Yamaha Pocket Miku User Manual

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Otona no Kagaku Magazine
The Singing Keyboard
Special Edition
Illustration by iXima



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  • Page 1 Otona no Kagaku Magazine The Singing Keyboard Special Edition POCKET MIKU USER’S MANUAL Illustration by iXima...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Step by step basics 1. Turn the power on ···································································································· 7 2. Playing your device ·································································································· 8 Intermediate users: Controlling Pocket Miku using external devices ···········10 Troubleshooting ···············································································································12 Advanced users: GM sound generation, effects, and customizing the buttons on your device ··························································································14 Guidelines for using this product ····················································································15...
  • Page 3: A History Of Synthesized Singing

    Today, music that utilizes Vocaloid (the synthesized singing technology developed by Yamaha) is sweeping the music charts. Television programs and video distribution websites use this technology for narration, and even waste collection trucks use it to make announcements. Synthesized voices have become a regular part of our daily life.
  • Page 4 with the same fundamental idea. This is the idea that by analyzing the structure and tone quality of the human voice, we can then attempt to simulate it. As a representative example, let’s look at “formant synthesis. ” Formants are the spectral peaks of the sound spectrum (the distribution of the volume of each frequency band) of the voice.
  • Page 5 By simply sliding your stylus across the carbon keyboard, Hatsune Miku will sing for you anywhere. Go ahead and try it out! VOCALOID is a registered trademark of the Yamaha Corporation. eVocaloid is a trademark of the Yamaha Corporation.
  • Page 6: How To Use Your Pocket Miku

    How to use your Pocket Miku The parts of your device Audio out jack 3.5mm Stereo Mini It is possible to connect the device to (stereo) headphones. Furthermore, it is possible to transmit stereo audio signals at line level to audio devices such as speakers and personal computers with line input.
  • Page 7: Step By Step Basics

    1. Turn the power on 1. Turn the power on There are 2 ways to power your Pocket Miku, either by using regular batteries or by using a USB power source.  Using batteries to power your device Open the back cover, and place 3 AAA alkaline batteries in the correct + and - positions.
  • Page 8: Playing Your Device

    Step by step basics 2. Playing your device 2. Playing your device To play your device, remove the stylus from the back of your device, and touch the desired positions on the carbon keyboard using the metal tip. * To put the stylus away, place it in the designated space on the back of your device so that the metal tip points away from the device.
  • Page 9  Playing in “a,” “i,” “u,” “e,” and “o” mode The 5 [A] to [O] buttons arranged on a curve allow you to produce the sounds “a, ” “i, ” “u, ” “e” and “o” in real time as you play. * There may be a slight delay before the actual sound changes after a button is pressed.
  • Page 10: Intermediate Users: Controlling Pocket Miku Using External Devices

    MIDI interfaces and the data format they transmit and receive. Since Pocket Miku is not equipped with a MIDI port, a USB port is used to transmit and receive MIDI data.
  • Page 11 * The pitch bend sensitivity on Pocket Miku is 16. Data to restore the pitch bend to zero is transmitted 0.2 seconds after releasing the note.
  • Page 12: Troubleshooting

    (“jyan”) will be heard. If you release the buttons during the countdown, the action will be canceled. * Executing “initialize command” will erase any memory saved on Pocket Miku that was created by the specialized application or the “System Exclusive. ”...
  • Page 13 * When “NSX-1 application compatibility mode” is turned on, Pocket Miku’s character sound table data, and by extension the contents of the [A] to [O] buttons and the preset lyrics, will be overwritten. To restore Pocket Miku to its original condition, execute either the “panic command” or the “initialize command. ” (See page 12.)
  • Page 14: Advanced Users: Gm Sound Generation, Effects, And Customizing

    Pocket Miku’s functions are not limited to those operated by the buttons on the device. It is also possible to issue MIDI commands from an external source to use the functions of the Yamaha NSX-1 sound chip that Pocket Miku comes equipped with.
  • Page 15: Guidelines For Using This Product

    (including damage arising from data loss, loss of business profits, business interruptions, or damage to business information), regardless and Yamaha’s licensors shall hold all rights related to the Licensed Programs, including that of copyright. of whether damages incurred are ordinary or extraordinary in manner, and regardless of whether the Companies have been informed in advance of the 2.
  • Page 16: Pocket Miku Default Character Table

    Pocket Miku default character table Pocket Miku comes equipped with unique character table information. It is built to quickly respond to any performance commands from the buttons or the carbon keyboard, enabling it to produce desired character sounds in real time. By using MIDI System Exclusive data to assign numbers that correspond to each character sound (as shown on this table,) it is possible to create MIDI data with embedded lyrics.