 4. Named “Cyber Diva” Yamaha claims she will will have an American English accent, powerful long tones, smooth vocalization, compatible with many genres, and to be powered by the latest in VOCALOID technologies.
Yamaha introduced Cyber Diva with an assortment of 5 demos featuring the producers CrusherP, CircusP & utataP. Hit the jump to see the demo embeds as well as details on Yamaha’s Vocaloid 4 Editor.
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