Hatsune Miku

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Hatsune Miku
Hatsune Miku.
Hatsune Miku.
Background information
OriginSapporo, Japan
GenresJ-pop, Electronic music, Folk music, Pop music, R&B, Soul music
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active2007–present

Hatsune Miku, (Japanese : 初音ミク), also called Miku Hatsune, is a Japanese virtual singer created by Crypton Future Media and its official character portrayal of a 16 year old girl with long turquoise ponytails. Miku's personification was launched as a virtual idol and performed on stage as an animated projection.[1]

Technology[change | change source]

Miku uses Yamaha Corporation's Vocaloid 2, Vocaloid 3 and Vocaloid 4 vocal synthesis technologies. She also uses Crypton Future Media's Piapro Studio, a stand-alone vocal synthesizer editor. She was the second Vocaloid sold using the Vocaloid 2 engine and the first Japanese Vocaloid to use the Japanese version of the 2 engine. Her voice is based on that of Japanese actress Saki Fujita.

Naming[change | change source]

The character's name comes from a combination of the Japanese words for first (初, hatsu), sound (音, ne), and future (ミク, miku[a]), meaning "the first sound of the future", referring to his position as the first in Crypton's "Character Vocal Series".

References[change | change source]

  1. "Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku takes the stage -- as a 3D hologram". Los Angeles Times. November 10, 2010. Archived from the original on May 10, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2010.