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  • I need help.

    What are some good, trustworthy places to buy laptops that you can pay in installments, either through credit or through payment plans? Best Buy's a bust, because apparently quad-core laptops with 8GB of RAM and 1TB of hard drive space that run Windows 10 is Too Much to Ask.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Ooh, I’ll have to check them out! Thank you!!
    uncreepy
    uncreepy
    Maybe you could consider focusing on finding a job, then after you get a source of income, reward yourself with the laptop. The full Miku NT isn't even coming out until August, anyway, and we don't exactly know which features are included with the beta version (doesn't even look like Cherry Pie will be in the beta, which is the most interesting part).
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    I know. I'm not even planning on getting her beta anyway (I'm too addicted to boxes). I'm definitely focused on finding a job; the reason I'm looking for places to find a laptop already is that I just like to have my bases covered. Piapro is hardly the only reason I want a new laptop. My current, God bless it, sucks, and I wanna make sure I know what kind of price range what I want is in so once I do get a job, I'll be able to budget accordingly.
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    SynthV may lack a Velocity parameter, but it does have the Tension parameter, which more or less makes up for it. The Lord yeeteth and He yoinketh away I suppose.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    See, I've made a lot of use of the note timing, but it just doesn't seem to work the same. I can't get the results I need no matter how much I try, working on both the affected note and the notes around it. Maybe I just need to practice more...
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    SynthV in general does seem to just need... a lot of practice to get what you want out of it. When you do though, it's stupid good
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    This is as close as I've managed to get using just the Note Timing, but, as you can hear, it's awkward and notes come in too early. I've spent about twenty minutes on his one section, and this is all I have to show for it.
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    God, I just... *clenches fists* I love Haiyi so much. The more I work with her the more I adore her.
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    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Truth be told, she's one of the trickiest vocals I've worked with (but not outright hard, like Prima/Tonio/Sonika). Outside of a fairly restricted range her voice becomes inconsistent and unpredictable, which, while fixable, takes a lot of tinkering and editing of individual notes. My God she's worth it though.
    Do y'all have favorite words, or is that just a dorky writer thing? Here's my personal favorites:
    • Defenestration
    • Inebriated
    • Bastardization
    • Rhythmic
    • Trepidation
    • Fuck
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    I don’t have one for English that I can think of off the top of my head but I really like the word 時々 XP
    Älfa Dröttning
    Älfa Dröttning
    Hipopotomonstrosesquipedaliofobia because it means a fear of long words
    This will always be one of my favorite things I've ever written.
    Well here's a steal if ever there was one: Miku V2 for under $12! The catch being, of course, that it's just her scratched-up (but still readable!) installation disk: no box, no manual, nothing. Still, if you just want her V2 voicebank, it's a steal.

    ...I'm tempted, but I'd probably never use her since I have her V4X and will be getting her NT this year, so the box is literally all I'd want, heh.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Shit, I didn't think of that... surely they'd send you the serial code. It's definitely sketchy, but I guess in this case you get what you pay for?
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    Yeah I suppose so!! If you're willing to bargain, at least it's cheap!
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    Rylitah
    It says it's just the CD and nothing else, so it doesn't seem like the serial comes with it. I've seen someone sell Sora's Voiceroid disc only without the serial, so it's something people do occasionally ^^;;
    Welcome to Peaches' Opinion Corner! Here's some stuff that's been on my mind:
    • When used correctly, SynthV isn't just easier than Vocaloid, it's much better. Listen to duets/trios featuring Xingchen and any of her sisters. Xingchen sticks out like a broken leg. I really hope she gets a SynthV release, because her potential could easily be tripled.
    • Wowaka's Unhappy Refrain and Hachi's Sand Planet had the same ultimate goal: address a notorious problem in the Vocaloid community (the lack of respect given to musicians for Unhappy Refrain, the slowing/dying down of the Vocaloid community for Sand Planet). Both are pessimistic and have a message, but Unhappy Refrain was a lot more successful in its delivery, as the topic it pressed was deeply needed, and proper credit for producers has become a much bigger thing than it was in Wowaka's heyday. Sand Planet, however, was just kinda mean, and I feel like it blatantly discredited the hard work of producers and fans trying to keep the Vocaloid fandom afloat.
      • I still love both songs, though, make no mistake. I just feel like Sand Planet could have been a bit more respectful, or at least suggest change...
    • Kaito English doesn't sound like Kermit, y'all are just mean.
      • (Though I'm not sure if a lot of people actually think that, considering I've only seen two memes about it, but one was from a popular Vocaloid YouTuber, so...)
    • Masa needs to release the off-vocal for STAR LIGHT. Dammit Masa it'd make a perfect OliLen duet, I'm dying over here!
    • In spite of the game's flaws, Save the Homeland has the best soundtrack of any BokuMono game. Its replacement with a new soundtrack (and Toy/Tony's redesign: they cut his ponytail off, and his model in-game makes him look like he has fish eyes from certain angles) is really the only area where Hero of Leaf Valley underperforms in comparison.
      • I also prefer the more fluid animations of StH: as gorgeous as HoLV is, it feels more stilted, and it takes away that realistic, almost gritty edge that made StH so charming.
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    Leon
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    I definitely thought Chiyu shone in that first song. Her voice was so... rich?
    That second song is so GORGEOUS. I can see what you mean about Synth V voices being more emotive, although I also thought Xingchen sounded good--
    CangQiong is still my queen, but damn did Haiyi sound good there too. Don't make me stan Quadimension I can't afford this I--

    And no worries at all!! That's really cute. I wish I'd ever been able to get into it when I was little!!
    DefiantKitsune
    DefiantKitsune
    @peaches2217 I listened to that one too and I still think Stardust blends fine tbh. CangQiong is the one who sounds wonky here (which is odd as she's sounded great elsewhere)
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    @Leon Ooh! If I may, here's another good example of my complaint about HoLV feeling stilted compared to StH: one of my favorite events from both games. (They should be time marked, otherwise they begin at 8:46 and 6:27, respectively. I'm sorry, these games - and especially Dia - just have such a special place in my heart.)



    Going back to Xingchen, I still think she sounds great in all of her uses that have been shared, it's just that she's noticeably different. It's not that she's bad or doesn't fit overall, it's just you can tell she's rendered through a different program, and I personally like the sound her sisters give off better. I love them all deeply.
    IA's officially up for grabs! I ended up starting her out at $60, with the option to buy her immediately for $85 (which is about what she runs through the Vocaloid website). If you're interested, help me out!
    I'm honestly considering reselling IA, because I just... don't see myself using her. The thrill of buying a packaged Vocaloid at half price overcame me, and that's honestly the only reason I got her.

    Would anyone be interested? After shipping she was $70, so I'll probably sell her for $50. That's nearly a third her boxed retail price.
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    //sweats

    I definitely don't need her but cheap 'loids are hard to pass up.

    Let me know if you don't sell her in like a week, I'll let actual IA fans have a chance first 🤣
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Can do! I'm listing her on eBay right now.
    I've been off the Mastodon server for the past few days because every time I go on there I feel so lost... I try jumping in and talking about UTAUs and art and cosplay and everything, but I feel like I'm on the outside desperately trying and miserably failing to get in on the fun. It feels like everyone is already friends and I just... have no place there.

    This is the only vocalsynth community I've ever successfully integrated into, and I'm not sure if it was just luck or if everyone kinda begrudgingly tolerates me and I'm oblivious to it... anyone else have those kinds of issues?
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Admittedly, that's what I've been doing, and that's why no one likes me I think. It's okay to have your own interests, but if no one shares those interests they won't like you. :yohioloid_lili:
    patuk
    patuk
    I wouldnt say no one likes you, just that people probably didnt have much to add to the conversation, but that doesnt mean they dont like you. Maybe just try asking people what their personal hcs/ships are, that type of stuff, to get general conversation going, or share those DA meme thingies!! those were always fun and someone might join in.
    uncreepy
    uncreepy
    Eh, Discord is only fast paced in certain places. Some chats fly by you can barely read them. For the general_chat on the VocaVerse server, there are maybe 3-7ish people at most chatting about something at one time (we generally take turns and switch topics when input slows down). There are a lot of sub chat thingies in it, too, so some of those don't get posts for several days.
    While I'm on the topic of BokuMono (as I will be for a while... I apologize in advance), I got to thinking: I've dropped a great, great, great deal of money on vocalsynths. One of my dreams when I was a kid was to be able to buy the original Harvest Moon, box and all, but I'd always thought it was hopeless because it was so expensive. Well, about ten minutes ago, I got to thinking: if I can pay $200 a pop for music software, I can pay the same to make an old childhood dream come true!

    Except I forgot just HOW expensive HM SNES was. This was the cheapest one I found.



    ...I got the game for $8 on WiiWare in high school. I think I'll stick to that for now.

    (To add insult to injury, you can find the Japanese version easily for under $20, and like $50 at most for a mint-condition copy with the box, game, and manual. The NA English version? Not happening.)
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    DefiantKitsune
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    Yeah Harvest Moon was a bit of a cult classic on the American side, so it kinda makes sense it's a bit rare. Still though, that's HIGH!
    Blue Of Mind
    Blue Of Mind
    SNES game prices went ridiculous a while back (both NTSC and PAL) because the people who grew up on it became nostalgic and tried tracking down their old games. I think PAL prices have come down/stabilised though, but some titles like Harvest Moon and Earthbound always stay high because people are always trying to get them, both for loose carts and boxed copies. (Boxed copies naturally have the most awful markups.)
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Yeah, the cartridge alone rarely goes for less than $200. As much as I’d love to have it, I can’t justify spending that much on just that. If nothing else, people on Etsy make copy boxes for like $10, and since I already have the game digitally that might be good enough.

    HM SNES and HM64 were both in the high-hundreds when I was a kid, and a few months back I managed to snag a cartridge of HM64 for $40. You can find fully-boxed copies for less than Miku’s V4X, so I guess I just kinda got my hopes up with the SNES game too, heh...

    (Also, fun fact: HM SNES was the first BokuMono game I ever got 100% Completion on, so it’s extra special to me!)
    I love doing these pointless things, and since I'm making BokuMono content to take a break from my Vocaloid series and come back to it with fresh eyes, I made this. I even awarded medals to my top three favorites!

    patuk
    patuk
    heeey isnt this one of those DA meme thingies? I loved doing those when I was like 13, this feels nostalgic gyhuij
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    Yup! I found this one on Tumblr. These are so much fun to do!
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    The snow's already melted. I was rooting for another snow day tomorrow; I don't have classes on Fridays, so that would've given me a whole week off. Ah well. Tomorrow's Imaginative Writing, which is easily my favorite class this semester so far, so I'm fine with it not getting canceled.
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    haha lucky!! I'd like a week off to snow. We haven't had it bad enough to get days off in a while :')
    I somehow keep underestimating exactly how bad I am at art until I decide it'd be fun to draw again... I've already invested so much time into three more My Ship in Five Minutes memes that I can't turn back now, but my GOD I should never be allowed to attempt art again.
    patuk
    patuk
    ftzguio youre allowed to have fun, no one needs to be the best and most amazing at everything.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    True, I guess... it's just I want to post stuff I work so hard on, and no matter how much time I spend on art it inevitably looks like a ten-minute bastardization by a twelve-year-old. If I don't post it, it rots in my computer and I wasted all that time for nothing, but if I do post it, everyone sees how talentless I am and laughs and/or cringes.
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    imo I don't think youre talentless and you certainly arent a lost cause, if youre unhappy with the way your art looks now you have the potential to improve and I'm sure people will cheer you on.
    So there wasn't just ice, it ended up snowing. There's a whole quarter-inch of snow outside. Every single school in the Arkansas River Valley is indefinitely closed as a result. This is amazing.
    Ah, the south. We're so ill-equipped to handle cold weather that all of the schools here, public, private, and post-secondary, have been cancelled tomorrow because there might be ice.

    Sometimes life here has its perks. Sometimes.
    Haiyi's SynthV icon is so small... I wonder if I could replace it? It looks kinda blurry even in the editor itself.

    Anyway, how's it sounding so far? Decent? Worse than a cold French horn?
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    Thank you guys! Any advice, anything I can do to make it flow better, or do y'all think it's okay so far?
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    Tbh I think it's good as-is for now! Maybe give her just a tad bit more gain on the music? There are a few parts where it's close to drowning her out, but it may just be my speakers/ears :')
    xuu
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    I love her...

    Haru.jpg (Napstina, their programmer) actually distributed transparent art of the characters and logos before. You can get them from here!
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