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English Vocaloid Store Closing At End of March

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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MikuExpo 2016 Adds Option for a Concert in Your Town

In a merch campaign promoting the MikuExpo 2016 Tour along with the official Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 E.P. special edition compilation album the organisers have setup a PledgeMusic campaign to help raise additional funds for the tour as well as give fans the chance to bring Miku to their own town.

For those unfamiliar PledgeMusic operates similar to Kickstarter in that it is an all-or-nothing style crowdfunding platform that specifically targets musicians and music fans. The campaign offers a variety of rewards including the MikuExpo 2016 EP, tour t-shirts, multicolor glowsticks, concert credits and more.

The holy grail of prizes however has to be the $1,000,000 tier however, where for the low price of one million dollars one enterprising Vocaloid fans can put his/her money where their mouth is and bring Hatsune Miku to your own town for a concert (unspecified restrictions apply).

The PledgeMusic campaign quickly reached its goal when the unique concert experiences sold out quickly and now the campaign is mostly acting as a hub for merch pre-orders and AccessPass digital download sales.

  • Click Here if you would like to pledge $1,000,000.
  • Click Here if you just want to see the merchandise.

MikuExpo 2016 is a global concert tour featuring Hatsune Miku which includes a North American tour stopping by seven cities and three countries in North America. For more information visit the tour page here. Tickets are available now.
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Vocaloid 4 Dex and Daina Release, Special Launch Discount

We are proud to announce that Zero-G have released their much anticipated Vocaloid 4 voicebanks “Dex” and “Daina” male and female virtual singers. Though released as a pair and not available as a bundle Zero-G are offering them at a special introductory price for their first week of sale.

For a limited time both Dex and Daina will be on sale for $49.99, $20 off their MSRP of $69.99. Buy the pair together for an additional 10% off totalling $89.99 for both Vocaloid 4, discount applied at checkout. Get them while you can both as Vocaloid and as a deal, it doesn’t get much better than this!

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PowerFX Pulls the Curtain, Presents Vocaloid 4 Ruby

Without much fanfare, not even a tweet on their official twitter, PowerFX has released Vocaloid 4. In a surprise turn of events on the official product listing and latest demo by VocaloidMaster (embedded below) there is no official character artwork. Instead, they feature a set of stage curtains being drawn and the text “Presenting Ruby”.

This strange release decision is likely related to the controversy previously covered in Behind the Scenes: PowerFX & Vocaloid 4 Ruby. With so much furor and pushback over the AnimeExpo reveal event’s character art PowerFX may have chosen to sidestep the controversy by not including anything whatsoever. Its unclear whether the software splash is similarly art-less as none of the Engloids.Info staff have purchased the product yet.

On Twitter Ruby’s Lead Developer Syo released a custom dictionary using Ruby’s new phonemes. As always it is probably better to avoid the dictionary pronunciations when possible but without much documentation on the new phonemes added in Vocaloid 4 this should help new and veteran users alike.

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“Mirai no Neiro” and “IA ROCKS” Concerts @ HyperJapan (London, England)

VocaEuro reports that HyperJapan, a convention in London England, is going to be hosting not one, but two different Vocaloid events totaling 5 concerts across 3 days. They are “free” to anyone attending the convention but space will be limited so do arrive early. The full schedule for events can be found here.

Mirai no Neiro Sessions:
Friday
Saturday (Morning)
Sunday

IA ROCKS Sessions:
Saturday (Afternoon)
Sunday

Mirai no Neiro
Mirai no Neiro (Sound of the Future) is a grass-roots volunteer group who aim to introduce Japan’s Vocaloid culture to countries around the world. So far they’re doing a pretty amazing job – having pulled off highly successful unofficial Vocaloid concerts in the US, Germany, Taiwan, Denmark, Switzerland, Mexico and Chile!

IA Rocks
While Mirai no Neiro is an unofficial concert IA ROCKS’ world tour is anything but. Sponsored by 1STPLACE the Vocaloid publisher has been showcasing IA across the world selling out live events in France, Taiwan and America. If you are looking for a virtual pop idol I can assure you that IA does indeed “ROCKS”.

For more about HyperJapan check out their Official Website.

For additional event coverage follow our friends at VocaEuro.