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  • Fwooooooo... wish me luck. I'm getting surgery tomorrow, and it's gonna leave my dominant hand basically useless for a few weeks.
    Has anyone ever played Love Nikki? First of all, please play it, it's so good, and two, I'm guilty of constantly making Vocaloids in it. (In the rare instances I elaborate on what characters are wearing in my fics, I always consult LN and build an outfit for them in there. It's so much fun.)

    Apparently the Japanese version of the game actually did a collab with Crypton where you could get Miku and the Kagamines' outfits and hairstyles, but it's unlikely to ever come to the NA server, so... Future Girl Green, Rice Butterfly, and Similar Blond Brother it is. TT.TT
    *quietly shoves 1LDK, Black Hole Artist, and This is a Love Song under my couch* I wanna use Avanna for a cover! She's got such a lovely alto, but so many songs I've listened to mostly just use her higher range. What's a good song that will show off her low range? I'm thinking about having her sing the English cover of Jougen no Tsuki (mostly because the Japanese version has been stuck in my head all week), but while she sounds great on the chorus from what I've tested, the verses might go a bit low for her.
    patuk
    patuk
    Hm, I'm not sure but people like using Luka in her lower ranges right? Maybe try looking into some Luka originals.
    Anyone whose Japanese is better than mine wanna help me out? I got this comment on my Meiko cover of Allegra on my Nico:

    おつ !「再生」や「生きてるおばけは生きている」、とかもできませな?

    I'm getting the vibe of "Will you do one of these songs next?" (they're also Utsu P songs like Allegra), but I'm not entirely sure.
    RazzyRu (ラゼル)
    RazzyRu (ラゼル)
    From my understanding: "Good work! Can you also do "Playback"(再生) or "Living Ghost is Alive"(生きてるおばけは生きている ), or something like that?"
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Okay, that's what I was thinking. Thank you!!
    With the sale going on, I couldn't resist. Welcome to my laptop, Daina and Avanna!
    patuk
    patuk
    Well whatever song it will be I hope you'll have fun tuning them!

    Great! What song are you working on right now?
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Thank you! I'm working on a cover of 1LDK (an old Deadball P song) with Len and Oliver. I've just gotta finish the fine-tuning and make a video and it'll be up!
    patuk
    patuk
    Oh! Thanks for telling me about cute Mikurin song!

    Good luck with the cover! I'm looking forward to it.
    I posted about it in the Vocal Synth Sales Thread, but in case that gets buried: Big Fish Audio is having a store-wide 20% off sale! That means that the Miku bundle or the Rin/Len bundle, normally $200, are now $160, on top of the sale applying to all other Vocaloids available through their site!

    Dang it, why didn't they have this last year? This was around the time I got Kaito and Meiko. I coulda saved. :'(
    To distract myself from my writer's block, I've been working on uploading my works to Nico. I think I've already got more views on my videos there than I do on all my YouTube videos combined. I even got a comment! (Something to the effect of "8888888 upotsu"). I'm really happy!
    K
    KiMO
    I wanna hear your songs! leave the url plz!
    RoboCheatsyTM
    RoboCheatsyTM
    Hey, that's awesome! Way to go! :D
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    @KiMO
    I'm about to straight-up throw my laptop against a wall (or at least set it gently on the couch and let the cats use it as a bed in petty retaliation). I can't write. Nothing will come. I go between projects hoping trying something new will jog my creativity but it won't. I have to write. If I don't create, I don't exist, or at least I shouldn't.

    Maybe I should go drive to clear my head. Maybe go binge on biscuits at Western Sizzlin' until something presents itself. Surely this isn't permanent.
    RoboCheatsyTM
    RoboCheatsyTM
    Don't push yourself too hard and don't stress too much. Sometimes you'll get all-around creativity block, and when that happens sometimes its best to break for a while. You'll usually come back with a renewed interest in what you're doing and feel creative again.
    I know that feel. XP
    Blue Of Mind
    Blue Of Mind
    I always had issues with writer's block back when I used to write fanfiction as a teen. (School and home stress always affected my writing abilities), and I still get it sometimes at uni when I have to write essays because I sometimes still struggle to put down what I want to say in the best way. (Also, trying to reword a really good reference that doesn't need to be quoted word-for-word in a way that doesn't trigger the plagiarism detector. :P)

    Definitely take a break from whatever you're writing and come back to it later. On average, when I'm writing essays, I only do around an hour and a half/two hours of work a day (unless I'm feeling really productive, then I do another couple hours' work in the evening), because my brain can't handle constant intellectual work. (Even though history is my main writing passion, I still get burnout from it sometimes). Taking a good break helps me relax, and sometimes it helps me jump right back into a piece of writing knowing what I want to say, which avoids the stress of constantly thinking about it while stuck.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    Maybe it would help you to have a look at this article: To Tap Into Your Creativity, Try Diffuse Thinking. It talks about the different ways people think, and how the focused approach we use when we're under stress is absolutely the worst for creativity.

    I think the drive sounds like a good idea, actually. Forcing your mind to do something focused on anything but what you're trying to create while not being too taxing seems like it might help. Good luck!
    I would just post this as a reply to my last status update, but this is important enough to warrant its own status:

    On the registration page for Internet Co's Vocaloids, Google Translate renders Gakupo's name - on the same page, mind you - as Gakupoido, Gakupudo, and Gakupokudo. I don't know why I find that so funny, but I can't stop laughing.
    I forgot to transfer the breath WAVs for several of my Vocaloids, so I'm going through and re-loading their files so I can get that taken care of. And I just figured something out: Kiyoteru's V4s come with a free trial of the V4 editor! Kinda trivial, but still pretty neat. (He comes with a pretty cool music editing software too, but since I don't really make my own music I've never tried it out.)
    How do y'all make Luka V4X sound not so... synthetic? I don't really know how to put that, but whenever I use her, no matter what I do, no matter how much I tinker with the parameters, she sounds horrible. Is it just my lack of experience shining through or is this a problem other people have?
    DefiantKitsune
    DefiantKitsune
    EVEC tends to be pretty choppy from what I've heard (haven't touched it)
    RoboCheatsyTM
    RoboCheatsyTM
    Though I love Crypton's vocals, I absolutely despise E.V.E.C.. Like what DefiantKitsune said, it tends to produce choppy results (esp. on Miku v4x Solid). I don't know how well it works for Luka, but I know from a few attempts at using it that it's useless for the Kagamines.
    I think Piapro's manual explains it a little bit, and then there's a decent article on the wiki, I think. Outside of those I haven't seen much on it.
    DefiantKitsune
    DefiantKitsune
    Luka's is usually considered the worst of the three.
    I've fallen hard for Synth V. Limited though the options and controls are, it's all so smooth, and it's a lot easier to gauge what changes I'm making. Plus the Japanese voices (all two of 'em) are surprisingly versatile. I'm starting on another cover!
    Aaaaaaaaah how do I make userbars? I wanna make some for the Meiko fanclub, but 1.) I don't have Photoshop and 2.) the online makers I've found have really vague instructions.

    I've tried making my own, but they all look like absolute $hit, especially compared to everyone else's on their fanclubs. That's what happens when someone who has zero talents tries to create, I get that, but I'm still frustrated. Can I please be good at just one thing? Just long enough to make a freaking userbar? I'd love to be good at something. I wonder what it's like.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Thank you so much!! I'll give it a shot. I use Krita, but if I can't make it in that I'll definitely try GIMP. You're a lifesaver!
    RoboCheatsyTM
    RoboCheatsyTM
    Glad I could help ya! :kaito_move:
    Kona
    Kona
    I have made all my Userbars in Pixlr online editor! It's a photo editor with a lot of tools like Photoshop and it's pretty easy to learn. You can mess around with different sizes, maybe start with 300x20 and go from there! I can also help make one sometime~
    Will certain companies still offer you an import tool to import V2 voicebanks into V3 so you can use them in Piapro? Because I'm reeeeeaaaaally considering getting Tonio or maybe Sweet Ann. But I've also read that V2s won't work on operating systems above Windows 7/8, and I'm running Windows 10. I just don't wanna pour out money for something I can't even use is all, and my attempts to search for answers via Google and this forum hasn't been all that fruitful, maybe because I just don't know where to look.
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    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    @DefiantKitsune see, that's what I'd read here, but the Vocaloid website says you can't do that. I just wanted to be extra cautious, because I'm a dumb-butt that questions even the most obvious of things. Please forgive me.
    RazzyRu (ラゼル)
    RazzyRu (ラゼル)
    "So the whole "you have to buy the editor separately" thing didn't happen until V3? "
    That's right! V2 Editors and V1 Editors came with their voicebanks respectively

    As for the import tool, that's an interesting case. If I recall well, I recall people using it even this year. I suppose rather, Yamaha is just not handing it out. But Zero-G might still be. Hm, interesting indeed!
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Thank you guys so much for putting up with my ignorance. I actually found the V2 Import Tool - it was tucked away on Zero G's website as an alternative in case the one on the Vocaloid website was taken down (which, of course, it has been). So I've got everything I need now. Thank y'all so much!
    Several Vocaloids are on sale at Big Fish Audio, including Dex, Daina, and Avanna!
    I'm feeling pretty useless right about now. I'm having trouble making this cover I'm working on sound good - it sounds alright, but whenever I try to make it really GOOD, it just sounds like I'm trying too hard, because it's a fairly straightforward song. So to divert my attention, I'm trying to work on more fanfiction, but nothing's happening. I'll type up a sentence or two and then I'm stuck, at a loss. Which, really, I'm a writing major, I have no reason to not be able to write some measly Vocaloid fanfiction.

    How do people do it? How are people good at Vocaloid and good at writing? I wish I could be good too.

    Maybe throwing myself into my Spanish homework will help take my mind off of it for a while. At least I'm decent at Spanish.
    uncreepy
    uncreepy
    You probably need to give that cover a break and come back to it with fresh ears. Having trouble with writer's/music block doesn't mean you're bad at writing/music, it's just either a tough project, not enough inspiration, or you're in a slump. I hear some artists like to switch between around 2-5 pictures so they don't get burned out by the same one, so maybe if you try rotating projects it wouldn't be so stressful. There's no deadline to finishing your cover anyway, right?
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    That's what I'm thinking. It's just that these two things are really the only things I'm any good at, so I'm especially hard on myself when I'm in a slump. Being unable to fall back on writing, I'm really not sure what else I can do in the meantime.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    I read some advice somewhere that you should be wary of trying too hard in your music. Unfortunately, I forget exactly where I saw it, but the gist of it was basically that sometimes it's best to keep things simple--don't add TOO many instruments/make things TOO crazy with effects or whatever. It was for exactly the reason you mentioned--doing things the right amount can sound good, but if you go overboard it ends up sounding messy or something similar. That advice might not be exactly applicable to your case, but the general principle might. So, like @uncreepy said, maybe step away for awhile, and when you come back to it, approach it from an attitude of restraint--make little adjustments to make little things that much better, and gradually work up toward the point where it sounds like it's getting to be too much. And when that point comes, stop.

    Regarding the block, bearing in mind that I'm only really a hobbyist at writing or music creation, I'd recommend that you only work when you're inspired. And when you are, jump on it and go all out. 95% of the time, trying to create when it doesn't feel right doesn't work for me. It might not work as well for a professional writer or musician, but that's why I say to only create when your mind and emotions are on board with it.

    With inspiration being the key, just being a writing major isn't going to necessarily mean that you *should* be able to create a fanfic at the drop of a hat. It comes when it comes and when you're ready for it.

    I hesitate to say it, so don't read too much into it, but it might make sense to reevaluate the new fic you're thinking of writing, too. If you're not really feeling like making it, it might be a sign that you don't really believe in the idea. Of course, it's perfectly possible to be stuck as to how to accomplish an idea you think is great, too, so like I said, don't read too much into this. Just be sure it's an idea that you really believe in and think can come out well when it's done, and it's not something you're making because you feel for whatever reason that you have to. (Unless, of course, for some reason, you really DO have to.)
    Every time I can't find a VSQx or an off-vocal for a song I really, really want to cover, I can't help but think that's God telling me to stop being so flighty and finish the covers I've already got going.

    But, God... Star Light. It'd be so perfect for what I've got planned. Just give me that much, please.
    I gave up on Piapro and switched my current cover back over to V4. It was a noble effort, but I ultimately failed.

    Actually, I like Piapro itself. It's just that I'm so used to V4 that that's what I'm most comfortable using. My computer doesn't run Piapro very well, so hopefully I can figure out a way to make it work by the time Crypton releases their new updates!
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