Frequently Asked Questions

What is Seiun?

It is a multidisciplinary production company which creates virtual idols for the UTAU Platform to assist, improve, and revolutionize modern music.

What is UTAU?

UTAU is a singing synthesizer application created by Ameya/Ayame. This program is similar to the Vocaloid software, with the difference that it is shareware instead of being released under third party licensing.  – Wikipedia

Where did you get the name Seiun?

Seiun is Japanese for Nebula, which is where new stars are created.

When were you started?

Seiun Virtual Idols was founded in March 2016 by Ben Laudicano, Graphic Design & Digital Media student at Johnson & Wales University.

What made you start Seiun?

I’ve been working with UTAU Voicebanks, hologram technology, and virtual idols for about five years and wanted to create something to expand this awesome new technology into the mainstream.

Who can use Seiun?

Our text-to-speech voicebanks can be used by Artists and Musicians alike to sing anything pitch-perfect the first time. Make them your lead vocalist, have them harmonize with the rest of the band, or even turn their voice into a futuristic synth instrument.

What are the next steps?

Seiun Virtual Idols is currently working with local artists, producers, and musicians to create more content featuring our mascot character Viki Hopper. We also plan on expanding into live hologram events, to have Viki perform live on stage with real musicians.