Hello! So I've just recently started singing covers of vocaloid songs, and I need an honest opinion on how my voice sounds. I've only posted one cover so far, so I guess I'll give a link to it and let you all decide how I sound ^^'
I'm looking for constructive criticism, so please refrain from stuff like "you suck" or something . . .
I was honestly really surprised by the quality of this video. Your singing voice is really beautiful and full in both your chest voice and head voice, and your technique is quite good. Your vibrato is really beautiful! Shinkai Shoujo is a really difficult song but you pulled it off, so major respect to you.
One criticism that I would give to your singing is that sometimes the rhythms are off. If you record while singing along to something with vocals, that may be the reason - it's hard to tell when you're milliseconds off when someone is singing with you. Otherwise, it may be you haven't practiced the song enough with close attention to the rhythm. I personally am really bad with rhythm, and I find it helpful to just practice with a starting pitch and a metronome - no background music. This method also helps you to be more confident in sticking with the note.
It would also be a good idea to proofread your own singing more. For example, @2:47 on 色 and @3:03 on "あの人" you were off on the pitches quite severely. It may be only one or two notes and it may be only noticeable to a few people, but pitch-perfectionism really shows that you put a lot of work into it. I also hear that you're straining a little on those notes which just means that you have to do some exercises to be comfortable jumping up to that range. If you manage that it'll let you concentrate on other things like getting the pitches just right :)
I assume that you mixed this yourself? I must say, the mixing is really quite good, considering that it's your first upload! However, there are quite a few bits in the latter half where you had to sing louder and it's therefore harder to mix well (THE ETERNAL STRUGGLE) where there's some clipping and the echo from the room is audible. It's likely a consequence of the quality of your mic, so I would suggest investing in a higher quality mic (I'm not well versed in which ones specifically though) or practicing mixing and looking up various tutorials to see what works best for your voice and recording environment and mic.
Some logistical things. You may also want to write a description and title in English to draw in more viewers, since I don't think the Japanese youtaite fandom is very big. If you want to interact with people, I'd recommend making a Twitter account to interact with your fans! You'd be able to post whatever you like - Japanese or English or anything else - and it would be fun for them to have an insight into your thoughts and life. Also, "Original" is written オリジナル to match the "j" sound in "gi". Don't worry, I mess up on this word so much, it's kind of ridiculous.
Overall, very good job and I can't wait to see what covers you come out with in the future!
Wow what a thorough review! I honestly didn't think of a lot of the things you mentioned, so I'm glad that you brought those up. I'll be sure to keep your advice in mind with my next cover, and thank you for letting me know! c:
One thing I forgot! On your nico upload, you can use HTML code to decorate the description and separate everything into lines. You can even do fancy things like font size and colors! if you can't figure out how to do the formatting you want, it's easy to google "HTML font size/line break/color" or you can just ask me!
Oh! So that's how people do it. I'll be sure to change that then ^^
Wow your voice and mixing quality is really impressive, especially for your first cover! It's a crime that you don't have more views, you're one of the better beginning utaites I've seen :)
Thank you very much! I hope to improve as much as I can :)
That is your first cover? Are you serious? Your voice is so beautiful!
Its so good! Great job!
Your voice is really great! This doesn't sound like a first cover to be honest, the pitching is very impressive. There are a few dodgy moments in the pitching, mostly during fast/jumpy sections, but on the whole it's impressive. You're looking for improvements, so here's some (I do mixing and a bit of singing sometimes so I guess this should be useful?) I read the other comments but I'll repeat some points that others have made, for emphasis' sake or something like that.
-Use some (more/further-back-sounding) reverb on your voice, and this will make it sit back in the mix more instead of being as in-your-face as it is now. You could also try reducing the volume a little, though that might not be necessary after having added reverb to it.
-Use a compressor plugin on your voice if you're not already, and the notes will sound more even in volume. Even audacity should let you do compression, though it's clunky. I don't know what software you're using, but I recommend Reaper or Poduim (both free). Whatever you get, having 3rd party plugin support is important. Compression is a thing that needs experimenting with, and if you find a 'female vocals' preset I reccomend using that and tweaking it to suit your voice and recording.
-The rhythms are a little off. This song is insanely hard in that respect, but I guess a lot of vocaloid songs are like that. I'd say that just takes practice and knowledge of the song's lyrics without having to think about it too hard :P
-I know they cost money, but it's worth getting a better mic. At least, if you continue covering songs and want to improve the mixing a more professional level, that's something you should consider. Although, it might just be the mixing that needs to be improved. It's possible to make a not-amazing-quality mic sound good with the right kinda mixing. It's hard for me to tell, but try the mixing stuff with the adjustments I suggested and it should sound better to some extent at least.
-One final point, the audio distorts a little in the chorus (I think), which means that you need to either sing a little further from the mic, turn the gain down, or turn on a 'pad' on your mic if there is one (google it if you're unsure). Whatever you do don't restrain your voice in an attempt to not distort the signal, there are much better ways around distortion x)
I just realised how long ago this post was made after having written all this, but hopefully this will be of use in some way or another. I said way more than necessary so there'd better be something good in there. I wouldn't worry about all of it though.
Good job! ^_^
What do you think?