Starduster

Hello my blog readers. It has been another long time since I updated. I feel like I disappoint you all when I say I am going to post more often but don’t. I am very sorry but you know when life gets busy you do what you have to do and some things like a blog get put on hold.

But on to more pressing matters! This week’s post I am writing to you from a cafe , since I just finished my class for today. Busy Busy i tell you!

So the cover I am writing about is called Starduster. Its one of JimmythumbP’s most beautiful sogngs and yes its vocaloid.^^ You expected no less I know. I seriously love JimmythumbP’s music. He has such an intersting and almost surreal feel to a lot of his music. Quite dream like. The song itself is about loving someone even if your far away in space or so I gather ahahahaha.

This is one of my all time favourite songs so when i finally decided to cover it I was extremely happy. I first heard this song at a vocaloid movie screening I went to at a con last year. All we did was watch a dvd of taped concert from japanbut it was worth seeing miku on a giant screen with a bunch of other vocaloid fans out there.

There is another story associated with this song for me and that at school during lunch one day last semester my friend was like “have you heard the song starduster?”. I immediately replied yes and bam on the weekend I decided to do this cover. I had been practicing this song forever but never actually got around to

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Palette Redo : 1 Years Improvement

Wow how long has it been since I updated , it feels like its been forever but it probably hasn’t been that long LOL. Anyways I’ll be adding another post to this blog about being another cover , surprise surprise. One of these days I will post something else , on what I have no idea but it’ll happen!

So I have officially been a youtaite for a year now and as a celebration I thought it would be fun to redo the first song I ever covered!

I uploaded on Jan.12, 2013 a cover of rock vocaloid song called Palette. This song is originally sung by Luka Megurine and was composed by Yuyoyupee. I remember hearing the utaite Hanatan’s version and falling in love with her voice and the song instantly. I also a fan of the piano version made by the popular fandubber Amanda Lee on youtube. though Hanatan outshines her in vocal power , she outdoes me as well.
Needless to say , this was like the 3rd song I ever learned in Japanese and so learning this song and being able to hit the high notes was a big deal for me. Also it was first attempt at mixing something so it was my first step into the youtaite community.

By the way this song is so loud , its impossible to hit the high notes without power so you have to be loud.
I really also like the idea of this song , describing life through colours so to speak.

This is the old version.

The mix was so bad , the vocals were loud in places and the and the instrumental was too loud. The harmonies were okay but competed with the main vocal line in volume balance. The use of effects though was really good. My vocals were really weak as well. I had barely managed to hit the notes.

Listening to the new version , the vocals are so much more powerful and clear. My pronunication more crisp and clear. I have expanded my range a lot , I also think I have developed my tone a lot more. I’m getting more distinct in each cover. The harmonies were perfect in this. A good balance between low harmonies and high ones. It all flowed so nicely and the timing was on beat. As for the mix , you can definitely hear the improvement. The balance is so much better from the harmonies to the instrumental! Also that last high note , it blows me away that I had hit it with ease.

I really enjoy the combination of this half operatic sounding voice with epic rock music. Its an interesting combination.

Anyways if you want the mp3 mesage me and I will send it. I will definitely be back to update soon with another cover. As usual enjoy the singing , feel free to comment. Enjoy the rest of your day/night everyone.Write to you again soon!

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Little Traveler English/Japanese/French Cover

Annami is alive minna! So I finally got around to finally covering another OneRoom s!ong

By the way headphones give the best quality.

This time I have sung Little Traveler , a really pretty song inspired by a French novel The Little Prince.
I love JimmythumbP’s music and I was so happy to be singing his music again. I have more covers to make of his songs so stay tuned.

So I kept going back and forth between singing this song in Japanese or English so I kind of combined the two. Yeah was that a good idea I don’t know but I think it turned out pretty good in the end. Ham wrote some really pretty lyrics so go check her out.

http://www.youtube.com/user/SirHamnet

So the speaking bits in the song were actually those lines of text in the video and I did them all in French rather than in English or Japanese since its based off the French novel and everything. My French is so bad since this is the first time I had spoken French in 5 years. Plus that 9 years of French I took in school , didn’t make me learn very much hahaha.

I literally had to play the video , pause it , type each line into google translate and copy and paste into a document , it took so long LOL and there were so many of them , I think O probably did at least 30 lines for this song. , I jumbled them all together to kind of give it a montage feel.

The mixing took forever to get it too my liking but I’m satisfied with the end result.
I spend so long getting the harmonies balanced and oh god I went effect crazy on the speaking parts and I like 6 different blocks of dialogue to work with in this song , it took forever to do.

Oh by the way was synching up the video with my cover and the video is actually the pv for Clear’s version and we actually sounded nice together, it’d be cool if we could sing together one day but that’s next to impossible to happen. A girl can dream though right XD

So the Q & A video will be coming soon , umm I have another duet planned , a winter cover to make , still working on those chorus auditions and a fandub audition to still work on and a secret santa cover to be done. Youtaiteness (is that even a word LOL?) is keeping me busy ;P

I was thinking about working two jobs but I have scratched that idea , dying enough as it is already. I hope you will all continue to stay with me on this singing journey. Enjoy the cover and follow me on twitter too guys , I like talking to everyone its fun.

I have a few more blog posts to make in the next couple of days , look out for them and thanks for reading

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Sayoko English Cover

Hello again my lovely readers. I bring you my newest cover. Well its actually old , I recorded it a couple of weeks ago but whatever , minor details.

I love singing sad songs and this song is very sad. My first MikitoP song too. Anyways I have always loved this song ever since I first heard it. This was one of those songs where I heard those English translyrics/ covers and I was instantly hooked.

The English translyrics were written by a fellow youtaite named AndoryuNii. he is an amazing rapper/singer and lyricist. He got a really amazing youtaite singer named Rachie to sing this for him and guys she’s amazing. Seriously she sings with so much emotion and her harmonies are to die for! But yeah Ando wrote these poetic but descriptive lyrics and I instantly fell in love with them. I had no choice but sing them.

As far as vocals for this song go , I used my deep girl voice this one I think is closest to my speaking voice. I have a few songs I want to cover using various ranges of my deeper register. It was nice singing a song in a different way from usual.

The harmonies might sound really off or just weird but I did it on purpose. Since this song’s lyrics were written from a suicidal person’s perspective I went a long with that thought process and wanted my harmonies to sound like echoes of those thoughts. I’m not sure it turned exactly like I envisioned but I’m still pleased with the end result.

Anyways I have a new job now but I won’t let it stop me from making covers and videos 😉
I’m auditioning for choruses and fandubs so I might be posting more than usual.

Enjoy the cover , see you all soon.

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Ton Ton Mae

So I made a self duet. XD This is the first one I’ve done in Japanese though. Every song I cover is sort of like self duet , when you sing harmony yourself its like dueting LOL.

This was such a blast to record , mix and learn. I hope I have improved my Len Kagamine voice. its definitely getting easier to sing in this voice and I’m not sure that is something I should be proud of.

This song is so cute and happy and I love it . Though i’m not too sure what its actually about. But its awesome so it doesn’t matter.

That pv is so amazing , I just want to live in that world , seems like a stress free place . 🙂

As for the mix this time around I kept it really simple. I just focused on getting on the balance and it feels really nice to know what your doing when your mixing. I remember trying to mix for the first time and being so lost.

Anyways enjoy the cover , I’ll be back very soon with more songs.

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Our Let It Be

So last post I mentioned I had a bunch of duets in the works , so here’s one of them!

I covered this song with a fairly new youtaite named Evan. (A link to his channel in the description) I asked him at random and he agreed , I didn’t think he would actually say yes. His voice is fabulous though his microphone and recording area aren’t the greatest we managed to make it sound okay.

Our let it be is one of those vocaloid songs I’ve always wanted to cover. I am so happy I’ve done it and I always thought it’d be a nice duet. Something accomplished right there!

HarryP writes some of the best vocaloid songs. They are always stories that are beautiful yet sad. Why do I love sad songs?

So this my first time mixing a duet and it pretty smooth sailing until timing became an issue. In audacity my vocals were perfectly synched but when I imported the tracks into adobe audition the timing got all whack and I tried moving it as much as possible so they would synch up! I have lot to learn when using adobe it seems. ***Note I just switched the video , cause I managed to fix the sync now its perfect***

Well enjoy the pretty and sad video , see you all very soon!

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Last Night Goodnight Cover

I attempted the voice killer Last Night Goodnight. I have loved this song forever. The first Kz song I’ve ever heard and one of my favourite Miku songs.

It was the first time I actually loved her voice. Before this song I was a hardcore Luka lover. Still am though I love more vocaloids now.

Anywyas I have been singing this for about a month now but I’ve been singing it on and off since 2012. I had about 20 takes of this on my computer before picking this one. I even sang this song at 1am with my window open , I’m sure my neighbours loved it.

This song is so high I don’t even know how I managed it. Since I’m currently still getting my voice back , trying to recreate this right now is out of the question.

I had a lot of fun mixing this one. Since I’m still experimenting with adobe audition the harmonies sound a little different. I was trying different effects and layering a lot of harmonies. I even went for super high harmonies too at one point.

This was a fun challenge , I like testing the limits of the human voice and I hope your ears don’t die from it.

See you all soon with another cover! 😉

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