torsdag 6 januari 2011

TUTORIAL: How to make your own UTAU/Making your own UTAU

So we want to create our own UTAU. Consider it done!

First off - here's a GREAT glossary of EVERYTHING UTAU related, so check this out!!

Summary of links; (these can be found below in the tutorial, I recommend reading through it all before clicking any of these links as it may just end up confusing you. Read and follow the tutorial before clicking the links if you haven't already)
Download UTAU here
English patch here
Audacity here
UTAU Glossary here
How to make a oto.ini file

Reclists / Recording Lists:
UTAU recordings (Japanese) Must record these for your UTAU to function!!
UTAU recordings (english)
Credits to Hikari-P for the reclists

First off, you have to download UTAU from here (If you download the .zip file, the folder will be opened in WinRAR. I would extract it to your desktop. If you download the normal version, it will install as UTAU in your "Programs" folder after you've run the .exe file)
You can download the english patch for it here (read how to in the forum posts)
For recording the samples, the easiest way would be downloading AudaCity, which is a totally free software many UTAU users, including myself, use in their UTAU making. This is for extracting the recordings as .wav files, if you have another software that can do that then there's no need to download AudaCity (though this tutorial will use it for teaching)

Next, for making our own UTAU, we want to create a folder with the UTAU's name. This is where we'll extract our recordings from AudaCity later on. Drag the folder into the UTAU folder's voice folder.
This is what it basically looks like in my voice folder. The voice folder should be in Programs -> UTAU, or if you downloaded the .zip version on your desktop/wherever you extracted it to under the name "utau207" or something like that.

To add more UTAUs, search for a voicebank you want from YouTube/NicoNico and simply download it! Then just repeat what we did when we created our own voicebank by extracting the voicefolder from the downloaded UTAU into UTAU -> voice. Now you should be able to use it in UTAU! [OBSERVE! Users who have not installed Japanese on their computers won't be able to use Japanese UTAUs with voicebanks are encoded in hiragana, romaji UTAUs will work]

Next, you should take a look at this recording list for the Japanese Hiragana alphabet (the alphabet UTAU uses for making your UTAU sing in Japanese)

If you would like to download this as a .txt file, do so here
a i u e o
ka ki ku ke ko
sa shi su se so
ta chi tsu te to
na ni nu ne no
ha hi fu he ho hu
ma mi mu me mo
ya   yu  yo
ra ri ru re ro (sounds like "dL" rather than "R", so don't record "re", do a "le" if you're having trouble pronouncing a Japanese "dLee")n
ga gi gu ge go
za ji zu ze zo
da    de do
ba bi bu be bo
pa pi pu pe po
kya kyu kyo
sha shu sho
cha chu cho
nya nyu nyo
hya hyu hyo
mya myu myo
rya ryu ryo
gya gyu gyo
ja ju jo
bya byu byo
pya pyu pyo

ye kye she che nye mye rye
gye jye bye pye

wa wi wu we wo
fa fi fe fo


It's  not necessary to record ALL of these, but the standard voicebank needs to have every letter from a - z with the vowels a, i, e, o and u to work properly with every UST.

Onto recording then... [OPEN AUDACITY]
 Here we are in AudaCity! Here, I have recorded "mu". See the red squares? Note the empty space/silent parts they surround. Those parts we want to CUT so the sample won't sound off in UTAU. We only want the sound itself.
Now, we want to export the sound into our UTAU's folder, and so we select "file" -> "export as .wav...", we go to the UTAU folder -> voice and select our UTAU's folder. Then we type the filename (the sound's name, in this case "mu") and click OK. Simple as that! Now we have started with our voicebank. ovo
Now we can open UTAU and start working!
Downloading USTs is a great way to make your UTAU sing songs - the UTAU program works like a piano, so if you know how to play one you'll see how easy it really is. USTs that you've downloaded should be able to be opened at the "File" option in the menue.
Here's how we select our UTAU. Click "Project Property" and in the drop-down box in the window that pops up, select your UTAU, then hit OK. 

For your UTAU to sing properly, open the "options" menue by doing the following:
Now that we have this window up, select and un-select everything so that it looks like the window below does. (these are my preferred settings and they work super with UTAU for me)

Selecting notes for your UTAU to sing is also easy, but it's not just hitting the "play" button though.
 Here's how it works:

RED LINES indicate where you started selecting notes and where your pointer currently is.
PINK NOTES indicate selected notes, these are the notes that will play once you hit the "play" button.
BLUE NOTES are un-selected notes - they won't play unless you select them.

If you're done with making your UTAU sing a song by opening/creating a UST, you want to bring it outside of the UTAU program to add the karaoke for it to become a song, right? Here's what we do:

"Render wav file..." will export your UTAU's singing into a .wav file.
Every new recorded file you've recorded will be generated its own .frq file by UTAU, your voicebank folder will also be given it's own oto.ini file.

Now you can use your UTAU! I hope this was helpful.. ovo);;

17 kommentarer:

  1. hey, thanks! The tutorial is reallyy niceee!

  2. Hi ! I'm french, and I love your tuto. But I've a problem U.U How to make appear the red lines (like the pic) ?

    P.S: really nice blog !

  3. @ Immediately above: You need to click and drag your cursor horizontally across from one note to another to select multiple notes. This shows which notes you're selecting through the red lines.

  4. I still don't know how to translate the utau file into english. How did you do it? I still don't understand... =w=

  5. What set of headphones do you use?

  6. thank you lots! >v< very helpful!

  7. Me: Yay I'll make a UTAU! *downloads software with English*
    Me: *tries to run it*
    Computer: Nope 'mscomctl.ocx' is missing so haha get rekt
    (This would be easy to solve but my laptop is parent controlled so I can't sort this out)

  8. Hej!
    I love this tutorial, it's so helpful! However, i did come across a problem. When i record "a" in audacity, it comes out nice, but when i place it in the folder and play it in UTAU, it sounds distorted and and scary! Is there any way to fix this?
    Tack! (By the way, sorry i only spoke really easy Swedish, i'm currently learning it but i don't know much >^<)

  9. uuhhgg I'm following all the steps to patch UTAU but it's not working. ;~;

  10. I'm really glad I've came across this informative post, this really helped me out quite a bit, by answering all my questions properly, hopefully the site will grow bigger and more popular as ever it was. Keep up the good work and I'm sure I'll visit you up someday soon for more great articles. You may find great articles and music production tools at: by the way!

  11. Hello, I've recorded most of these and now im trying to play the sounds. A is fine. but the i o u. she decides to go oh all the time and glitch, sounding like a robot. Help me~

  12. How do I open my utau in the program to use it?

  13. Now it won't play the stuff I enter into it

  14. Am I gonna use these voices for English words?

  15. I still don't understand it much but, thanks for the tutorial! <3