Yamaha has big things planned for Vocaloid.com. Specifics have yet to be revealed but one of the few things announced was the promotional sale, and coming discontinuation of many of their Vocaloid4 products, including, but not limited to their Engloids CYBER DIVA, CYBER SONGMAN, Megpoid English, and all their respective Starter Packs.
Products to be Discontinued
The site will be taken down on July 12th (Japan Time), relaunch is expected to be on the 13th. For those of us in the United States we will no longer be able to purchase CYBER DIVA or CYBER SONGMAN after July 11th. If you were interested in these Vocaloid, please purchase them now.
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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).
Friend of the blog, José Lastras, also known as MasterVocaloid or Giuseppe-P has recorded and sequenced a new Vocaloid prototype named “Lucía”. Describing her as “sweet” and “pretty” he released a this playlist to showcase the voicebank’s capabilities. For art end he commissioned two character design concepts from artists Aki Glancy and Riisago respectively.
Concept by AkiGlancy
Concept by Riisago
In the Facebook announcement revealing the project he said he has been in contact with the various companies that are licensed to publish voicebanks (Power-FX, Zero-G, and VoctroLabs) but for the moment they didn’t seem interested in selling it at the moment with Yamaha’s licencing costs being cited as the main limiting factor.
He is asking for feedback and for fans to help spread the word about “Lucía”. Hopefully in the future we will see this Vocaloid on sale. You can read and comment on the full release @ Giuseppe-Ps original Spanish-language Facebook post.
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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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.