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Original_Kagamine.png|Act1
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|gender = {{•}}Female (Rin) <br>{{•}}Male (Len)
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|age = 14
|Developer = [[Crypton Future Media]]
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|height = {{•}}5'0" / 152cm (Rin) <br>{{•}}5'1.4" / 156cm (Len)
|Distributor = Crypton Future Media
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|weight = {{•}}94.79lbs / 43kg (Rin) <br>{{•}}103lbs / 47kg (Len)
|Illustrator = {{•}}KEI (Standard\2007)<br />{{•}}[[Osamu]] (Append\2010)
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|code = CV02V2 <br>CV02A
|Age = 14
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|voice = [[Asami Shimoda]]
|Voice provider = [[Asami Shimoda]]
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|illustrator = KEI (Standard\2007)<br>[[Osamu]] (Append\2010)
|Gender = {{•}}Female (Rin) <br />{{•}}Male (Len)
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|company = [[Crypton Future Media]]
|Height = {{•}}5'0" / 152cm (Rin) <br />{{•}}5'1.4" / 156cm (Len)
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|distributor = Crypton Future Media
|Weight = {{•}}94.79lbs / 43kg (Rin) <br />{{•}}103lbs / 47kg (Len)
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|affiliation = [[Yamaha|YAMAHA]]<br>[[Wikipedia:Sega|SEGA]]}}
|Product Code = 30121 <br />34120
 
|Reduced Number = CV02V2 <br />CV02A
 
|JAN Code = 4511820073830 <br />4511820080456
 
|Affiliation = [[Yamaha|YAMAHA]]
 
}}
 
   
'''Kagamine Rin & Len''' (鏡音リン ・レン) is the second product released on December 27, 2007, they are [[Crypton_Future_Media#Vocaloid2|Vocaloid2 Character Vocal Series]] developed by [[Crypton Future Media|Crypton Future Media Ltd. (CFM)]], male voice (Len) and female voice (Rin). Their family name was from the developing code combining ''Kagami'' (鏡, mirror) and ''Ne'' (音, sound).
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'''Kagamine Rin & Len''' (鏡音リン ・レン) are Japanese VOCALOIDs developed and distributed by [[Crypton Future Media, Inc.]], and were initially released in December 2007 for the ''[[VOCALOID2]]'' engine. They are part of the [[Character Vocal Series]] and are both [[Character Voice]] Vocaloids. There has since been numerous installments such as additional voice banks dubbed 'Append' as well as an upcoming upgrade to the ''[[VOCALOID3]]'' engine which is said to include an English vocal release. They are the second set of vocals for Crypton's VOCALOID Character Vocal Series.
   
==History==
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Their voices are provided by the Japanese female voice actress, [[Asami Shimoda]] (下田 麻美 ''Shimoda Asami'').
===Vocaloid 2===
 
Crypton Future Media intended to project a Vocaloid with low-teen girl's voice at first following Miku Hatsune, but there was a demand for a boy's voice, so Crypton Future Media hired a voice actress who can produce both sounds. Kagamine Rin was the first voicebank developed and introduced to the Vocaloid consumer market on November 8th 2007.<ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2007/11/vocaloid2_cv02_2.html link]</ref> However, the package included two voicebanks: one for Rin and another for Len, both provided by the [[wikipedia:seiyū|seiyū]] [[Asami Shimoda]] (下田 麻美 ''Shimoda Asami''), Kagamine Len was unveiled later after Kagamine Rin on December 3rd 2007.<ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2007/12/vocaloid2-cv02-3.html link]</ref> The package was priced at the same price as Hatsune Miku, even though there was two voicebanks in the box.<ref>[http://www.artsvision.co.jp/data.php?id=1007] Official Profile Asami Shimoda</ref><ref>[http://yaplog.jp/asaponmax/] Asami Shimoda's Blog</ref>
 
   
At the time of recording in 2007, their names had not yet been decided. Their given names of Rin and Len were said to be based on "<u>ri</u>ght" and "<u>le</u>ft" according to Asami Shimoda. She later confirmed in an interview after the Append release, the name itself was based on the names of Ken and Rin from [[wikipedia:Fist of the North Star|Hokuto no Ken]], the names were derived from a discussion about names that were familiar from her childhood. According to Asami Shimoda, Len's voice was achieved by singing within her chest, while Rin's at the top of her head. <ref>"VOCALOID MANIACS","DTM magazine"15(1)(No.165, 2008.1, Published by Terashima Jouhou Kikaku, P26</ref><ref>[http://weekly.ascii.jp/elem/000/000/030/30337/] Weekly Plus - VOCALOID『鏡音リン・レンAppend』発売記念インタビュー第2弾は声優の下田麻美さん♪ (Len Append, interview with Shimoda Asami)</ref>
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==Concept==
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The development of the Kagamines began when Crypton formulated the concept of making a pair of female and male voicebanks. The first idea was for two voices of a girl and her mirror image of the opposite gender, just like twins.<ref>[http://closeup-nettube.livedoor.biz/archives/809677.html] CloseUp NetTube - 鏡音リン・レン特集1・発売元インタビュー (Interview with Crypton "How Rin and Len Kagamine were created")</ref>
   
'''Demos'''
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Crypton had the intention to distribute them as twins, but this was '''not''' adopted. After seeing many works that depict their relationships differently, Crypton announced in a magazine interview that those would meet their ideal. However, Crypton's final announcement was that they were neither siblings nor lovers.<ref>Nikkei Electronics (973) Mar.10,2008,126-127, ISSN 0385-1680</ref><ref>"VOCALOID wo Tanoshimou Vol.2" published by Yamaha Music Media,2009, Page 47, ISBN 978-4-636-84438-2</ref> During Append production, [[Wataru Sasaki]] (aka. <u>Wat</u>) described them as having one soul between the two of them.<ref>[https://twitter.com/vocaloid_cv_cfm/status/9015396422131712 link]</ref> <u>Wat</u> also described that the Append boxart makes the pair seem like twins,<ref>[https://twitter.com/vocaloid_cv_cfm/status/7121733874098176 link]</ref> due to the fetal position they were in.<ref>[https://twitter.com/vocaloid_cv_cfm/status/7124695778332672 link]</ref>
*[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/upload/2007/12/R-Side01.mp3 R-Side (Kagamine Rin)]<ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2007/12/post-62.html More versions of this song]</ref>
 
*[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2007/12/vocaloid2-21.html L-Side (Kagamine Len)]
 
*[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2007/12/vocaloid23.html (Kagamine Rin/Len)]
 
   
====Act 2====
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===Etymology===
On June 12, 2008, Crypton announced that the updated edition, named "Act2", would be released in early July 2008. Crypton Future Media apologized for the bad quality of the original Kagamine Rin/Len product. They explained that they had rushed the Kagamine product onto the market in suite of Hatsune Miku's success and promised to produce a better quality version to correct their mistake. The product itself had been in production between April and September 2007 and had not been changed between then and their release. The following April they continued to work on the vocals from where they were left off to tweak the issues surrounding them. Crypton Future Media also promised to speak more closely with the fans and keep them up to date more on their Vocaloid software progress in future.<ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/06/vocaloid2-22.html link]</ref>
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When the Kagamines were being recorded in 2007, their names had not yet been decided. Their given names of Rin and Len were said to be based on "<u>ri</u>ght" and "<u>le</u>ft", according to Asami Shimoda. She later confirmed in an interview after the Append release that the names were based on Ken and Rin from [[wikipedia:Fist of the North Star|Hokuto no Ken]], derived from a discussion about names that were familiar from her childhood.
   
The new version was released to address issues with the original voicebanks that affected their ability to sing clearly. The Database was reshuffled around to allow the voicebank libraries to handle the samples better and Crypton Future Media worked heavily to improve the vocals. Act2 was as an independent installation, coexisting with the initial software.<ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/07/vocaloid2-act2-6.html proof]</ref> During the Kagamine Act2 production, Crypton Future Media also took the time to change the End User agreement on their CV series to make it easier to understand.<ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/07/vocaloid2-act2-3.html link]</ref>
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Their surname was derived from the developing code combining ''Kagami'' (鏡, mirror) and ''Ne'' (音, sound).
   
Users who had bought the old version got an expansion disc free of charge, this continued until 20th September 2008 after which users could no longer register to receive the Act2 software for free.<ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/07/vocaloid2-act2-8.html link]</ref><ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/09/vocaloid2-act2920-1.html link]</ref> On June 18, 2008, beta demonstration songs using the new version were released on the company's official blog; and on July 18th, the act2 was released. The original version of the software is now retired from sale by Crypton Future Media themselves and it is now no longer possible to buy the software from them.<ref>[http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/do/prod?id=30121] Crypton Rin/Len Kagamine act2</ref><ref>[http://richier.jugem.jp/?eid=343] Richier - Hatsune Miku Note May 29, 2008</ref><ref>[http://www31.atwiki.jp/nicogosanke/pages/24.html] Nico Nico Gosanke Wiki: Rin Kagamine</ref>
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===Appearance===
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[[KEI]] was given a concept by Crypton that included Rin and Len's approximate ages, as well as the idea of them being 'mirror images' and, like Miku, androids. KEI was not given any further direction, as he had already drawn the art for the first release in the Character Vocal Series, Hatsune Miku.
   
'''Demos'''
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Rin was the first of the Kagamines to be illustrated and Len was made to match her, following Crypton's concept. Their leg features were designed to mimic [[wikipedia:Loudspeaker|speakers]].<ref>[http://www.p-tina.net/interview/98] P-Tina - Interview(s) with Crypton and KEI</ref><ref>VocaloidOtaku - Our Favorite VOCALOIDS: Interview with KEI</ref> The [[wikipedia:keytar|keytar]] Len is often featured holding in merchandise is a Yamaha KX5. Their main design, of which is most noticeable on their boots, uses the YAMAHA EOS as a design base.
*[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/06/vocaloid2-act2-1.html L-Side and R-Side Act2 demos]
 
*[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/06/vocaloid2-act2-2.html Act2 demos]
 
*[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/07/vocaloid2-act2.html Action (Kagamine Rin/Len - Act2)]
 
*[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/07/vocaloid2-act2-4.html 夏の海 (Kagamine Rin/Len - Act2)]
 
   
[[file:OriginalAct2Rin.jpg|thumb|right|Act 2 Kagamine Rin image (left) and original design (right) side by side]]
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When Rin and Len received a new set of vocals during their Act2 release, KEI took the opportunity to fix flaws in their artwork.
   
As well as a new set of vocals for the pair KEI took the opportunity to fix art flaws in their artwork.
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Kagamine_Rin.png|Act1 Rin
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Kagamine Rin.jpg|Act2 Rin
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</gallery>
   
Kagamine Rin's introduction artwork
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Kagamine Rin's introduction artwork:
 
*Rin has "Act2" on her arm under her "02" tattoo.
 
*Rin has "Act2" on her arm under her "02" tattoo.
*Rin's top was changed in the introductory image between versions around the armpit area. Frills were added to the bottom of her top in Act2
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*Rin's top was changed in the introductory image between versions around the armpit area. Frills were added to the bottom of her top in Act2.
*Her shoulder was not correctly drawn in the original version
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*Her shoulder was not correctly drawn in the original version.
 
*All the yellow bands on her outfit were made bigger on Act2.
 
*All the yellow bands on her outfit were made bigger on Act2.
 
*Her fringe was made thicker above the left eye.
 
*Her fringe was made thicker above the left eye.
*In Kagamine Rin's artwork, her left knee was thicker and her right leg was too short. Kei corrected this in her Act2 version. Her right leg position changed and so did her Left foot position
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*In Kagamine Rin's artwork, her left knee was thicker and her right leg was too short. KEI corrected this in her Act2 version. Her right leg position changed and so did the position of her left foot.
 
*Forearms have been shortened in Act2.
 
*Forearms have been shortened in Act2.
*The cyber-on-normal clothing design on their detached sleeves were changed from a green bar to a blue one
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*The cyber-on-normal clothing design on their detached sleeves was changed from a green bar to a blue one.
   
Kagamine Len's introduction artwork
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Kagamine Len's introduction artwork:
 
*Kagamine Len has "Act 2" on his headphones.
 
*Kagamine Len has "Act 2" on his headphones.
*The cyber-on-normal clothing design on the detached sleeves were changed from a green bar to a blue one
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*The cyber-on-normal clothing design on the detached sleeves were changed from a green bar to a blue one.
*His fringe was reshaped, other strands were adjusted as well
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*His fringe was reshaped, other strands were adjusted as well.
*Len's face, particularly around the cheekbones, have been reshaped.
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*Len's face, particularly around the cheekbones, was reshaped.
*His left knee has a minor tweak
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*His left knee had a minor tweak.
   
 
Boxart changes;
 
Boxart changes;
*Kagamine Rin's leg position was changed in their boxart so it was lifted up off the ground, the only way the previous position would have worked was if her leg was deformed or broken.
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*Kagamine Rin's leg position was changed in their boxart so it was lifted off the ground, the only way the previous position would have worked was if her leg were deformed or broken.
*Kagamine Rin's knee is rounded instead of sharp
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*Rin's body itself compared to the length of her legs is shorter than in the original boxart, while the legs were longer.
*Both had the cyber-on details changed on their detached sleeves
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*Rin's knee is rounded instead of sharp.
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*Both had the cyber details changed on their detached sleeves.
   
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For their appends, <u>Wat</u> wanted them to have a sense of transparency with their design.<ref>[https://twitter.com/vocaloid_cv_cfm/status/6224562366713856 link]</ref> In clarification to what he meant by this, he stated the "transparency" was in reference to their hearts.<ref>[https://twitter.com/vocaloid_cv_cfm/status/6225615095078912 link]</ref>
   
====Append - the Future of Rin/Len====
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Their Append design and the official illustration were made by オサム (osamu).
After Miku Append began, Rin and Len (鏡音リン・レン・アペンド) were confirmed to have appends being worked on. Len Append was in the process of production first and demos of his voice were given out; [http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/upload/2010/01/100113_LEN_soft_test_1p.mp3 (high voice demo)], [http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/upload/2010/02/CV02_LEN_soft_ballade-_100223.mp3 (low voice demo)]. The append was officially released on December 27, 2010. The total number of voicebanks for each one is 6. There are 3 voicebanks being assigned to each Kagamine and had been created from vocal performance of their voice providers.<ref>[http://vocaloid.wikia.com/wiki/Vocaloid_on_Twitter#Append_-_the_Future_of_Kaito] Tweets - 8:50 PM Apr 12th, 2011</ref>. Sample demo songs have been given out on [http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/cv02a_samples.jsp Crypton's official page] and their official YouTube channel online. Rin's appends are "power", "warm", and "sweet". Len's appends are "power", "cold", and "serious".<ref>[twitter]</ref><ref>[http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/cv02a.jsp] Crypton - Rin and Len Append</ref>
 
   
Their Append outsold the Miku Append during the period after their release.<ref>[http://vocaloid.blog120.fc2.com/blog-date-20110209.html] Vocaloid Blog - クリプトン社発売のソフト音源についての2011年1月のトップセラー! (Top of the January 2011 release of the software's sound on Crypton!)</ref><ref>[http://vocaloid.blog120.fc2.com/blog-entry-7744.html] Vocaloid Blog - クリプトン社発売のソフト音源についての2010年12月のトップセラー! (Top of the December 2010 release of the software's source for Crypton?)</ref> However, they did not maintain this, in June 2011, their Append had fallen to 8th place, one below Kaito's ''Vocaloid'' voicebank.
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Continuing the tradition of the Item War [[Internet Meme]], many items were proposed for the pair. In the end, Len's item was a banana, because his hair was commented to resemble a bunch of them, while Rin's item was an orange since her bow gave the impression of orange leaves. Before her release, Rin had the road roller assigned to her by accident in a video that received many views suddenly on December 1, 2007. Kagamine Len had yet to be revealed at the time of the road roller meme.<ref>[http://z8.invisionfree.com/VocaloidOtaku/index.php?s=5ce362ea62a7a7f0574ad8d58b59cdc7&showtopic=1670&st=20&#entry899761 link]</ref>
   
===Vocaloid 3===
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==VOCALOID Releases==
====English version====
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{{Song id|yt_id=_R-zf7HfuHM|Japanese Vocaloids and voice providers [comparison]|seorial (hosted)|VOCALOIDs}}
Crypton Future Media is considering an English version of the software.
 
 
==Marketing==
 
As they were under development, Crypton had the concept of making a pair of male and female voicebanks. The first idea of the concept was twin voices of a girl and her mirror image of opposite gender, just like twins. <ref>[http://closeup-nettube.livedoor.biz/archives/809677.html] CloseUp NetTube - 鏡音リン・レン特集1・発売元インタビュー (Interview with Crypton "How Rin and Len Kagamine were created")</ref>
 
 
CFM had an intention to distribute them as twins, but this was '''not''' adopted either. After seeing many works that depict their relationships differently, Crypton announced on a magazine interview that those would meet their ideal. Crypton announced that they are neither siblings nor lovers. <ref> Nikkei Electronics (973) Mar.10,2008,126-127, ISSN 0385-1680 </ref><ref> "VOCALOID wo Tanoshimou Vol.2" published by Yamaha Music Media,2009, Page 47, ISBN 978-4-636-84438-2</ref>
 
 
[[KEI]] was given the concept Crypton intended, their approximate ages, an image of mirror, and an image of androids, but was not given any other directions when he was asked to illustrate Rin and Len by Crypton, as Kei had already illustrated Miku before. Rin was the first one to be illustrated and Len was made to match her, following Crypton's concept. Their leg parts are designed to mimic [[wikipedia:Loudspeaker|speakers]].<ref>[http://www.p-tina.net/interview/98] P-Tina - Interview(s) with Crypton and KEI</ref><ref>VocaloidOtaku - Our Favorite VOCALOIDS: Interview with KEI</ref>
 
 
Their Append design and the Official Illustration of those ones were made by オサム (osamu) .
 
 
 
====Good Smile Racing====
 
See [[Good Smile Racing]]
 
 
===Figurines===
 
[[file:FiguFigma RinLen.jpg|thumb|right|Len and Rin figma figures]]
 
 
The Kagamines have had several figurines made for them. Some are based on one and not the other, other times they have had a model each but were released seperately and on some occasions together.
 
 
Kagamine Rin has more figurines than Kagamine Len. As well as having a standard Figma and Nendoroid figurine each, Rin has had a figurine based on the "Meltdown Hard R.K. mix" PV. She has also appeared alongside Miku and Luka in the Good smile racing figurine promotions. When the first Pullip Dolls were released, both Rin and Len were released alongside Miku, they were based on the same body model as each other.
 
 
The pair have seen a number of [[Garage Kit]] packs as well.
 
 
*''For more Figurines see [[Template:Nav Figurines]]''
 
 
===US Debut===
 
The Kagamines appeared in the Los Angeles Mikunopolis concert in July 2, 2011, along with Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka. Rin performed "Meltdown" in her Hard Rock remix outfit and Len performed 'Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder' (Ft. Rin).<ref>[http://www.vocaloidism.com/2011/05/13/hatsune-miku-live-in-los-angeles/#more-11169] Vocaloidism - Hatsune Miku Live in Los Angeles: Mikunopolis</ref>
 
 
===Guest Appearances===
 
In [[wikipedia:Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei|Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei]] a pair of Len and Rin look a likes are seen in the waiting queue during the auditions of the role of Meru Meru, however they do not have the Kagamine's known colors.<ref>[http://hidekyan.cocolog-nifty.com/movie/rinren.wmv] Hidekyan Blog - (requires WindowsMediaPlayer)</ref>
 
 
In the anime [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Holic Maria†Holic] Rin and Miku appear on a scene on episode 12, which can be seen on [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fh1r-jlefA Youtube]
 
 
In the manga Comic Party, during the fair there is a person wearing Rin's ribbon and has the same hairstyle as hers.
 
 
In episode 12 of Hyouka, there are Miku, Rin, Len, and Luka cosplayers.
 
 
==Voicebank Libraries==
 
===Vocaloid 2===
 
 
*''The Kagamines have songs in the Nico Nico Douga [[Hall of Fame]]''
 
*''The Kagamines have songs in the Nico Nico Douga [[Hall of Fame]]''
*''Comparison between the Vocaloid and [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R-zf7HfuHM voice provider]''
 
 
*[http://www.impressjapan.jp/books/2515 Book on how to use Hatsune Miku & Kagamine Rin/Len]
 
*[http://www.impressjapan.jp/books/2515 Book on how to use Hatsune Miku & Kagamine Rin/Len]
   
====Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02) ====
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{{Template:Infobox voicebank
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|{{CharPortal|articlename=Kagamine_Rin_\_Len (VOCALOID2)|name=VOCALOID2|image=Ofclboxart cfm Kagamine RinLen.png|background=rinlen}}
|backgroundcolor = #FFFF99
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|{{CharPortal|articlename=Kagamine_Rin_\_Len Act2|name=VOCALOID2 Act2|image=KagamineAct2.jpg|background=rinlen}}
|Name = Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02)
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|{{CharPortal|articlename=Kagamine_Rin_\_Len Append|name=Append|image=Ofclboxart cfm Kagamine RinLen Append.jpg|background=rinlen}}
|Logo = RinLenlogo.png
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|{{CharPortal|articlename=Kagamine_Rin_\_Len V3|name=VOCALOID3|image=unknown-icon.png|background=rinlen}}
|Logo_size = 160
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|{{CharPortal|articlename=Kagamine_Rin_\_Len English|name=English|image=unknown-icon.png|background=rinlen}}
|Developer(s) = [[Crypton Future Media]]
 
|Initial Release = December 27, 2007
 
|Stable Release = [[Vocaloid2]]
 
|Development status = Retired; Replaced with "Kagamine Rin/Len - Act 2 (CV02)"
 
|Operating system = Windows 32-bit operating systems (XP, Vista)
 
|Languages = [[File:Japflag.jpg]]
 
|License = Proprietary
 
|Website = [http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/cv02.jsp Homepage]
 
 
|Voicebanks available = {{•}}Kagamine Rin<br />{{•}}Kagamine Len}}
 
The Kagamine were released as a more advanced Vocaloid package than Hatsune Miku and contained 2 voicebanks for a male and a female vocal. Since they were sold together as a pair at the same price as Hatsune Miku, the Kagamine package was considered a bargain for producers. Kagamine Rin's vocal is set as the default and users will have to switch to Kagamine Len's vocal manually. After the release of "Act2", the original vocals became referred to as "Act1" by both Crypton Future Media and Vocaloid fans.<ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2008/06/vocaloid2-act2-1.html link]</ref>{{clr}}
 
 
=====Kagamine Rin=====
 
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! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Rin
 
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!Optimum genre
 
|Electro-pop, Enka, Pop, rock
 
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!Optimum tempo
 
|85 ~ 175BPM
 
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!Optimum range
 
|F#3 ~ C#5
 
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====== {{Strengths}} ======
 
The Character vocal series have characteristics about them which centres around their vocal abilities, and the Kagamine's focus is on the two opposing vocal packagaes Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len and are sold as one package. Rin is a deeper teenage vocal than Hatsune Miku. Rin's pronounications are sharp compared to Kagamine Len's.
 
 
====== {{Weakness}} ======
 
In terms of realism, however, she is about the same as Kagamine Len as that was not the focus of the Character Vocal series and is not very realisitic at all. Also, she does not sound like Asami Shimoda as a consquence of this. She can be made to sound realistic, but it is noted to be harder to achieve then Hatsune Miku. Her vowel sounds are choppy and overall lacked smoothness with a number of vowel related sounds being absent. Compared to Hatsune Miku, Rin is considered difficult to use and requires some experience to be able to use her successfully. There are some complaints towards the Vocaloid within the Japanese fandom on how she sounds. One of the major issues is that she hardly pronounces her consonants.<ref>[http://vocaloidotaku.net/index.php?/topic/23041-rin-y-u-no-pronounce-consonants/ link]</ref>
 
 
According to Asami Shimoda, some say Rin's voice echoes within their head and makes them feel dizzy.<ref>[http://weekly.ascii.jp/elem/000/000/030/30337/] ASCII - VOCALOID『鏡音リン・レンAppend』発売記念インタビュー第2弾は声優の下田麻美さん♪</ref><!--notice, this came fromt he voice provider herself so its a valid source!-->{{clr}}
 
 
=====Kagamine Len =====
 
{| class="infobox v-card" align="right" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="font-size: 80%;" width="250px"
 
! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Len
 
|-
 
!Optimum genre
 
|Dance, Enka, Pop, rock
 
|-
 
!Optimum tempo
 
|70 ~ 160BPM
 
|-
 
!Optimum range
 
|D3 ~ C#5
 
|}
 
====== {{Strengths}} ======
 
The Character vocal series have characteristics about them which centers around their vocal abilities, and the Kagamine's focus is on the two opposing vocal packages Rin and Len. Len's vocal expands the software capabilities by offering a vocal that fulfills a male role. He is a young boy sounding singer and the vocal range is in the [[wikipedia:soprano|Soprano]] scale. He can harmonize with Rin relatively easier than most Vocaloids due to having similar vocal capabilities. His vocal range capabilities are also slightly larger than Rin.<ref>[http://vocaloidotaku.net/index.php?/topic/30085-seeu-hate/page__st__30__p__756308&#entry756308 link]</ref> At a known optimum vocal range of #C5 Kagamine Len has the highest male vocal within the ''Vocaloid 2'' range, however, take in mind that he was voiced by a female vocalist. He sounds more like Asami than Rin as well.
 
 
====== {{Weakness}} ======
 
Len has a slight lisp-like sound which separates his voice from Kagamine Rin. Even by retuning the voice of either Kagamine to sound like the other, results are never identical, and veteran Vocaloid fans can tell who is actually voicing the song. His vocals are not always as strong as Rin's on the high notes. Of the two voicebanks however, Len is often considered more difficult to work with than his counterpart, Rin. <ref>[http://miku-challenge.seesaa.net/category/4481369-1.html] Danchan-P’s Blog - VOCALOID2操作(調教)法(1)</ref> A particular noted weakness of Len's voicebank is that he is limited in his capabilities of matching masculine vocal tones, owed to his voice provider being female. Therefore, he cannot produce a satisfactory low masculine vocal tone.<ref>[http://www.itmedia.co.jp/news/articles/1104/15/news084.html] ITMedia News - コードネームは「勇馬」 ヤマハ純正のイケメンボカロ「VY2」の話を聞いてきた </ref> In terms of realism, however, he is about the same as Kagamine Rin as that was not the focus of the Character Vocal series and is not very realisitic at all. He can be made to sound realistic, but it is noted to be harder to achieve then Hatsune Miku. His vowel sounds are choppy and overall lacked smoothness with a number of vowel related sounds being absent. Compared to Hatsune Miku, Len is considered difficult to use and requires some experience to be able to use him successfully.
 
 
According to Asami Shimoda, there are some complaints towards the Vocaloid within the Japanese fandom on how they sound. Some say Len's high vocals do not appeal to those not fond of the pair.<ref>[http://weekly.ascii.jp/elem/000/000/030/30337/] ASCII - VOCALOID『鏡音リン・レンAppend』発売記念インタビュー第2弾は声優の下田麻美さん♪</ref><!--notice, this came from the voice provider herself so its a valid source!-->{{clr}}
 
 
====Kagamine Rin/Len - Act 2 (CV02) ====
 
{{Template:Infobox voicebank
 
|backgroundcolor = #FFFF99
 
|Name = Kagamine Rin/Len - Act 2 (CV02)
 
|Logo = RinLenlogoact2.png
 
|Logo_size = 160
 
|Developer(s) = [[Crypton Future Media]]
 
|Initial Release = July 18, 2008
 
|Stable Release = [[Vocaloid2]]
 
|Development status = Unsupported as of ''Vocaloid 3''
 
|Operating system = Windows 32-bit operating systems (XP, Vista)
 
|Languages = [[File:Japflag.jpg]]
 
|License = Proprietary
 
|Website = [http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/cv02.jsp Homepage]
 
 
|Voicebanks available = {{•}}Kagamine Rin (ACT2)<br />{{•}}Kagamine Len (ACT2)}}
 
Act 2 was released to solve the Kagamine's pronunciation problems. <ref>[http://www.dtmm.co.jp/archives/2008/05/cv02_act2_1.html] DTM Magazine - CV02 鏡音リン・レンACT2 (CV02 Kagamine Rin/Len ACT2)</ref><ref>[http://www.amazon.co.jp/クリプトン・フューチャー・メディア-CV02V2-VOCALOID2-鏡音リン・レン-act2/dp/B001BIXLOC] Amazon/jp - Rin/Len Kagamine</ref> Act 2 is a separate installation, this version of the software later replaced the original and the original voicebanks were phased out of sale completely. Just as with the original, the default voicebank is Kagamine Rin and users will have to manually select Kagamine Len.
 
 
*([http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_h4y1ZJBnw Rin Act1], [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9o_06Y_o1I Rin Act2]), ([http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5zXadknPdU Len Act1], [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gu2Lm8HAw0 Len Act2])
 
 
For users with both versions, they have a choice between four voicebanks overall: the newer voicebanks or the older voicebanks, both with slightly different results. Though an update of the original Kagamine package, this version is still outdated in terms of overall quality and later ''Vocaloid2'' standards. Len remains the weaker of the two voicebanks in terms of ease of use.
 
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=====Kagamine Rin=====
 
{| class="infobox v-card" align="right" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="font-size: 80%;" width="250px"
 
! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Rin (ACT2)
 
|-
 
!Optimum genre
 
|Electro-pop, Enka, Pop, rock
 
|-
 
!Optimum tempo
 
|85 ~ 175BPM
 
|-
 
!Optimum range
 
|F#3 ~ C#5
 
 
|}
 
|}
====== Changes ======
 
*Kagamine Rin Act 2 has improved vocals in Act 2 and is clearer and easier to use.
 
*The improvements mean the vocals are smoother and better suited for less experienced Vocaloid users than the previous voicebank was.
 
*Rin's consonants issue has also been adjusted so that they sound clearer. Because of the off vocal differences between the original Kagamine voicebanks and Act 2, there is a large advantage with owning the newer version as they can be used for different results.
 
*Her voicebank is less vivid and flexible and does not allow delicate settings or editing which gives a wider range of expression to experienced users. )*She cannot pronounce the '''h\''' phonetic data and is missing some other phonetic pronunciations in addition to what was missing from their original software release. Despite improvements, the remaining missing data still makes the Act 2 voicebank sound choppy in comparison to other Vocaloid voicebanks.<ref>VocaloidOtaku - How much did they actually "improve" ACT2?</ref><ref>VocaloidOtaku - Japanese Vocaloids Comparative Charts and Tips</ref>
 
*Because of the change of tone, songs that suited the original voicebanks might not suit the new Act 2 version.
 
*She now sounds closer to her provider's vocal, though as a character vocal she still does not sound realistic.
 
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=====Kagamine Len =====
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==Examples of Usage==
{| class="infobox v-card" align="right" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="font-size: 80%;" width="250px"
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{{Translation eou}}
! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Len (ACT2)
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<div style="margin: auto; margin-bottom:10px;"><tabber>
|-
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|-|Kagamine Rin\Len ={{RinLen/eou1}}
!Optimum Genre
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|-|Act2 ={{RinLen/eou2}}
|Dance, Enka, Pop, rock
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|-|Append ={{RinLen/eou3}}</tabber>
|-
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{{Music featuring Vocaloid|hidea=&nbsp;|kanji=鏡音リン_・レン|hideaka=&nbsp;|color = Kagamine|Kagamine Rin|Kagamine Len}}
!Optimum Tempo
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</div>
|70 ~ 160BPM
 
|-
 
!Optimum Range
 
|D3 ~ C#5
 
|}
 
====== Changes ======
 
*Kagamine Len Act 2 has improved vocals in Act 2 and is clearer and easier to use.
 
*The improvements mean the vocals are smoother and better suited for less experienced Vocaloid users than the previous voicebank was.
 
*Len's vocal has the most improvements overall out of the two voicebanks within the package and was much closer sounding to his intended vocal type (young boy) than his previous version.
 
*It is less vivid and flexible and does not allow delicate settings or editing which gives a wider range of expression to experienced users.
 
*He cannot pronounce the '''h\''' phonetic data and is missing some other phonetic pronunciations in addition to what was missing from their original software release. Despite improvements, the remaining missing data still makes the Act 2 voicebanks sound choppy in comparison to other Vocaloid voicebanks.<ref>VocaloidOtaku - How much did they actually "improve" ACT2?</ref><ref>VocaloidOtaku - Japanese Vocaloids Comparative Charts and Tips</ref>
 
*Songs that suited the original voicebanks will not always work well with his Act 2 and because of his bigger vocal changes between the two versions, this can often be more so with Len than with Rin.
 
*Len is further away from sounding like his provider then his original voicebank.
 
   
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==Marketing==
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The Kagamines were marketed as "2 vocals for the price of 1" and were aimed to catch the interest of the growing Vocaloid fandom. Unlike Hatsune Miku, they were not an immediate hit, failing to meet marketing expectations despite receiving the same level of promotion as Miku was receiving at the time of their release. After the release of their "Act2" voicebanks, sales picked up steadily and the Kagamines eventually became one of the more heavily marketed VOCALOIDs, though have never met the marketing strength Miku gained before them.
   
====Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02); Append ====
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{{RinLen/marketing}}
{{Template:Infobox voicebank
 
|backgroundcolor = #FFFF99
 
|Name = Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02);Append
 
|Logo = RinLenAppend_logo.png
 
|Logo_size = 150
 
|Developer(s) = [[Crypton Future Media]]
 
|Initial Release = December 27, 2010
 
|Stable Release = [[Vocaloid2]]
 
|Development status = Unsupported as of ''Vocaloid 3''
 
|Operating system = Windows 32-bit operating systems (XP, Vista)
 
|Languages = [[File:Japflag.jpg]]
 
|Type = Expansion pack
 
|License = Proprietary
 
|Website = [http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/pages/prod/vocaloid/cv02a.jsp Homepage]
 
|Voicebanks available = {{•}}Kagamine Rin:<br />
 
POWER , WARM, SWEET
 
   
{{•}}Kagamine Len:<br />
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==Additional information==
POWER, COLD, SERIOUS}}
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===Popularity===
The Append release also gave older Kagamine users the chance to update the ''Vocaloid2'' engine to a newer version, as the Append had the latest engine version. Users also need the Kagamine Rin/Len Act2 voicebanks to be able to install and use the Append voicebanks - the Append will not work with the original voicebanks. Though there are differences in the 6 Append voicebanks in terms of performance and smoothness, the Appends themselves were overall much smoother and of a higher quality than the original voicebanks.
 
   
Unlike the previous Hatsune Miku Append (in regards to her Append; SOFT voicebank), this particular Append has no voicebanks that match the original optimum range and tempo. Thus, it is much harder to escape the need to edit VSQ files that originally fit the Kagamine Rin/Len Act2 vocals. If one complies with using the vocals offered with the Append with the correct Kagamine vocal, they will find that there is a lot less options to expand Rin or Len than what the Miku Append offered (just 3 vocals for each compared to Miku's 6). This makes the Kagamine Appends much harder to use overall, while fitting in with the Kagamine's intention of being a more advance product than the Hatsune Miku vocal was. However, due to the increased contrast in vocals compared to the Miku Append, this particular Append allows the Kagamines to expand out into very different genres, more so than the Miku append offered for Miku.
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[http://www.google.com/trends/?q=Kagamine+Rin&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0 Google Trends "Kagamine Rin"]
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=====Kagamine Rin Append: POWER=====
 
{| class="infobox v-card" align="right" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="font-size: 80%;" width="250px"
 
! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Rin Append: POWER
 
|-
 
!Optimum genre
 
|Rocks/Pops/Dance musics/Enka
 
|-
 
!Optimum tempo
 
|65 ~ 170BPM
 
|-
 
!Optimum range
 
|F#3 ~ B#4
 
|}
 
====== {{Strengths}} ======
 
Rin's POWER Library makes up for her relative glitchiness in her ACT1/ACT2 releases. This voice is powerful and is suited for intense screaming and is the most realistic and advanced of the Rin Append voicebanks. This is also the most used Kagamine append voicebank.
 
   
====== {{Weakness}} ======
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[http://www.google.com/trends/?q=%E9%8F%A1%E9%9F%B3%E3%83%AC%E3%83%B3,+%E9%8F%A1%E9%9F%B3%E3%83%AA%E3%83%B3&ctab=0&geo=JP&date=ytd&sort=0 Google Trends "Len vs. Rin" in Japan]
On lower notes, her voice can become formanted like Gachapoid or Tone Rion, giving an unpleasant "froggy" effect.
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{{Popularity|color = rinlen
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|Sales =
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[[File:Productlist.png|thumb|right|The Kagamines' package in 2nd place, 12/10/2011, this is the usual place they hold in the top ten Crypton products list.'' Note; MEIKO and the Kagamine append were missing from the list''.]]
   
=====Kagamine Rin Append: WARM=====
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During the ''VOCALOID2'' era, the Kagamine package competed with the Megurine Luka package for 2nd place in the top 10 products. Usually, the Kagamine package managed to get the 2nd place spot, pushing Luka to 3rd place.
{| class="infobox v-card" align="right" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="font-size: 80%;" width="250px"
 
! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Rin Append: WARM
 
|-
 
!Optimum Genre
 
|Soft rocks/Ballades/Pops/Folks
 
|-
 
!Optimum Tempo
 
|60 ~ 160BPM
 
|-
 
!Optimum Range
 
|F#3 ~ B#4
 
|} 
 
====== {{Strengths}} ======
 
Rin's WARM Library is meant to bridged the vocal gap between her POWER and SWEET libraries, giving a balance of strength and softness.
 
   
====== {{Weakness}} ======
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Their Append outsold the Miku Append package during the period after their release. The Act2 package and Append secured 4th and 5th spot between them in Crypton's end of year top 10 VOCALOID sales, despite only being available for a short period of time (mostly owed, but not entirely, to pre-orders).<ref>[http://blog.crypton.co.jp/mp/2010/12/2010-vocaloid-1.html link]</ref><ref>[http://vocaloid.blog120.fc2.com/blog-date-20110209.html] Vocaloid Blog - クリプトン社発売のソフト音源についての2011年1月のトップセラー! (Top of the January 2011 release of the software's sound on Crypton!)</ref><ref>[http://vocaloid.blog120.fc2.com/blog-entry-7744.html] Vocaloid Blog - クリプトン社発売のソフト音源についての2010年12月のトップセラー! (Top of the December 2010 release of the software's source for Crypton?)</ref> However, in June 2011, their Append had fallen to 8th place, one place below KAITO's ''VOCALOID'' voicebank.
This is the weakest voicebank in terms of smoothness for Rin out of the Appends. Her softness can lead to clicking or metallic consonants and she sometimes suffers the dreaded "rasp" soft VOCALOID banks have.
 
   
=====Kagamine Rin Append: SWEET=====
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During 2013, when both [[KAITO V3]] and [[Hatsune Miku V3]] were released, the charts were disrrupted. When the charts resumed some form of order, the Kagamines were left in the 5th or 6th spot, leaving them overall more popular than Luka was by Meiko's [[MEIKO V3]] release in 2014. Their Append had not been sighted for months and was by now completely off of the charts. After Meiko's V3 release, they disappeared from the charts, leaving them as the only [[Character Vocal Series]] member with no products in the charts.
{| class="infobox v-card" align="right" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="font-size: 80%;" width="250px"
 
! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Rin Append: SWEET
 
|-
 
!Optimum Genre
 
|Bossa Nova/French Pops/Ambient music/Electronica
 
|-
 
!Optimum Tempo
 
|55 ~ 155BPM
 
|-
 
!Optimum Range
 
|G#3 ~ C#5
 
|} 
 
====== {{Strengths}} ======
 
Much like Miku's SWEET Library, Rin's SWEET voice is the quietest of her appends, and is good for slow, peaceful songs, such as lullabies and ballads.
 
====== {{Weakness}} ======
 
Due to her being the quietest, the VOCALOID enging (2 or 3, depending on the user) may sometimes cause volume irregularities with her consonants, and due to her whispery nature, she is not the smoothest Append (POWER is the smoothest)
 
   
=====Kagamine LEN Append: POWER=====
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|Reaction=The Kagamines were slow to gain popularity in the Japanese fandom after the backlash from their original voicebanks. In later years, although between the two of them they had gained the second-highest number of songs, they were not as popular as Hatsune Miku.
{| class="infobox v-card" align="right" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="font-size: 80%;" width="250px"
 
! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Len Append: POWER
 
|-
 
!Optimum Genre
 
|Rocks/Pops/Dance musics/Enka
 
|-
 
!Optimum Tempo
 
|65 ~ 170BPM
 
|-
 
!Optimum Range
 
|A#2 ~ D#4
 
|} 
 
====== {{Strengths}} ======
 
Len's POWER Library is able to give a sufficient sounding male voice his ACT1/ACT2/other Appends could not provide, it being the smoothest and strongest of his append Libraries. This is also the most used Kagamine append voicebank.
 
====== {{Weakness}} ======
 
Len's POWER Append suffers from low-to-high octave transition, and he will start to sound less like a man and more like a girl in the higher octaves (due to Asami Shimoda having to switch to her head voice)
 
   
=====Kagamine LEN Append: COLD =====
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In the Japanese fandom, Rin is the more popular of the two, with more related works than her counterpart, Len.
{| class="infobox v-card" align="right" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="font-size: 80%;" width="250px"
 
! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Len Append: COLD
 
|-
 
!Optimum Genre
 
|Soft rocks/Ballades/Pops/Folks
 
|-
 
!Optimum Tempo
 
|65 ~ 160BPM
 
|-
 
!Optimum Range
 
|B#2 ~ C#4
 
|} 
 
====== {{Strengths}} ======
 
Like Rin's WARM Append, Len's COLD Append serves as a bridge between his POWER and SERIOUS Appends. COLD has a more 'open' tone than SERIOUS, but is softer than POWER.
 
   
====== {{Weakness}} ======
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|Impact=Because of KAITO's failure, male voicebanks had little demand at the time of the Kagamines' release. Len's voicebank was the only male ''VOCALOID2'' vocal until Gackpo's release.<ref>[http://internet.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/president/2008/05/12/19477.html] INTERNET Watch - クリプトン・フューチャー・メディア社長 伊藤博之氏(前編) (Crypton Future Media president Hiroyuki Itō (part one)</ref>
This is the weakest of the Append voicebanks for Len in terms of easy transactions between a few vowels. COLD is the least-used of Len's Append voicebanks. It also has the smallest vocal range of them.{{clr}}
 
   
=====Kagamine LEN Append: SERIOUS=====
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Their designs have spawned many producer based [[derivative]]s.
{| class="infobox v-card" align="right" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"  style="font-size: 80%;" width="250px"
 
! colspan="2" scope="col" style="background: #FFFF99; font-size: 12 pts;"|Kagamine Len Append: SERIOUS
 
|-
 
!Optimum Genre
 
|Post Rocks/Phsyke/Ambient music/Ambient dub/Electronica
 
|-
 
!Optimum Tempo
 
|55 ~ 155BPM
 
|-
 
!Optimum Range
 
|A#2 ~ C#4
 
|} 
 
====== {{Strengths}} ======
 
Len's SERIOUS Append can handle softer and slower songs better than POWER or COLD. SERIOUS has a natural breath-sound, and is considered the most 'emotional' of Len's Append voicebanks.
 
====== {{Weakness}} ======
 
SERIOUS, being a 'whisper' voicebank, has the potential to suffer from raspiness. {{clr}}
 
   
===Vocaloid 3===
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|Misc=An independent search on Nico Nico revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less than 1,000 videos uploaded onto Nico Nico in 2011 between July 1st and December 15th. The Kagamines, however, managed to gain enough views to not fall into this category. Rin received 2,811 uploads while Len received 2,021. Rin had the 3rd highest total views during this period of any VOCALOID with 5,327,456 views and 477,046 mylists, and Len managed 4,555,580 views and 413,901 mylists. When sorted by average, Len was third with 2254.12 views per video and 204.8 mylists (which was more than Miku’s), and Rin had 1895.22 views per video and 169.71 mylists. However, when the views were based on the more accurate mean total, Len and Rin achieved 355 views/16 mylists and 349 views/16 mylists respectively per video, ranking last among the top 6 VOCALOIDs. However, the Kagamine software was the only VOCALOID package to be be in all top 6 lists besides [[GUMI]].<ref>[http://www.vocaloidism.com/2012/01/04/the-harsh-realities-of-vocaloid-on-nico/ link]</ref>
====V3 Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02)====
 
{{Unreleased}}
 
 
{{Template:Infobox voicebank
 
|backgroundcolor = #FFFF99
 
|Name = V3 Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02)
 
|Logo = No_image.png
 
|Logo_size = 160
 
|Developer(s) = [[Crypton Future Media]]
 
|Initial Release =
 
|Stable Release = [[Vocaloid3]]
 
|Development status = In Developement
 
|Operating system = Windows 7 and 64-bit OS
 
|Languages = [[File:Japflag.jpg]]
 
|License = Proprietary
 
|Website =
 
 
|Voicebanks available = {{•}}Kagamine Rin<br />{{•}}Kagamine Len}}
 
 
Update of their ''Vocaloid2'' vocal "Kagamine Rin/Len Act2".
 
 
{{clr}}
 
====V3 Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02); Append ====
 
{{Unreleased}}
 
{{Template:Infobox voicebank
 
|backgroundcolor = #FFFF99
 
|Name = V3 Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02); Append
 
|Logo = No_image.png
 
|Logo_size = 160
 
|Developer(s) = [[Crypton Future Media]]
 
|Initial Release =
 
|Stable Release = [[Vocaloid3]]
 
|Development status = In Developement
 
|Operating system = Windows 7 and 64-bit OS
 
|Languages = [[File:Japflag.jpg]]
 
|License = Proprietary
 
|Website =
 
 
}}
 
}}
   
Update of their ''Vocaloid2'' vocal "Kagamine Rin/Len;Append".
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===Trivia===
{{clr}}
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*It took 25 hours (4 hours a day) to record all the Kagamine Appends.<ref>[http://weekly.ascii.jp/elem/000/000/030/30337/] Weekly Plus - VOCALOID『鏡音リン・レンAppend』発売記念インタビュー第2弾は声優の下田麻美さん♪ (Len Append, interview with Shimoda Asami)</ref>
   
====V3 Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02); English ====
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*Some call Rin and Len by the incorrect names "Lin" and/or "Ren". Though the romanized version of the word could be either, the English version has been confirmed as "Rin and Len". Since there is no dubbed version to contend with, the names remain the only official names in existence for the vocals. This is also backed up by the origins of their names as "R" (Rin)" and "L" (Len).
{{Unreleased}}
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**Note; "L" and "R" mean "Left and Right", they are the letters you find on a set of headphones (and sometimes other equipment such as speakers). Usually, there is not enough space to write "left" and "right" on headphones. "L" refers to left ear and "R" is right ear.
{{Template:Infobox voicebank
 
|backgroundcolor = #FFFF99
 
|Name = V3 Kagamine Rin/Len (CV02); English
 
|Logo = No_image.png
 
|Logo_size = 160
 
|Developer(s) = [[Crypton Future Media]]
 
|Initial Release =
 
|Stable Release = [[Vocaloid3]]
 
|Development status = In developement
 
|Operating system = Windows 7 and 64-bit OS
 
|Languages = [[File:Engflag.png]]
 
|License = Proprietary
 
|Website =
 
   
|Voicebanks available = {{•}}Kagamine Rin<br />{{•}}Kagamine Len}}
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*On the Mikunopolis website, their profile reads the following statement: "''The Kagamine twins are well known for their very clear and precise vocals''". Considering their history of lack of clarity and/or pronunciation problems, as well as Act 2 of the software missing a pronunciation entirely, this is a little bit of an exaggeration on the webhost's part. Also the statement, "''Just with a few tweaks here and there they could sing almost any other genres as well,''" is somewhat questionable due to their reputation of requiring previous experience to use and often at times needing more than just a few tweaks to make them work.<ref>[http://mikunopolis.com/post/en/28/Character+Profiles.html link]</ref>
   
This is a new vocal that Crypton Future Media are planning. This vocal will allow much higher quality results in English than using their Japanese version for English results.
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*Rin has a [[wikipedia:Clef|G-clef]] (Treble-clef) on her shirt, and Len has a F-clef (Bass-clef) on his. In their Append redesigns, they are found on chokers rather than their shirts.
{{clr}}
 
   
==Examples of Usage==
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*A total of 10 voicebanks makes the Kagamine package the most expansive set of vocals within the ''VOCALOID2''. They are currently second in the total number of vocals released.
<!-- no more then 3 songs max please in this section, please leave explaination as to why it should be used over other songs! Songs chosen should be by 3 different producers in 3 different styles/approaches, do NOT use demo songs -->
 
   
{{Song Derivative
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===Notable for...===
|tittle = <span style="color:black">kagamination HEART</span>
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*First dual voicebanks released with two "VOCALOIDs" in one package
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*Only dual voicebanks released for ''VOCALOID2''
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*First male (Len) released for ''VOCALOID2''
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*First VOCALOIDs to be updated
|yt_id =Sw4IGq8FY-c
 
|author = [[Anmerutsu-P]]
 
|category =Original Song
 
|singer = All Kagamine voicebanks.
 
|description = A rock 40-'Vocaloid' choir using Kagamine Rin/Len Act 1, Act 2, and all appends tuned by 20 different producers such as [[Hitoshizuku-P]], [[Akuno-P]], [[Giga-P]], and more.
 
}}{{clr}}
 
 
{{Song Derivative
 
|tittle = <span style="color:black">BadBye</span>
 
|image =
 
|color = #FFFF99; color:gold
 
|nnd_id = sm16369829
 
|yt_id = 7tQVuDSwqf4
 
|author = [[Orebanana-P]] (Rin) [[Giga-P]] (Len)
 
|category =Cover Song
 
|singer = Kagamine Rin Act1, Kagamine Len Append power
 
|description = A cover of [[koma'n]]'s Badbye by Orebanana-P and Giga-P;}}{{clr}}
 
 
{{Song Derivative
 
|tittle = <span style="color:black">Rin Rin Signal</span>
 
|image =
 
|color = #FFFF99; color:gold
 
|nnd_id = sm4000654
 
|yt_id = pxfmz1wRn7M
 
|author = [[Signal-P]]
 
|category = Original Song
 
|singer = Kagamine Rin Act2, Kagamine Len Act2
 
|description = A pop and cheerful song, using Rin and Len Act2.
 
}}{{clr}}
 
 
==Notable Kagamine songs==
 
{{Main|Songs featuring Kagamines}} {{Main|Songs featuring Kagamines/Rin}}{{Main|Songs featuring Kagamines/Len}}{{Main|Youtube List/Kagamine Rin/Len Songs}}
 
 
==Popularity==
 
[[file:Productlist.png|thumb|right|The Kagamine's package in 2nd place, 12/10/2011, this is the usual place they hold in the top ten Crypton products list.'' Note; Meiko and the Kagamine append were missing from the list'']]
 
They were slow to gain popularity in the Japanese fandom after the backlash of their original voicebanks and although they have 2nd highest number of songs combined, they are not as popular as Hatsune Miku who came before them. Their designs have also spawned many producer based [[Derivative|derivatives]].
 
 
In the Japanese fandom, Rin is the more popular of the two Vocaloids with more related works than her counterpart Len. Part of the problem in the Japanese fandom was owed to the backlash of Kaito's failure, male voicebanks had so little demand at that time and Len's voicebank was left as the only male ''Vocaloid 2'' vocal until Gakupo's release, and was not used as often as Rin's voicebank.<ref>[http://internet.watch.impress.co.jp/cda/president/2008/05/12/19477.html] INTERNET Watch - クリプトン・フューチャー・メディア社長 伊藤博之氏(前編) (Crypton Future Media president Hiroyuki Itō (part one)</ref>
 
 
A independant Vocaloid search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most Vocaloids had less than 1,000 videos uploaded on Nico Nico Douga in between July 1 and December 15 2011. The Kagamines, however had managed to gain enough views not to fall into this problem. Rin had received 2811 uploads while Len had received 2021. Rin had the 3rd highest total views during this period of any Vocaloid with 5327456 views and 477046 mylists, and Len managed with 4555580 views and 413901 mylists. When sorted by average, Len was third with 2254.12 views per video (and 204.8 mylists, which was more than Miku’s) and Rin’s was 1895.22/169.71. However, when the views were based on the more accurate mean total number of views, Len and Rin rounded out the top six with 355 views/16 mylists and 349 views/16 mylists respectively per video coming bottom of the top 6 Vocaloids. The Kagamine software was the only Vocaloid package to be be in all top 6 lists besides [[Gumi]].<ref>[http://www.vocaloidism.com/2012/01/04/the-harsh-realities-of-vocaloid-on-nico/ link]</ref>
 
 
The Appends for the Kagamine Vocaloids were better received than the Miku Append, though they did not sell as well overall as the Miku Append and did not remain in the top ten Crypton Future Media software rankings.
 
 
==Trivia==
 
 
*It took 25 hours (4 hours a day) to record all the Kagamine Appends.<ref>[http://weekly.ascii.jp/elem/000/000/030/30337/] Weekly Plus - VOCALOID『鏡音リン・レンAppend』発売記念インタビュー第2弾は声優の下田麻美さん♪ (Len Append, interview with Shimoda Asami)</ref>
 
*Some call Rin and Len by the incorrect names "Lin" and/or "Ren". Though the romanized version of the word could be either, the English version has been confirmed as "Rin and Len" and since there is no dubbed version to contend with, the names remain the only official names in existence for the Vocals. This is also backed up by the origins of their names as "R" (Rin)" and "L" (Len).
 
**Note; "L" and "R" mean "Left and Right", they are the letters you find on a set of headphones (and sometimes other equipment such as speakers). Usually there is not enough space to write "left" and "right" on headphones. "L" refers to left ear and "R" is right ear.
 
*On the Mikunopolis website their profile reads the following statement: "''The Kagamine twins are well known for their very clear and precise vocals''". Considering their history of lack of clarity and/or pronunciation problems, as well as Act 2 of the software missing a pronunciation entirely, this is a little bit of an exaggeration on the webhost's part. Also the statement, "''Just with a few tweaks here and there they could sing almost any other genres as well,''" is also somewhat questionable due to their reputation of requiring previous experience to use and often at times needed more than just a few tweaks to make them work.<ref>[http://mikunopolis.com/post/en/28/Character+Profiles.html link]</ref>
 
*Rin has a [[wikipedia:Clef|G-clef]] (Treble-clef) on her shirt, and Len has a F-clef (Bass-clef) on his. In their Append redesigns they are found on chokers rather than their shirts.
 
*With a total of 10 voicebanks, Asami Shimoda is the vocal provider with the most Vocaloid voicebanks for commerical sale based on any single vocaloid provider. This also makes the Kagamine package the most expansive set of vocals within the ''Vocaloid 2'' era and to date the most of any Vocaloid package. However, most new users will only have access to 8 vocals due to the original's retirement.
 
*Continuing the tradition of the Item War [[Internet Meme]], many items were preposed for the pair. In the end, Len's item was a Banana because his hair was commented to resemble a bunch of bananas, while Rin's item was an Orange since her bow gave the impression of orange leaves. Before her release, Rin had the Road Roller assigned to her by accident in a video that recieved many views suddenly on December 1, 2007. Kagamine Len had yet to be revealed at the time of the Road Roller meme.<ref>[http://z8.invisionfree.com/VocaloidOtaku/index.php?s=5ce362ea62a7a7f0574ad8d58b59cdc7&showtopic=1670&st=20&#entry899761 link]</ref>
 
*In piano sheet music, the Bass-clef is played with the left hand, while the Treble-clef is played with the right hand. It is believed that this is used for Rin and Len's names ('''''Ri'''''ght for '''''Ri'''''n and '''''Le'''''ft for '''''Le'''''n). There is also a Treble-clef on Rin's shirt and a Bass-clef on Len's shirt.
 
 
==Notable for...==
 
*First and only dual voicebanks released with two "Vocaloids" in one package
 
*First Vocaloids to be updated
 
*First male (Len) released for ''Vocaloid 2''
 
 
*First vocal (Len) released not to be the same gender as the provider
 
*First vocal (Len) released not to be the same gender as the provider
 
*First male (Len) to be Appended
 
*First male (Len) to be Appended
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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===Act1===
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==References==
{{Gallery|width=120|height=160|position=center|captionsize=0.9em
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|Original Kagamine.png|Kagamine Rin and Len original boxart illustration
 
|Kagamine_Len_Act_1.png|Kagamine Len Act 1, art by KEI
 
|chibikagamine.gif|Kagamine Rin/Len Act 1 artwork
 
|Rinsketches.gif|Concept art for Kagamine Rin and original introductionary Rin artwork
 
|Kagamine_Len_concept.jpg|Concept art for Kagamine Len and original introductionary Len artwork
 
|illu Vocaloid Kagamine RinLen-sketch.jpg|Some early sketches and conceptual arts of Vocaloid Miku, Rin and Len.
 
|illu KEI Vocaloid MikuRinLen-img2.jpg|Miku, Rin, and Len (concept) illustration by KEI - artbook VOCALOIDs Unofficial illustrations (pg 18-19)
 
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===Act2===
 
{{Gallery|width=120|height=160|position=center|captionsize=0.9em
 
|Ofclboxart cfm Kagamine RinLen-illu.png|Kagamine Rin and Len's Act 2 boxart illustration
 
|Kagamine Rin.jpg|Kagamine Rin Act 2, art by KEI
 
|Kagamine Len.jpg|Kagamine Len Act 2, art by KEI
 
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===Append===
 
{{Gallery|width=120|height=160|position=center|captionsize=0.9em
 
|illu Vocaloid Kagamine RinLen Append.png|Kagamine Rin and Len's Append illustration
 
|Ofclboxart cfm Kagamine RinLen Append-illu.jpg|Kagamine Append boxart illustration - artwork by オサム (osamu)
 
|Append alt.JPG|Another version of the Append artwork known to exist where both Rin and Len have a eye open
 
|illu Vocaloid Kagamine Rin Append-sketch.jpg|Rin Append sketch
 
|illu Vocaloid Kagamine Len Append-sketch.jpg|Len Append sketch
 
}}
 
===Misc:===
 
{{Gallery|width=120|height=160|position=center|captionsize=0.9em
 
|MMDmodel_Kagamine_Animasa.jpg|MMD models by Animasa
 
|MMDmodel Rin Nakao.png|MMD model by Nakao
 
|MMDmodel_Kagamine_Mqdl&Dede.jpg|MMD Append models by Mqdl & でで (Dede)
 
|illu Vocaloid Kagamine RinLen Append-DTM.png|DTM magazine - Kagamine Append
 
|Rin_Rin_Signal_Append_Len.png|captionalign = left
 
|Len Append as he appears in Project Diva
 
|Rin_Rin_Signal_Append_Rin.png|Rin Append as she appears in Project Diva
 
|Osamu_Rin_Append_PDA.jpg|Rin Append as she appears in Project Diva Arcade
 
|Osamu_Len_Append_PDA.jpg|Len Append as he appears in Project Diva Arcade
 
|100720_miku_index_sec1_img04.jpg|Tinier Me Kagamine Rin (Hatsune Miku x TinierMe Collab)
 
|100720_miku_index_sec1_img05.jpg|Tinier Me Kagamine Len (Hatsune Miku x TinierMe Collab)
 
|120309_mikuCP_img02.jpg|Tinier Me Kagamine Rin Append (Hatsune Miku x TinierMe Collab)
 
|120309_mikuCP_img03.jpg|Tinier Me Kagamine Len Append (Hatsune Miku x TinierMe Collab)
 
|Rin.jpg|Kagamine Rin from the videogame Project Mirai
 
|Ren.jpg|Kagamine Len from the videogame Project Mirai}}
 
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* Kagamine fanart [http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=kagamine DeviantArt] / [http://www.pixiv.net/search.php?s_mode=s_tag&word=kagamine Pixiv] [http://www.pixiv.net/search.php?s_mode=s_tag&word=鏡音 Pixiv2] / [http://piapro.jp/content_list/?view=image&class_id=1&keyword=kagamine Piapro] [http://piapro.jp/content_list/?view=image&class_id=1&keyword=%8B%BE%89%B9&x=4&y=9 Piapro2]
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*[http://toraborutei.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/122/ Toraboruta-P’s Blog] Entry 1
 
*[http://toraborutei.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/122/ Toraboruta-P’s Blog] Entry 1
 
*[http://toraborutei.blog.shinobi.jp/Entry/123/ Toraboruta-P’s Blog] Entry 2
 
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*[http://miku-challenge.seesaa.net/article/117362393.html Danchan-P’s Blog] 鏡音リン・レン ACT2について、今さら。
 
*[http://miku-challenge.seesaa.net/article/117362393.html Danchan-P’s Blog] 鏡音リン・レン ACT2について、今さら。
 
*[http://wikiwiki.jp/vocalotechs/?鏡音リン VTTC] Vocaloid Training Techniques Collecting: Comparing Act 1 and Act 2
 
*[http://wikiwiki.jp/vocalotechs/?鏡音リン VTTC] Vocaloid Training Techniques Collecting: Comparing Act 1 and Act 2
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:[http://loda.jp/nakao/?id=30 Loda.jp (Nakao) -] ([http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm12806666 sm12806666]) 鏡音リン_n式ver1.04
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*Kagamine Rin \ Len fanart [http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=Kagamine DeviantArt] / [http://www.pixiv.net/search.php?s_mode=s_tag&word=Kagamine Pixiv] [http://www.pixiv.net/search.php?s_mode=s_tag&word=鏡音 Pixiv2] / [http://piapro.jp/content_list/?view=image&tag=Kagamine Piapro] [http://piapro.jp/content_list/?view=image&class_id=1&keyword=%8B%BE%89%B9&x=4&y=9 Piapro2]
:[http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm13010409 NicoVideo (Mqdl) -] ([http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm13010409 sm13010409]) 【MMD】リンAppendモデルでリンリンリンってしてくりん (<span class="plainlinks">mqdl.jpn.org/public/rinApXSb.zip</span>)
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:[http://loda.jp/dede/?id=110 Loda.jp (Dede) -] ([http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm13422693 sm13422693]) でで式鏡音レンAPPEND1.0.2
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*Kagamine Len models on [http://mikumikudance.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Len_Kagamine_Models MikuMikuDance wiki] and derivatives on [http://fanloid.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Derivative_of_Kagamine_Len Fanloid wiki]
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Kagamine Rin \ Len
  • Act1
  • Act2
  • Append
Biographical information
Gender  • Female (Rin)
 • Male (Len)
Age 14
Height  • 5'0" / 152cm (Rin)
 • 5'1.4" / 156cm (Len)
Weight  • 94.79lbs / 43kg (Rin)
 • 103lbs / 47kg (Len)
Product information
Company Crypton Future Media
Initial release
Stable release
Status
Operating system
Type
Language
Distributor Crypton Future Media
Voice provider Asami Shimoda
Illustrator KEI (Standard\2007)
Osamu (Append\2010)
Reduced no. CV02V2
CV02A
Affiliation YAMAHA
SEGA
License
Website
Kagamine Rin \ Len VOCALOID2 Act2 Append VOCALOID3 English


Kagamine Rin & Len (鏡音リン ・レン) are Japanese VOCALOIDs developed and distributed by Crypton Future Media, Inc., and were initially released in December 2007 for the VOCALOID2 engine. They are part of the Character Vocal Series and are both Character Voice Vocaloids. There has since been numerous installments such as additional voice banks dubbed 'Append' as well as an upcoming upgrade to the VOCALOID3 engine which is said to include an English vocal release. They are the second set of vocals for Crypton's VOCALOID Character Vocal Series.

Their voices are provided by the Japanese female voice actress, Asami Shimoda (下田 麻美 Shimoda Asami).

ConceptEdit

The development of the Kagamines began when Crypton formulated the concept of making a pair of female and male voicebanks. The first idea was for two voices of a girl and her mirror image of the opposite gender, just like twins.[1]

Crypton had the intention to distribute them as twins, but this was not adopted. After seeing many works that depict their relationships differently, Crypton announced in a magazine interview that those would meet their ideal. However, Crypton's final announcement was that they were neither siblings nor lovers.[2][3] During Append production, Wataru Sasaki (aka. Wat) described them as having one soul between the two of them.[4] Wat also described that the Append boxart makes the pair seem like twins,[5] due to the fetal position they were in.[6]

EtymologyEdit

When the Kagamines were being recorded in 2007, their names had not yet been decided. Their given names of Rin and Len were said to be based on "right" and "left", according to Asami Shimoda. She later confirmed in an interview after the Append release that the names were based on Ken and Rin from Hokuto no Ken, derived from a discussion about names that were familiar from her childhood.

Their surname was derived from the developing code combining Kagami (鏡, mirror) and Ne (音, sound).

AppearanceEdit

KEI was given a concept by Crypton that included Rin and Len's approximate ages, as well as the idea of them being 'mirror images' and, like Miku, androids. KEI was not given any further direction, as he had already drawn the art for the first release in the Character Vocal Series, Hatsune Miku.

Rin was the first of the Kagamines to be illustrated and Len was made to match her, following Crypton's concept. Their leg features were designed to mimic speakers.[7][8] The keytar Len is often featured holding in merchandise is a Yamaha KX5. Their main design, of which is most noticeable on their boots, uses the YAMAHA EOS as a design base.

When Rin and Len received a new set of vocals during their Act2 release, KEI took the opportunity to fix flaws in their artwork.

  • Act1 Rin
  • Act2 Rin

Kagamine Rin's introduction artwork:

  • Rin has "Act2" on her arm under her "02" tattoo.
  • Rin's top was changed in the introductory image between versions around the armpit area. Frills were added to the bottom of her top in Act2.
  • Her shoulder was not correctly drawn in the original version.
  • All the yellow bands on her outfit were made bigger on Act2.
  • Her fringe was made thicker above the left eye.
  • In Kagamine Rin's artwork, her left knee was thicker and her right leg was too short. KEI corrected this in her Act2 version. Her right leg position changed and so did the position of her left foot.
  • Forearms have been shortened in Act2.
  • The cyber-on-normal clothing design on their detached sleeves was changed from a green bar to a blue one.

Kagamine Len's introduction artwork:

  • Kagamine Len has "Act 2" on his headphones.
  • The cyber-on-normal clothing design on the detached sleeves were changed from a green bar to a blue one.
  • His fringe was reshaped, other strands were adjusted as well.
  • Len's face, particularly around the cheekbones, was reshaped.
  • His left knee had a minor tweak.

Boxart changes;

  • Kagamine Rin's leg position was changed in their boxart so it was lifted off the ground, the only way the previous position would have worked was if her leg were deformed or broken.
  • Rin's body itself compared to the length of her legs is shorter than in the original boxart, while the legs were longer.
  • Rin's knee is rounded instead of sharp.
  • Both had the cyber details changed on their detached sleeves.

For their appends, Wat wanted them to have a sense of transparency with their design.[9] In clarification to what he meant by this, he stated the "transparency" was in reference to their hearts.[10]

Their Append design and the official illustration were made by オサム (osamu).

Continuing the tradition of the Item War Internet Meme, many items were proposed for the pair. In the end, Len's item was a banana, because his hair was commented to resemble a bunch of them, while Rin's item was an orange since her bow gave the impression of orange leaves. Before her release, Rin had the road roller assigned to her by accident in a video that received many views suddenly on December 1, 2007. Kagamine Len had yet to be revealed at the time of the road roller meme.[11]

VOCALOID ReleasesEdit

Examples of UsageEdit

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PONPONPON
PONPONPON
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Author(s) Giga-P, Orebanana-P Romaji/English PONPONPON
Category Cover song Featuring Kagamine Len Act 1
Niconico YouTube
マイリスダメー!
マイリスダメー!
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Author(s) Live-P Romaji/English Mairisu Dame! (Don't Mylist Me!)
Category Original song Featuring Kagamine Rin Act1
Niconico YouTube
リンリンシグナル
リンリンシグナル
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Author(s) Signal-P Romaji/English Rinrinshigunaru (Rin Rin Signal)
Category Original song Featuring Kagamine Rin Act 1, Kagamine Len Act 1
Niconico YouTube (uploaded by the author)
Defaultthumb
Author(s)
Category - song Featuring Kagamine - Act 1


アウト オブ エデン
アウト オブ エデン
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Author(s) Ossan-P Romaji/English Auto obu Eden (Out of Eden)
Category Original song Featuring Kagamine Len Act 2
Niconico YouTube
彼方に舞うは桜の旋律
彼方に舞うは桜の旋律
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Author(s) Rohi-P Romaji/English Kanata ni Mau wa Sakura no Sennritsu (Beyond the Sakura Dance Melody)
Category Original song Featuring Kagamine Rin Act 2
Niconico YouTube
怪盗ピーター&ジェニイ
怪盗ピーター&ジェニイ
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Author(s) Nem Romaji/English Kaitō pītā& jenī (Phantom Thieves Peter and Jenny)
Category Original song Featuring Kagamine Rin Act2, Kagamine Len Act2
Niconico YouTube
鏡音八八花合戦
鏡音八八花合戦
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Author(s) Moja-P Romaji/English Kagamine Hachi-Hachi Hana no Kassen (Kagamine Eighty-eight flower battle)
Category Original song Featuring Kagamine Rin Act2, Kagamine Len Act2
Niconico YouTube


Sky High
Sky High
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Author(s) Muuchupu
Category Cover song Featuring Kagamine Rin Append [All]
YouTube
MR. TAXI
MR. TAXI
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Author(s) Giga-P Romaji/English MR. TAXI
Category Cover song Featuring Kagamine Len Append [All]
Niconico YouTube
Dideh o Shasta -十五の宴-
Dideh o Shasta -十五の宴-
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Author(s) Nanami-P Romaji/English The Fifteenth Bouquet
Category Original song Featuring Kagamine Append [All]
Niconico YouTube (official)
シンデレラ~another story~
シンデレラ~another story~
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Author(s) Takayuki Sakamoto Romaji/English Shinderera ~ another story ~ (Cinderella ~another story~)
Category Original songs Featuring Kagamine Rin Append; Warm, Kagamine Len Append; Cold
Niconico YouTube

  Music featuring Kagamine Rin \ Len
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Kagamine Rin is featured in ( 238 ) songs and on ( 375 ) albums.
Listings for Featured songs and Originals / Covers.
 
Kagamine Len is featured in ( 196 ) songs and on ( 286 ) albums.
Listings for Featured songs and Originals / Covers.
External search - Romaji: NicoNico  YouTube  BiliBili | Kanji: NicoNico  YouTube  BiliBili
 

MarketingEdit

The Kagamines were marketed as "2 vocals for the price of 1" and were aimed to catch the interest of the growing Vocaloid fandom. Unlike Hatsune Miku, they were not an immediate hit, failing to meet marketing expectations despite receiving the same level of promotion as Miku was receiving at the time of their release. After the release of their "Act2" voicebanks, sales picked up steadily and the Kagamines eventually became one of the more heavily marketed VOCALOIDs, though have never met the marketing strength Miku gained before them.


Good Smile Racing

See Good Smile Racing

Figurines
FiguFigma RinLen
Len and Rin figma figures
Angel EmfrblAdded by Angel Emfrbl

The Kagamines have had several figurines made for them. Some are based on one vocalist and not the other; other times they both received a model, but each was released separately.

Kagamine Rin has more figurines than Kagamine Len. As well as having a standard Figma and Nendoroid figurine each, Rin has had a figurine based on the "Meltdown Hard R.K. mix" PV. She has also appeared alongside Miku and Luka in the Good smile racing figurine promotions. Pullip Dolls were released for both Rin and Len alongside Miku. Rin and Len were released as Dal's, and Miku was released as Pullip.

The pair have seen a number of Garage Kit packs as well.

Clothing

They have appeared on T-shirt designs, often to promote themselves or particular albums by producers.

In 2011, Piapro held a contest with members to design Gothic Lolita clothing for VOCALOIDs, the designs were produced by the company Putumayo. Amongst the winners were designs based on the Kagamines' own attaire.[12]

ACOS have also produced an official cosplay outfit + wig.[13]

An official wig for Ren and Len was also shown in 2014.[14]

US Debut

The Kagamines appeared in the Los Angeles Mikunopolis concert in July 2, 2011, along with Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka. Rin performed "Meltdown" in her Hard Rock remix outfit and Len performed 'Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder' (Ft. Rin).[15]

Calendar

Crypton Future Media VOCALOIDs have also appeared in 2013 calendars.[16][17]

5th Anniversary

Crypton Future Media celebrated the Kagamine's 5th Anniversary, along with Megurine Luka's 4th, with a number of goodies.[18]

Manicure Set

Rin/Len appeared on a nail varnish set along with the other 5 Crypton vocalists. The colors within the set match the colors of the VOCALOID's painted nails.[19]

iOS App

They also appear in the app "AR Vocaloid Walk", a Augmented Reality app. Several other Vocaloids, UTAU and Derivative characters also appear in the app.[20]


Guest Appearances

Main article: VOCALOID in other media

Additional informationEdit

PopularityEdit

Google Trends "Kagamine Rin"

Google Trends "Len vs. Rin" in Japan

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The Kagamines' package in 2nd place, 12/10/2011, this is the usual place they hold in the top ten Crypton products list. Note; MEIKO and the Kagamine append were missing from the list.
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During the VOCALOID2 era, the Kagamine package competed with the Megurine Luka package for 2nd place in the top 10 products. Usually, the Kagamine package managed to get the 2nd place spot, pushing Luka to 3rd place.

Their Append outsold the Miku Append package during the period after their release. The Act2 package and Append secured 4th and 5th spot between them in Crypton's end of year top 10 VOCALOID sales, despite only being available for a short period of time (mostly owed, but not entirely, to pre-orders).[21][22][23] However, in June 2011, their Append had fallen to 8th place, one place below KAITO's VOCALOID voicebank.

During 2013, when both KAITO V3 and Hatsune Miku V3 were released, the charts were disrrupted. When the charts resumed some form of order, the Kagamines were left in the 5th or 6th spot, leaving them overall more popular than Luka was by Meiko's MEIKO V3 release in 2014. Their Append had not been sighted for months and was by now completely off of the charts. After Meiko's V3 release, they disappeared from the charts, leaving them as the only Character Vocal Series member with no products in the charts.

Reaction
The Kagamines were slow to gain popularity in the Japanese fandom after the backlash from their original voicebanks. In later years, although between the two of them they had gained the second-highest number of songs, they were not as popular as Hatsune Miku.

In the Japanese fandom, Rin is the more popular of the two, with more related works than her counterpart, Len.

Impact
Because of KAITO's failure, male voicebanks had little demand at the time of the Kagamines' release. Len's voicebank was the only male VOCALOID2 vocal until Gackpo's release.[24]

Their designs have spawned many producer based derivatives.

Misc.
An independent search on Nico Nico revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less than 1,000 videos uploaded onto Nico Nico in 2011 between July 1st and December 15th. The Kagamines, however, managed to gain enough views to not fall into this category. Rin received 2,811 uploads while Len received 2,021. Rin had the 3rd highest total views during this period of any VOCALOID with 5,327,456 views and 477,046 mylists, and Len managed 4,555,580 views and 413,901 mylists. When sorted by average, Len was third with 2254.12 views per video and 204.8 mylists (which was more than Miku’s), and Rin had 1895.22 views per video and 169.71 mylists. However, when the views were based on the more accurate mean total, Len and Rin achieved 355 views/16 mylists and 349 views/16 mylists respectively per video, ranking last among the top 6 VOCALOIDs. However, the Kagamine software was the only VOCALOID package to be be in all top 6 lists besides GUMI.[25]

TriviaEdit

  • It took 25 hours (4 hours a day) to record all the Kagamine Appends.[26]
  • Some call Rin and Len by the incorrect names "Lin" and/or "Ren". Though the romanized version of the word could be either, the English version has been confirmed as "Rin and Len". Since there is no dubbed version to contend with, the names remain the only official names in existence for the vocals. This is also backed up by the origins of their names as "R" (Rin)" and "L" (Len).
    • Note; "L" and "R" mean "Left and Right", they are the letters you find on a set of headphones (and sometimes other equipment such as speakers). Usually, there is not enough space to write "left" and "right" on headphones. "L" refers to left ear and "R" is right ear.
  • On the Mikunopolis website, their profile reads the following statement: "The Kagamine twins are well known for their very clear and precise vocals". Considering their history of lack of clarity and/or pronunciation problems, as well as Act 2 of the software missing a pronunciation entirely, this is a little bit of an exaggeration on the webhost's part. Also the statement, "Just with a few tweaks here and there they could sing almost any other genres as well," is somewhat questionable due to their reputation of requiring previous experience to use and often at times needing more than just a few tweaks to make them work.[27]
  • Rin has a G-clef (Treble-clef) on her shirt, and Len has a F-clef (Bass-clef) on his. In their Append redesigns, they are found on chokers rather than their shirts.
  • A total of 10 voicebanks makes the Kagamine package the most expansive set of vocals within the VOCALOID2. They are currently second in the total number of vocals released.

Notable for...Edit

  • First dual voicebanks released with two "VOCALOIDs" in one package
  • Only dual voicebanks released for VOCALOID2
  • First male (Len) released for VOCALOID2
  • First VOCALOIDs to be updated
  • First vocal (Len) released not to be the same gender as the provider
  • First male (Len) to be Appended

GalleryEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. [1] CloseUp NetTube - 鏡音リン・レン特集1・発売元インタビュー (Interview with Crypton "How Rin and Len Kagamine were created")
  2. Nikkei Electronics (973) Mar.10,2008,126-127, ISSN 0385-1680
  3. "VOCALOID wo Tanoshimou Vol.2" published by Yamaha Music Media,2009, Page 47, ISBN 978-4-636-84438-2
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  7. [2] P-Tina - Interview(s) with Crypton and KEI
  8. VocaloidOtaku - Our Favorite VOCALOIDS: Interview with KEI
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  15. [3] Vocaloidism - Hatsune Miku Live in Los Angeles: Mikunopolis
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  20. AR Vocaloid Walk
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  22. [4] Vocaloid Blog - クリプトン社発売のソフト音源についての2011年1月のトップセラー! (Top of the January 2011 release of the software's sound on Crypton!)
  23. [5] Vocaloid Blog - クリプトン社発売のソフト音源についての2010年12月のトップセラー! (Top of the December 2010 release of the software's source for Crypton?)
  24. [6] INTERNET Watch - クリプトン・フューチャー・メディア社長 伊藤博之氏(前編) (Crypton Future Media president Hiroyuki Itō (part one)
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  26. [7] Weekly Plus - VOCALOID『鏡音リン・レンAppend』発売記念インタビュー第2弾は声優の下田麻美さん♪ (Len Append, interview with Shimoda Asami)
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