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  • Speaking of my dad: he’s the strongest reason I’m so into music. His side of the family has been highly musical since long before he was born even, and so from a young age I was surrounded by song. A common activity at family events is for someone to start up on a song (usually classic or southern gospel songs) and everyone else come in with various parts of the harmonies, which is where I got my ear for them.

    While I’ve long-since given up on singing (my brother’s the one who got that talent), I would be inspired by my dad’s stories as a child of people whose ranges were near-superhuman. And then I’d try to prove that mine was shaping up to be as well. I’d sing a single note, not even really holding it out, starting as low as I could manage and going so high my throat wouldn’t even produce a sound, and ask him where that set my range. He’d just laugh and say that was impressive, but one’s true range shouldn’t be measured by the absolute highest and lowest notes one can hit, no matter how uncomfortable or unlikely, but rather where one’s voice can shine most consistently. “You can push yourself in both directions, I think,” he’d tell me, “but you can’t really call it a solid range unless it’s something you can achieve comfortably and repeatedly.”

    And I still think about that every time I see an Utau whose creator markets their range as C1-B6. Just because it’s capable of producing noise at those notes doesn’t mean you should actually use them there, much less recommend users do just that. :clara_ani_lili:
    My dad has always been my biggest supporter with regards to my vocalsynth hobby, but I’ve been scared to share my works with him for a long time now because I don’t want him thinking I’m wasting all of my time, especially now that I’m a retail-working dropout living on her own. Gotta keep up appearances, y’know?

    We went to lunch together a few weeks ago, and he asked if I was still using my Vocaloids. I said yes, and I told him that I even reached 1.2k views with the very first Vocaloid he ever got me (which was Gakupo). He got excited and asked to listen to it, then he listened to a few more, and he told me to send my stuff over to him any time.

    So last night I sent him a quick side-project that I don’t intent to publish (Rikka singing Henshoku so I could test how far I could push her tension and breathiness). As of now, he said he and my stepmom have listened to it several times (it’s only the opening chorus, so it’s quite short), and they’ve also sent it to my grandparents, my uncle, and my great-aunt.

    Man, this is the ego boost I’ve been needing for so long. I know it’s probably just him trying to be supportive no matter my skill level, but it’s nice. 🥺
    Oh boy, I'm finally gonna look into VoiceVox! It sounds really neat, and since it's free it wouldn't hurt anything--

    "Namine Ritsu for VoiceVox : ) "

    ...Never mind. 😭
    Me, a fool: "I don't really like getting invested into ongoing series, especially if they're emotional. I prefer the more mindless fluff! I don't like being made to feel really strong emotions and cry and stuff like that."

    Also me, having just inhaled the first four volumes of A Man and His Cat, my face coated in tears and mucus: "Little by little, the sky grows light. I'm fine. I'm doing well. Don't worry, my love."
    I tend to feel really guilty for the way I portray Kiyoteru in my writing; there's a fic I've been working on for nearly three years now that I keep getting too discouraged to pick back up because I keep thinking, "Everyone's gonna hate this. They're gonna read three paragraphs and say 'That's not Kiyoteru! You bastardized him!'".

    But like,,, his Natural and Rock/teacher and rockstar characteristics being portrayed as two facets of his personality so wildly different that they almost qualify as alters isn't too outlandish, is it? I mean, one of his promo images (posted below) alludes to the concept, so at the very least I'm not just pulling this out of nowhere. I just worry I'm gonna be the one that executes the concept so poorly that it ends up grouped in with Kagamine twincest and hardcore guro as some of the worst fics the fandom has to offer, and my already lukewarm reception as a writer will go outright cold.


    It's literally just smut, most people can overlook logical fallacies to read about two guys banging, why am I stressing so hard over this
    Everyone, please join me in welcoming Kaai Yuki and her travel companion, Kaai Ushi! (I originally called her Cow Yuki, but let's be real, Kaai Ushi has a better ring to it.)

    Yes I know my papasan is covered in cat hair, don't judge me.

    Looking her over, I'm still incredibly shocked I was able to nab Yuki for under $40. I figured her box would be damaged or stuff would be missing and maybe the only sure thing would be the activation code, but nope! If not for just a tiny little dent on the corner of her cover box, you wouldn't think she's been off the shelf since her release twelve years ago. She's even got her original promo materials, including a giant sticker. She's in immaculate condition, second only to Meiko V1 for the most mint-condition secondhand 'loid I've ever bought.

    Welcome, both of you!
    I have a hard time accepting that I can't learn everything all at once, and that sometimes I have to be patient. It's a major reason that I've never been much good at retaining foreign languages in spite of my adoration of and skill in mimicking them. A typical conversation I find myself having with my Slovake.eu printouts as of late:

    • "The rhythmic rule dictates where the ending letter of an adjective is elongated. Here's the details of that rule."
    • "Ah, that makes sense!"
    • "Of course, there's numerous exceptions to this rule. It's more of a point of reference than a strict rule, really."
    • "Understandable. Care to show me a few of those exceptions so I know what to look out for and the whole concept feels a little less overwhelming?"
    • "Now let's conjugate 'byť'!"
    • "SHOW ME THE EXCEPTIONS OR I'M GOING TO BURN YOU AND START OVER SOMEWHERE ELSE YOU DUMB BYČ"

    Ah, God grant me patience. Slovak is such a beautiful language and I'm dating its most beautiful speaker and that alone is motivation enough, but one of these days I'll have to accept that not immediately knowing everything and being confused is just part of the process and no reason to get discouraged.
    sketchesofpayne
    sketchesofpayne
    My method is to go over everything once very briefly, then go back to the beginning and go through it slowly and thoroughly. I always want to have a full overview of what lies ahead before I'm ready to get into the details.

    Sometimes on long sections of non-fiction reading (book, article, whatever) I go through and read the first line of every paragraph before I read it all beginning to end. It gives me an idea of what I'm going to encounter as I read through it. It's rare that I find an author who can deliver the content in a linear fashion makes me feel informed of where we're going before we get there.

    Other people get overwhelmed and skittish when given too much information at once. I say to give me all the information, I'm going to look over it, fully aware that I'm not going to remember or understand most of it. But it conditions my subconscious to be aware of what to look out for once I start learning it all. It's like seeing a map of a country before riding a tour bus through it. It gives you some context for what you're seeing, rather than just letting the tour guide drip-feed you bits of it as you go along.
    Tsuina's actually not what I was expecting, not by a long shot. Demos and her previous products led me to believe she'd be another moe vocal, and I, lover and protector of all things moe (fight me, I don't care, moe voices are far more versatile than people give them credit for), was eager and looking forward to that. So I plugged her Standard Lite into a piece I had originally tried covering with Rikka, thinking her cuteness and clarity would give it that extra oomph that Rikka's softer, more realistically youthful tone couldn't.

    But she's not "cute" in the way I had been expecting. Honestly, I think Rikka Standard has her beat out in the cuteness category. She's nice and clear, but oddly deep-toned, closer to Matcha than Azuki, so to speak.

    And holy crap, I love her. I was already set on getting her Standard, but I can really see myself using her a lot, not as a standard, lovely moe vocal, but as a genuinely unique and beautiful voice in her own right.

    Tsuina-chan I would die for you
    Prism
    Prism
    I was testing her out too and she's such a interesting vocal like she's cute but not unrealistically high pitched and her pronunciation is unique and her ai tune offers a different idol singing style. I wonder how she'll sound will nemu or haiyi.
    Blue Of Mind
    Blue Of Mind
    I'll be honest, I haven't been interested in Tsuina up until now, and even I'm surprised by how different she sounds. She sounds youthful, but not in the usual "moe" way that's been overdone in vocal synths at this point.
    Ah, finally cleared out my SoundCloud! Now no one's unfortunate ears will have to stumble across my subpar works and suffer. Now to build up the nerve and clear out my YouTube... that one might take some time, heh.
    For reasons I can't quite explain, I've recently been fascinated with the Mario series and have been inhaling as much info on it as possible (ironically it has nothing to do with the Chris Pratt movie coming up either. I genuinely have no clue what triggered this). It's led me to the discovery that Charles Martinet's first commercial stint voicing him was neither Super Mario 64, as is commonly claimed, nor Mario's Game Gallery as the latter fact is usually corrected to. It was a pinball machine from 1992, which used some of his voice recordings without his knowledge (possibly recordings from his very first audition tape, though I don't know if that's been confirmed or denied yet).



    Honestly? I really, really like the way he sounds here. It's not as iconic, sure, but it's got the beginnings of the Mario voice we all know and love, and it's jovial without being outright falsetto. Like, I honestly kinda wish this was the direction he ended up sticking with, because it's just super, super pleasing to my ears.
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    I didn’t realize that a Mario pinball machine was Charles Martinet’s first role as Mario! I thought for the longest time that it was Game Gallery!

    and i need to mention that there’s a video game I play that has Charles Martinet voicing the villain, and everytime i hear him, i think of mario lol
    parallax_fifths
    parallax_fifths
    I was always under the impression that Charles Martinet's first role as Mario was doing voice work for interactive displays at video game conventions or something.
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    @parallax_fifths it was! The pinball machine was just the first commercial usage of that voice (in other words, the first time pre-recorded audio clips were used for a product rather than him being hooked up to a motion capture rig for a live audience).
    A GIGANTIC thank you to the mod team for tackling the recent issues. If there's anything I can do as well to assist, please let me know! Otherwise, I'm going to do my best to help revert VVN to the comfortable, fun place I've always known it as.
    Rylitah
    Rylitah
    Of course!! I've proposed a plan about a certain thread to the other mods that I'm waiting for feedback on, and I'm hoping it'll at least solve that big elephant in the room. The absolute last thing I want to do is make anyone feel silenced or oppressed about expressing their opinions, positive or negative, but at the very least my biggest concern is removing the content that is directly attacking other users or making them feel unsafe/unwelcome (and if we remove anything that anyone has an issue with we absolutely are open to discussing that and restoring content if we exercised our power too much) - beyond that, I hope we can keep making VVN a safe place for all users and prevent anything like that from happening again. :kiyoterunatural_lili:
    Can I rant about my writing? I'm gonna rant about my writing.
    Shortly after Kung Fu Panda 3 came out, I came up with a concept: being dead and then returning to the world of the living 500 years later granted Kai immortality and limitless power, to the extent that Po had to kill himself just to send Kai back to the Spirit Realm and defeat him once and for all. Po was, with no ambiguity, dead, and he was able to return to the world of the living, just as Kai had. So would that mean Po is now immortal as well?

    I'm sure I'm not the first one who had that thought, but I was the first to write about it. I wrote a short fic in which he grapples with his newfound immortality that ends on a gentle note... until the last two lines shatter the illusion of peace. I was known for my KFP-stanning in college and showed the draft around to my friends and roommates. Three of them cried. One of them pelted me with pillows from the breakroom while shouting "You monster! You're a monster!" (all in good fun, of course; we were laughing the whole time). I showed it to my dad and he choked up. It was one of my most popular pieces on Tumblr, and a few years after leaving Tumblr I posted it to Ao3. It has over 1,000 hits and is nearing 200 kudos. I get notifications on it and some of my other KFP-centric works at least three times a week.

    I wrote it five, nearly six years ago. And that's the last time I can remember being able to elicit such an emotional reaction from anyone with words on a screen alone.

    That's part of why I've lost my drive for writing. I still love it as much as I always have, but I'm just... not good anymore. Maybe I can write stuff that's technically fine or even good, but I can't inject my soul into it as I once could. Instead of tears or laughter, the strongest reactions I've gotten from anybody with anything I've written in the past two years is "Oh, that's nice". And I don't know what I need to do to get back to where I was. I can write and write and write until my writing is technically perfect, but no amount of practice is gonna make my readers feel anything other than "Oh, that was nice. Now where was I?". That's a skill I don't have anymore. And if I can't make people feel with my writing, is there even a point to writing anymore?
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    sketchesofpayne
    sketchesofpayne
    It's important to keep practicing writing, even if it isn't giving you the results you want, so that one day when the inspiration strikes you'll be able to make another great work.
    Now who is this adorable, sweet girl whose listing has just been sold? Why, it's Kaai Yuki! Her original voicebank, no less! I wonder what lucky peach is gonna be bringing her home~?


    (I've wanted Yuki for so long but could never justify her price because she works for like 5% of what I usually do, but I found her for like $30 on Mercari and I couldn't say no, it was a sign, Yuki sweetie I'll take such good care of you 😭 )
    I'm still astonished that the majority of negative Amazon reviews for JAPANESE Vocaloids featuring sets of synthetic JAPANESE vocals for a JAPANESE audience are "The instructions are in Japanese! Don't buy this!"

    Also, I love how the majority of these people just... forget that Google exists? Literally Googling "How to install Vocaloid" brings up dozens of English-language results tailored for English-speaking audiences.

    Hoo boy.
    So I’ve developed an addiction to Silk Ultra. I picked up the chocolate and unsweetened flavors last night because 20g of protein per serving, with seven servings per carton, with each carton only costing about $4 at Walmart? I’ve been paying quadruple that trying to find alternative protein sources, so it was worth a shot, at the very least.

    It’s literally indistinguishable from regular dairy milk. I drank half the carton of chocolate while watching my shows before I realized how much I’d had. I poured the unsweetened milk over a bowl of cereal and didn’t leave a single drop by the time I went to wash the bowl. The only thing that separates it from dairy milk? It doesn’t kill my stomach.

    I’m in heaven. :ia_ani_lili:
    I'm set on getting Kasumi before the Color Voice Series is discontinued, but I'm also considering getting the two old folks. As you can guess by the fact that I don't remember their names, I don't really care about them. But what if I regret not picking them up? After all, once they're gone, they're gone, and they're not coming back.

    On the one hand, rare collectables. On the other hand, $70 for two banks I'll probably never use. Gah, I wish I wasn't so intense about these things...
    Legally Pipp Petals
    Legally Pipp Petals
    GET THE BOOMER VBS YAAAAS
    MillyAqualine
    MillyAqualine
    Same feel since those three are my top fave TwT"' And at the same time, if i was having money to quick splurge, i'd get the whole six because Airi and Minato are nice (plus I love how Airi shares same voicetype as MEIKO so it's a bonus point here) and yuudai well.... Poor boy is the most cursed and I'd use him less, but at the same time it'd be sad he'd be the only one who isn't saved and I could still use him as a BG vocal or make very specific ballads for him so yeah... tough choices
    peaches2217
    peaches2217
    I already have Minato, Airi, and Yuudai thankfully! It's a matter of completionism for me I guess. I don't particularly want the other two, but what if I regret not getting them?
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