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  • Y’know what I haven’t done in a while? Homemade box art.

    Y’know what I want to start doing again? Homemade box art.

    Mwahahahahaha.
    (1/3) It was brought up in the UO thread, but to keep from cluttering it, I wanna say my peace here!

    I’ve mentioned that I’ve had deeply conflicting feelings towards SynthV in the past months, and the aforementioned UO conversation helped me pinpoint the source of those feelings. It’s not the software itself by any means. Its quality has gone steadily downhill and its output suffers sameiness, which I’m sad about, but that doesn’t make me dislike it. Ace is glitchy as hell, Vocaloid gives me the odd fit, but I don’t love them any less for it.

    No, my hard feelings toward SynthV aren’t because of any kind of performance issues. It’s the pseudo-religion that’s been built around it.
    mobius017
    mobius017
    You're definitely not the only person to feel that way. I wasn't entirely sure what you meant when you've mentioned "forced positivity" recently; in this instance, I totally get it.

    I've purchased Synth V. I'm sure there's a lot for me to learn with the more advanced things it can do. I wouldn't hesitate to say it's good software in that it works reasonably well for me, is intuitive, and it can sing quite well with minimal help from me. At the same time, I've encountered my share of crashes.

    For a long time, I held off on buying the software, and a big reason for that was the attitude that often surrounded it. There was so much of going around touting it as the best vocal synth software ever, and all other offerings were basically crap that it would grind underfoot and eat for breakfast.

    There's nothing wrong with people being fans of a particular software and sharing their positive feelings about it--that's what the fandom is about, and that's what we do here. But it's possible to do that without telling people who prefer something else, directly or indirectly, that yours is the best and theirs suck.

    I'm actually really sad that that was at least one of the things that caused you so much difficulty. That's just not right.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    You worded it perfectly! I’ve said before in private that a lot of the love for SynthV manifests as hatred for anything that isn’t SynthV more so than just love in and of itself. I’ve gotten shut down before when trying to voice that opinion; things look like they’ve calmed down a lot in the time I’ve been gone, but it’s still ongoing, and with SynthV being acceptable to criticize right now I wanted to say it in hopes that maybe this time, I could really get it off my chest without being booed off the metaphorical stage.

    And thank you for your sympathy. It honestly means a lot to me. It was a really bitter thing for me; something that I once loved, that once brought me so much joy, became the very thing that drove me to nearly abandon this entire hobby, and for what? A pissing contest over which synth is the best? Does it matter which is the best? I just wish the state of the fandom was such that people can acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of all engines while still embracing them all as a collective whole. Maybe that’s asking a bit much, but it’s nice to imagine.
    MillyAqualine
    MillyAqualine
    I don't know if it's a good thing that I am not the only one to feel it in the air

    Like, don't get me wrong, it's a nice synth, I like playing with the trails-lite versions (And Saki is my absolute queen and I'm truly happy to see after these years Maki finally has a voice)

    But lately there were some very bad vibes (that occurred a while ago but only on one person) and sadly it seems they're gulping up the whole software (like the ANRI situation with toxic behaviours, the fact Maki's VA was changed without any notice to her former voice actress, Eleanor boxes, the vagueness about announced vocals, the Virvox situation, etc)and seeing people who were heavy fans of the program suddenly starting to walk away from it since the strange update problems, well, it seems to be a bit disappointing after the cool start it got

    And while it seems now more people tend to tone down the things said here and there, there's still this perception of synthV as the ultimate synth, ditching hard UTAU, DeepVocal and Vocaloid, while praising it without caring about some issues both in and outside of the program in itself
    The bad news: my internet is spotty, so working in Ace is hit-or-miss right now. Not much is getting done on this cover. I've been able to polish the first half to a shine, but I've hardly made a dent in the second half because it keeps timing out when I try making more than one or two changes in rapid succession. Until I can get my internet fixed up, have a portion of the first half!



    The good news: I'm working on a longer and more lighthearted Lucas/Ares fic shamelessly plugs my first one, and it's been in limbo for a long time because I just couldn't find a single element to tie all of the otherwise marginally connected scenes together. I found it early this morning, and rewrites are already underway! I feel it already flows a lot better, and my hope is that I have it finished within the next week or two.

    I'm especially happy because just a few days ago, someone on Reddit found a comment I made regarding my first fic and eagerly asked me to link it to them... and were very obviously disgruntled when I did, because they'd already read it and had been hoping for something else. I'm getting more ASAP I swear 😭
    ANNOYING THE SHIT OUTTA MY GIRLFRIEND BY MAKING HER PLAY RF5, LET'S FUCKIN GOOOOOOOO
    I went back and ran a few tests, and surprisingly, 1.7.0 even messed up Standard banks. It’s not to the extent it’s screwed over AI banks, but there’s definitely problems: their voices are grainier and they suffer frequent pops and clicks during playback. Since I mostly use Standard banks anyway, I’m back on 1.5.0.

    Ah, there’s a song with Haiyi I’ve been wanting to finish something fierce! All I really need to do is knock out the last half and I think that would do it~
    Prism
    Prism
    Oooooooooo excited for the Haiyi song. Glad you still have them and use them
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Hm. I seem to have overlooked one major setback: the instrumental is only available on pan.baidu, and while I had it downloaded at one point, I seem to have deleted it, and all of my alternate ways of accessing Baidu are no longer working. Shit.

    Ah well, it's a catchy song but maybe a little simplistic for her. I'll find something for her!
    My grandparents must be feeling another shortage coming up, because they inexplicably brought me a 90-pack of toilet paper the other day and frankly I'm still kinda baffled. I didn't even realize anyone sold 90-packs of toilet paper. I mean, I imagine it's great for large families and organizations and such, but for a woman living alone in a single-bedroom apartment...? I don't even have anywhere I can really put it, so it's just kinda sitting in my living room, ominously. Watching. Waiting.

    Which is to say, if anyone in the continental US needs any toilet paper, hit me up, because I don't think I go through that many rolls in a year.
    Okay, full disclosure: I haven’t had this much fun utilizing parameters since Gen1 SynthV when the Tension parameter actually made significant impact. I think that’s another thing I prefer about Ace over SVS. AI SVS banks tend to fall into sameyness no matter how well or how extensively you tune them, because they were released with realism in mind as opposed to character, while Ace hits that sweet spot between realism and character, leaving greater room for stylisms that I can’t achieve in SVS.

    I promise I’m not trying to be all “SYNTHV BAD, ALL HAIL ACE MASTER RACE,” I’m just sincerely enjoying myself. Thanks to my adjusted medications and ongoing therapy I’m finally feeling passion again, and Ace is giving me an outlet to express it in ways no other AI synth has before. Aaaaaaaah I’m having fun!!
    Rylitah
    Rylitah
    I haven't gotten the chance to mess around with Ace myself, but the results I've heard from it are very stunning! I kind of wondered if it would be possible to sound realistic while also having the option to kind of just go crazy with it and like... you kinda can do that in Synth V but there's really only so much you can do? I'll definitely have to try Ace out myself sometime!
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Oh yeah! I’m going absolutely wild with a cover right now, to the point where I’m not sure if it adds emotional weight or just makes the whole thing goofy, but you can definitely push Ace vocals more than you can SVS vocals. It is more Character Vocal-driven, and I know that’s put a few people off, but I love the added variety. The interface is still in Chinese, but there’s a few quick guides to it, and once you commit the parameter buttons to muscle memory then it’s smooth sailing (though English and Japanese interfaces are in the works, last I checked)!
    I took advantage of DLSite's big summer sale and checked a particular voice off of mine and Patuk's checklist: Sasara AI (+ the Song Editor)! With Tsudumi being announced, it seemed like a good time. I've never been a fan of CeVIO AI's pitch rendering, but with more vocals coming out that I either like or am interested in, I'd like to learn to work with it, so I'm excited!
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    I already am! Thankfully it seems I won't have much to learn; it's nigh-identical to VoiSona, which I've been spending a lot of time in, and bears strong resemblance to the original CeVIO. I miss the way Timing worked in the OG CeVIO, because it made transitions between vowels a lot smoother, but honestly it sounds pretty good, better than I remember it sounding anyway.
    Cerāgi <º•
    Cerāgi <º•
    Great!! Congrats on getting her:giggle:. Cevio AI is super fun to use, I can't stop tuning in it jshh. As for the Timing parameter, you can use "Ctrl I" to switch to the old usage of it if you want.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    You are a LIFESAVER, this is SO much better! Thank you!!
    Welcome back, retail worker mask mandates! So good to see you again when the temperature's averaging 108F every day. I've had four bottles of water in the past hour and a half and my throat and mouth are still so dry that I'm having trouble talking.

    Bleh, what's more hydrating than water that's not as expensive as Pedialyte or sports drinks? There's gotta be like, bulk electrolyte additives or something.
    MagicalMiku
    MagicalMiku
    mm.. when I feel for extra hydration, I usually go for grapefruit (100% juice, no sugar added) and green tea(❁´◡`❁)
    and if you have a mini fridge in your work place, you could keep some salad box that you prepared at home, for example cucumber, carrot and cabbage, they are so good in summer :lapis_ani_lili:
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Grapefruit and I are mortal enemies, but I didn’t even consider green tea! I might need to brew some when I get home. Thank you!
    MillyAqualine
    MillyAqualine
    If you have some money and can get one, watermelon is your friend (however it's better to share it with friends/family because it's big)
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Okay, all jokes aside: I've been kinda having mixed feelings towards SynthV for a while now. With each new update, the quality goes down, especially on AI banks (but you can even hear it on Standard banks - SVS Haiyi lacks some of the capabilities Gen1 Haiyi had, and she's not nearly as flexible), and I've always wondered if that was in my head or not because it's received largely glowing praise as usual. This incident doesn't help my opinion on it, that's for sure. :clara_ani_lili:
    Prism
    Prism
    I think it is a little too soon especially when we don't know how much it's going to be for ace commerical. I do like that aces auto tuning just works. I feel like I have to fight with it in synth v
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Ah, I know! It’s a joke. I commented my genuine feelings above. It’s not even about Ace so much as just my conflicting feelings about SynthV, I just wanted to put them into meme format for a quick laugh :kyo_lili:
    New goal: finish this cover by tomorrow! I'd like to have it up by either tomorrow evening or the next day. Wish me luck :kaito_lili:
    Twillby
    Twillby
    You can do iiiiit! :chika_ani_lili:
    MagicalMiku
    MagicalMiku
    good luck!!ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ:miku_winter_lili::miku_winter_lili:
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Holy FUCK I remember where I heard it from first! I literally cried because it was so cute, searched for the original, put it on standby for an inevitable Haiyi cover... and forgot about it. 😅

    Ultimately I'm glad I forgot about it until Ace dropped. I love Haiyi dearly, but she just didn't click with the song, and I love her too much to force her into anything she can't do with ease.
    Ah, what a beautiful day for my $100 mouse to stop working! I guess I can't be too terribly salty; it's been with me a good two years, and working at an office supply store means I can get a replacement pretty cheap. I'll probably get a cheaper model this time too, because for all its bravado, it ultimately didn't serve me much better than a typical mouse.

    Plus this one only comes in black/gray, while the cheaper mice come in an array of pretty colors, so easy choice there~
    The good: thanks to my recent rehabilitative efforts, I'm feeling passion for all of my old hobbies again! I decided to dip my toes back into the world of extreme cinema, because hell, I survived A Serbian Film, I can survive anything.

    The bad: Two days in, I finally found a movie worse than A Serbian Film. I need a very long, very hot shower.

    The silver lining: it has an absolutely beautiful and haunting ending song, and I'd like to give covering it a shot! Given how dissonant it is I dunno if I'd post it or not, but it'll be a fun exercise.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Hmm… given how utterly distressing the lyrics are when translated (it’s basically the main character — a 12-year-old girl — realizing her life is never going to get better and hanging herself), it’s probably wiser if I don’t dwell on it. Still, it’s a beautiful song, and that it came out of such a needlessly and horrifically depraved movie is both fitting and a tragedy.
    Strap in folks, this is a long one! Here's how things have been going since February.



    Ultimately, I want to apologize. I was overcome with bitterness and contributed greatly to the very negativity I had wanted to avoid. I'm sorry for the rash things I may have said or done, and I want to thank you, those who continued to encourage me and wish for my wellbeing. I'm getting help now, real, tangible help, and I'm determined to make a turnaround, unearth my demons, and give them a proper burial. And whether I do that while partaking in the fandom and in VVN once more or not, I want y'all to know that I truly am grateful I found this little forum, and I love you guys.
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