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What is UTAU?

I wanted a small primer on UTAU for the covers page but it grew too large, so here it is.


UTAU, made by 飴屋/菖蒲(あめや・あやめ), consists of:

UTAU's official editor has not been updated since 2013; between then and now (2022-10-25) there has already been 3 (!) versions of VOCALOID released. But, because the ecosystem is made of relatively decipherable formats (UST is Shift-JIS plaintext), almost every piece of actual software can be replaced — there is essentially an unwritten standard. As a result, the ecosystem is still alive despite the lack of official updates.

UTAU allows one to record their own voice and make that voice sing in a relatively realistic way (compared to manually stitching together clips) by creating voicebanks. It also allows one to get into the world of vocal synthesis at no cost (though this is through people donating their time).

I continue to make UTAU covers because I can't sing, I hate my voice, and because I don't have a place to sing in anyways. I'm essentially expressing myself through the voices of these characters, and I think this applies to a lot of people who do vocal synthesis.