Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kei soft append

Here is the release of Kei's soft append~



Voicebank: http://www.mediafire.com/?hnx8jpzbdx719zb

I really like how this append came out... it's so nice and... well, soft. XD Enjoy!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Jaku ACT 2.2 Update

Yeah, Jaku's ACT 2 is old news and all, but I keep it up for download because A: It has a different voice-type than her ACT 3, and B: it isn't tri-pitched, and so it is smaller in size in cause people would rather download that.

But her ACT 2 was outdated, and I haven't looked at it in a while. I noticed some problems when I opened it up. First of all, there were no frq files included with the bank, making it inconvenient. Second, the oto was badly outdated.

Both things have been fixed. The oto.ini has been updated, and the bank now has frq files. The bank is now labeled ACT 2.2 and is available on the UTAU page.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

GLIDE

Not much to say here, but here's a better use of Jaku's VCV bank.



Release TBA... just like the others. But I'm taking the time to add what I hope will be some neat stuff, like extra sound and images so I hope I can make all of their VCV banks pretty special.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Jaku's new VCVs!

Yeah! Jaku's getting a new VCV bank! The old one was very bad and blah. So, I've actually already finished recording and otoing. I'm getting faster at this, this is easily the fastest time I've made a full VCV bank. I recorded everything last night and finished otoing it all this afternoon.

So without further ado, here is a preview:

Monday, November 19, 2012

New website!

Don't let the title fool you there, not much is changing. The blog is staying the same and everything on it and I will continue to update it (when I get the chance, every so often!) but I thought I would announce that I made a more "official" UTAU-based website.

http://sonictheunknown.wix.com/soundofclouds#!home/mainPage

I used Wix to build the website, if you couldn't tell, and it has such a great interface and easy to customize layout. It has pretty much all the information that is here, minus some extra MMD stuff not pertaining to UTAU... well at the moment there is no MMD stuff, as I haven't added it yet and trying to figure out a nice way to integrate it.

Meanwhile, though, I released an "official" preview of Kei's VCVs (why do I keep putting official in quotations? I don't really know)



Love the song, and glad I got the chance to finish a little piece of cover art. When will Kei be released? I don't know. Hopefully after Kame since his VCVs were debuted first.

Oh, but I nice little something about Kei's VCV bank: I'll be including a new model! I hope you look forwards to it, I haven't shown it anywhere yet besides in silhouette.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kei VCVs!

That's right, Kei's getting another voicebank update! Not that I'm not happy with his Act 3 bank, I really am. But when I asked what bank would like to be seen next, well, 50% of those who answered said a VCV bank for Kei! (2 people responded, so that means 1 wanted to see a VCV bank, the other one English). So that's what I did last weekend was record and oto a VCV bank for Kei.

I'm excited about this because I never thought I could give Kei VCVs. I didn't think I could keep the recordings consistent. But I did it! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Here's a test I did with it:



Bad mixing aside, I'm really happy.

So, it's pretty much done aside form fine-tuning the otos (I did them in a rush). When will I release it? I don't know, I still need to release Kame's VCV bank!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Genki MMD Model

It's not often I edit models anymore, but when I do it's because... well, because I really want the model but don't have time to make it from scratch!

So recently I decided to make a Professor Genki model. I made the head, tail, feet, and pocket on the jacket in Metasequoia myself, but the rest I edited off an Idolmaster model. I think he does well in MMD, and I'm offering a distribution link of him as well, so I hope you all enjoy using him if you decide to. xD



Genki download: http://www.mediafire.com/?wwe24z2cy3xa7rq

Also in the video is a Miku model by Sosou, which I also edited to wear the "Sexy Kitten" outfit. Going off the readme, it says ok to edit, but kind of fuzzy around the redistribution area. So she won't be distributed to be safe for now, until I learn otherwise.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nothing too special today. I haven't been very active with UTAU in general because of fall semester! But be certain that I haven't just dropped off the face of the earth. Here's a new cover I made for a contest on DA, also serving to sort of "officially" re-release her updated strong append. Yeah it's been a little while since I updated it, but still.



Art by TerrainAkka on DA (http://terrainakka.deviantart.com/)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Jaku bank updates


Ok… soooooo…
I updated Jaku’s bank with a new oto. I was going through and was like “what the fuck how did I think this was ok.” I do this like, every time. How so many things get past my radar… I don’t know. But I’m glad I went back to check it. 
So it’s done.
And here is a link to ONLY the oto in case you already downloaded her bank (it’s like, massive, so there’s not sense in downloading the whole thing again…): http://www.mediafire.com/?5n2bnmpv5tf73t7
And I updated her Strong append too, again. 
So yeah, as usual, let me know if you find any problems and I’ll get to fixing them. 
After I update Jaku’s soft append and finally release it, I think that will be the last for her CV banks. I really want to overhaul her VCV. I took it down because it’s really bad. Hopefully I can record this weekend since I’m going home for a night. I’ll probably only do mono-pitch because I’ll be pressed for time, but I want to add more pitches later if it turns out all right. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Kei Act 3 Release




Voicebank: http://www.mediafire.com/?eb2p5pw11fjb1aa

Well, I'm really happy to be releasing Kei's Act 3 update as well. I really wanted to get this out there; and don't worry, Kame's VCVs will be next, I promise.

I won't to make ultra-sure everyone is aware that you should put a flag g3-6 on this voicebank to get the best results, without it won't sound AWFUL but it will lose that tiny bit of manliness. So please use the flag! It's in the readme as well. After that you can go apeshit with any flags you'd like.

So, hope you enjoy!

UST by Dark3li

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kei Act 3

That's right. Kei is ACTUALLY getting a new voicebank. And oh god, it sounds so much better. Here's a preview.



See?? I really love how this voicebank has turned out. There are a few samples I forgot to record though, so I'm waiting until I do those to release him, obviously. OTL I also feel a little leery about making him public, since he needs the g3 flag to sound at his best, and I don't know how many people would remember.

Also, I finished the video for over 100 subscribers on Youtube! Yay!! I feel like I really accomplished something, though it's not many to most people. I'm happy though. So enjoy this video, if you aren't too utterly disturbed by it.



In other news, yeah, fall semester started, so I won't have as much time to work on stuff. But hopefully I'll slowly be able to get things done.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hekine Chinji - finished




I finally got this model done! The skirt took the longest, holy shit, but it turned out all right. Of course the ribbon physics are fucking with it, but I've spent so long on this, I REALLY need to move on so I can finish more things before fall semester starts.

The model here actually has no shaders on it, and no self-shadowing, which is how it looks best in my opinion. I hope you like it.

UTAU Hekine Chinji belongs to TheSnowSongstress
Model by me in Metasequoia
Mixing also by me ouob
UST by Axelfel
Motion by sm16541422

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Updates

Ok, I need to dump a few updates here.

First of all, my laptop is out of commission for a few days, since I need a new battery and power chord. So I can't work on model trades, but just for a little while! Don't worry, I'll be back to it in a few days. When I left off I was adding physics to Hekine's Append model. It's getting close to done! All that remains are her skirt and ribbons... long skirts like that are so complex.

Second of all, 100 subscribers on Youtube! Whoo! I'm planning out what I'll do in celebration. It'll be a little while though, since I wasn't really on the ball with this. But I hope it's a good surprise.

Third, I updated Jaku's strong append. No re-recording or anything, I just fixed her oto up a lot, so hopefully it's better to work with! The updated download link is on the UTAU page.

Fourth, I'm thinking I'll be releasing her soft append as well. I used it once, in the "Gommene Gommene" cover, and it's a rather nice voicebank to work with, so I think I'll release it. Look forwards to that, maybe? :D

Fifth, I'm trying to update Kei to a new Act3 as well! It's not going too well. But hopefully I can get it to work, because he really needs a better voicebank. I've decided I'll give him Japanese "r" sounds after all, but I'll include a set of American "r's" though his Japanese ones will be the default.

Sixth, Kame's VCVs are still in production. But here is a preview.



And I think that's all for now!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kumone Jakuon Act 3 Release




Voicebank DL: http://www.mediafire.com/?4e8utsdxii16d7l

This bank has been nearly finished for a few weeks, I finally overcame a few hurdles that made it incomplete, and now it is complete!

Next update Jaku's gonna get will either be a new VCV or new English. Haven't decided yet. But I have to give some love to my other UTAU too. o3ob

This is my first tri-pitched bank. :D If you come across any problems with it, please let me know. The prefix.map should be working and correct.

Enjoy ~

UST by Dark3li

(I am, in fact, keeping Jaku's ACT2.1 up for download. Since ACT3 is such a big jump in difference, it doesn't seem right to just abandon the previous one. The quality is still good, but the voice-type is very different.)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New art! (And VCVs... for Kame!)

I've been adding a lot of awesome art to the fanart page! Everyone should go check it out! ouo/

For clarification, fanart is just art from other people, and most of it is commissions, requests, or trades, and only a few pieces actually qualify as "fanart." xD; I might change the page title. But it makes me feel special.

Honestly how do people get so many people to draw their UTAU just for the hell of it? Oh well. I love doing nice things for people (and getting nice things back!)

In other news, as you can see by the post title up there, I'm working on a VCV bank for Kame. I actually recorded one last weekend, but I didn't like it much, so I'm redoing it. I was pretty impressed with being able to record and oto it in 3 days, as opposed to Jaku's 3 months. But perhaps just taking a bit more time will help improve Kame's bank.

So I'll be working on that in the next few days. Here's to hoping this one turns out well. And then one day I want to give Jaku a tri-pitched VCV bank!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jaku Act 3 Preview



Well, you've actually already heard this new voicebank, I used it in the Bacterial Contamination cover below. But I think this is more "official." XD

Anyways, this new tripitch bank is going to be Jaku's Act 3. I love using it way more than her current core bank. This one has been re-recorded, and has a much better, strong voice. I know Jaku has a strong append but this is still quite different from that even.

So I really love how this bank turned out. I'll be releasing it once I finish working on the oto, and figure out how to export it with the prefix map. :P

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cherish - Textures

Finally finished modeling and texturing.


I tried a few new things this time, a lot with the face, because the faces I've been modeling so far have been hard to add expressions to. Because that's the way PMDe is I guess. (The face kinda looks derp in Metasequoia, but it looks a lot better in PMDe and MMD for some reason...)I tried transparent textures too, like in the hair.

Also I've made some custom toons. And I have to say, she looks really great in MMD. Once I get her rigged I'll show some pics.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pokerface

For some reason, I forgot to put this here the other day! Whoops. Oh well. I just recovered Pokerface with Kei's English bank. His old cover was pretty awful, and used only engrish to boot. So here is the new, and much improved one.



Also been working on a new voicebank for Jaku. I just finished, her tri-toned bank. It sounds pretty different, and scarily, she's starting to sound more and more like me. *sob* So here's a preview.



I probably won't make this her Act 3, maybe it'll act as more an append. But I don't know. I like it way more than her current core voicebank.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

I'm Sorry, I'm Sorry




I've had this cover done for a while, and I really liked it so I held out to make some art for it... I'm happy with it... happy enough I guess. It more or less matches what I envisioned, and it was my first time doing anything bloody/gory. xD; So there are many problems I'm sure, but successful for a first time. \o/

I know the song is awful, but at the same time I like it... it sounds cool... but the lyrics... yikes. At least it's in Japanese.

So I played with Jaku's appends in this one, her strong, and a soft one I recorded some time ago but never used or released. But they work really well here I think. Plus I lowered the octave, it's nice hearing her lower for once. I might play with that more.

So yeah! Love for Jaku! the kind of love that leaves her horribly maimed and dismembered I guess. eeehhh. Maybe she'd be happier if I didn't give her love.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

New model - Hekine Cherish Append

Yup, already starting on a new model. I have quite a few lined up so I shouldn't be at a loss for things to model for quite some time. (Although one of these days, I want to redo Jaku's model, eventually make a model for Kame, and Shigi's UTAU Hasuko)

But for now I've been doing trades because it's a fun way to branch out and model things that I wouldn't usually. So my current on is Hekine's Cherish append, asking for by Snow-Songstress. And it's going along pretty well so far.


Sorry she doesn't have a head yet. XD She will! She will of course. But this has been a good learning experience. More skirt physics on the way, plus I learned how to use the bend tool in Metasequoia! Super handy.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Aragi is finished!

Now Aragi's physics are finished, and I'm very excited about her. The physics aren't bad, and for the second time making skirt physics, I think it turned out really well! So enjoy this video with both Aragi and Arago.



And, of course, a pic of them both. (didn't really feel like posing after all this XD)

Now to move onto other things. Of course I'll update when I start a new model. I really think I'm starting to get a hang of this, and one day I want to redo Jaku's model because I still don't like it much. xD

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Aragi Textures and rig (basic)

Tonight I finished texturing and rigging Aragi! Well, the basic rig at least. She has no expressions or physics yet.



See? Just a basic rig. xD Her physics and expressions will come soon. For now have some nice leg-through-skirt action.

I'm really happy with her though, she turned out super cute. >3< And I love how she looks in MMD.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Aragi Pipa Modeling - done (FINALLY)

Oh, finally, I finished Aragi's model. +falls over+ I had this really big project to do that I had to model and animate for, so modeling in my off-time was killing me. Also it took me a while of figuring out what to do about the hair. But, here she is, now!


If I may be completely honest, I really think she turned out ADORABLE. Now to unwrap and texture. I was getting Metasequoia to crash while I was unwrapping so hopefully I can resolve that. +crosses fingers+

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ugh

Oh man. So tired right now. So tired I forgot to post this when I uploaded it the other night, here for some reason, but I remembered everywhere else. -3- So here is a cover of Kei and Kame's World's End Dancehall.



I really wanted them to sing together, because I thought it'd be fun. And I love this song. :D Though with them I think it's funny... because I don't think they'd get along real well.

Basically I always imagine Kei being self-conscious about his softer voice, even though he never shows it, and basically hides it by being egotistical, he figures if he pictures himself as important and popular, other people will start to as well. Of course it doesn't work that way and he feels he is working in vain.

Along comes Kame. Suddenly he has a voice that a lot of people like, and Kei is pretty jealous. But he's also mad at Kame for being a lazyass and he doesn't ever have to work as hard as he does to get people to like him.

Pretty much an undeclared rivalry that Kame isn't even aware of, but Kei's all seething in the background, and he's probably a dick to Kame for that reason.

this is my blog stfu I write what I want.

And I figure out that I never write about my UTAU as characters. So they might seem kind of lifeless. But they have personalities and stuff, and I RP with them sometimes.

idk. I think I went off on a tangent.

Uh, here's the art I guess.


Friday, June 22, 2012

New English bank?

Because, I love UTAU who sing in English, I've been recording and English bank for Kame. I can only work on UTAU things during the weekend because the computer where I live doesn't support it. xD; So like, yeah, during the weekend I just go into super-productivity-UTAU mode or something because I need to get it all out. (sometimes)

But yeah, finally finished completely oto-ing that today! And here's a test with a little UST I scrapped together.

So, English Kame, yay/nay? I don't really care. English is getting more fun to work with as I learn to use it, but it's still not... great.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kame Beach Voicebank Release

Yup! I finished up Kame's voicebank and now he's all ready for release. I'm surprised by the support he's gotten, but it makes me so happy. So here he is. And I hope everyone enjoys him. <3



Voicebank DL: http://www.mediafire.com/?i4lvp4uw5b65upc

Let me know if there are any issues!

Also, adding the subtitles to this vid took way too long. :x

Someday I hope to record English CV VC and maybe even VCV for him.

Monday, June 4, 2012

New Model: Aragi

All right, after a bit of delay, I've been modeling again! This time, like I said before, I've been modeling Aragi for true-aragon on DA, who is Arago's sister. I'm looking forwards to finishing her so I can have them both dancing together. xD And sadly I just haven't modeled as many females as males, so it's good practice for me.


There we are so far. This will mean I will have to try making skirt physics again which I still haven't mastered yet. xD

Friday, June 1, 2012

UTAU Newcomer - Kame Beach

All right! Offical debut! How exciting... for me at least. xD Here's Kame.



So... I think I will release his voicebank one day, but there's more sounds I want to record for it first. So we'll see what happens. Hope you like him!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New UTAU Preview

Hey! This kinda came out of the blue. Last weekend I was sort of stuck with not much to do and so I began experimenting with recording. I tried some voice acting and pitching, and before I knew it, I had recorded and oto'd a brand new UTAU. So I've taken some time to design and name him: please say hello to Kame Beach.


As you can see I've gone in a totally different direction than I did with Jaku and Kei, which will also be extremely evident in his voice. But I won't post a sample yet~ My plan is to officially debut him this Friday or Saturday, mostly because I still have to fix a few things and also because I wanted his birthday to be in June. xD

But yeah. :3 Hopefully he'll be well-recieved, and after I debut him, I'll probably release him as well.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jaku VCV release!

Yup, about time I released Jaku's VCV bank! Well, I did say I was going to wait until her birthday. Her birthday is actually the 28th, but with me moving and stuff, I don't know if I'd be able to make some by then if I waited after today. xD So here, it is now.



Voicebank download: http://www.mediafire.com/?88q0nqwk2qp9cu8

My first time releasing a VCV bank! So if there are any problems, let me know. xD; I'm excited to finally have this out here, even if no one really pays it any mind.

So yeah! Happy early birthday, Jaku! You're two years old!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Kei English CV VC Beta

I think I might start putting up Kei's English voicebank for beta download. I'm not entirely happy with it yet, but I want to start getting other people's opinions on it. I've re-recorded a lot of samples and I'm just not satisfied enough to release it into the wild.

So uh... I'll make a more official announcement someday, and actually contact people about it, but right now I just had the random idea so I thought I'd throw it out there. If by chance you are interested in beta-ing his English voicebank, contact me or just drop a comment. I'll give a link and password to the download.

In other news, I've been surprisingly busy. Moving on Monday. A bunch of extra shit to do for class, despite the semester is over. Ahhh bullshit. I will be getting back to modeling soon hopefully.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ah, nearly there

Arago's model is almost done! Facials and physics are now added, and now I just need to fix some of the rigging in the shoulders and legs, and I want to fix up some of the facials and textures as well. But THEN. Then he'll be finished and I'll move on to a new one, his sister, Aragi Pipa. :D

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Arago Textures and Rig

Progressed further with this guy, he is now unwrapped and textured, and rigged! Last two steps are physics and facials. I'm going to experiment a little with facials, going to try something new, so hopefully they will turn out better than what I've done before.



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Arago Model WIP

Put more work into the model today, and ta-da! The actual modeling is now done. Next step of course is unwrapping and texturing. The picture below doesn't have hands because like Kei's model I won't make them myself. xD I need practice making hands, it's true, but since I'm making a model for someone I want them to look nice and be presentable still.





I took some liberties with the hair, and tried a new technique with it, but I think it turned out pretty nice! And of course the model will look less plain once it has textures on it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New models? Finally!

Yup, I'm going to model more stuff this summer! I stopped briefly during the spring semester because, well, obvious reasons, mostly being I had to model for class instead, but now I'm free to make models at my leisure. However, I have the problem that I don't really know what to model. I might redo Jaku's at some point, and my girlfriend's UTAU Hasuko, but I decided to go out on a limb and do some trades, meaning I'd trade models for art. Not money, since I really just want more to practice with, but I'm willing to exchange my own effort with others'.

So the first model I'm working on is Arago Pipu, an UTAU by http://true-aragon.deviantart.com/
I'm fairly thrilled to be modeling a guy, but there's some girls on the list too. xD Well, I need to practice modeling more women characters anyways, especially.

So here's what I have so far.



Well, not too recognizable yet, but I have one of the hardest parts done, the face. xD The hair will take some playing with to decide how to do, but I'll probably finish up everything else first. The eyes are only textures because I get a little creeped out when the model's eyes are blank, even while I'm just working on them. I don't know if I mentioned that before, but yeah. xD

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Paradise

Well, been working on this UST for the last month or so, and I'm deeming it read for release. this is Coldplay's Paradise. I don't have much more to say... today wasn't a great day so I'm just throwing this up here for now.



UST Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?l2ac6m83dskl44j

The character art was done by http://crocesorriso.deviantart.com/
I love it, it's adorable. I'm starting to put some more art on the fanart page. Thanks so much.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Torinoko City

Oooh man. The last few weeks have been crazy with finals. But you know what? The semester is over now. Everything has been turned in, and so begins my week long break until summer class starts. Hurr. Actually less than a week now from when I'm posting this, I'm taking only one class this summer, once a week on Mondays. xD So I won't be too busy. Buuuut I do hope to be getting a job.

Anyways, aside from that, I redid one of Kei's old covers/videos. It's Torinoko city, which I did a while ago with his old voicebank and model. (such a hideous model) Here is the new one:



I'm happy, he sounds pretty nice here! Ah, Kei, such a diva, so finicky about what songs you'll sound nice on. And I guess for shits and gigs, here's the old cover, which I am ashamed of:



So much vast improvement. You've really come a long way, Kei. This older video was posted in September of 2011, so it's really not that old. Ok, never mind, that's like half a year right? Ha. Still though. So glad I've been working harder to get him to sound better.

Anyways, I should be updating more. I want to start working on some other personal projects of mine so UTAU may not be the first thing on my list, but I will work on it here and there. Ah, and one of these days, hopefully release Kei's English.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy birthday Kei!

All right, actually, Kei's birthday is on the 17th. But I'm gonna be busy this week so I want to make sure I get this all straightened out and posted. Ok? Ok.

First off -- I won't finished Kei's English VB in time. There's a lot of things that need fixing and some re-recording of sample that need to be done and I just haven't got the time to do it. D: So I'll be releasing him later when I feel more comfortable with him. Until then though, I finally ironed out some problems in my Human UST. it's not perfect, but I think it's as good as I can get it. So I'm releasing that today.



UST: http://www.mediafire.com/?6bzmd8w68ogtbco

So yeah! I think that's all the announcements for today. Kei's had a pretty good birthday. And coming next month is Jaku.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Birthdays~

Well been working on stuff since my last post. ouo

One of the exciting things is that Jaku's VCVs are finally done! Whoo! Only took what, 3 months to oto, but there you go. I think it's worth it.



So there's that! Also, the issue of... birthdays. Kei's is coming up, April 17th, which is this Tuesday. I got something special for him. I didn't mention it before because I didn't know if it would turn out, but it actually HAS turned out much better than I thought, so! On his birthday I think I'll release his English VC CV bank. 8) It's turned out surprisingly well, since Kei is such a pain to record. And even better than Jaku's English. That's oddly... accurate.



You can hear it there! I had some problems with some of the consonants I'm still working on, especially the s sounds as I'm sure you can tell in the first line. :'D But overall he is understandable, which is exciting. xD

So yeah, his birthday is coming up. And Jaku's birthday is May 28th. I think that's when I'll release her VCV bank. :D So just sayin, they would both appreciate any gifts you might want to send their way.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jaku STRONG Append Release

All right for the past week I've been recording and working on Jaku's "strong" append, and today I am releasing it! This is the first append I've made and I'm glad it turned out quite well and sounds strong, like I was hoping of course. xD So please, I hope you like it. You can download her new append here: http://www.mediafire.com/?a4azvr1ove5n5bb

And here's her first cover with the new append. :3

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jaku Act 2.1

I'm releasing an update to Jaku's voicebank. It's a bit short notice, but she needed a few things to be fixed. I always get complaints about her American "r" sounds so those have been re-recorded. I also edited her otos on the "h" "p" and "b" sounds. So, everything should be in working order. Download her update here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?6lbd69m63jh98l7

In the future when I have some time I'm hoping to make an append or two, since I never tried that before.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Reverse Rainbow

Just one of the rare times I actually draw for a UTAU cover I made. This was me experimenting with different samplers for the first time. Wow I really like fresampler with Jaku. I used bkh01 with Kei, but I'm still experimenting with it. Not sure if I like it better or not yet. There's some things I like and dislike about it.



Also here's just the pic because... well I like it. Nothing super awesome or anything, or experimental, I pretty much just played it safe with this one.




Monday, March 19, 2012

Bye Bye Sayonara

Just another cover/video... also a revelation that I don't really cover songs I actually want to, just ones that go together with a nice video. I find myself fiddling in MMD sometimes when I'm bored, and every so often I get a fairly pleasing video out of it. Then I'm like, oh darn, now I have to make the song. And it really sucks when its such a well-known and overdone song. Oh well. I digress. Here you go.



Also been working on Jaku's VCVs a bit more. Just got enough to cover this song, which I've pretty much wanted to do since I heard it. *_* Possibly even the reason I decided to record VCV in the first place? Haha, not really. But it's very pretty.

  Katayoku no Tori - Kumone Jakuon by sonictheunknown

Here VCVs will take forever to finish, though. So many samples, so many otos to do, and I only do a tiny bit at a time. >>

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hello/How Are You

Well it's spring break for me. I've had a little extra time on my hands, but haven't really made anything new. Here's a cover and MMD video because I'll be damned if I can crank out any art anymore I guess. xD



Yeah, since it's the school year, I don't know if I mentioned that I'll be updating my art blog more often with what I'm working on. If you're interested you can check that out. It's also mostly 3D stuff I'm doing for classes, but I also forget to update it very often. The links on the side bar, but also here: http://sessart.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 27, 2012

New UTAU covers and stuff

Ok first, well, I've been trying to make English USTs. Jaku's English voicebank isn't that great still, so I've been using Tony Yonne's English. It works VERY well. xD Anyways, you might know a while back I tried to cover Human, by the Killers, one of my most favorite songs. It was a very horrible, Engrish UST. So I remade the UST completely using an English voicebank.

  Human - Tony YonnĂ© by sonictheunknown

It sounds way better. xD though there are some mistakes here and there that I'm still fixing, mostly the timing of some of the words, and some consonants don't come out all the way. But definite progress. I'll release that when it's done.

I'm pretty sure this is Tony's user page: http://www.youtube.com/user/SkyIsland21

Speaking of UTAU covers, on a completely unrelated note, here's one of Jaku's I forgot to share. This was done over two weeks ago. I really like how it turned out, but it just slipped my mind I guess. Enjoy.

  Eat Me - Kumone Jakuon by sonictheunknown

Friday, February 24, 2012

New UST +Update

I had a little more free time on my hands, so I tried making a new UST. This is the first time I've tried making an actual Japanese UST. xD It's for the opening theme of Kyo Kara Maoh, only the TV version, but maybe sometime I'll make the full version.



UST download: http://www.mediafire.com/?nzskz4x2fbs225q

The UTAU I used is Note Dolcene, actually a UTAU I stumbled on a little while ago. I really liked his voice, and I actual made a model for him because... that's how I roll. Though I never posted anything here about it, no progress work or anything. xD I guess just because I finished him up so fast I didn't have a chance to post any WIPs. Or his final, for that matter. Eh. Well you can see it here.



Actually I'm still having problems with his eyes, sometimes they glitch for no discernible reason. :|

Note belongs to ChanterDolce, his youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ChanterDolce

Friday, February 17, 2012

Jaku English Voicebank, WIP

Well for the past few weeks or so I've been -very slowly- working on Jaku's English voicebank. I haven't had the time to do it all in one go so yeah, it's been taking a while. I have a lot of it oto'd, though I have to edit it still because I made a lot of mistakes. >> Also there are some missing sounds and some I should re-record because I didn't get them right the first time.

Anyways. here's a little preview, I guess.



I know everyone and their mother covers this song but it came with the English reclist I used. :Y

So yeah. You can actually understand some, or most of it. xD So I guess it's getting there. Phew. When it's good enough I might release it. I don't know how I feel about it yet.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jaku, model release

All right, so I'm done putting finishing touches on Jaku's model. Not to say there isn't a glitch here and there, but I've done what I could after mulling over the problems. So she's ready to go now!

So of course, the video, showing her off... for some reason I couldn't find this motion data with any lip syncing? xD Don't get confused, she DOES have all of her expressions.



Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?yztg2z4pibi87h4
Again, the password is "kumone"

I was thinking I'd make another stage to release with her, like I did with Kei, but I couldn't think of anything! So, it's just the model this time. Enjoy~

And now, I probably won't be as nearly as active as I was. With the new semester comes a whole lot of work, so I'm going to do my best to focus on that. Not to say I will be COMPLETELY inactive.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jaku model... and some vid spam

Ah, yesterday the power was out all day so there wasn't much progress I could do. @_@ Today though I put more work into Jaku. She has facial expressions and physics now! So she's pretty close to being finished. Some rigging and textures need work but... she is getting there.



So there she is... you can see what I mean about the rigging... her arms are kind of wacky and her skirt goes through her legs sometimes... though I'm not sure if these things can be fixed... maybe my geometry is just terrible... OTL

Ha, also that song suffered a lot while I was trying to cut it up to make it fit the video. it's too bad since I like how it turned out, I pretty much just gave up at the end, you can probably tell... xD Anyway I threw it on Mediafire, to give access to the MP3: http://www.mediafire.com/?bvfi8f93161v6l8

Aside from that, I did actually make another video today... since Jaku is close to done I thought I'd make a video with her, Kei, and Mole's two UTAU. I got the Pokerface motion a while ago and I really love it. It has spots for four characters, so that's why I wanted to use the four UTAU. xD The cover didn't turn out so well... I had to do a lot of splicing since the UST is only for one singer. It's ok... for some of it.



So, hmm. I am hoping Jaku will be done by the time this weekend is over. Also I need to get back to my homework. Sigh.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Jaku update

Worked on Jakuon a lot more. She now has textures and a basic rig! Whoo! Just need to fix up some rigging issues, like her legs going through her skirt, and some weirdness with her shoulders. Overall though, everything's pretty much in place. She still needs facial expressions and physics, but after that she's pretty much done!





Also I checked her back with Kei again. Ah, they look really good together. I'm glad I could keep the consistency between them.

Blah. I swear one day I will make more things with both of them because it just doesn't happen enough.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jakuon Model, onto UVs

Here's just a quick update. Been working on Jakuon's model, and now the modeling is all done! I really love how she's looking. I'm trying to get it so that she won't clash with Kei in the ways of proportion and style, and I put them next to each other for comparison briefly, but it's not very convenient in Metasequoia.

Anyway, here's her model!


This is really the first time modeling a woman of this figure, and also long hair! I actually like how her hair turned out. This new method I found of making it has been really great, and I think I'm getting gradually more comfortable with it.

Well, onto UV unwrapping, then textures! Then she'll look more amazing. :3

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Voicebank releases...?!

Yeah... so today I decided to take a bold step and release both Jakuon and Kei's voicebanks... :0 Not like anyone wants to use them, but I didn't want to seem like some kind of stuck up loser whenever I go "oh no, you can't download my UTAU! the are too GOOD for you!" when in reality it was because they just aren't very good... :'D

But, I think I've tweaked their oto's enough, even learned quite a few tips about otoing, and I think they're ready to be released into the wild. Right now they both only have standard Japanese CV voicebanks, but hopefully more in the future. I finished recording Jakuon's VCV voicebank the other night, so she'll probably have that one day! xD

The download links are on the "UTAU" page, but here they are too.

Jakuon ACT2 CV Bank
Kei ACT2.5 CV Bank

Kei is 2.5 because... well, I had rerecorded him again between his first one and now, and did a few covers with that one, even though I never actually released it. So it's really only my personal preference. :B

So to... celebrate, I guess, here is a cover with both of them, Cendrillon. It's been a while since I covered a song with a duet between them, and I think having both of their voicebanks done is a good occassion.

  Cendrillon - Kumone Keishi and Jakuon by sonictheunknown

Enjoy~

Friday, January 13, 2012

Jaku Model, WIP

All right, so been making some progress on Jakuon's model over the last few days. My first time, besides Adeliene, modeling a real female figure. I guess Adeline doesn't really count though because her breasts aren't AS prominent.


The purple is temporary, of course. It's only that color so I could actually see her tank top. xD Anyways, I'm still messing with her head/face, it's getting better, but I think it's a little big here. It's also not attached to the body, since that seam will be covered by her scarf anyways. I'm keeping her face high poly but her body low poly anyways, so I can keep the rest of her low poly.

Here's her face orthos, just because... well I'm amused by them... if only because they randomly turned out to look like something from Eureka 7. xD I mean... look dem eyes...

Also here's another cover... I know, I know, I'll cut it out. But I did this one because I made the UST ages ago but never used it. Well I finally did now... :P One day I'll get to recording English voicebanks, and then you can actually understand it rather than impossible to decipher Engrish. xD

  Spaceman - Kumone Jakuon by sonictheunknown

I'll throw the UST up on the UST download page if anyone wants it. I think it's one of my better ones. Of course I made it forever ago so if I want to make more I'll have to relearn... OTL

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jaku's New Voicebank

Well like I said, or I'm pretty sure I said the other day, I re-recorded Jaku. She's nearly done with her oto... and let me say... well darn. I've probably spent a maximum of 3 hours on her new voicebank and she already sounds really great. Like, a lot better. And yeah it's a good thing... but Kei has taken around 9 months to get to sound DECENT... OTL

But, that's good for Jaku! Here is a test for... well, I suppose it is her ACT2 voicebank. :0

  InfinitY - Kumone Jakuon by sonictheunknown

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy Synthesizer, plus neeew stuff

Haha, I had to use Mole's Seiji with Kei. It's been an aspiration of mine for a long time. Aspiration points, +500 get.



Kei's in a good spot right now. His model's done, and his voice is sounding nice. Mole made me a beautiful cover for him by the way, he sounds so good... sob.

  Kumone Keishi- Starduster by sonictheunknown

I think that's enough Kei for now though. All this time I've been neglecting Jakuon something fierce (and don't tell Kei, but I think she's the better of the two). It's really kind of sad, she sounds pretty good without any real effort of mine. It only took about 9 months to get Kei sounded decent.

Anyways. Jakuon made her debut... May 2010. And the most I've updated her is put a new head on her MMD model. :'D Serious, she is still running around with her 3DCG body. So I'm going to start giving her some attention. I re-recorded her voicebank as well, and I'm going to get to work otoing soon. I've also gotten to work on a new model for her, working on scratch in Metasequoia! No screencaps yet... they're downstairs. OTL

So yeah! Jaku, I'm so sorry, I hope all this is enough to make it up to you :'D

Friday, January 6, 2012

Kei model release, plus stage!

Ok! I know I've been spamming a lot about Kei. But this one's important. Why? I'm releasing his model. -3- Yup, fixed him all up and he's ready to go and see the world for the first time. How exciting.

But I decided to throw in an added bonus, and the download comes with a stage too. It's the first stage I've made, but I'm sure it'll be useful to someone out there. xD All kinds of fun things are included, like the UVs so you can change the design on the top, and the mqo so you can modify it in Metasequoia.

You can download Kei and the stage here, they come together: http://www.mediafire.com/?v9ioz3ro7irtxt1

The password is "kumone"

And you can see the stage here! (yeah that might be kind of important so you can actually know what it looks like...)



Not related to the downloads, but the video, I also have the camera motion seen up for download. It comes both with and without the lighting.

http://www.mediafire.com/?unw67f2q8xqj45z

No password there!

Well there ya go, more stuff to put on your computer. I wanted to finish these up before break ended. I hope you enjoy them!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

ZOU

No real updates today... sorry I've been spamming Kei a lot already but I made a new cover with him. .3. This time it's the song "ZOU," which I had to try after hearing it. It's just... soo... cool! The instrumental part really got to me. Hnng. So here is Kei's rendition of it.



His voicebank is still far from perfect... Kei is so stubborn and yet I give him so much attention... he just doesn't love me.

The picture there was made in MMD. Playing with objectluminous some more. Having way to much fun, as usual. xD Here's a bigger version of it:


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Kei Model, nearly finished >>

Well I pretty much spent all of yesterday finishing up the Kei model. xD He's rigged and has physics and expressions now! The only thing that's keeping him from being totally finished is some fixing up I want to do on the rigging and a few of his expressions. Other than that though, he's looking pretty nice.


I'm actually pretty happy with how his facials turned out, which never happens because they usually look so awful when I make them. ;-; I guess this just means I'm getting better, yaaay!

Anyways, when I'm done fixing him, I might release him, just because I'm so happy with him. Though maybe I should wait until his voicebank is done, right?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kei Model, progress

I've just been working away at Kei for a few days. The hair hung me up but I tried a new technique for making it, and I think it actually came out rather well! I used this tutorial: http://metasequoiausers.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d48rxif

So in a whirlwind of activity, I actually finished modeling, unwrapping, and texturing last night. It's crazy what I do when I get lost in working on something. Anyways I thought it might be neat to make a side-by-side comparison to the first model I made of him in Metasequoia.



Hopefully you can tell which is the new one (the one on the left!)

The pictures are from MMD but he's not rigged yet ;P Still working on that.