i kept thinking abt this but i kinda wanna make some kind of poll that goes over aspects of vocal synth editor UI to gather the general opinions of what people tend to like. obviously its all subjective, but it makes me wonder- mostly when many have lived with the "standard" like vocaloid's UI for so long (me, its me)....
since im back on my pc im gonna get back on some art for my utau stuff- however in relation to my utau (mez) im redoing parts of his design *again* and i swear its the last time. but its because it hit me....
while i have been drawing his various rough drafts i kept having this feeling at the back of my mind.. "this is familiar... i dont know why" (see in thread here) as i worked on the outfit. but i couldnt recall what. i kept doodling and drawing until a few weeks ago i was scrolling through some ACE studio stuff and googled the male voices. and then it hit me. i saw Wen Li and i was like OH. i am quite sure i mustve seen his design breifly way back when ACE was in early development, and the general vibe stuck in my head and i unknowingly recreated the look. lmao.
obviously, its not a direct copy. the sorta... techware (??) fashion is known for neon colors accents on black and nonsense belts, and i have used the caution tape motif on some older ocs before too which is why i picked it. but gosh, its so annoying when you unknowingly recreate something you saw for a minute ages ago.
so im altering his design again-- not massively. honestly i havent been hugely into the techware belt nonsense anyways and i want to pull back to some more comfortable clothes to draw, something more simple, so i can pick different looks for future voicebanks. so yeah thats been on my mind ever since lol
i was checking what stuff on my old C drive took up the most amount of space so on my new PC i could better manage that and install things on other drives-- turns out aside from the mod folders fo sims (which reside in the C drive documents folder) and the Voice folder for Utau (as these arent considered "installed programs"), Vocaloid voicebank installs took up a majority of my space. My C drive wasnt full my any means, but they were ranked as the larges things installed on my system drive.
im definitely better organizing my hefty installs this time. my drives are all 1TB or larger so its not a big concern, but now that im running my system on a SSD i want to make sure i utilize the speed properly.
exploring my old soundcloud accs and jotting down some songs i want to recover. and also finding that numerous old posts of mine are *still* getting comments and reshares??? wild. i just never log into those accounts since i have like... five. so i never realize
new pc is technically built! i just....need to install everything all over again. and move 3TB of data. @[email protected] .... so itll probably be a moment until i get all my vocal synth stuff sorted lol. but my old pc is still available to me (im keeping it for server stuff) so i can easily access stuff somewhere in some form if i need to..........once i have an extra monitor for it, that is.
this is adjacently related to vocaloid but i heard how bee and puppycat was finally getting its release for netflix coming out, i only just watched the trailer namely to find out if they kept Oliver for puppycat's voice.(i watched BP ages ago but never watched it all) honestly i kind of thought they'd change it- not to say theres a problem with it, but considering i heard it in the trailer i guess id have to assume theres no issues using him?
im sure vocaloid TOS's account for uses like this (i havent read Oliver's tho). im just surprised to see them keeping the vocaloid voice for puppycat in an actual netflix release tbh! its neat to see. i never really see any recognition from the vocal synth community that Oliver is being used for such a project and see it go all the way to Netflix is certainly cool milestone even though the software isn't often regarded when talking about the show.
might be a little absent, but excited to say im building my own pc! ive been living w prebuilts for ages and now im building one to really suit my needs... but ill be off as i get parts in the mail and backup some files. but i will def have some new utau related things to share- been finalizing mez's design and i think ive got something im not gonna change anymore :P i waqs gonna try and share before i did this pc stuff buuut i need to tweak the art a bit...
i do hope ACE gets english support and potentially english cross language function- at least from what i have heard i think its cross language with japanese is really really good compared to synth v so id be curious to see what the outcome of english would sound like in ACE... it would be cool to have another AI focused synth with similar abilities to synth v, that is also accessible to western users
i remember when solaria's vocal modes came out and i was a lil annoyed i couldnt really tell the difference with some modes like "light" or "clear" but then we got anri's vocal modes and i was like. oh ok, yeah. no solaria's are fine actually
at least she has numerous vocal modes...and out of all of them, enough of them are actually worth using because they sound different lol
i also heard weina's vocal modes and they also seem to be super similar??? part of me is starting to wonder if the hdvm update is actually muddying the results for anri and weina's new vocal modes, but i dont think that would change them enough. (regardless anri's complete lack of vocal modes at all, and the company not sharing any demos prior to release seemed to be a bad sign anyways)
at first i was only having issues with synth v crashing when using hdvm or whatever in specific ways (clicking too many things) but i have been having it crash soooo many times today for seemingly random reasons...
i need to seek out some utau artists to potentially commission for art when i finish Mez's design but man i havent properly been Around the vocal synth community at all in years so i really dont have exposure to artists in the community anymore... gotta go search i guess
it is... such an annoyance having held out for anri's vocal modes only for them to sound practically identical (minus Chill but thats only cuz its a bit whispery)...she could have been such an interesting, versatile voice with vocal modes. part of me almost wants to think its a bug that she doesnt sound any different lmao... but yeah no wonder i havent heard any chatter about her vocal modes, theres nothing to say other than they sound the same. honestly dont really wan tto own Anri at this point at all tbh, as it feels like shes become far more useless to me. and after seeing so little talk from her company, and so little effort put into her vocal modes.... i cant expect much for her going forward
damn. when did status posts get 1k word character limit.... i dont remember that lol. i guess this is too long so i will break it up
most of my vocal synth use has become a leisure as i find enjoyment in simply listening to voices, mixing songs, using praat, and overall just thinking "damn they sound so real"- which means im not exactly trying to get better at tuning or mixing, or trying to churn out incredible covers. but the leisure angle does mean i use shortcuts and want to not be stressed out or annoyed by the process, and its leaving me to be using vocaloid way less now. i havent genuinely done a cover with vocaloid in quite a while, and even when i did i actually tuned in synth v before converting it.
i would really love to know how much dreamtonics bug test things before they release them because i really feel like its been.. a consistent issue to get new updates that have issues (whether its the new feature, or just crashes or glitches in general) along with their own VBs having issues as well?? and i dont feel like there are ever frequent enough bug fixes that come after either in order to actually tackle the problems (mostly with individual VBs)
hmmm almost considering buying another female synth v... my female AI library consists of Solaria, Anri, Eleanor, and Feng Yi. and with Anri and Eleanor lacking vocal modes i really have no interest in them.... like im sure they will come eventually but Anri and Ele have both been sitting here for a bit with no news on them (ele even more so)... and i do like Feng Yi, but she doesn't get the same 'oomph' from a deeper toned voice like ele (if ele got vocal modes i would be so happy because i really would use her more).
im very good at cleaning up and organizing my files but i havent done it at all with my vocaloid folder and it is a mess. purely because its been this way since 2016 and i never used vocaloid enough to open that folder enough to want to actually fix it....