Celebrities in Japan Series, Virtual Idol – Hatsune Miku

As a country ahead of others with well-developed technologies and entertainment industries, Japan created the first world famous virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, 初音ミク, literally meaning the first sound from the future.

Born in 2007, Miku chan is a 16 year-old girl with long, turquoise twintails. Crypton Future Media created her voice by a singing synthesizer application. 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. There are many other software and technologies used for creating her voice. Her voice is also modeled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita.

Miku's fans or people who are interested in Vocaloid software can create songs and put them online or even for Miku's official release. This project targeting at Japanese Otaku (a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills) has been a huge success. Miku's voice has been used in over 100,000 unique songs. As an animated projection hologram, Miku even performed at real concerts at a huge scale shown in the video below (1.7M views).

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 (over $90M USD) since her release in 2007. Miku appears on commercials, TV programs, comic books and other areas that a real human pop star can appear. Is she really the voice from the future? What do you think?

 
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