Yes, yes. The title was a pun from the game, The 3rd Birthday. I’m sure that was corny…. o(>< )o
Anyway! Today marks the 6th birthday of Hatsune Miku – one of the most popular software mascots in the world…
“Huh?? She isn’t from any anime?!” (((( ;°Д°))))
No! Miku-chan is not an anime character at all despite her fame in the anime/otaku world. Let’s see how Miku feels about people who thinks she’s from an anime series.
Aww. You’ve made her cry. Surely she’s hurt. But who is Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) you say? Miku-chan is a Vocaloid – a vocal synthesizer software. It enables users to synthesize voices and create a song, a speech or whatever things you can do vocally. I personally have experienced using this software and it was quite fun! You encode your notes along with the quality you’d like it with. For example, you dictate how long a note should be and you can put a vibrato or tremolo at the end of one line. You can encode your lyrics in each of the notes as well. EACH NOTE needs a pronunciation because if you don’t, you’ll end up with an awkward “aa” lyrics in the middle. Grooling, huh? It took me days to synthesize a three minute song. Shame that I don’t have a copy of my project at that time anymore. But that was just a copy cat of the Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major of which you can find versions on YouTube.
Now you know who Miku-chan really is, she still wrote this reminder for us. Sooooo cute!
All the versions of Vocaloids were named but the most popular of them all was Hatsune Miku.
Hatsune Miku’s name came from the Japanese Kanjis “hatsu” (初) meaning “first” and “ne” (音) meaning “sound”. The Miku would be pretty difficult to explain if you didn’t take any Nihongo lessons. Let’s just say that Miku came from a common way of reading Kanji names in Japan. Her name came from “mirai” (未来) meaning “future” which can also be read as Mi-Ku (Google “nanori”). Her name literally meant, the “First sound from the future”. Pretty cool name, huh? I’d love to name my child with Kanjis!! (*≧▽≦)
Overall, she is the seventh Vocaloid to be created. So why this mark?
Well that’s because she’s the first Vocaloid under the Character Vocal Series. Hmm… I mentioned that all of them were named but not all of them had personas. Simply put she’s the first mascot/avatar to be created! To date, she’s the only Vocaloid who actually held a concert! It was last 2009 if I remember it right. (Correct, she beat Tupac in a virtual concert).
After the success of Vocaloid 2, an upgrade was released to add more character to Miku’s voice. This was called Append. This is similar to a service pack in Windows, and uhmm… Expansion pack in Red Alert maybe? Hahaha! (*≧▽≦)ﾉｼ))
This just basically added different voice moods to the original Miku voice bank.
Just so you know, the latest Vocaloid software version is Vocaloid 3 with the rumor of the release of Vocaloid 3 Second Edition. Of course our birthday girl is still included in the update. (o⌒．⌒o)
I really wish that Miku continues on with her popularity. I really love her! She’s my favorite character on which figures and goods are based on. I mean… who wouldn’t love her cuteness? (●´□`)♡
Well since this is a photo blog, here are my pictures of Hatsune Miku to commemorate her birthday!
Oh! Oh! BTW, she was 16 years old when she was released so if you’re counting strictly then she’s 22 years old right now. (｀・ω・´)”