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  • I found something interesting--have a look at this Coachella Miku T-shirt:


    I've never seen Miku's name written this way, though it's the correct hiragana. It's always written in the more complex-looking kanji we've all seen.

    This is more of a Japanese question, but is either form more "correct" than the other? I'd hazard a guess that the kanji is more "canonically" correct, but my understanding is that the forms are otherwise interchangeable?

    Or maybe people's names are usually written in kanji?
    Vector
    Vector
    It's not normal to alter the spelling of someone's name, no. It's basically deliberately misnaming someone, like if you insisted on writing Catherine for someone named Katherine. My understanding is "how do you spell that?" is a common question when meeting someone, to learn what kanji or kana are used, due to the extra semantic meaning the written form carries. (The same sounding name could map to kanji with different meanings, or use kana.) Given names can be spelled with any of the character sets, but the way your parents chose is what your name is. They're not interchangeable.

    Hatsune Miku is spelled 初音ミク officially (kanji for the family name and katakana for the given name). Using hiragana for Hatsune seems really weird. If it wasn't associated with Coachella, I'd assume it was a really bad bootleg product.

    The only, very unusual, noteworthy place I've seen it spelled differently is in "Miku Miku Ni Shite Ageru," which uses the hiragana みく instead. From what I gather, that spelling may be perceived as more..."girly?" I don't know if there was some deliberate reason for MOSAIC.WAV's choice there, or if they simply didn't check the spelling. I've definitely seen more occurrences of people named Miku being spelt ミクeither way, such as Nakano Miku from Quintessential Quintuplets.

    There are probably gaps in my understanding of it, so maybe I'm missing something, but names are something that people seem to be extra particular about in that part of the world.
    MagicalMiku
    MagicalMiku
    ohh I remember that t-shirt design! my guess is they chose hiragana, so it was easier for fans that have started learning some japanese, and for some seeing hiragana is more comfortable/understandable rather than seeing kanji characters ^-^
    and about your names question, yes, kanji is the formal and official way to write your first name and family name. In fact, the official stamps (hanko) that you request are made from your kanji name and can be used to officially sign any important paper document (think of bank, school, home, etc..)
    using hiragana for names is a friendly way, also because it reminds people of elementary school when you use more hiragana (the studying of all 2.000 kanji is completed only during high school) and PE classes or club activities where you usually put your name in hiragana, so people can easily recognize your name.
    for the same reason, if a book/videogame/tv channel is aimed at all ages, usually all names and not common kanji have the hiragana on top of them.
    then sometimes hiragana and katakana names can be used between close friends, together with cute suffix like -chan (for females) and -kun (for males), or also to make some nicknames, something you can't easily make with kanji :lapis_ani_lili:
    mobius017
    mobius017
    Interesting! That point about C/Katherine was very illustrative, and I didn't think of the loss/change of meaning associated with using either hiragana or alternative kanji. It's surprising that names can be written in hiragana in certain contexts, too--though it sounds like everyone learns two ways to write their names, since they would learn hiragana first in school.

    Thanks!
    I remember a few years ago, there was a whole thing about how a YouTube policy change was affecting the vocal synth community. IIRC, it was basically a checkbox and/or automated categorization where anything animated got lumped in with children's content, so vocal synth stuff that was in any way more adult was potentially in hot water. And manually recategorizing it somehow was a problem, too...maybe because it would've separated it from the majority of (youth-categorized) vocal synth content and thus made it more difficult to find?

    Does that sound vaguely familiar to anyone? Whatever happened with that/how do people handle it?
    Twillby
    Twillby
    I definitely remember that happening, but I don't remember how it got resolved, if it even did X'D I looked around a bit and it looks like the COPPA rules (that I'm pretty sure were the cause) are still in effect, but I haven't seen or heard of any problems with Vocaloid songs, so maybe YouTube got "better" at targeting stuff actually for kids? I also think I remember at one point I had to go in and specify that my one cover on YT wasn't for kids, so maybe it's more of a self-set label now? I'm not really sure though.
    Is there a best order in which to work with the different parameters while tuning?

    For instance, it seems like lots of the parameters can be used to manipulate how dark/bright the voice sounds, or to accent/de-accent a note, so you could potentially make an adjustment in one parameter and counterbalance it in another. Which is sometimes what you want to do, but you also don't want to inadvertently make conflicting adjustments/undo your own work.
    WyndReed
    WyndReed
    I’ve never thought about this before. I usually adjust brightness before clearness and always set portamento timing to around 80 before doing any tuning.
    Maribelle
    Maribelle
    As above I go in after the pitch rough tuning is done and do some dyn and brightness and breath tuning after to get my desired sound then fine tune (this step also saves some fine tuning because after I do the above some parts the tuning won’t be super noticeable anyway lol)
    ruffe
    ruffe
    My parameter order tends to be PIT/VEL BRI/BRE/OPE (soften, darken) Exciter (add power) any other parameter/tweaks. It's not a strict rule since I'll sometimes just use PIT/VEL and leave it at that, but yeah.

    I usually group parameters together based on how well they work together, which means I can work pretty efficiently (and also keep the tuning consistent throughout).
    Where do people find vsqx files? I'd love to look at some for learning purposes, but I'm not sure where the best place to find some is.
    This is sort of related to @IO+'s profile post, but it ended up being a little off-topic:

    I think a good vocal synth song comes from at least two areas. First (though possibly less-importantly), that the lyrics are written well, and in a way that both clearly and artistically attempts to convey ideas that are important to the producer. Second, that the music be good--that it embodies the appropriate mood, has an appropriate energy flow that shifts and moves through the different parts of the song, and has both constant elements that hold the song together and elements that vary and make the song change pleasingly over time.
    I'm kind of curious about people's thoughts on electronic picture frames. Does anyone have one/know someone who does?

    I feel like these came out and then sort of disappeared, except for the ones that reappeared more recently with videoconferencing functions (e.g., the Alexa one or the Facebook one).

    There was always a part of me that thought they'd be kind of cool for showcasing anime/vocal synth artwork. They'd be more or less inconspicuous, and they could store as many of your favorite pics as you need. Especially if they had a slideshow feature, they would also be really good if you liked a lot of art/pics, but had limited space.

    But I never really pulled the trigger on getting one. To begin with, they're electronic, so you have to have either a battery or plug them in. If you think about it, most of the pictures in your home are probably things you don't look at every day. So something that draws power constantly seemed inefficient. The other thing is, I think wall-mounted pictures/posters/etc. are really only appealing if they're available the moment you want to see them. If you can't just look up and see them, for me at least, it seems like there's little point. In the little research I did, electronic frames don't seem to show their pics all the time (to save power/the battery/prevent burning-in of the screen, I suppose).

    I don't know, those are just my thoughts. To be honest, I'm not really considering getting one at this point, but I've been curious for awhile what other people think/how popular the electronic frames are.
    MagicalMiku
    MagicalMiku
    I think a nice art wall scroll or art frame is better, because it really gives atmosphere to the room (and the price is always good and you can easily change wall scroll with another one).
    I understand the appeal of electronic photo frame, there are some good products in general (I remember there was even a Sony photo frame), but you might have a better product by making it by yourself: I mean, if you buy a cheap Android tablet and a stand, you already have one, or you can buy a mini pc fanless (150$ price average and they use little power, about 6W) and use a 24 inch monitor to display both photo and video of your choice. The plus of having a tablet or a mini pc is that you don't have only a photo frame, but a full device that you can use to also surf the web, listen to music, even play some games (mini pc are perfect for retrogaming with emulators), and most of all, you have choice of what you can do on it ^-^
    IO+
    IO+
    In my opinion, electronic photo frame are more convenient but it need a constant supplies of electricity, it may seem very small but when year's go on it start to add up, although if you have so many photos like 50+ then electronic photo frame are the cheapest option. Meanwhile a traditional photo frame they need a physical space to keep and cleaning, the frame itself have some pricetag to it, a well made frame can be expensive but beautiful and it can last for a generations, but physical photo will deteriorate overtime, but digital photo don't.

    I working as part-time photographer, and surprisingly 90% of peoples preferred a traditional way of making photos.
    It's cost them like 30 time more than processing digitally, even though i can send them a bunch of files without additional fee but they want their photos getting process in darkroom anyways.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    @IO+: I would guess that's probably because of the nature of the pictures you're taking. People generally hire photographers for particularly meaningful events, and I think there's generally a perception that lab-made photos are higher-quality. These days, at least, I'm pretty sure you can get digital photos printed on photo paper, if you take your SD card or a flash drive to the right place. But most people probably don't want to do that if they're hiring someone to take good pictures anyway--they want the pictures to arrive on good paper right away.

    I'm sure it's not news to you, but I was amazed when I got my first digital camera how much difference the photo paper makes. Just printing pictures on letter paper is nothing like what you get if you can print on a pack of home photo paper, or get your pictures printed in a store. They come out clearer, on the thicker/sturdier paper, and with a glossy finish that protects the image.

    At least, if I were choosing between receiving digital files or printed photos, that would be what I'd be thinking about.
    This song used to have coherent color coding of its various regions in my DAW.

    Somehow, it no longer does :ROFL:.
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    Vector
    Vector
    I like how people have strong opinions over what color different instrument parts should be. (#TeamBassIsPurple)

    I also set my vocal tracks to be the same color as the voice bank being used.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    I usually let Studio One pick the initial color (though sometimes not), and then change the hue/color based on the function of that MIDI part in the song. For example, the intro of the song might be whatever the default was for that track, and then the verse might be a darker hue or different color, and the chorus will be still different. Oddball/filler bits I make a different unused color.

    And then I add flags into the marker track just to make seeing the different sections even easier.
    Which email address do you think would be better for sending a figure idea to CFM?
    There's one for vocal synth inquiries, and one for everything else.
    I've wondered for awhile, what does "PV" stand for, anyway? I could understand "MV" (music video), but what's the "P?"
    morrysillusion
    morrysillusion
    yeah, its Promotional Video for PV. and Music Video for MV. a lot of people call their own original videos for covers PVs still, even tho the acronym is typically supposed to just be for "official" videos for original songs. I think its a phrase that just caught on as it was seen often on videos with original animations for songs, and so anyone making any kind of original content/animations for a cover video would call it such too. and because of its association people tend to recognize it and know its a cover with its own unique videos too
    poser
    poser
    ooh i thought it stood for "personal video" but "promotional" makes sense too
    mobius017
    mobius017
    Thanks everyone!
    Happy Miku Day, everyone! I've released a new chillwave song: "Walk with Me"!


    "Walk with Me" is the first video I've attempted that includes animations that are synced to the music!

    I entered this song into Vocacolle, so I wasn't able to share it while the event was ongoing. It's also available on SoundCloud!

    I hope you enjoy it!

    Does anyone know if there's a limit to the number of tags you can/should add to a video when you upload it to Nico Nico? I'd like for people to be able to add tags/edit unlocked tags after the video is posted, but I'm not positive how the number of tags the video already has might affect that. Somehow I haven't found any documentation that's both current and official.

    I've seen some guidance online that indicates you can set maybe 9-10, or maybe up to 15 tags. But I think it can vary depending on if you're a premium member or not. The video upload page says I can set up to 6 tags, but the tags don't carry over anyway, and I've set more than that by watching the video after posting it and just setting them there.
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    MagicalMiku
    MagicalMiku
    yes yes, maximum tags are 11, which 5 of them can be locked ^-^
    the list of premium features is very long, and those are indeed premium features for both an uploader and a watching user:
    (only in japanese)
    also, I recommend this reddit page:
    it explain many things, for example about the tags:
    Each video on Nico can be given up to 11 tags in each language (e.g. the Japanese tags are only visible when the language is set to Japanese). These are community-generated; at any time, any user can add tags or delete those tags that are not locked by the creator. (On recent uploads or very popular videos, you can see "tag wars" in action.) Some tags are for organization (e.g. "Touhou MMD"), while others are jokes popular on Nico or based on puns and only appear on that particular video. Clicking on the tag name brings up a list of videos with that tag. A tag may also have a red square next to it with the character 百, which indicates that it has a Nicopedia article (also community-generated, though only premium accounts can edit). This is one of the most amusing parts of Nico, but you unfortunately can't enjoy it without knowing some Japanese.
    :miku_ani_lili::prima_ani_lili::lapis_ani_lili::ia_ani_lili:
    mobius017
    mobius017
    Thank you very much!
    Vector
    Vector
    The ones you specify on the video upload page are also automatically locked, but any added on the video page once it's live are not (you have to click the lock icon).

    Tags are also separate on the JP and deprecated EN versions of the site, as I find out during a VocaColle.
    There was a MIKU BREAK live show, wasn't there? I wonder what that was like. I'm imagining Miku and the live performers being on stage together more or less constantly the whole time, putting on the show as a combined little group of 4-6 performers. That would've been really cool to see!

    That's sort of how I imagine my hypothetical Miku-Blue Man Group collab idea, too.... Though I could see her being offstage periodically, too, as was done at Miku x Kodo, for segments where BMG has more focus.
    Oof... The new Miku Thunderbolt figure looks really cool, with bright colors and tons of intricate detail. But at 317mm (about 12.5 inches) tall, she just barely won't fit in my curio cabinet.

    I hope that, if they ever take up my idea of a "NEPPUU" figure, they make her a bit shorter (maybe 250mm or so)--I'd be REALLY disappointed if she didn't fit.

    (Though I'd think that most of the details of that design--the trailing parts of her clothes, her hair, the flute--would be horizontal anyway. Though horizontal space is a concern also.)
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