Miscellaneous updates!

Hey all! A lot has happened through the past couple of weeks, so I’m going to shove it all into one major post. Right now following the Studio VOXYZ Twitter is the best way to keep up with new YT/NND/SoundCloud posts and news snippets, but I’ll try to make a point of posting more detailed updates here on a regular basis!

First things first, as you Twitter followers might already know, I’m participating in a MEIKO compilation album titled “Dark Chocolate and Maraschino Cherry” which is currently hosting a KickStarter project for a physical release. At the time of posting this, we’ve already hit more than twice our initial stretch goal, at an incredible $1500! There’ll be plenty more updates to come, so be sure to follow the project to see song and art progress.

Additionally, my “Evil Food Eater Conchita” cover from last year is up on YouTube and NND! Good to finally have that cover up, as it was my first-ever released UST (from 2009! in romaji! with wrong lyrics!) that I’d fixed up and reposted to SoundCloud last year. People kept hounding me for YEARS to re-release this one. The UST, as usual, is up on the Covers USTs/VSQs page. Enjoy!

I’m also pleased to announce that the USTs and off-vocal for “Retrospectre” are available in the upload descriptions on YouTube, NND, and our new StudioVOXYZ SoundCloud! While I’m not abandoning my personal account (MystSaphyr), it has been relegated to cover, scrap and repost content only. The new SoundCloud account will be for uploading original songs and remixes/arranges, but will also host playlists for Studio VOXYZ voicebank demos. Be sure to give it a follow!

And finally, stay tuned for the annual Ariella and Aiko November 12th birthday duet next week! Mooncrafter and I are working extra hard on it this year!

10k Subscribers Milestone + Mobile VOCALOID Editor Cover! (UPDATE: 10/14)

It’s been almost 10 years since I started up my singing synth YouTube channel, and as of 2 days ago I’ve finally hit the 10k subscriber mark!

While in the grand scope of YouTube (and even in the larger VOCALOID/UITAU community) this isn’t exactly the biggest milestone, it’s a very important one for me. I had no idea I’d ever reach this point and I’m extremely grateful to each and every person who enjoyed my content enough to follow my little singing robot project. In addition, my personal Twitter account (@MystSaphyr) has reached 3k followers. Geez.

In celebration, and to liven up things on the channel a bit (since unfortunately real life continually interferes in my video production plans) I’ve posted a cover of  DIVELA’s “METEOR” using IA and IA_Rocks on the Mobile VOCALOID Editor. It’s something small for now, but I also have an original song post lined up for this weekend as a proper big 10k celebration. It’ll be the first original I’ve written that was on my own production time and not to meet a compilation album deadline, so I’m fairly proud of it!

UPDATE 10/14: In order to not rush myself due to overestimating the time it would take for mixing/video editing on my new song, I’m pushing it back to next weekend. HOWEVER I will be posting a video for an original today! (It’s just one of my earlier originals that didn’t have a video yet!)

And rest assured, I’m still neck-deep in work for Aiko’s VCCV, which will be coming by the end of the year! I hope y’all will look forward to it!

Charity stream for Hokkaido earthquake relief!

Hey everyone, I’m sure many of you have heard of the recent natural disasters that have ravaged Japan as of late, including the 6.7 earthquake that struck the northern island of Hokkaido last Thursday.

A group of dedicated VOCALOID fan artists, including myself, will be doing a relief charity art stream tomorrow from 1PM – 4PM CST. The stream will be hosted by VikingJesus on Twitch and all proceeds will benefit the Japanese Red Cross.

More info, including full artist list, can be found on mikumiku_ebooks’ tweet! Even if you can’t view the stream or donate, please help us by spreading the word!

VikingJesus will actually be streaming all day for charity, so it’d be good to tune in even if you can’t make it for the art block specifically.


Miscellaneous updates!

Whew! Got a little bit of catching up to do!

I can’t believe I never posted this here, but back in February I wrote a song with KAITO for the third and final ABCD Project! I tried to write something a little Grimm fairytale themed, and the song also features Aoki Lapis as chorus vocals. It was a lot of fun to make and I’m glad people seem to have enjoyed it!


Also, I’m happy to announce I’ll be hosting my UTAU: Free Virtual Vocalists panel at this upcoming Momocon in May! More details to come soon once the final schedules are hammered out–it’s already changed location/time once so I want to make sure everything is absolutely set in stone first!

If all goes well, I should have a special item to bring with me to the panel that I might do a raffle for ;D

New cover: “Rinse, Repeat” feat. Big Al (+ convention update!)

Hey all! This is the first VOCALOID cover I’ve posted to YouTube in a long, long while! It’s Big Al singing CrusherP’s “Rinse, Repeat”. I’m so happy to finally post another thing with my favorite singing synth husband 💖

In other news, I’m happy to announce that I’ll have my UTAU panel at this year’s ETSU-con! The convention is February 17-18 on the East Tennessee State University campus. I’ll be posting the specific time and day of my panel once I have that information!