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In this tutorial, I will tell you a bit more about how to make an UTAUloid.

First, you must ask yourself:

What language do I want to make my UTAUloid sing in?

Most people use so called "recording lists", also known as "reclist" to record the sounds used for their UTAUloid. Without a reclist, recording is almost impossible for a newbie like you.

These links have a lot of great reclist.
Maybe you can find one that is for your language! =)…
Two CV VC lists: One in Japanese, one in Bulgarian.…;
A (kind of) complicated English reclist.…
Many CV reclists in languages such as English, Dutch, Spanish, Filipino.
Some of them are not perfect.

... What? There is none that is in your language?

You can still try searching on other sites.
If you still can't find one, then you can make one yourself or you could ask someone to help you!

Reclists are simple .txt files you can write in notepad, so I think you have the thing you need already installed. ;o)

Please be aware that some multilingual and Japanese recording lists are very long and hard to use if you're a newbie to UTAU and making an UTAUloid.

I suggest you to first start out with a CV reclist. After that If you want you can add "extra" sounds that can be used for English or for another language like Spanish or Chinese. Or, you can just create a seperate voicebank for the language when you're experienced enough.

...Oh. I forgot to tell you, there is more than one way to record a voicebank.
A few of the many ways to record a voicebank are these:

CV, which stands for "constant vowel". The sounds go under two groups: vowels (a, i, u, e, o) and constant vowels (ka, wa, ru, me, sho, tsu etc.)
VCV, stands for "vowel consonant vowel" but is also known as Triphones/Triphonics. This is a method to make the UTAUloid sound natural in UTAU. You have to record a few sounds in one file and split them up with the help of oto.ini.
Monophones, a.k.a. "monophonics" are phonemes that consist of one sound.
CV VC means "Constant vowel vowel constant" and is similar to VCV, but tends to be easier to create and use. It tends to have more recordings and usually it sounds different than VCV.

Many people use different programs to record: Some use Audacity, OREMO and Reaper. All of those 3 are free.

However, to run OREMO well, it would be good to switch your locale to Japanese.
OREMO can also read reclists and it is very easy to record with, so I recommend this program the most out of all 3.

...So, did you choose your reclist? And your program? Great! Now let's get started!

If you chose a Japanese reclist, I must ask you-- Do you speak Japanese?

To create an UTAUloid that can pronounce the Japanese sounds well,
you should learn how to pronounce the sounds.

Of course this *isn't necessary*, but It would be very very very good If you took your time in training your pronuncation.

The better it is, the more people will like it!
Here is one of the many videos that are out there:  ))

Okay, enough of that. Now to the most important part.

Open up your program and follow the reclist you're using. Record each sound.
Each sound should be no longer than 2-3 seconds.

But when you're recording CV, you SHOULDN'T record a sound for over a second and a half.
Try to make your sounds in one tone. It's also good to have a glass of water next to you,
because sometimes your throat can get reaaaally dry. :S

*******Remember: (If you're not using OREMO)

DO NOT give your sounds weird names, like for an example "myutauloid_try1" or something like that. If you're recording the sound "a", name your sound "a". If you're recording the sound "ka", name the sound "ka" etc.

You also must be aware that If you capitalize the first letter in the name of your recording, and use a UST with all lowercase, it won't render your oto.ini settings.

Your sound files MUST BE in a .wav format. No .mp3. ONLY .wav.

Otherwise UTAU won't be able to read your files.********

So, did you finish already? Yes? Perfect!

Put your sounds in ~/Program Files/UTAU/voice in a folder that is named after your UTAUloid.

After that you can do your oto.inis and Voila, a new UTAUloid!

... Oh no. Don't tell me you don't know how to make an oto.ini.
In that case, go to these videos, where it's explained perfectly:………

Of course the character is all up to you!

But remember: the more effort you put in and the more originality there is in the character, the more unique it will be!

You don't have to rush with making your UTAUloid. Take your time!
Most people in the UTAU community like unique-sounding and looking UTAUloids.

Even if your first try with making an UTAUloid wasn't successfull, don't worry: Just ask and look around. We usually don't bite. ;o)
If you have questions, feel free to ask!
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KieranHighlawn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Jesus this makes your throat dry DX
BubblyBunnyBash Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oremo isn't working.

It keeps popping up an error message about extra characters outside the closed brace.

i'm assuming it's a problem with the code. I've downloaded 3 versions of Oremo. None work

TinySugarPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
I don't know if you got help already, but run it with applocale. I had the same issue, but just download applocale and use it to run the program in Japanese! I can help more if you need it.
BubblyBunnyBash Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thanks! I'll try it when i have time!
NOKUROsama Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't quite understand what the difference between CV, VCV, and CVVC is...
Bmorpher Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
CV=Consonant Vowel so the Consonant before the Vowel

VCV=Vowel Consonant Vowel so the Vowel than the Consonant, then another Vowel
CV VC=Consonant Vowel Vowel Consonant, so Vowel sound mixed with Consonants and ends with the same thing
NOKUROsama Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see it's a lot more difficult to make an UTAU than I thought...
Bmorpher Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really, the program does most of the work...
NOKUROsama Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, okay, that's good then. I was gettin worried >.<
CalinChelle Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
This is really helpful! :D
tianzanketsu Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for this tutorial ,

 how to make your voice clear when you record it ?
toxiccupcakes1011 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I am soooo confused..
KatsukiYarakine Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't hear any of the videos. Have they forgotten that they must project their voices?
KatsukiYarakine Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you sooo much~ I needed help.
I'm tired of having to credit people for UTAUs, so I'm glad to have found this, and surprisingly enough this is the best tutorial thing I've read because I can understand most of it...
DaydreamOtaku Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for providing the reclists! I needed one ;D
Akirou4 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, so once the .txt reclist is opened up and the recording pragram is also running, um.. how do I record the syllables? ( for the CV VC Japanese reclist, there are no spaces in between most syllables, and it's confusing me on whether I record the whole line of syllables as one or say them each separately? 
-I'm hopeless with this stuff..-
PinkCatAnime Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Do you have to use oto.ini if your making an english language utau? The videos are extremely confusing...
Brightfeatherthecat Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
That oto.ini tutorial is really hard to understand, because it's like she all of a sudden forgot how to talk when she went to record the video xD
It's pretty easy to figure out yourself though.
Mangosmoothwins Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heeellpp I tried making a VCV voicebank for my Utau but he's making bleeping noises while he sings D:
Brightfeatherthecat Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Try regenerating the frequency map
kawaiikumanana Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I use audacity to record my voice but when i save them, i can't make them a .wav format, it'll only let me use a .aup format ? do you know anything about that ?
HetaStuck123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! You have to highlight the syllable and go to export selection. Then, you can export it to wav :D
Zarsla Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
You have to do "export file as"
Which is under the file section.
idontfearyou Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student General Artist
dionn12345678910 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
so how do you make a cv vc voicebank? I have a vcv but i was told on yt that i need to do a cv vc vb but im not sure how to.
YumeMedley Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist
The concept of Vocaloid and Utauloid fascinates me.  I had been thinking of making my own, but didn't know where to start.  Thank you for making this!  It will be very useful :D
xKingOfTimex Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Um?? It doesn't show saving the audio file, it just shows saving the playlist. Whatever, I knew I wouldn't ever be able to creatue Utau : p

makoto3445 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
im so confused ; - ; oh well
Carshia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I got to the recording part, then realized I couldnt record.  T-T
NorthernShore Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Really late on the band wagon but I need some help. I did my voice bank not to long ago in hiragana on oremo and did as I was told but when I played it, all the sounds were like... really electronic, to electronic to the point it sounded like beeps. But when a,u, i. ect.. played it sounded fine. Other sounds came out ok but most of them where beeps. Help?
ArashiAmeUtau Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Is it something with the OTO.ini?
NorthernShore Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah it was. I fixed in now... I think. Still need to test it.
ArashiAmeUtau Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
UTAU is really trolling with me right now -3- Im OTO'ing my VCV bank, and every now and then it freezes up, or it replaces all my aliases with some weird symbol. Idk.
Well, if you still need help or something with the OTO, you can always ask :3 I'm good with CV C:
NorthernShore Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I had the same problem with my CV bank to. Friend said to take the OTO from another VB and it'll fix it. Maybe that might work with yours.
ArashiAmeUtau Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I sort of made my own VCV reclist to shorten recording time, actually ^^" I think it'll be okay, of I just hit OK every now and then. Not in a pun sort of way, I mean literally hit the 'ok' button on configurations XD
NorthernShore Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well, I wish you luck. ^^ Can't wait to hear your Utauloid. :)
Emi-chanxx Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
i have a question! >w< how do i get my utau to sing ust's like these? [link]
animefreak521 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! This is really helpful :)
KermieQ Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
So I made this voicebank and it worked fine for a while but when I added new sounds to the folder they didnt show up where you make oto.ini files for them. The computer recognizes them, they are sung in songs but they sound awful because I cant make oto.ini files for them. Has anyone else had this problem?
Zarsla Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Yeah the same thing happens to me. The easiest thing to do is to copy it and redo the oto.ini for it (or counting do it in your case), then copy and paste, your new oto.ini into your original bank and viola your done. Also when opening the bank in utau, do reload it back in.However if that doesn't work just use the copied version of your bank instead.
Qubilu Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Should the samples be sung or spoken?
Zarsla Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Depends on the person, but it's recommend you sing.(it's not that hard I promise).
All you have to do is listen to yourself talk (I recommend record yourself speaking) And listen until you hear the pitch of your voice. Now hum, it over and over again until you think you got it, then record it(you humming). Save it and use that so you can stay in tune. Also getting some kind of beat measure or a way to keep in some kind of time is recommend as well.

Please note,sing is recommend as it can be easier to stay in the same pitch sing and hold out a sound. e.g. if your recording 'ka', it's easier to do 'ka' as 'kaaa' if your sing then if your speaking (it tends to come out as, just 'ka').

Hope that helps.
PSYCHO3IM Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Excuse me, but which one sounds smoothest of all?
MRCY4N1D3 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
VOcaloid, UTAU, Homestuck and Flapjack
Zwei-tan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a Question... well my Utau worked perfectly fine but suddenly it doesn't accept the voicebank anymore... It shows that the sounds are playing but there is no voice it's just silent... And I don't know how to fix that :iconcryforeverplz:
purplerocketski Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
uh, maybe your utau couldn't read the .ust?
as in it's in romaji and it can't read romaji .ust's?
Zwei-tan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But it could read it before.
Well I fixed the problem with reinstalling utau but thank you anyway :la:
purplerocketski Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah okay ~
OneHellOfAnOtaku123 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I nee help please! Whenever i save a file as wav and try to import it into Utau, It says that its not an Utau project file and won't let me. I've gone through about every tutorial there is (I'm new to Utau) and nothing works. also if you could tell me what exactly i'm supposed to do to record a reclist thing on audacity, it would be much appreciated! Thanks.
ZokuneAki10 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
You don't go to "Open," you must make a folder in the "voice" folder with the name of your UTAU. Go click the box with the name of the Default UTAU, it should say "Defoko", or "デフォルト". After that, a window should pop up. Click on "Voices" on the top, and then click on "Open voice Folder" and another window will pop up. In that window, make a folder with your UTAU's name, and put the wav in that folder. Close the window you're on, then on the other window on UTAU, press "Voices" again. This time, click on "Reload Voice Bank". Then, on the box next to "Voice Bank" on the window, click on it to find the name of your folder with your Utau's name with your wav. Press ok. Then, click the Pencil tool, and make a line (note) in the place with the gray lines. Double click the note you just made, and type in the name of your wav. (EXAMPLE: for "a" you name it "a" or "a.wav". "a" is a better name... In the note/line made, type in "a" without the quotes for the "a" sound.) Press play. A black window will show up. Don't touch it, it will close automatically. When the black window closes, you will here a sound. That is the sound ("a") you recorded earlier.

RECLIST on Audacity
You must record everything, every sound, one at a time, each on it's own wav.


Hope I helped! If you need more help just note me! I'll be happy to help! ;)
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