🌸lottev.moe🌸 https://lottev.moe vocal synth, music, art, writing Sat, 28 Jan 2023 20:42:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://lottev.moe/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-1-32x32.png 🌸lottev.moe🌸 https://lottev.moe 32 32 196733992 Voicebank Plans and Status (UTAU/DeepVocal) – January 2023 https://lottev.moe/blog/2023/01/28/voicebank-plans-and-status-utau-deepvocal-january-2023/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2023/01/28/voicebank-plans-and-status-utau-deepvocal-january-2023/#respond Sat, 28 Jan 2023 20:42:15 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=948 Hello all! I’ve been wanting to write this post to inform everyone what the current status is of my voicebank release plans.

I haven’t mentioned this yet on the blog, but sometime last year (2022), my Blue Yeti microphone that I’ve had since 2015 unfortunately broke down. Do not fret, however! Not long after this happened, I bought a new microphone, a Rode NT-USB to be precise. This means that I can still continue recording, and in my opinion, this microphone offers higher quality audio, which means that my future voicebanks will sound even better than they did before.

However, there’s an obvious downside to all this: I have to rerecord everything. Again.

What probably bothers me the most about this, is that several of my UTAU voicebanks had either been updated not too long before my microphone broke, or I had been working on updates that were to be released in the near future. Unfortunately, in order to have a matching quality among all voicebanks, combined with my personal perfectionism, I do feel obligated to rerecord everything again. I am currently in the process of doing so.

This also means that Joëll, who had literally just been updated before my microphone broke, will have to get updated again, relatively soon after his last update. No, I don’t like it either, but again, I feel obligated to do so. Especially since I had already been planning to record an alternate English voicebank for him, recorded with a different method (more information on this in future posts), even before my Yeti broke. But I sadly can’t do anything anymore with the in-progress Yeti recordings I did have… So I have no other option. A possibly positive aspect of this, though, is that I’m currently looking into making his MidNight (soft) voice color/append tri-pitch, so that its range will match the other two colors/appends. I’m trying to make his new English bank tri-pitch as well; his current one is a bit lacking in range.

I’m also currently working on updating Hanami, whose update… was also relatively soon after the last one, but at the very least I never actually got to finish my updates for Korean and Chinese, so those will be coming, as well. And same as with Joëll above, a new English bank will come as well, same with Spanish. I’m trying to make all these banks tri-pitch.

QUiNN‘s new Japanese bank has actually been finished for a long time now; unfortunately, I’ve been lacking inspiration for her concept art, which I find rather unfortunate. I hope I’ll get the inspiration to resolve this problem.

Annushka‘s “Japanese Plus” (aka Japanese with some extra consonant sounds) is already fully recorded, but not yet fully configured. I also still need to draw her new concept art. However, I hope to release QUiNN’s update first.

LEONA had only gotten a newly-recorded extra pitch for her Core voice, so for her I’m working on rerecording her whole bank rather than a simple “patch”. I also plan on giving her a new English bank.

Regarding DeepVocal

I have some news considering DeepVocal that might disappoint some of you: While I will not take Cecilia’s existing voicebanks down, development on her has unfortunately been stopped. This also means that her planned male counterpart, Dorian Calmato, will not be released. Cecilia’s planned English voicebank, as well as the Soft, Power, and Cute Japanese voicebanks, have also been scrapped. I’m very sorry about this!

Instead, I’m considering uploading her source files (audio files/DVCFG files/etc.) of each existing voicebank to a git repository, making her effectively open source in the process, akin to my UTAU voicebanks. The reason I’m considering this is because I’m aware that her currently released voicebanks contain some instances of sloppy configuration on my part due to a lack of proper knowledge at the time, but I also can’t be bothered to fix them due to my diminished interest in DeepVocal development. So, for those who are interested, I am willing to let users themselves reconfigure her so that she will sound better, if they so desire.

Believe me, this was not a light decision to make. Cecilia as a character concept essentially represents a sort of “what if?”-situation, had I gotten into UTAU now instead of back in 2011. The existence of DeepVocal, at the time, seemed like an opportunity to me to essentially start “from scratch” with a character I’d actually be “100% behind”. However, when Hanami’s 10th anniversary arrived, I saw the opportunity to give some of the concepts that had been wandering in my mind to her as well as a sort of “character reboot”, which meant that Cecilia, unfortunately, started serving less of a purpose. This, combined with the fact that I admittedly find DeepVocal development to be an excruciatingly tedious process, and the fact that I became a dev for the wonderful software OpenUtau, has caused me to make the decisions I did. And again, I am not taking her voicebanks down – I am more than OK with people still downloading and using her! All I’m doing is step away from her development. I am setting her free.

I hope you guys understand this decision, even if you don’t entirely agree with it. I simply have a desire to concentrate full-time on (Open)UTAU again, just like how I started. It simply is my home.


So! This is the current overview of my update plans. There are a few more things I’d like to say about these updates, including something else that I have been considering, but I’ll save that for a future post.

That’s all for now. Hope to see you around!

~Lotte V

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Annushka 10th anniversary delayed (but it’s still coming!) https://lottev.moe/blog/2022/11/08/annushka-10th-anniversary-delayed-but-its-still-coming/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2022/11/08/annushka-10th-anniversary-delayed-but-its-still-coming/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2022 22:39:35 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=929 Hello all. Yes, You’ve read it right, I have to unfortunately delay another 10th anniversary. But! It’s still definitely 100% coming, it’s just that I need more time since I’ve been very busy as of late. Please stay tuned!

Oh, and QUiNN’s “10th” (for lack of a better term) is also still most definitely coming. Please stay tuned for this one as well!

~Lotte V

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LEONA’s 10th Anniversary (a day… early?!) https://lottev.moe/blog/2022/05/07/leonas-10th-anniversary-a-day-early/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2022/05/07/leonas-10th-anniversary-a-day-early/#respond Sat, 07 May 2022 18:45:05 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=884

Hello everyone! Tomorrow, on May 8 2022, is LEONA’s 10th anniversary. However, I somehow assumed it was today! So you’re in luck: you’re getting the video a day early. It’s a remake of an old cover I did with her; I’ve been wanting to redo it since forever, and now I finally have the chance.

The only update I have for her is an extra lower pitch for her Japanese banks (only for her Core voice) and updated readmes. No new designs since I didn’t think those were necessary; her 2019 designs are still perfectly fine to me.

Oh, and of course, I’ve updated her character page.

I hope you like the video regardless!

~Lotte V

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Joëll’s 10th Anniversary (a day late) https://lottev.moe/blog/2022/03/03/joells-10th-anniversary-a-day-late/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2022/03/03/joells-10th-anniversary-a-day-late/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2022 18:29:29 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=824

On March 2, 2022, it was Joëll’s 10th anniversary. For this occasion, I gave him a complete makeover as well as two brand-new voicebanks. The release videos can be viewed above.

To download his voicebanks and take a look at his new concept art, you can visit his overhauled character page.

I hope you guys like him a bit!

~Lotte V

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Clarification of UTAU voicebank/character/reclist and original music licenses https://lottev.moe/blog/2022/01/28/clarification-of-utau-voicebank-character-reclist-and-original-music-licenses/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2022/01/28/clarification-of-utau-voicebank-character-reclist-and-original-music-licenses/#respond Fri, 28 Jan 2022 16:12:42 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=785 Hello all!

I’ve added four important new pages to the website regarding the licenses of my UTAU voicebanks, characters, reclists as well as for my original music. While the licenses for voicebanks and characters are separate, in practice they’re pretty similar. The reclist license is slightly different for practical reasons, as is the license for my original songs.

For the record, in practice these licenses (or something akin to it) have always applied, this is just for clarification’s sake. Keep in mind as well that these licenses are distinct from the general Terms of Use regarding my works (which can be found on each specific subcategory page), although some aspects do overlap.

I hope this is clear enough for everyone!

~Lotte V

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New website section: Reclists! (+QUiNN’s 10th anniversary delayed) https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/11/23/new-website-section-reclists-quinns-10th-anniversary-delayed/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/11/23/new-website-section-reclists-quinns-10th-anniversary-delayed/#respond Tue, 23 Nov 2021 16:05:33 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=693 Hello all!

I’ve added a new reclist section to the website. There aren’t a lot there yet, but it will likely grow as I develop more. But hey, it’s a start. I hope you’ll find good use in it!

In slightly less good news, unfortunately I’m gonna have to delay QUiNN’s 10th anniversary. The actual date was October 25, but due to personal circumstances I sadly couldn’t finish anything in time. But! That does not mean I have nothing planned; in fact I do, it will just come out later than anticipated. Right now, I unfortunately can’t guarantee when exactly that will be.

~Lotte V

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New UTAU original: “Have To Let Go” (feat. Hoshino Hanami) https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/08/28/new-utau-original-have-to-let-go-feat-hoshino-hanami/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/08/28/new-utau-original-have-to-let-go-feat-hoshino-hanami/#respond Sat, 28 Aug 2021 20:57:20 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=529

After a few years, I’ve finally released another original! And an UTAU one to boot, which was even longer ago. I hope you enjoy!

Download links are in the video description.

~Lotte V

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New voicebank: Hoshino Hanami -Dancing Fae- English VCCV (v2.0) https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/08/15/new-voicebank-hoshino-hanami-dancing-fae-english-vccv-v2-0/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/08/15/new-voicebank-hoshino-hanami-dancing-fae-english-vccv-v2-0/#respond Sat, 14 Aug 2021 22:45:14 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=511

Yes, you heard it correctly! It’s a new voicebank containing brand-new recordings and generally a lot of improvements (or at least, I hope so). Links to the voicebanks, as well as the vocal sequence files, are all in the description. As are the credits, though they’re in the video itself as well.

Enjoy!

~Lotte V

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New cover: “Disintegration” with IA English C https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/07/23/new-cover-disintegration-with-ia-english-c/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/07/23/new-cover-disintegration-with-ia-english-c/#respond Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:28:56 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=506

First time using CeVIO! And IA for that matter. Also the first time I covered a song by a vocal synth voice provider with the vocal synth they voiced. It was really fun. I hope you enjoy! Vocal sequence files are available.

Credits are in the video description.

~Lotte V

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New “Alomiriya” chapter! https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/06/23/new-alomiriya-chapter/ https://lottev.moe/blog/2021/06/23/new-alomiriya-chapter/#respond Wed, 23 Jun 2021 22:41:30 +0000 https://lottev.moe/?p=256 Finally, after a long time, I’ve uploaded another chapter of my web novel, “Alomiriya”. As of yet my website doesn’t really have any information about this, but that will hopefully change very soon!

You can read the latest chapter at the following places:
Royal Road
WattPad

Alternatively, if you’re a new reader you can start from the beginning:
Royal Road
WattPad
(The chapter divisions are a bit different between the two; this is due to some well-needed feedback that I’ve gotten. Apparently my chapters were a bit long! Oops! Future chapters won’t have this problem, or at least I’ll try to keep it in mind. It’s already somewhat fixed on the Royal Road version.)

I hope you enjoy! Feel free to fave it and/or leave a review, if you’d like (whether it’s on the sites themselves or on here). I’m also accepting corrections on the Royal Road upload, which will also count towards the WattPad version.

~Lotte V

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