mikustomp

You’re not hallucinating. This is a stomp box that adds a Japanese robot woman singing along as you play. If you’ve heard the now-popular Vocaloid effect, this is that, in a stompbox.

Just how Japanese is this product? Let us count the ways. First, let’s just quote the product text:

Hatsune Miku sings when you play your guitar! A design that fuses the worlds of Hatsune Miku and guitar effects. Nearly unlimited possibilities; 11 lyric patterns are provided. Lyrics for “Senbonzakura” (a Japanese song) are preset. An iPhone app for entering lyrics is available, so you can make MIKU STOMP sing your original lyrics.

This all uses the latest Yamaha engine to make the sounds – “she” sings along to your actual playing.

There’s a knob for different vocal modes. And yes, there’s a Nyan mode. (Rejoice!)

  • Random 1, random 2
  • Scat
  • Looh
  • Lahh
  • Ahh
  • Pahh
  • Phrase 1, 2, 3

You can also use an iPhone app to add your own lyrics – though I’m all for adding Senbonzakura to your set list – enter them via your pickup, and cue your new robot lead vocalist with your foot.

Ah, yes – about those lyrics. This feature is slightly less accessible if you’re an English speaker. I’ll let KORG explain:

Although this iPhone app can be used with an English system, MIKU STOMP’s vocal functionality supports only Japanese. While it does not support input of English lyrics, it does support input of “romaji,” the method of using the Latin alphabet to express Japanese. When entering Japanese directly, “hiragana” and “katakana” input are supported.

Right. So, “Pahh” it is.

Then there’s the artwork. I… um… I mean, the front panel design feels horribly wrong to me but I’m not living in the target region for this product. So I’ll let them explain how it achieves a fusion of the world of Hatsune Miku with … foot triggers or … whatever:

The aluminum diecast body of this compact effect carries a specially commissioned original illustration. The design achieves a fusion of Hatsune Miku’s world and the world of guitar effects. Whether you place it on a table or include it in your effect pedalboard, MIKU STOMP will certainly stand out and make your performance that much more enjoyable.

Yes… put it on a table. It’s a decor option.

MIKU STOMP STOMP EFFECT

And so concludes the oddest news of this week.

  • Dom Harwood

    I for one look forward to stomping on her giant, metallic penis and making beautiful music.

    • midi-commander

      Especially when the knob is set to “scat”.

    • ElectroB

      I must say I feel slightly uncomfortable with the fact that in order to get this thing to work you have to step on the genitalia of a female hentai-inspired character…

    • Robin Parmar

      Slightly uncomfortable is what Vocaloid is all about.

  • chaircrusher

    I for one want to feed the Autechre discography through this.

  • Guy Sigsworth

    Awesome. Seems like it was made specifically for Babymetal.

  • lala

    We’ve seen that kind of stuff before. useless in the USA/EU.
    Nippon only. &_&

    • ja

      I am from EU and want one!

    • Thane

      Me too!

  • Jonathan

    ahhh why no dry/wet? this could be cool if you had it on a little bit and ran it through 5 other pedals.

    • Dan Danson

      I guess you can get a mixer to do that :)

  • Sin Sentido Comun

    I want one for the lulz

  • http://vrpr.org/ Henry

    Random 1, random 2
    Scat
    Looh
    Lahh
    Ahh
    Pahh
    … are the most awesome options to dial in I’ve ever seen on a music gear device.

  • ENDIF

    Dicku Stomp!

  • lumpy

    i want to run a harmonica through it

  • Fernando

    For so many reasons, I want this.

  • brianmoore

    I have a Yamaha P-250 stage piano and one of the more esoteric voices on it is called “Scat” – it responds to velocity, so you can get an “dooooh” when played soft, a “daaaah” when played with medium velocity, and an emphatic “Dowwwww!” when played hard. When I hear this pedal, all I hear is scat, scat, scat – horrible name for a great vocal skill BTW!

  • gunboat_d

    i’m picking one of these up in november when i’m in tokyo. i’ve always watnde to fiddle wiht vocaloid and altough i’d rathave use a different voice set that hatsune miku, this should be fun.

  • just passing

    Ah, it wouldn’t be Korg product announcement season without at least one product seemingly designed to provoke a WTF? response (which then goes on to sell a truckload, and turns out to have been a stealth pilot for a whole new range).

  • ElectroB

    I for one feel slightly uncomfortable with the fact that in order to get this thing to work you have to step on a female hentai-inspired character’s genitalia…

  • Sebastian

    I eagerly await Japanoise musicians getting their hands on this.