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  • I'm trying to make Miku hum. This is an interesting challenge.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    Hmm, maybe...? In that vein, I wonder if Growl would be useful.... Thank you!
    Vector
    Vector
    The other thing that comes to mind is putting exhalations in. I noticed when I was remixing that KIRA song that he has inhalation breath sounds all over the place when Miku is singing, which isn't something I've played with. (But I know Crypton supplied samples when I bought Miku V4X...) We tend to write humming as "hmm" in English because there's a breathy attack before the sustained humming sound. So maybe using a breath sample (which can be reversed in the DAW if they only have inhalation...) leading right into the hum?
    mobius017
    mobius017
    I've only played with adding breath effects a little in the past--basically just for an inhalation sound before a verse/long section of singing starts. That is a good idea to add one of those before humming.... I might give that a try.... Though, I dunno, I think my current approach with the h phoneme is actually producing pretty good results? Somehow I got rid of the harder h and m sounds, though I can't remember exactly how; at least partly, it's due to raising those lowered 1/64 notes on some of the hummed notes.

    Here's how it sounds currently:

    Here's a hopefully-understandable description of the notes (at least the first few of them). The h notes are all 1/64.
    [h u:] (lowered 1 semitone) [m] (vibrato: Fast Type 1, length: 88%)
    [h] [m] (accent: 0; vibrato: Fast Type 1, length: 100%)
    [h] [m] (accent: 0; vibrato: Fast Type 1, length: 100%)
    [h] (lowered 1 semitone) [m] (vibrato: Fast Type 1, length: 88%)

    (You might need to turn your volume up a little; it's kind of quiet.)
    That said, for lyrics that are more freeform/less uniformly metrical, actually getting the timing of the MIDI so the words sound correct can require a good bit of patience :) .
    TFW you give your lyric MIDI to your vocal synth, and it sounds exactly like how you imagined it.

    Yep, this is fun.
    Vector
    Vector
    The despair when your words won't sound right with the music no matter how much you fiddle with the notes and timing. (That's the slowest, most annoying thing that's been roadblocking my original work...) It's worth it when you rewrite and it finally sounds good, but I wish I knew how to skip more of the "not working" part. >_>
    mobius017
    mobius017
    I hear you. One thing I've thought of is that it's sometimes hard to tell exactly why something doesn't sound right. I tend to think of the notes and timing first, and I think those are probably the things you generally want to get right first, but I've had at least one or a few occasions where I've gone round and round with note timings and then realized that the timing was right but a consonant needed to be harder/softer, or maybe the dynamics needed to change. It was just the fact that it sounded off made me keep trying to tweak the length (which can honestly affect how a syllable sounds, depending on how close it is to its neighbors).
    Ibis
    Ibis
    me who does the lyrics and then the instrumental: yes, i know this feeling
    It's been two years since I wrote one of these. When I wrote the last one, I wasn't sure I'd write another one.

    But this year, I feel like talking a bit about why I'm a member of the community, why I work to become a musician.

    It's simple: I do it for the love of it.

    Many of you who will read this have probably seen me describe how I got into vocal synths originally. You know that I was introduced to it at a low point in my life. That Miku concert video was a sorely needed gift of hope and strength.

    I often credit Miku with that experience; indeed, one reason I try to make songs is as a way of thanking her for what was given to me 5 years ago. But the experience went beyond her, too. It wouldn't have been possible without the band members on the stage also; the audience members screaming with an adoration like I couldn't believe; the producers who made the songs; the broader community who probably helped them learn; Crypton; the film crew; the event staff; and on, and on, and on.

    There's a good chunk of this that is for my own personal satisfaction--I want to develop my creative ability, and I've always wanted to write a song--hopefully something that will express me, that some others will enjoy, and that some people might even find beneficial somehow. But my more self-related aspirations aside, I do this why I said before: for the love of it.

    I love Miku. I love the many kind, accepting, and helpful people I've met in the community. That includes the folks here. It also includes folks in the chats before/during online events, where beginner and established producers mix in a common passion, the former encouraging one another, and the latter joining into conversations as easily as you please. I love the process--I love being creative, as well as the puzzle-ish aspect of figuring things out, and then doing my best to give that knowledge away.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    Some of this isn't directly related to Hatsune Miku; some of it is. But all the same (And expressing only my own sentiment; I firmly believe everyone should have their own favorite, if they wish, and love them to Hell and back.), happy birthday, best girl. The rest of the world may be going mad, but at least where you're concerned (and the rest of the community as well, I hope), let's make it another great year.

    Kanpai!
    The other night, I fell asleep while listening to Miku sing "Chiisana Sekai." It was such a peaceful experience; I hope anyone else here can feel that way.
    Just realized that the Racing Miku 2010 figure is slated for release in late 2023/early 2024. I'm going to be looking forward to her for awhile. :happy:
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    MagicalMiku
    MagicalMiku
    if you order Racing Miku 2010 on AmiAmi, the release date is actually August 2023 ^-^
    I don't know if you've used AmiAmi before, but when you place a pre-order, you don't need to pay it now, only when the product is available (they'll email you with the total cost including the shipping) :miku_sakura_lili:
    A tip for any other Studio One users out there--it seems like I've seen lots of people ask about how to split a bus into two separate, duplicate channels (so, the 2 new busses are basically copies of the original), but not a lot of places where there's an answer.

    Here's a resource that covers the process!

    I'm thinking of making a career change. I'm curious--for anyone who knows me sort of well, what kind of job do you think would be most appropriate? Or, maybe that's better expressed as, what kind of work would you imagine me doing?
    It's Memorial Day in the U.S. In addition to its official meaning, it's also sort of the unofficial start of summer. So I listened to some Beach Boys music.

    The BBs are good but aren't typically my favorite group. But...they use the word "positraction" in a song. Hell, you've gotta respect that.
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    parallax_fifths
    parallax_fifths
    They were pretty good in the studio, but not so great live...
    Vector
    Vector
    The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and the Beatles' Sgt Pepper were pretty huge leaps in the craft of music production. If you compare other music from the time to something like Good Vibrations, the leap in orchestration and sound design is crazy. (Though I'd say the sound engineering sorcery at Abbey Road, such as the invention of artificial double tracking, were a bigger deal.) I've always leaned more toward the Beatles lol.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    @parallax_fifths: Based on the comments, that video seems to be some kind of parody. Some of the comments do seem to share the opinion that the BBs were better in-studio, though.

    I've always preferred the Beatles, myself, but I'm happy to give credit for the sound design/etc. Heck, it sounds good, too, especially if I'm in the right mood.
    Any Persona 5 fans here?

    Does anyone else think that Sophia from Persona 5 Strikers might take some inspiration from Hatsune Miku? Sophia's really different, but there are a number of interesting points about her:
    • She's is found locked up in a box in the basement of the first dungeon
    • She's an AI refers to herself as "humanity's companion"
    • She's often humming or singing something during dialogue with other characters, and she comments on how much/often humans like to sing
    • She has twintails composed of heart-shaped segments (The heart shapes aren't unique, but it's not unusual to see hearts in a Miku song at a CFM concert, either.) Her hair is bright red, but if you wanted you could argue that that's a case of being sure that the new character is different from the inspiration.
    • Her color scheme is based on white
    I'm curious about the giveaway I just shared in the Non-Vocal Synth Audio Software/Hardware Sale Thread. I'm only familiar with a few of the items in the bundle of free stuff:
    • Neutron Elements
    • Ethereal Earth
    • Black Box Analog Design HG-2
    • Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
    • Ampeg SVT emulation
    • bx_masterdesk
    • bx_oberhausen
    • bx_console Focusrite SC
    The standout to me is Ethereal Earth, which is a normally paid product that I think is probably relatively popular. Neutron is also quite good (although here you get the most basic version). What do you think of the others?
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    Vector
    Vector
    I haven't checked them out yet, but I saw the sale mentioned on Reddit, and I compulsively grab and try VSTs, so it's on my to-do list lol.

    On a related note, I just found out that Arturia is also doing a giveaway of Augmented Strings Intro until the end of the month. Haven't tried it yet, but hey, free plugin. Arturia - Augmented STRINGS Intro - Augmented STRINGS Intro
    IO+
    IO+
    I interested in oberhausen synth the most, i haven't try other plugins yet.
    As far as i know, bx_masterdesk is a Tone shaper/Harmonic enhancer, shadow hills is self explanatory, Black box is a tubes box, or colors box that have adjustable Pentode/Triode knob that you see on some guitar amps.
    bx_console focusrite is a channel strip, basically. I'm familiar with it, but it has gate and de-ess/exciter build-in, i think this is very interesting.
    parallax_fifths
    parallax_fifths
    Dan Worrall did a video on the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor:
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