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Crypton Future Media, Inc.
CRYPTON LOGO
General information
Type

Public KK (unlisted)

Genre

Music

Foundation

July 1995

Founder

Hiroyuki Itō (伊藤 博之; Itō Hiroyuki), President

Location

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

Japan,USA

Industry

Software, Internet

Products

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

Services

Online shopping
Online community
Mobile content

Additional information
VOCALOID(s)

MEIKO
KAITO
Hatsune Miku
Kagamine Rin/Len
Megurine Luka

Website

http://www.crypton.co.jp/

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 enter production for the series.

AboutEdit

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 and so far have managed to gain the recommendations for both Zero-G and later, PowerFX.

It was not, however, 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 influence the use of 'avatars' or 'mascots' by other companies working on the VOCALOID program. This success in 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 their singing voice's clones), Crypton changed their focus from imitating or using certain singers to creating characteristic vocals. This change of focus led to sampling vocals of voice actors.[1]

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 term 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 term of license with Crypton not to synthesize derogatory or disturbing lyrics. On the other hand, copyrights to the mascot image and name belong to Crypton. Under the term 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 a 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 so 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)
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HISTORY:
PROFILE: President of Crypton Future Media.
TRIVIA:
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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.
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VoicebanksEdit

VOCALOIDEdit

Feminine
Japanese vocals
Masculine
Japanese vocals

VOCALOID2Edit

Character Vocal Series (CV)

Feminine
Japanese vocals
Femine/Masculine
Japanese vocals
Femine/Masculine
Japanese vocals
Feminine
Japanese vocals

AppendEdit

Feminine
Japanese vocals
Femine/Masculine
Japanese vocals

VOCALOID3Edit

Masculine
Jpns/Eng vocals
Feminine
English vocals
Feminine
Japanese vocals
Feminine
Jpns/Eng vocals

UnreleasedEdit

Main article: Status

Crypton Future Media's line up currently consists of updating their VOCALOID2 Character Vocal series and their VOCALOID series voicebanks. In both cases, the developments of one series do not 100% match the goals of the other.

In the summer of 2012, Crypton Future Media was supposed to begin announcing their VOCALOID3 line up. This has now passed.

Feminine
Japanese vocals
Femine/Masculine
Japanese vocals
Femine/Masculine
English vocals

Promotional involvementEdit

FigurinesEdit

Main article: Figurines

LiteratureEdit

Main article: Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix

GamesEdit

Project DIVA Series

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

AppsEdit

Miku Flick

Main article: Miku Flick

Miscellaneous

Main article: Hatsune Miku Live Stage Producer

SitesEdit

PiaproEdit

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 by 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 purpose, automatically when posted. This arrangement is for the products distributed by and the derivatives adopted by Crypton only. No other VOCALOID distributor has a plan like this currently.

@Games/Tinier MeEdit

TinierMe Vocaloid

Crypton Vocaloids as "Selfies"

The Japanese avatar community @Games has done a collaboration with Crypton VOCALOIDs, involving a special (virtual) dispenser machine called "Tinier Gacha" [3] which where also transferred to the English dubbed site Tinierme. This machine dispenses random items for members to equip and they are limited edition, 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]

SponsorshipsEdit

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.

TriviaEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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