初音ミク (Hatsune Miku), is the first character in the Vocaloid Character Voice Series released on August 31, 2007 by Yamaha Corporation. The name of the title and the character of the software was chosen by combining Miku (未来, Future), Hatsu (初, First), and Ne (音, Sound). The data for the voice was created by actually sampling the voice of Fujita Saki, a Japanese voice actress.
Megurine Luka (巡音ルカ) is third installment in the character vocal series was released on January 30, 2009. Her surname combines Meguri (巡, Circulate) and Ne (音, Sound). Luka’s voice is like a twenty-year-old female and she can sing in both Japanese and English. Her voice bank was sampled from Yū Asakawa. The manga artist Kei, who illustrated Miku, Rin, and Len, also designed her mascot.
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