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Crypton Future Media, Inc.
General information

Public KK (unlisted)




July 21, 1995


Hiroyuki Itō (伊藤 博之; Itō Hiroyuki), President


11F Nihon Seimei Sapporo Bldg., 1-1 Nishi4 Kita3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0003 Japan
(060-0003 札幌市中央区北3条西4丁目1-1 日本生命札幌ビル11F)

Area served



Software, Internet


Sound generator software
Sampling CDs and DVDs
Sound effect libraries
Background music libraries


Online shopping
Online community
Mobile content

Additional information

Hatsune Miku
Kagamine Rin/Len
Megurine Luka


Crypton Future Media is an importer of sound devices based in Sapporo, Japan. This company is also known as the developer of the VOCALOIDs MEIKO, KAITO, Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin/Len, and Megurine Luka. It was the very first of the VOCALOID companies to produce a series.


Crypton Future Media, Inc. was established in 1995 as an importer and seller of music software. Crypton joined the project in May 2002, Crypton's first two Vocaloids were MEIKO (released in 2004) and KAITO (released in 2006). Meiko and Kaito were developed by Yamaha with Crypton Future Media being used to get the product commercially released, similar to the role of Bplats, Inc. in regards to the releases of VY1 and VY2. According to Crypton themselves, they were also charged with recommending English studios for the English version of the software, these companies were Zero-G and PowerFX.

It was not until Hatsune Miku was released in August 2007 that Crypton, along with VOCALOID, became popular. When they began to use the VOCALOID2 engine they created the "Character Vocal Series," which would later produce a trend of using 'avatars' or 'mascots' to represent the VOCALOID program. The success of this commercial strategy made Crypton the leading VOCALOID developer.

According to Crypton, because professional singers refused to provide singing data (they feared that the software might create clones of their singing voices), Crypton changed their focus from imitating certain singers to creating characteristic vocals. This goal change led to them sampling the vocals of voice actors.[1]

Crypton's VOCALOID terms of use are as follows: Any rights or obligations arising from the vocals created by the software belong to the software user. Just like any music synthesizer, the software is treated as a musical instrument and the vocals as sound. Under the terms of license, the Character Vocal Series software can be used to create vocals for commercial or non-commercial use, as long as the vocals do not offend public policy. In other words, the user is bound under the terms of license with Crypton not to synthesize derogatory or disturbing lyrics. On the other hand, copyright of the mascot image and name belong to Crypton. Under the terms of license, a user cannot commercially distribute a vocal as a song sung by the character, nor use the mascot image on commercial products without Crypton's consent.

Crypton has also produced several voicebanks that are still in the developmental stage, to date only CV-4Cβ and Junger März_PROTOTYPE β are known. These voicebanks are intended for denominational and/or corporate purposes only; it is unknown how many such voicebanks Crypton has recorded, or if these voicebanks will later become commercial VOCALOIDs.

At the 2010 New York Comic-Con, a U.S. store was announced.

Key peopleEdit

Hiroyuki Itoh (伊藤博之l; Itō Hiroyuki)
PROFILE: President of Crypton Future Media.



Wataru Sasaki (佐々木渉; Sasaki Wataru)
Sasaki Wataru
HISTORY: He is the developer of the Crypton VOCALOIDs.
PROFILE: Better known as wat, he is the one responsible behind Hatsune Miku's creation. He often gives insight to the progress of VOCALOIDs in production using Twitter.
TRIVIA: wat appears as a minor character in Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix.





Japanese vocals
Japanese vocals


Character Vocal Series (CV)

Japanese vocals
Japanese vocals
Japanese vocals
Japanese vocals


Japanese vocals
Japanese vocals


Jpns/Eng vocals
English vocals
Japanese vocals
Jpns/Eng vocals


Jpns/Eng vocals


Main article: Status

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Japanese vocals

Promotional involvementEdit


Main article: Figurines


Main article: Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix


Project DIVA Series

Main articles: Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- (series) and Project mirai


Miku Flick

Main article: Miku Flick


Main article: Hatsune Miku Live Stage Producer



Crypton set up Piapro to clear up some of the problems related to copyright issues. Under the Japanese law code, which strictly preserves the original creator's right, secondary fan arts may be interpreted as copyright violation. However, VOCALOID movement owed much to these fan creations, so in response, Crypton approved these productions in the license[2] similar to Creative Commons (Note: Crypton is NOT a member of the association). Users are encouraged to post illustrations, music, and lyrics onto Piapro. The site authorizes the use of these fan-made creations for the non-commercial purposes automatically when posted. This arrangement is for the products distributed by and the derivatives adopted by Crypton only.

@Games/Tinier MeEdit

TinierMe Vocaloid

Crypton Vocaloids as "Selfies"

The Japanese avatar community @Games has collaborated with Crypton VOCALOIDs, involving a special (virtual) dispenser machine called "Tinier Gacha" [3] which was also transferred to the English dubbed site Tinierme. This machine dispenses random limited edition items for members to equip, not available in the regular shops. The campaign started on July 20, 2010 and ended on November 30, 2010[4] with a full line-up of all Crypton VOCALOIDs. The ones that performed songs on an outdoor stage handed out album covers. Members were encouraged to listen to VOCALOID songs on KarenT,[5] an online entertainment site. The site gives musicians a place to feature their music.

With the success of the first release, additional gacha were released, called Music Festa*(@Games)/Persona Gacha Vol*(Tinierme). These gacha were based upon popular outfits seen in animated PVs and artwork. The promotion for them ended in December 2010 on Tinierme, but is still on-going at @Games.

As of now, the Tinierme site is closed. Items obtained through Tinierme and account details were not transferred to @Games, so the old Tinierme members are required to make a new account if they wish to play on @Games.[6]


Robot MikuEdit

Photo HRP-4C Miku

HRP-4C dressed up as Miku

At CEATEC Japan 2009, Boffin (in joint with Yamaha), had the robot model HRP-4C react to VOCALOID software for demonstration purposes. She was dressed up to look like Hatsune Miku for the demo.[7]

Toyota CorollaEdit

In May 2011 Toyota used Miku for two online adverts to promote their car, the Corolla. She is also displayed on the official Toyota page. On the May 7th, USAmazon placed a preview of Supercell's hit song "World is Mine" as a single. The entry was presented as "The World is Mine Feat. Hatsune Miku."

Involvement in Super GT SeriesEdit

  • Studie 2008
  • MOLA 2008
  • Studie 2009
  • Porsche 2010
  • GSR & Studie with TeamUKYO 2011

The VOCALOID series, particularly Miku, has been actively involved in the GT300 class of the Super GT since 2008 Super GT season, with the support of Good Smile Racing (a branch of Good Smile company, mainly in charge of car-related products, especially itasha [which are cars featuring illustrations of anime-styled characters] stickers). Although Good Smile Company was not the first to bring the anime and manga culture to Super GT, it departs from others by featuring itasha directly rather than colorings onto vehicles.


  • Crypton Future Media has stated they will not be making an anime based on their VOCALOIDs.[8]


External linksEdit

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