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
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.
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!
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);;