Crypton Future Media

Crypton Future Media
Crypton Future Media, Incorporated
クリプトン・フューチャー・メディア株式会社
Type Public KK (unlisted)
Industry Software, Internet
Genre Music
Founded July 1995
Headquarters Dunlop-SK Bldg., 10-4-16 Ōdōri Nishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo 060-0042 Japan
Key people Hiroyuki Itō (伊藤 博之), President
Products
Services
Employees 30 (June 2008)
Divisions
  • Media Phage
  • FX and BGM libraries
  • Mobile Contents Service Provider
Website Official website (Japanese)
Piapro (Japanese)
KarenT

Crypton Future Media, Inc. (クリプトン・フューチャー・メディア株式会社 Kuriputon Fyūchā Media Kabushikigaisha?), or Crypton, is a media company based in Sapporo, Japan. It develops, imports, and sells products for music, such as sound generator software, sampling CDs and DVDs, and sound effect and background music libraries. The company also provides services of online shopping, online community, and mobile content.

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Overview

Crypton started business of importing audio products in 1995, and has been involved in the development, import, and sales of sampling CDs and DVDs, sound effect and background music libraries, and musical synthesizer applications. Its main business partners in Japan include musical instrument shops, computer stores, and software distributors.

The company has licensed software to the following organizations:

Crypton also operates a number of Japanese mobile websites, mainly for i-mode of NTT docomo, EZweb of au by KDDI, and Yahoo! Keitai of SoftBank Mobile, to distribute ringtones, sound effects, and voice ringtones (chaku-voice), including:

A mobile entertainment firm in Israel, Eurocom Cellular Communications, is Crypton's international partner.

In 2010, Crypton Future Media were announced as the no.1 company for sound related software, bringing a share of 21.4% of the market for their related product.[1]

Vocaloid products and services

On October 12, 2008, Crypton president Hiroyuki Itō made a speech at the Science Café titled "Hatsune Miku Night - the diva transcending science" in Sapporo.

Crypton is best known for production and sales of speech synthesis software for computer music. Its products use the Vocaloid singing synthesis engine developed by Yamaha Corporation, they were also charged with finding and contacting English Studios in order to gain recommendations for the English version of the Vocaloid software.[2] The company released Meiko in 2004 and Kaito in 2006. The release of the first Character Vocal Series Hatsune Miku, which uses the upgraded engine Vocaloid 2, greatly raised Crypton's profile. The second and third Character Vocal Series are Kagamine Rin and Len and Megurine Luka. Because the popularity of these Vocaloids grew, Crypton launched a website Piapro to upload fan-made content and its own music label KarenT to sell Vocaloid songs.

Vocaloid products

Kaito was the only one sold using the Vocaloid 1.1 engine; the previous Vocaloids before him were sold as Vocaloid 1.0, which he was also supplied with. However, he needed the additional Vocaloid 1.1.2 patch to work on the Vocaloid 1.0 engine.[3] A patch was later released to update all Vocaloid engines to Vocaloid 1.1.2, adding new features to the software, although there were differences between the output results of the engine.[4] Even though Kaito and Meiko were Japanese and sung using Japanese phonetics, the main interface was in written using English for both English and Japanese Vocaloids.

Due to the success of placing a character on the box art of Meiko, the concept was carried over to her successor Kaito and later Vocaloids to encourage creativity, however neither Vocaloid's box art originally had the intention to represent that Vocaloid.[5][6] Though Meiko experienced good sales, Kaito was the only one who initially failed commercially, causing less demand for male voices for a while after Kaito's initial release.[7] However, sales eventually picked up and Kaito later won the Nico Nico Douga second best seller award of 2008.[8] Meiko and Kaito are reported to be in discussion for an update.[9] Several updated vocal expressions have already been recorded for Kaito.[10][11][12] In April 2011, it was confirmed six vocal expressions had been recorded for Kaito, two of which were dropped and the remaining four were being brought forward with one having reached alpha stage already. The Character Vocal (Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin/Len and Megurine Luka) series Appends had been created from vocal performances of their voice providers, however the new Kaito Appends were created by adding echo, force and tension to the samples.[13]

Product Language Sex Voice sampled Release date
Meiko[14] Japanese Female Meiko Haigō November 5, 2004
Kaito[15] Male Naoto Fūga February 17, 2006

Vocaloid 2 products

Crypton released Hatsune Miku, on August 31, 2007. The second of the Character Vocal Series is the first dual Vocaloid Kagamine Len and Kagamine Rin, a Japanese male and female, released on December 27, 2007. On July 18, 2008, the updated edition of Kagamine Rin and Len, named "act2" was released.[16] For a period of time, users who had bought the old version were allowed to get the new version for free. On June 18, 2008, beta demonstration songs using the new version were released on the company's official blog.[17] The expansion disc is an entirely different software and does not affect the original Kagamine Rin/Len installation in any way, giving the user options to either use the old or new voice sets exclusively or combine their usage. Crypton Future Media have now retired the sale of their old Kagamine Vocaloid and it is now no longer possible to buy the software from them.[18] This was also the very first Vocaloid update to be done for any Vocaloid.

On April 30, 2010, an updated version of 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-like voice), Vivid (bright, cheerful voice), Solid (loud, clear voice), and Light (innocent, heavenly voice).[19] Crypton Future Media also released Kagamine Rin/Len Append on December 27, 2010.[20][21]

The third product of Crypton's Character Vocal Series is Megurine Luka, the first bilingual Vocaloid.

According to Crypton, a petition started on Facebook exceeded the needed 39,390 members in November 2010 to join Hatsune Miku's account for an English version to be released; an announcement is due to be released from Crypton.[22][23]

Released products

Product Language Sex Voice sampled Release date
Hatsune Miku (CV01)[24] Japanese Female Fujita, SakiSaki Fujita 2007-08-31August 31, 2007
Kagamine Rin and Len (CV02)[25] Japanese Female (Rin)
Male (Len)
Shimoda, AsamiAsami Shimoda 2007-12-27December 27, 2007
Kagamine Rin and Len (CV02) Act 2[16][18] Japanese Female (Rin)
Male (Len)
Shimoda, AsamiAsami Shimoda 2008-07-18July 18, 2008
Megurine Luka (CV03)[26] Japanese and English Female Asakawa, YūYū Asakawa 2009-01-30January 30, 2009
Hatsune Miku Append[27] Japanese Female Fujita, SakiSaki Fujita 2010-04-30April 30, 2010
Kagamine Rin and Len Append[28] Japanese Female (Rin)
Male (Len)
Shimoda, AsamiAsami Shimoda 2010-12December 27, 2010

Upcoming products

Product Language Sex Voice sampled Release date
Kaito Append Japanese Male Naoto Fūga TBA
Megurine Luka Append Japanese and English Female Yū Asakawa TBA
Meiko Append Japanese Female Meiko Haigō TBA
CV04[29][30] Japanese Male TBA
Hatsune Miku[22] English Female Fujita, SakiSaki Fujita TBA
  • Crypton has a "Project if..." with a mysterious, child-like voice.[31][32][33]

See also

Further reading

  • 根津禎. "実録 開発物語 パソコン用歌声合成ソフト「初音ミク」(第1回)出会いは着メロから". Nikkei Electronics (Nikkei Business Publications) ((971) [2008.2.11]): 107–110. ISSN 0385-1680. 

References

This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the Japanese Wikipedia.
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