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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
You know, as frustrating as making Oliver sing in Japanese is, I've learned a whole lot that I didn't pick up on last time I did this! Most notably, he tends voice his consonants earlier, so if you want to make him match up to a Japanese singer, you have to adjust his velocity. Also, his [k] works a lot better for the Japanese [g] sound than both his [g] and his [gh] sound, because it's softer than [kh] but not as guttural as [gh].
Now to figure out how to make Len sound softer without sounding completely muted. His Cold and Serious voicebanks are TOO soft for this song, so I tried turning down the brightness on his Power voicebank, and that's working fine... but now he's even quieter than Oliver, who's notoriously quiet, and when I turn him up every other consonant sounds harsh and electronic.
Me, 24 hours ago: "Man, it's been so long since I made Oliver sing in Japanese! I wonder why."
Me, right now, having to manually edit each and every phoneme in each and every syllable to make his pronunciation sound even halfway correct, only halfway through a four-minute song without having done a single bit of tuning: "Ah. That's why."
My hair, when styled correctly, is a dead-ringer for Meiko. So my friend talked me into dressing up as her for Halloween! Now to find a red vest and matching skirt in my size within the next month. That'll be the hard part; no one makes short skirts and cute vests for girls my size, heh.