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• 1/5/2016

How do (pro) utaite train their voices?

Wasn't sure if this belonged in general discussion or something else, but I'm just curious if anyone knows or have some translated interviews on-hand. Theories or speculation is welcome as well.

Only recently have I started discovering utaite (I am always late to the party) and listening to their versions of vocaloid songs. It just amazes me to know that these people could perfectly match the pitch of these songs - which were (probably) originally written with a synthesizer in mind.

Do they just teach themselves? Do many of them utilize voice coaching?

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• 1/11/2016

Well some utaite's use programs like melodyne to manually tune their voice, (not all though) so due to them tuning their voice they are able to sound perfectly on pitch. Now because they manually tune their voices doesn't mean they can't sing, some utaite's definitely have naturally beautiful/amazing voices no doubt. You could try self teaching yourself to tune, or learn from someone else on how to tune in programs like melodyne or Fl Studio.

• 1/17/2016

Utaite are humans like the rest of us, and just like the vast majority of vocalists in any language from any country, they can pitch-match pretty well. Singing the same pitches as a perfectly-tuned vocaloid is nothing special in that regard; utaite are no more perfect than your favorite blues, K-pop, or afro-synth musicians, and the songs they sing use the same hertz as everyone else, and are usually written with the possiblity in mind that they will be covered by utaite. So, the answer to your question is the same as the answer to "how to singers sing the right notes?"

The answer to that is that there are many answers. Some are born with the ability to match pitch perfectly, while others have to cultivate that ability themselves, whether it's through self-training or taking vocal lessons from a school or a tutor or a friend.

There are instances where a pitch might be slightly off in a recording; in that case, the mixer may use a pitch-altering program to tune that note to the right pitch. However, the common idea that "all utaite/singers use pitch correction to an extent" is somewhat discrediting. I would be willing to believe that many vocalists do not use pitch correction, especially amateur ones who don't have the technology to seamlessly correct pitch and are tend to market themselves as more "genuine" than commercial singers anyway.

Since the ability to match pitch is not limited to utaite and is in fact a fairly common ability throughout the world, this is not something that is usually touched upon in interviews, unless you count the generic "How did you learn to sing?" questions. And of course, "singing" is much more than just "matching pitch".

That got very long, but I hope it answered your question.

• 6/26/2018
I'm not sure if this would help you but some utaite participated in music related programs during school such as choir (soraru) or were in a band (ito kashitaro). Even if you don't start at a very young age doing it would still help in terms of breathing and voice training. Actually, any experience related to music (music related courses in school) will be of help. Also, practice is really important. A friend of mine has a really beautiful voice that has a consistant tune (that I can't seem to keep myself) and she sings very frequently at home and goes to karaoke. The more comfortable you are with your voice and the ranges of your voice are the easier it will be for notes to come out. Sorry if this sounds a little strange
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