My mom gave me a little bit more to spend so I ordered a set of in-ear monitors instead of fussing with earbuds anymore. They should arrive on Sunday! The msrp is 300, but amazon currently has them for 230 and they get very very good reviews across the board so hopefully they fit ok and sound good. (I feel weird going into the pro side of things when I’m really just a hobbyist, but I have so many sensitivities and get migraines very easily that it’s hard to find audio equipment that works. :/)
So I used to think tuning in vocaloid was harder than tuning in utau, but now it’s the opposite. Even only using pitch bends and fiddling with portamento timing, it’s still easier than utau tuning now.