Hatsune Miku (Japanese: 初音ミク), sometimes referred to as Miku Hatsune, is a humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application developed by Crypton Future Media. Hatsune Miku is a 16-year-old girl with long, turquoise twintails. She uses Yamaha Corporation’s Vocaloid 2, Vocaloid 3 and Vocaloid 4 singing synthesizing technologies. She also uses Crypton Future Media’s Piapro Studio, a singing synthesizer VSTi Plugin. She was the second Vocaloid sold using the Vocaloid 2 engine (the first being the English Vocaloid Sweet Ann), and the first Japanese Vocaloid to use the Japanese version of the Vocaloid 2 engine. Her voice is modeled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Hatsune Miku has performed at her concerts onstage as an animated projection hologram.
The name of the character comes from merging the Japanese words for first (初 hatsu), sound (音 ne) and future (ミク miku), thus meaning “the first sound from the future”, referring to her position as the first of Crypton’s “Character Vocal Series.”
Hatsune Miku was the first Vocaloid developed by Crypton Future Media after they handled the release of the Yamaha vocal Meiko and Kaito. The name of “Hatsune Miku” was conceived soon after the Vocaloid 2 announcements, when an English and Japanese vocal were developed for the character. The intended design was delayed, and was later used for Megurine Luka instead. Miku was intended to be the first of a series of Vocaloids called the “Character Vocal Series”, which included Kagamine Rin/Len and Megurine Luka. Each had a particular concept and vocal direction.
She was built using Yamaha’s Vocaloid 2 technology, and later updated to newer engine versions. She was created by taking vocal samples from voice actress Saki Fujita at a controlled pitch and tone. Those samples all contain a single Japanese phonic which, when strung together, create full lyrics and phrases. The pitch of the samples was to be altered by the synthesizer engine, and was constructed into a keyboard style instrument within the Vocaloid software.
Crypton released Hatsune Miku on August 31, 2007. Crypton had the idea to release Miku as “an android diva in the near-future world where songs are lost.” Hatsune Miku was released for Vocaloid 3 on August 31, 2013, including an English vocal library. She was the first Vocaloid to be developed by the company, following their commercial release handle of Yamaha Corporation developed vocals “Meiko” and “Kaito”, making her the third Vocaloid to be sold commercially by the company.
On April 30, 2010, a new add-on for Miku, called Hatsune Miku Append, was released containing a package of six different tones of Miku’s voice: Soft (gentle, delicate voice), Sweet (young, chibi voice), Dark (mature, heartbroken voice), Vivid (bright, cheerful voice), Solid (loud, clear voice), and Light (innocent, heavenly voice). Miku Append was created to expand Miku’s voice library, and as such requires the original program to be installed on the user’s computer first. This was the first time a Vocaloid had such a release, and more Append versions were reported from Crypton Future Media at later dates.
It was mentioned that they had recorded a 7th Append vocal a “falsetto” voice, however, they had no plans to release the independent vocal such as this as they felt it wouldn’t be useful. During the Kagamine Append development, a “darkish Whisper/Sweet” append was being considered. Miku’s English vocal was also due for a Vocaloid 2 release, but due to low quality it was not released in the engine for this reason.
To aid in the production of 3D animations, the program MikuMikuDance was developed by an independent programmer. The freeware software allowed a boom in fan-made animations to be developed, as well as being a boost for promoting Vocaloid songs themselves. This spawned “NicoNico Cho Party”, where fans could submit their animations to accompany live holographic performances of popular Vocaloid songs.
An English singing version of Hatsune Miku was announced in 2011, and was to be released by the end of 2012. However, the decision to move to Vocaloid 3 and issues with English pronunciation delayed the release. It was released on August 31, 2013 via digital distribution.
The Hatsune Miku Vocaloid 3 Japanese vocal library was released on September 26, 2013. It contained updates to all previous Vocaloid 2 vocals except “Vivid” and “Light”. These vocals were later released separately, though were initially offered for anyone who owned Hatsune Miku, Hatsune Miku Append and Hatsune Miku V3. Once imported into Vocaloid4, all Vocaloid3 Hatsune Miku vocals could use the new Cross-Synthesis system (XSY) built for the new engine. The voice was also imported into a device called “Pocket Miku” released on April 3, 2014.
Hatsune Miku received an update for Yamaha’s Vocaloid 4 engine under the name of “Hatsune Miku V4x”. It makes use of the new EVEC system for Piapro Studio, a VSTi plugin used as an alternative to the traditional Vocaloid Editor. EVEC consists of recorded vowels. Along with the consonant, a different vocal tone can be achieved. Two vocal tones are included in the EVEC system: Power and Soft. Along with the new EVEC system, phoneme errors found in Miku’s V2 and V3 voicebanks would be fixed allowing for easier manipulation of her voice. As of August 31, 2016, Hatsune Miku V4X/V4 English was released. A Mandarin Chinese vocal was released in September 2017, making Hatsune Miku the first trilingual Vocaloid product.
Miku has been heavily promoted since 2008 and was originally aimed at professional musicians. On September 12, 2007, Amazon.co.jp reported sales of Hatsune Miku totaling 57,500,000 yen, making her the number one selling software of that time. She was the first vocal to be developed and distributed by Crypton Future Media and sung in Japanese. Her instant success is owed to Vocaloid being a cultural hit in Japan and she reportedly sold 40,000 units by July 2008, selling on average 300 units a week. By Jan 2011, she had sold 60,000 units.
Since the success of her Vocaloid 2 package led to an expansion of marketing possibilities, most of the mass marketing has come after her initial release as a response to her popularity and has been on going since 2008. Even with the addition of other Character Vocals, Miku’s name continues to be used as the primary source of marketing for Crypton Future Media, to the point where most products for their Vocaloid related products will usually only feature Hatsune Miku’s name. In March 2012, the Nomura Research Institute estimated that the sales of all Hatsune Miku brand goods added up into the region of ¥10,000,000,000 since her release in 2007. Her name is easily the most recognizable of all Vocaloids.
In 2011, Crypton began to focus on marketing Miku to United States audiences. On May 7, Amazon placed a preview of Supercell’s hit song, “World is Mine”, as a single. When the song finally went on sale, it ranked at No. 7 in the top 10 world singles list on iTunes in its first week of sales. Since Crypton had always sold Miku as a virtual instrument in Japan, they asked their Japanese fan base if it was acceptable for them to sell her as a virtual singer to the new market audience. The main purpose of the Miku English version is to allow Japanese producers to break into the western market and expand their audiences.
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2 – You are able to see easily date and the weather of your current or any other location that you set from the website.
3 – You will see a new photo of Hatsune Miku everytime you refresh the page.
4 – You can add notes and see those notes later!
5 – You can set a favorite photo of Hatsune Miku and make it sticky!
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8 – You will have also a reminder. You will set it up and it will remind you the reminder that you set on exact time!
9 – You will have customizable widgets. For instance, you will be able to create rss feed widget on your screen.
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11 – You can create a custom background such as family photo or any photo that you like.
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