English Version of Hatsune Miku VOCALOID Software Set for Summer Launch

Crypton Future Media holding introductory panel during SXSW conference

Without much fanfare, the corporate entity behind the Hatsune Miku VOCALOID software has confirmed a Summer release timeframe for the long-awaited English version of the voice synthesis software that gave rise to an entire subculture around Hatsune Miku and the varied spinoffs. The software itself is a variant of the much more extensive VOCALOID2 software suite developed by Yamaha for use in the recording industry as a replacement for human vocalists.

 

The English version of the Hatsune Miku Vocaloid software has been in development since the US concert debut of Hatsune Miku in 2011 and was originally meant to be released shortly after, though the software was quietly delayed while Crypton continued to gauge the popularity of Vocaloid in the US.

 

Crypton Future Media will be hosting a panel during this week's South by Southwest Interactive conference where they will introduce Hatsune Miku to the tech-oriented crowd and press on Monday morning.

 

So now that we have a date for the English version of Miku's software, anyone going to try it out when it does launch?


Humberto Saabedra is the Editor-in-Chief of AnimeNews.bizPhoneNews.com and an occasional columnist for Ani.me. He can also be found musing on his obsession with Nico Robin at @AnimeNewsdotbiz.

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