NOTE: These FAQ answers are currently all written by Myst!

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

Please see Guides to view our collection of tutorials and recording materials!

If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact Myst via email (myst at studiovoxyz dot com) or via Twitter DMs!

May I sell products or music made using your voicebanks or characters?

Please see our terms of use for details on this! We allow anyone to use our voicebanks for free for noncommercial and doujin use, but for commercial works I do sell a license for the entire Kikyuune Family at pay-what-you-want with a $5 minimum.

As for all other VOXYZ UTAU, permission is required from the voicer to sell works commercially that are made using their voicebank and/or character. Also you may NEVER use art included in any VOXYZ voicebanks — or any other art created by our team — for commercial purposes.

When will so-and-so voicebank be finished or released?

Do not trust me if I ever say I’ll have a voicebank by a certain date. I’m a terrible perfectionist and my recording time is quite limited nowadays. Otoing + artwork is another story…

What did you use to record?

Aiko VCVOREMOBlue YetiWhisper Room
Aiko CVVCOREMOBlue YetiCloset home “studio”
Aiko CV-VVAudacityBlue YetiCloset home “studio”
Aiko CV V.4AudacityATR2500Soundproofed room
Aiko Acts 1-3Garageband2008 MacBook micBedroom & dorm
Chiyoko DRAGONOREMOBlue YetiCloset
Chiyoko PHOENIXAudacityWebcam micBedroom
AkihikoAudacityBlue YetiTrailer
Akiko CV & CVVCAudacityBlue YetiBedroom
Hanga CYEAudacityBlue YetiOffice
(+ isolation booth)
Steinburg UR12
Home studio

Can my UTAU be shipped with Aiko or be Aiko’s friend?

If you want your UTAU to sing with Aiko or want to ship her, go ahead! I think UTAU ships and headcanons are super 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 / canon” or go messing with Aiko’s Wiki pages!

Why does Aiko look like that?

Aiko was made during the era where it was extremely common for UTAU to have Cryptonloid-like artwork! Her original design borrowed heavily from Hatsune Miku, since I was inspired at the time to make a Crypton-like fanloid after I saw another one named Fuyu Hiiragi. She even had a tie!

Believe it or not, I never based her initial hairstyle specifically on Rin, despite what people have assumed over the years. I’d slapped some wide hairpins on a kind of chunky bob, and when I went to try to make everything more sleek in a redesign, it became Rin-like. Oops.

Thankfully, her design has continued to evolve over time and I think I can safely say I’m happy with it now!

How long have you been using UTAU?

I learned about UTAU through Zuii Takoe and SRS in late May of 2009, but only started working on Aiko in June. She was first posted on July 10th 2009 on my old YouTube channel. A week later on the 17th, I moved UTAU operations to my newer channel (then called Project UTAU XYZ) and I’ve been at it ever since!

Aiko sounds masculine. Is Aiko a guy? Is Myst a guy?

I am a girl with an alto voice range! I tend to record her at what I consider a comfortable pitch.

You’re absolutely free to interpret Aiko as any gender or use whatever pronouns (as long as it’s done respectfully and without slurs like tr*p for god’s sake) though I’ll be continuing to use she/her myself!

How did Aiko get well known?

I’ve been bopping around the vocalsynth community for over a decade now, so I think that’s one of the biggest contributing factors. I made Aiko when there were literally around 30 non-Japanese UTAU total so I had visibility that’s admittedly really difficult get nowadays. I can also give a majority of credit to Cien/Crusher for making a couple of excellent original songs with her!

All I can say is that I’m really happy people seem to like Aiko and I’ll keep working hard on her — and my other UTAU — so they’re all something I can really be proud of!