History[edit | edit source]
2014[edit | edit source]
In 2014, Crypton expressed an interest in creating a Mandarin Chinese voicebank for Hatsune Miku.
2016[edit | edit source]
On December 3, 2016, during HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 CHINA TOUR, it was announced that a Mandarin Chinese voicebank was in the works and the first demo, "Molihua", was showcased there. According to the advertisements shown at the Expo, the voicebank was said to released "soon". The advertisements also featured a silhouette, which hinted a new design for the voicebank, as well as introducing an upcoming website that allows fans to feature their works with her Chinese voicebank: poppro.cn. A talkloid featuring her Chinese voicebank was also shown.
Prior to HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2016 in China, Wat posted a few tweets that were likely referring to the new Chinese voicebank. He noted that a talkloid in a foreign language was finishing up its tuning. He also wrote that he submitted the president a demo sample featuring the new voicebank and that the beta version of the voicebank had an increased clarity.
On December 7, Wat tweeted that Miku Chinese is also dubbed "V4C" for "VOCALOID4 Chinese" rather than "V4X". In addition, he mentioned that they were looking for scattered data in the voice scanning. He was hoping that the production would be packed up within the next two months. On December 20, Wat tweeted that they were adjusting her pronunciation.
2017[edit | edit source]
On April 22, 2017, Miku performed at B.I.G. Carnival 'Banana.IP.Galaxy in Shanghai. At the concert, she performed seven Japanese songs and one Chinese song. This marked the first concert to ever use her Mandarin voicebank.
In August, her official website was launched. It was confirmed that her pre-orders would be opened on August 24.
A convention was planned for August 24. At the convention, a new demo for Miku would be presented and attendees would be able to try her voicebank there. In addition, if they pre-ordered her at the event, they would receive a signed card from Hiroyuki Itoh. It was also confirmed that the illustrator for Miku V4 Chinese was Mamenomoto, the official artist of Snow Miku 2016.
On August 23, Miku's new design, box, and package price were revealed on Weibo. While the pre-order was not available yet, the release date was confirmed to be in early September, at least by September 10.
On August 25, it was confirmed that Miku's Chinese package would be available as digital and physical copies. They would also be available for Windows and Mac, and a Piapro Studio standalone version was confirmed to be included. A limited package with additional goods inside would only be sold in Japan.
According to SCLA's and Mikai Music's Taobao shops, she was to be released on September 2, but the date was later changed back to September 10. At these shops, larger packages were supplied with her voicebank and an exclusive keychain for her. Other shops, such as Sonicwire and e-Capsule, carried the smaller packages and digital copies.
Though an announcement regarding her release date was not made clear, Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese was released early around September 5 as people began using and posting their works with her new voicebank.
2019 - Version 4.0.1[edit | edit source]
On December 21, 2019, wat announced that a free update for Miku's Chinese voicebank was expected to release on December 23. Users who bought her physical or digital copies would be entitled to the update. This version of the voicebank produced cleaner results and improved pronunciation compared to the original. She also received four demos: three succeeding versions and one brand new original.
It was reported that this update aimed to restore the characteristics of the original Japanese voicebank while taking the cute and sweet voice into account. Utilizing the new technology available, the fluency was also improved.
Product Information[edit | edit source]
Demonstrations[edit | edit source]
Version 4.0.0[edit | edit source]
|歌に形はないけれど (Uta ni Katachi wa Nai Keredo) - Chinese version||le.com (24 minutes in)|
|初嵐 (Chūlán)||Niconico YouTube bilibili AcFun|
|你好 (Nǐhǎo)||YouTube bilibili AcFun|
|时光船 (Shíguāng Chuán)||YouTube AcFun|
|初嵐 (Chūlán) - Full Version||Niconico YouTube|
|你好 (Nǐhǎo) - Full Version||bilibili|
|失败作少女 (Shībài Zuò Shàonǚ)||YouTube bilibili|
|花与梦 (Huā yǔ Mèng)||YouTube bilibili|
Version 4.0.1[edit | edit source]
|你好 (Nǐhǎo) - Short version||YouTube bilibili|
|失败作少女 (Shībài Zuò Shàonǚ) - Short version||YouTube bilibili|
|花与梦 (Huā yǔ Mèng)||YouTube bilibili|
|恋之秘语 (Liàn zhī Mì Yǔ)||YouTube bilibili|
System Requirements[edit | edit source]
- Windows: Windows 7 (32/64bit) / Windows 8 (32/64bit) / Windows 10 (32/64bit)
- Mac: OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or more
- RAM: 2GB or more (4GBprocessor or better)
- Hard Disk Capacity: 3GB or more (NTFS FORMAT)
- Sound Device (with DirectX Support)
- Graphics Card that supports OpenGL 3.0 or higher
- A monitor resolution no lower than 1280 x 768 pixels
- Internet connection
Voicebanks[edit | edit source]
| Optimum Range: B2 ~ C#4 (Version 4.0.0); C#3 ~ C#4 (Version 4.0.1) Optimum Tempo: 80 ~ 135 BPM (Version 4.0.0); 80 ~ 150 BPM (Version 4.0.1) |
Total Tempo (min-max): 55 BPM No. of Keys: W ~ 9, B ~ 6, Total ~ 15
|Trial/Demo Vers?: No Starter Available?: No|
|Package details as noted:|
This is the Mandarin Chinese version of the Hatsune Miku software. The vocal sings with a Japanese accent and as Miku is a member of the CV series, her vocals focus on sounding cute.
This is the only VOCALOID4 Hatsune Miku vocal that can only be purchased from official sites on its own, there is no version that includes either Hatsune Miku V4X and/or Hatsune Miku V4 English. It's also the second Crypton vocal to recieve a free update, the first being Kagamine Rin & Len (VOCALOID2), with the difference that the original bank is replaced with the updated one, rather than being considered a different database like with Kagamine Rin & Len act2.
The Chinese vocal is the first Crypton Future Media vocal to include a Standalone version of the Piapro Studio. Only this voicebank was able to use this version at this time. She does not include the normal Piapro Studio plug-in.
The software comes with the Piapro Studio Edition of PreSonus's DAW "Studio One ARTIST", which includes various vocal effects and other tools. This includes also a resource pack with 200 virtual instruments. The complete package of Piapro Studio and Studio One ARTIST means that anyone buying this release can get started in music straight away with no need to purpose any further software, and all will work together with each other without any problems.
|Vocal traits as noted:|
|Phonetic notes as noted:|
|Software issues as noted:|
Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese
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