It's Babylon by Tohma.
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.
Sachi-chan222 wrote: Singing from the chest/head is to sing your highest/lowest and/or to sing with all strength possible.
Please don't sing with all your strength, you can seriously injure something.
There isn't really any set of songs that are considered easy for everyone. Here are some things I know, though:
I really don't know how to go about on fixing this aside from warming up my voice and practicing everyday. I'm just worried about developing bad habits.
Also first attempt on mixing and I sound too quiet on my end...
You already know what to do, then! Warm up (find all the warmups video you can find and use one that you like. There's no perfect warmup) and practice as much as you can. The way you chase away bad habits is by recording yourself and listening to yourself and taking notes on where you messed up - this is the stage where you gotta be harsh on yourself. Off by a 16th of a pitch? Write it down! The rhythm is kinda funny or you barely managed to cough out the words? Write it down! You sound tired? Write it down! You are your best critic and your best coach. Record the same thing until and listen as it gets perfecter and perfecter. Listen to the same recording multiple times. It gets tiring sometimes (at which time do something else, like learn a new song!) but it really helps you to grow as a singer.
Since this song would by and large be considered with a more "acoustic background instrumental" then yes, your voice should be a bit louder as opposed to having a more heavy background instrumental. Mixing with light instrumentals is hard! It requires a good mic, unfortunately, and/or a good mixing program. Look up a bunch of youtube tutorials, click a bunch of buttons, find out what works for you! You can't learn to mix the same way you learned the times tables, unfortunately.
You can listen to it on the PolyphonicBranch album "wonder heart".
Your singing is actually really good! Both your vocal tone quality and technique are pretty up there. Be warned though, even covering anime songs can occasionally get you in copyright trouble, especially if you rip the official off vocal.
I've noticed that in some spots you can be a little off on rhythm, which as a whole makes the cover seem a little less well-put-together, and can lose the dynamic effect for more dynamic songs. It's a subconscious judgment on the part of most viewers, but if you pay more attention to matching the rhythm, it will seem to listeners to just "magically" sound better :)
I really encourage you to look around for random vocaloid songs, because those tend to provide a really nice instrumental for free (I noticed your dareka, umi wo has an inst of questionable quality) and your voice and skill seem flexible enough to accommodate a number of genres. Some random suggestions to get you started - BadBye, Sarishinohara/Yonjuunana/Akaito (it's a series of sorts, though a lot of people just cover one), Bokura no Let it Be, glow, Shiwa, Ai ni Kijutsushi (愛に奇術師), and Eine Kleine (アイネクライネ). Most popular songs also have acoustic arranges that you can also cover, if you're into that.
Depends on how you want to use it. For utattemita, parodies, mashups, choruses,, etc, it's fine. If you just want to reprint it, or use it in a different kind of video (like a homage to len idk) then it depends on the producer, I guess.
126.96.36.199 wrote: If...an actual instrumental was released I think it's fine
It's only fine if the official released instrumental was released publicly for free. If it's part of a CD or something, then yeah, some people can cover it and get away with it because the anime company doesn't care, but usually it will result in a copyright strike and audio takedown.
Usaria wrote: I see...How about the original videos? Does it applies too?
What do you mean original videos? Like Nico Nico Indies? No matter what the genre is, if the instrumental is released publicly and the instrumental maker doesn't prohibit use of the instrumental, then it is probably fine to use.
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!
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!
Yeah, and groups like Guilty Hearts and Ars Magna, I think.
Really? That's kind of surprising. A good thing, though, to have some diversity.
I'm not sure if it was added later or not, but producer is on the survey :) It's a shame odorite and ensoushitemita are there, those are very underappreciated parts of the site.
It may be that since they're so small, there's kind of no point to vote since everyone already knows who the most popular odorite or ensoushas are. Nevertheless, it would be fun to see who everyone's favorites are...
As far as I can tell, the reprinting section of the tutorial agrees with the points that TisRis has made, so it should be left alone (other than fixing the video link).
As for download, I would suggest keeping it up, but not linking it to reprinting, which while not immoral, is, in my opinion, not ideal (even though it's very helpful in terms of exposure). Downloading videos is really vital to utattemita - where do you think all these utaite get the video to accompany their covers? and so it has other uses besides reprinting.
You're welcome! I hope you enjoy your first bubble tea :)
TisRis wrote: Helps decide which language to speak in at a glance
This doesn't make much sense to me. I think that if you're a fan of a singer enough that you want to wish them happy birthday, you should probably know what language they speak...
You can easily find if a famous utaite has sung a song by searching in the search bar, like this search for Crier.
You can also go to the original song on NND and find the name of the song in the tags. Click that tag, and it will take you to another page of all the videos with that tag. I like to narrow my results to covers only by adding +歌ってみた in the url. You can choose how to filter it, just like on youtube. Here is the tag for sadistic music factory + utattemita, sorted by highest view count.