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  • To help me deal with my When Will Tenso Finish Registering My Packages anxiety, I've finally found a good song to use Rikka in! It really highlights her soft, almost sultry lows. The only issue will be getting her vocals to cut through the instrumental... I'll run a mixing test after work, and if it goes well I'll post a snippet to share here.

    The OG is a duet, but a semi-popular cover of it turned it into a solo, so I'm also debating whether to throw Maki in there or not. The thing is, Renraku Madaa pushed Maki's lows; this song absolutely slaughters them. So if I get her involved I'd have to find a balance between making her audible and making her, well, palatable.
    Athena was a name I'd originally considered for Lucy, and while it couldn't outshine my love for her current name, I still found it fitting; she's my brave little goddess, after all! So "Lucy Athena (My Last Name)", I've decided, shall be her full name.

    It occurred to me while filling out a New Client form for their upcoming vet visit that Peter didn't have a middle name yet. I figured I'd stick with the theme I chose for Lucy: the name of a Greek god whose profession is fitting for my sweet boy. The problem: Peter's about as generic a cat as they come. He's affectionate, but seeks that affection on his own terms. He sleeps a lot and likes to play with the red dot. He has moments of cleverness, but all together he's not the sharpest claw in the sheath. He's wonderful and I love him so much, but dammit, he's a cat, and I can't assign much more personality to him than that.

    So after agonizing over it for the past two hours, I decided that, as he's named in part after a character from a farming sim, maybe an agricultural deity's name would suit him. That would at least save me the trouble of trying to assign a trait to him that he doesn't have and being dishonest to his existence.

    I worry "Peter Triptolemus (My Last Name)" might be a bit of a mouthful, but the moment I said it all together I fell in love, so Triptolemus it is!

    Having gone a little crazy with printing Afremov pieces and foam mounting them to hang them in my living room and dining room, I decided to take a step back, tone it down... and print some vocalsynth posters for my room. I'm starting with three Piapro Characters posters and a large printout of that one fanart my favorite OliLen artist did in honor of one of my covers!
    Alright, I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna try writing every day, no matter how insignificant.

    Someone please give me some prompts (preferably something I can work my OTPs into), because I don't know where to start.
    Empowered by my successful Maki cover, I decided to try and revive my first Rikka cover!

    ...the soft parts are good, but the rest is Literal Shit. I've gotta find a new song.
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    The cover/song is hard to do? :arsloid_ani_lili:
    Either way, good luck searching for a new song for Rikka~! :rikka_smile_lili: :koharurikka_smile_lili:
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Not particularly, Rikka just doesn't fit into it as well as I'd hoped. Thank you!! I hope to find something that'll really do her justice!
    In spite of knowing how easily I scare, I figured it'd be a GREAT idea to watch Local 58's Contingency at 1:30 in the morning. Looks like bed's not happening anytime soon, heh...

    On the bright side, it gives me more time to cuddle with my babies! Lucy's asleep on my foot and Peter's curled up with his favorite toy. Time to annoy them both~
    LaLaVoice... it has a lot of issues with timing. Granted, it's hard to control perfectly due to its input (sheet music style instead of piano roll style), but still, no matter how precise you get with the notes, it still won't stay entirely consistent.

    That said, if someone makes me a VCV of Obaasan, I will fly to wherever you are and kiss you. Or just... give you a cool rock or something.

    I managed to track down and download the archaic LaLaVoice! Now I've run into a snafu I didn't even anticipate: I've got no idea how to change voices. And being such an old software that died even before V1, naturally, there's no English resources for it.

    Welp. Let's consider this another great adventure!
    I keep forgetting just how bad I am at mixing until I attempt it again. If I turn the vocal up a bit more, it constantly clips and overpowers; if I turn it down a bit, the music drowns out the verses. So this might, uh, be another project I scrap while it's in the finishing stages. 😅
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    Mm, have you tried turning the volume on the music down, and bringing the volume on the vocals up as needed? I would think the the relative volume level between the two is what's most important. After that, get the song as a whole as loud as you think it should be, and people can make adjustments to taste/need using the volume knobs on their devices if they wish.
    Krin
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    Oh I don't know if I told you about it last time we were helping each other out with our mixes but if you rly want something to mix for you... Izotope's Nectar plugin is v sexy because it does just that 😍 I dunno the technology behind it but I know it uses AI to help fit your vocals into the instrumental. It has a 10 day free trial!!!
    luwo
    luwo
    The plugin Krin mentioned is SO good! Even if you don’t use it for the mixing assistant it’s still such a useful tool to have bc it’s got everything you could really need for the base of your mix 👀
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    This song juuuuuuuust barely reaches Maki's "Too Low to Really Work" range in its lower notes, meaning that, for the verses, the volume of her voice is all over the place. I can fix that quickly with heavy compression, but that of course makes it sound really... well, compressed. So wish me luck as I go and fix her dynamics by hand!

    This song is five minutes long. In vocalsynth terms... that's hell. :kaito_lili:
    Mmmmmmm... I'm really happy Eleanor's getting an AI bank! But at the same time, I wish they'd at least update her Lite Standard. I know I complain too much about how poor the range of AI banks are, but... well. And one of the things I loved about Eleanor to begin with was how versatile she is in all kinds of different ranges. Her Lite bank for SVS is a step down from her original bank, and I don't wanna see it get abandoned for a VB that sounds more natural but will have significantly more limited use.

    Well, now that I've complained out the ass: QUEEN ELLIE'S GLORIOUS RETURN :kanon_lili::kanon_lili::kanon_lili::kanon_lili::kanon_lili:
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Hmm... that's true, that's true. Sad to say all of Volor's SynthV banks are a lot weaker on SVS than on Gen1 (except Aiko, who 1.) I don't have any experience with on Gen1 and 2.) is, in my opinion, still very high-quality). I just... I dunno, I wanna see a full Ellie, but like you said, and taking into account the complexity of English Standard banks over Japanese Standards... mmmmmmmmm...
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    its okay we can always just make Nanao sing in engrish /j
    patuk
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    but for real Nanao supremacy 😇
    After years of admiring his work every time I was so lucky as to stumble upon it, I finally found the name of my favorite artist: Leonid Afremov! He just passed very recently too, God rest his soul. I've got Print all to myself tonight, so I might print some of his works to hang in my house.
    I haven't given y'all an update on Peter and Lucy recently. Lemme rectify that.

    Lucy, my shy little girl who was scared to death of everything but Peter? She's blossomed into a bold lover who greets me at the door, curls up with me every morning, and screams at me for my food. She's sitting on my chest right now, butthole strategically placed on the back of my hand, purring a purr far too loud to be packed into that tiny body.

    Peter's become restless. He only likes two toys, his feather wand and the laser pointer, but even that's not enough to satisfy him sometimes; he just meows at me, wanting to play more but refusing to play with anything else, and he'll often just sit in the window and survey or longingly stare at the door. He's still quite young, and he was just neutered about two weeks before I adopted him, so it might take a few months for him to calm down. That said, he LOVES being brushed. The SECOND the bristles touch his back, he flops like a deadweight onto his side and purrs until I stop. I just need to figure out how to keep him properly entertained and he'll be living his best life!

    I got them a cat tree that was also quite a bit taller than I was expecting... halfway through assembly, I was like "Is... is this gonna fit in the living room?" It does, thankfully, barely, and they adore it. Overall, things are going well! I'll just need to continue working hard to make them truly feel at home.
    Welcome back to another exciting episode of "Peaches spends twenty minutes trying to make Maki say 'Wakatteru' exactly the way she wants her to and loses her mind because it's not working absolutely perfectly"! We've got a good one for y'all tonight, folks: Peaches still can't get happy with whatever she tries and won't give up until she does!
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Please don't sad-react, I'm just being dramatic :clara_ani_lili: I've moved on for the time being. I'll come back to it later and focus on what I can get right for now!
    Oh God, here we go again. $500 for Act1.

    Hhh... I feel really bad for people who realize they've got rare Vocaloids but overestimate just how much they're worth. Someone will readily pay $200 for Act1, but no one's gonna dish out THAT much.
    I've built a full-fledged lore around the religion most widely practiced in the BokuMono 'verse. We're talking pages and pages of ideas, names, a creation story, divine romances, family relations, an in-depth overview of the thoughts behind immortals taking mortal lovers.

    For fucking BokuMono, a series about farming.

    I mean, I'm having as much fun with it as I have crafting story ideas for BM's primary plotlines and characters, but still. It kinda bums me to think this will likely never go much further than my own head, because it's such a niche, unrelated thing for an already fairly niche series.
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    Eh, while I'm at it, I haven't made a BM-related tier list in a while. Enjoy my unsolicited opinions.

    (I'm not really sure why GBC 3 was separated by gender; it's not like the OG FoMT where it's two different games, it's just one game where you choose your gender at the beginning, but ah well. BtNFG would be up in Yellow Heart with BtN if not for the whole "Oh, you wanna get married? Game over then : ) " bullshit.)

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    It sucks when no one sees stuff (I've gotten that reaction lots of times, too, and it's not fun.), but I still think it's cool you made something like that. Having enjoyed it and practicing/advancing your craft are rewards, too, not to mention the intrinsic value of what you made on its own. Even if unseen, a very good creation is nevertheless very good, and even a mediocre creation is a positive step in the development of your abilities. And especially if you enjoyed creating it as well, having created the thing is unimpeachable.
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