FAQ

How do I use UTAU? How do you make an UTAU? How do you make USTs? How do you make an UTAU sing? Help, I’m having problems with…

I love helping people learn how to make an UTAU voicebank and use it properly, but I can’t answer that all in a FAQ! Though I have tutorials planned, in the meantime, just message me on Soundcloud, deviantART or Twitter, and I’ll do my best to help! Please note that I am not currently taking OTO.ini requests or trades. – Myst


 

May I sell products or music made using your UTAU?

Please see our terms of use for details on this! We allow anyone to use our voicebanks for free for noncommercial hobbyist use and doujin use, but for commercial works we are actually selling a license for the entire Kikyuune Family for $12 on Storenvy. As for all other VOXYZ UTAU, permission is required from the voicer to sell works commercially that are made using their voicebank/character. – Myst


 

When will *voicebank* be finished or released?

If I ever say I’ll have a voicebank by a certain date, add anywhere from a week or a few months onto the end of that deadline… I sadly do not tend to release voicebanks in a timely manner due to limited time and space for recording. I am also rather nitpicky with sound quality, which doesn’t help at all. Many apologies. – Myst


 

What did you use to record?

Aiko’s CVVC and VCCV banks were recorded using OREMO and my Blue Yeti mic in a closet home-made “studio”. Her old CV-VV voicebanks were recorded in Audacity with the Yeti, and her Version 4 (V.4, and V.4.1) was also recorded in Audacity, but on an Audio Technica mic at my college library. Acts 1 through 3 were recorded in Garageband on the built-in mic on my Macbook.

Akiko, Akihiko, Chiyoko, Bunko, K3RB3RUS and CYE were all also recorded with the Yeti. As for Ariella, MoonCrafter recorded her in a makeshift studio on a AKG p120 mic with a Steinburg UR-12 USB audio interface. – Myst


 

Do you use UTAU on Mac?

Not anymore! I used UTAU-Synth (the Mac version of UTAU) almost exclusively for 4 years because I didn’t have room on my newer Macbook for Windows Bootcamp. However, I now have a separate PC laptop that I use for all my voice synths! I actually started the hobby using PC UTAU through a virtual machine setup back in the day. – Myst


 

How do Aiko’s boots work?

Aiko isn’t human! She was originally designed as a “biodroid” or an android with organic parts. It’s the inverse of a cyborg, which is where a human was given robotic parts. The reason her boots are so clunky looking and somehow don’t fall off is that they’re actually part of her leg’s outer casing, and it’s also a kind of joke with friends that they can turn into rockets or roller skates and other things like a Transformer. However you can have her wear whatever shoes for whatever artwork you want! – Myst


 

Can my UTAU be paired with Aiko/be Aiko’s friend?

Unofficially, sure! If you want your UTAU to sing with Aiko or you particularly like to ship her with whomever, go ahead. I think headcanon crushes and idol things are cute and it’s really kind of an honor that people like her enough to do that sort of thing.

However, please don’t claim it as “official” or go messing with Aiko’s Wiki pages! And I’d rather you not ask me out of the blue to make your UTAU her “friend” because it just seems a bit awkward if we haven’t ever talked before. Sorry! – Myst


 

Aiko looks like Rin with blue hair.

Okay, I do get this one a lot, and after some wiki vandalism, I feel I should address the issue in detail.

I know they’re similar, but believe it or not, I never actually intended for Aiko to look like Rin, nor did I base her initial design off of Rin! She WAS, however, definitely Crypton inspired, and her original design was heavily based on both Hatsune Miku and a fanmade named Fuyu Hiiragi.

I feel like it’s primarily the hair and hairclips that people compare. Aiko’s hairstyle developed over time (as shown below), and I just happen to like hairpins, so I added those into her first design. They were just kinda slapped directly onto her hair and looked a bit like rectangular buttons. When I went to try to make her hair a bit more “realistic” and less chunky, it became more and more Rin-like as time went on. Oops.

I’ve recently done a redesign of her hairstyle in back to hopefully move past this, but this is the last iteration I have planned for her design. – Myst

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How long have you all been in UTAU?

I learned about UTAU through Zuii Takoe/SRS in late May/early June of 2009, but only started working on Aiko around June. She was first posted sometime around July 10th 2009 on my old personal Youtube channel. A week later, on the 17th, I moved UTAU operations to my VocUTAU-specific channel and I’ve been at it ever since! Please note I no longer have access to the “mystsaphyr” channel. – Myst


 

Aiko sounds like a boy. / Is Aiko a guy? / Is Myst a guy?

Aiko and I are both girls! I’m an alto, which is the lowest feminine voice range, and I tend to record her at what I consider a comfortable pitch.

While I don’t mind nowadays if people headcanon Aiko as any gender (I’ve seen someone consider Aiko to be nonbinary at least once and that was neat) I’ll still be keeping the “canonical” gender female. – Myst

PLEASE NOTE: Even if you feel Aiko sounds or looks excessively masculine, do NOT refer to Aiko as a “tr*p”.