UTAU (not to be confused with the Shugo Chara! character, or Uatu, a Watcher from the Marvel Universe) is a musical voice synthesis program created by Ameya as a freeware response to Vocaloid. Using UTAU is much like using Vocaloid, however there are some differences in usage (which may lead to Damn You, Muscle Memory). Also, UTAU has the feature of importing vocal samples manually, which allows a person to use their own voice in UTAU.Before the appearance of the now popular Teto Kasane, UTAU was virtually unknown. To date, there are over 1500 UTAU voicebanks from all over the world.Near the end of 2009, Ameya created a special voicebank recording style first known as renzokuon, or "continuous sound", also widely called VCV (vowel-consonant-vowel). This allowed UTAU voicebanks to sound much smoother and more human than before. Another recording style a few years after that, referred to as CV-VC (consonant-vowel-vowel-consonant), quickly became popular due to allowing one to create voicebanks for different languages other than Japanese in the program. (Like, for example, english) A Mac version of UTAU, known as UTAU-Synth, has now been released, and a mobile version of the software is in the works.Since all UTAU are essentially OCs, opinions may be conflicting as to how fitting a trope may be. Edit with caution.
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Tropes about the actual program.
- Allegedly Free Game: Or program. Regardless, if you want to make an Utauloid that sounds even halfway decent, as well as make it sing well, hope you have a couple hundreds of dollars to spend on the necessary high quality microphone, vocal editing software, and possibly even music synthesizing software if you want to make music from scratch.
- Alternate Company Equivalent:
- The program itself, for starters, being the Freeware alternative to Vocaloid.
- It's impossible to count the number of Vocaloid expies floating around in the fandom even with a dedicated list. Granted, this is often because of the fact that Vocaloids can range anywhere between 200 to 400 dollars in price while Utauloids are, obviously, free.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: Considering the interface is very similar to Vocaloid, with some minor to major differences, this is bound to happen. Of course, this trope works both ways if you used Utauloid long before Vocaloid.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Naturally, considering making an Utauloid based on the users voice is the first thing most people do upon getting the program. Depending on several things such as editing skill, microphone quality, and general voice tone, results can range from drunken karaoke to ear meltingly amazing.
- Helium Speech: Either done intentionally with some Utauloid voicebanks for the lulz, unintentionally in an attempt to make Utauloid Miku equivalents, or as the result of putting the voicebank at an extremely high pitch.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Due to attempts to make Utauloids sound either like anime characters, like Miku, or generally make unique voice tones, this tends to pop up frequently with more 'realistic' voicebanks, often using the Utauloid's creators normal sounding voice. More often than not, you'll end up seeing at least one person complaining about a male Utauloid not sounding like a chain smoker or a woman's voice being too deep to be a woman. *
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Depending on how much effort is put into it, and how skilled the person using the voicebank is, some Utauloid banks can sound surprisingly realistic, to the point you'd swear an actual human was singing it if you didn't know better. A good example is Ritsu's Kire voicebank, though it is by no means the only example.
- Robo Speak: Depending on the skill level of whoever's using the voicebank, this is either Played Straight unintentionally or Averted. Keep in mind, the voicebank quality also depends on what mic is used to record it and how much editing is put into it. Some Utauloids can sound like glorified speak and spells, while others can sound more realistic than Vocaloids, or even actual human singers!
- Sturgeon's Law: A given, considering it's the freeware equivalent of Vocaloid, and thus far more accessible to producers of varying skill levels. * Some songs can be exactly what you'd expect, but there are also quite a few that manage to put professional Vocaloid songs to shame, with some covers even out doing the original!
- Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: While the program was originally made for Japanese vocals, it's not impossible to make voicebanks of other languages in it if you know what you're doing, as well as a good deal about the language in question's phonetic structure. Notably, in addition to Japanese, there are quite a few banks out there that support Surprisingly Good English as well as surprisingly good spanish.
- Vocal Dissonance: Depending on the creator, this is either Invoked intentionally for the lulz with some Utauloids, or a difference in opinions on the design matching the voice.
General Character Tropes
- Anthropomorphic Food: Sekushii Beikon is a...piece of bacon.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: The Vippers, usually caused by either Teto Kasane or Sukone Tei. Doesn't mean they'll be the best of friends however.
- Bishōnen: Ted Kasane, Taya Soune, Rook, and a good share of male UTAUloids fit this category.
- Canon Immigrant: Teto, who started as an April's Fools Joke and became an UTAUloid. Also, the Macne Family, as well as Acme Iku, the Default family and Loline Com, weren't originally UTAUloids. Macne Family were originally intended for Mac, Acme Iku was originally from a hentai Flash app with a plethora of ero sounds, Defoko and her siblings were from AquesTalk, and Loline Com had his own editor, which looked like a prototype of UTAU, even with similar mechanics.
- Gender Bender: Some UTAUloids have two voicebanks, one male and one female. Also, around 70% of all UTAU voicebanks get a genderbent of some sort (sometimes, an older/younger counterpart of the same gender as well, which also uses the gender factor flag). The most famous are:
- Kasane Teto - Kasane Ted
- Sukone Tei - Sukone Teiru
- Nagone Mako - Nagone Makoto
- Suiga Sora - Suiga Sara
- Macne Nana - Macne Nanao/Macne Shichi (and sometimes, Macne Nana Petit as the younger counterpart)
- Acme Iku - Acme Ikuo
- Teira - Mashuu (and Tiramisu as the younger counterpart)
- Hartman Hips: Exaggerated with Hana Chikako.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Nagone Mako is the most notable example of this trope.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Anyone can make an UTAU. Naturally, this means there are well over a thousand voicebanks and characters; however, only a handful of them have any popularity.
- Not Quite Starring: There are quite a few Utauloid voicebanks floating around the net based of off characters from either popular animes, video games, or even musicians, either through using voice samples from their show, game, or music, or by someone replicating their voice. It should be known though that, while (generally) there's no rule against creating these kinds of voicebanks, distributing said voicebanks on the net to the general public without the permission of whoever owns said character / music can get you in serious hot water with the show creator / game creator / musician, the creator of the Utauloid program, and quite possibly a good portion of the Utauloid fandom as well.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: InuHebi.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Many UTAUloids have those. Momo got peaches, Teto got the French bread, Sora got the curry, Yufu got castella cake...
- Tsundere: Kasane Teto is regarded as a Type B. There are enough tsundere UTAUloids to make a list of its own.
- Troll: Some UTAUloids are made for this exact purpose; the most famous being the VIPPaloids Kasane Teto, Yokune Ruko and Namine Ritsu, who are April's Fools jokes from 2ch.
- Tei Sukone, also from 2ch, is another example. Her unoriginal design is a Take That at everyone whose UTAUloid's outfit is a Palette Swap of Miku's, her personality is a Take That at fan characters who love Len and hate Miku, and her sharingan is a Take That to Naruto fan characters who have it. Unlike Teto and the other VIPPaloids, however, she is immensely hated by the Fan Dumb who don't realize that she was MADE for trolling.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Due to a combination of attempts to pass them off as "official" Vocaloids and the sheer amount of voicebanks created on a daily basis, only the VIPPERloids tend to be relatively well know outside, and even inside, the Utauloid fandom, with Teto being viewed as the unofficial mascot of the program.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Ritsu is the most notable example of such, although there are quite a few crossdressing characters.
- Yandere: As with Tsundere UTAUloids, there are many UTAUloids who fit this character type; Tei Sukone and Amagaku are two popular examples.
Original Song Tropes
- Amazon Brigade: Teto's "Confront, You Look So Cool!" has Teto putting together a team of UTA Us, almost all of whom are girls. The only exception is Sora Suiga.
- And I Must Scream: The premise of Time Glass, as explained in the author's comments.As some of you will remember from the original Grimm fairytale, the poison did not actually kill Snow White, it simply incapacitated her. In a way, she was in a coma for years until her prince found her. So, my concept was, what if she was conscious during that whole time, locked inside a glass coffin with no way to speak, or move, with only her thoughts as company. Thus this song was born.
- Driven to Suicide: One of the various interpretations given to Sky High.
- Kids Are Cruel: In Daughter of an Evil Spirit, kids made fun of Teto because she had wings on her back and red eyes. Although, adults joined on it.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Again, Daughter of an Evil Spirit. Although, it wasn't senseless on her part, but on those who sacrificed her. The volcano still was active after she was sacrificed to it.