RK Sympathy

Here to make the world a little more aware

About UTAU

Technology has taken us to many places over the years, and in the last decade, it made a major impact on our music. While many people may not know about it, millions are already supporting.

Our music has now taken a turn to using computer-generated singers, there are many programs used to create these, the top two being called VOCALOID and UTAU.

VOCALOID came first, beginning development in 2000. It wasn't free of course, but it made up for that with its simple appearance. The program was very easy to use for beginners, but much harder to learn to do specific tasks, such as tuning. All computer-generated singers, known as VOCALOIDs, in this program were officially created by any company given permission to by YAMAHA. Voices for the program were $100+, but ensured good quality.

Later in 2008, UTAU was created. It was another voice synthesizer program. This one was a bit more complex to learn, but much easier to learn details about afterwards. Additionally, it was free, and it gave users the ability to create their own computer-generated singers; no longer did people have to receive permission to create them. However, because of this, thousands of 'UTAUloids' were created by users all over the world, all with different quality ranges. The result of this was a bad reputation overall for the program.

On that note, VOCALOID continued to gain support rapidly while UTAU only did slowly. Very few actually realized that UTAU had the ability to create voices that could exceed the quality of VOCALOID's. The reasoning for this was because some of the most popular UTAUloids were very robotic sounding.

It started out when one of VOCALOID's most popular voice creator companies, Crypton Future Media, Inc, had announced a new voice, named Teto Kasane. As expected, fans spread the information quickly, and were very disappointed to find out it was all an April Fool's joke. Although, one fan didn't give up. They received permission from Crypton to give Teto a voice, using UTAU. In the end, they did. The result was a very happy UTAU community, however, those outside of the community complained of the voice being too robotic.

What people never realized was that Teto was only a CV voicebank at the time. CV, or consonant-vowel, voicebanks are the most basic of the program, and normally can't compare to what people expected - a VOCALOID who uses a much more complex setup. Now, many people assume that all UTAUloids are of poor quality because of this misunderstanding.

We're going to prove them wrong.