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  • I've been lurking a little, and while I don't know if I'll be back for long, I left with unfinished business that I want to address. But until I can find the words I need, may I interest you in a peek at what I've been working on lately?

    I fell out of love with vocalsynthesis for a while and rediscovering my passion for it has given me a driving force like no other. I'm really grateful for it.

    MagicalMiku
    MagicalMiku
    peaches :miku_ani_lili: :miku_ani_lili: :lapis_ani_lili::kizakiairi_lili: is always so nice hearing from you!!!!!♪(´▽`) and your work in progress piece.. wow, just wow<3 (I always loved project 575 series since the beginning!!) take care so much and keep going:len_smile_lili::miku_sakura_lili:
    Ibis
    Ibis
    Wow, these are really well done! I'm glad you could find the motivation you needed to keep going. Keep it up, you're doing great! :momo_ibis:
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    I’m honestly kinda shook. I didn’t expect to be welcomed back with such… I dunno, ardor? I’m touched beyond words, and I’ve missed all of y’all too!
    I'm beginning to think my hiatus might be permanent.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Gonna be real with y'all, heavily considering deleting my YouTube and fanfics, burning my Vocaloids, and then ending it all. Leave no trace, y'know? No one to say "God, how dramatic!" when there's no reminder that I was ever there.
    MagicalMiku
    MagicalMiku
    don't ever ever think about it, peaches.. I know there are some moments in life where everything seems to be bad and you just feel not good, but please also remember about all the good memories all the things you liked brought to you. life is a balance of good and bad things, and while we can't do much about the bad things (we can avoid or fight them back), we can decide to spend more time about the good ones, what makes us feel good. so, don't worry about everything the people say, just take your time and think what makes you happy, and follow that, with all your heart. you are you, that is the most important thing, and what you created, read, wrote, everything defined you, and you are indeed a wonderful person, peaches :kizakiairi_lili:
    Prism
    Prism
    Sending you positive energy. I hope the best for you 💗. It's sad to see you go. Thank you for all your time here and all the conversations. It may be hard now but don't forget the future is another day to be better.
    Patuk and I have decided to start collecting MLP figures officially, so to appease my need to spend every paycheck on something indulgent in a less expensive manner, I decided I'd buy a new pony on our list every paycheck! It fulfils the urge at an average of $10-30 per check, as opposed to the... well, much more I might spend otherwise.

    But as I went to go seek out our first two choices, I realized that people sell ponies on lots. Some of those lots are as much as voicebanks, but they've got some of the ponies we want, and we could theoretically save money in the long haul by spending more money upfront...

    God help me, this is an addiction. :clara_ani_lili:
    "You can't just ship a vocal that doesn't even have an avatar, much less any semblance of character!"

    Me, already searching my music catalogue for a good song to make Kyo sing with Ken: "WATCH ME"
    Hmm... going back and listening, my dreams of making Kevin sing Word Crimes will either come to beautiful fruition or implode horrendously, and nothing in-between. He has that relaxed, amateurish "everyman" tone that would work well for indie/Christian pop/light rock and Weird Al covers, but how's he gonna hold up on highs? Only time will tell I guess!
    SC is a jerk and struck this the moment I uploaded it, so here's hoping this works! A little piece with Songman I wanted to revive~ still needs some phoneme adjusting and better execution of the chorus effects, but for a one-night project, not bad!

    Welp, "polishing a few samples of some current WIPs" turned into "EQing and mixing an entire freaking cover only to realize when your cats nudge the curtains open that the sun's come up", so with any luck I'll have it up by later today!
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    mobius017
    mobius017
    I love those times where you work all night on a project you really wanted to do, wind up feeling physically lousy the next day, but still feel great about what you did. It's so...fulfilling. :love:
    I've been thinking, and regarding my conflicting feelings on Quadimension... why CAN'T I separate its more problematic aspects from its VBs and use them as I see fit? Being in the Kung Fu Panda fandom taught me to systematically ignore and disregard any and all references to Legends of Awesomeness and/or the suggestion that any of it might be canon. There's no reason I can't do the same with my sweet Haiyi.

    Like... Legends of Awesomeness isn't inherently a bad show. Its source material, the Kung Fu Panda trilogy, is perfect and pure. Legends of Awesomeness is very watered-down and exaggerates several characters' less desirable traits, but it still has some strong storylines, and I in short time became an expert at picking and choosing the good from it and discarding the rest. (I have an entire rewrite of The Spirit Orbs of Master Ding deep in my drafts, because that shit was GOOD, but "Tigress fucks up because she's jealous of Po" just HAD to be the angle they chose to execute an otherwise excellent episode?)

    I love Haiyi. It wasn't her art or her design or Quadimension's presence itself that made me fall for her, it was her voice. I have no issue with her voice or her VP, only her official artist and the actions of the company behind her. I hate what's being done with her character. I hate what her company is becoming. I don't hate her. Her voice brings me joy, both to listen to and to use. If I can say "LoA isn't canon except for the good bits", there's no reason I can't say "I love Haiyi but I refuse to associate with what AT*an and Quadimension are doing with her".

    Right? :haiyi_ani_lili:
    Favorite response to Xingchen Infinity on Bili so far:

    能不能让尘尘多穿点,光着腿连裙摆都没有,我怕她冷 😭

    (Can't she be given more to wear? She doesn't even have a skirt to cover her bare legs, I'm afraid she'll get cold 😭 )
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    I almost hate to admit it, but I love her English demonstration. Honestly I'd be a lot more receptive to her voice if it wasn't presented as The New and Improved Xingchen; it's not bad, it's just... unnecessary. And knowing that Ddicky's rushed it just to have it made for the sake of replacing her Vocaloid due to personal grudges sours that opinion a lot more as well.

    Dammit I want to love her, but I want to hate her, but I can't fucking do either 😭
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    PS-X
    PS-X
    It is kind of unnecessary, and I’m saying this as someone who wants to get her SynthV voicebank, because I missed the chance to get her V4. They unlisted her V4 for what, a slightly fancier version of the bank? I’ll still end up buying her bank anyways because like I said, I missed the chance to do it when her V4 was still a thing, but hhhh
    MillyAqualine
    MillyAqualine
    Time to make random puritanish edit on MS Paint/Medibang with fancy clothes that even cluster-ed couturier wouldn't even dare tyo try for real ( ͡° ل͜ ͡°)
    It’s interesting to see the sheer divide in the Western and Chinese fandoms over Xingchen AI. People can’t get enough of her over here, while the general consensus in the Chinese fandom is somewhere between “This is okay, but unnecessary” and “Ew”.

    I’m kinda on the side of “Okay but unnecessary”. She sounds fine, and I’m happy for that! But there’s no significant improvement over her Vocaloid. Like, I was expecting a sacrifice of her characteristics in exchange for greater realism, but that’s not even the case. She’s more or less a rehash. And the Chinese fandom wouldn’t even agree on that much: many say she’s lost her character and doesn’t sound any better for it.

    I guess I’m just glad they didn’t outright fuck her up. Still, current conflicting feelings on Quadimension aside, I’m happy just having her Vocaloid.
    TheStarPalace
    TheStarPalace
    If nothing else, Quadimension followed through on their plan to bring stardust to Synth v regardless of the legal hoops they'd have to jump through, and I think there's something admirable in that. A lot of Chinese fans who are unenthusiastic might own Stardust V4 already and not see a need to get another software. And stardust AI will have English cross lingual capability, so I'm excited for that ❤❤❤❤❤
    morrysillusion
    morrysillusion
    yeah im def like "well at least she doesnt sound worse?" but its so much just the same as her vocaloid version which is only good for the "at least it didnt get worse" opinion lol. and im glad in that sense, but still wouldve hoped to see a more significant positive change. but it is interesting to see such the divide- while im not on the most positive end of opinion, im also not really on the negative about it either. i always had a soft spot for her vocaloid design and knowing her voice is basically identical makes it disappointing about the little change between them aside from design and where they are used- the whole legal side of things was very messy so im glad shes survived through that regardless in some form, and there are some benefits to her Synth V in the sense of cross language, which i will at least be curious to see people use her for.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    @TheStarPalace the issue isn’t “Eh, they probably already have her Vocaloid, they can’t justify buying a rehash”, it’s more “Quadimension has stopped production of her Vocaloid bank, which is widely beloved in the Chinese fandom, and intend to fully replace it with something much of the target audience considers inferior, not because Quadimension was aiming to use new technology to improve Stardust, but because Ddicky has a grudge against Vocaloid and was fine with Stardust gaining no improvements and losing what made her unique just to have her on another engine”. Her existence on AI is purely in bad faith and not a desire to use new technologies to improve her. That’s my main issue, and that’s the issue many, MANY people in the Chinese fandom are expressing as well.

    It’s cool that we’ll get English capabilities with her, but it’s sad to see that they basically flipped the bird to their target audience in the first place.
    I did it! I accomplished something today! I re-installed all of my V4s... that I accidentally uninstalled in the first place because I uninstalled a trial bank through Revo, because muscle memory triumphed over my common sense. I'm not sure if fixing a problem I myself created technically counts as accomplishing something, but I'm going to pull the "I almost got stabbed at McDonalds three days ago" card and use it as an excuse to be nice to myself.

    I've felt crummy all day, but my hope is that tomorrow (well, later today, technically), I can get out, get some grocery shopping done, maybe visit that resale shop owned by one of my regulars (she gave me a 15% off card, it's only fair I use it!). Wish me luck with that as well!
    I’ve felt panicky and sporadic, far more so than usual, since the incident on Friday. I’m a dramatic bitch, I’m sure it’s not PTSD, but I’m definitely still shaken psychologically and I’m annoyed by it. I’ve done nothing of value all weekend, not a note tuned or not a word written or anything. I’d at least like to accomplish something today. I at least need to take the trash out. Or clean the living room, or SOMETHING. I’ve given myself entirely too much time to “recover” from something I shoulda been able to shake an hour after it happened. :clara_ani_lili: Wish me luck!
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