Kiko is the current Content Curator and PR Manager for STUDIO OGIEN. Since joining the team in 2021, she has helped bring the world of the OGIENOIDs to life. For a living, she is a content coordinator for a small agency, and she has written various websites in her time working for the company. Kiko was born and raised in southern Tennessee. For fun, she enjoys writing, reading, and playing The Sims.
Hello everyone~! STUDIO OGIEN sure has been busy this month! We’ve been hard at work perfect DIONE OG05 for release. I hope you all love her as much as I do! Speaking of, that’s a great place to start off this month’s End of Month Progress Report.
DIONE OG05 Initial Release and Teasers
Earlier in the month, we had a dedicated post to share the news of DIONE OG05‘s initial release and teaser announcements, which you can view here. She has just finished her last recording session today, and we are preparing her full-range demo songs for your listening ears.
What You Can Expect:
The Au Lait – May 17th
Cresent Moon – May 24th
Music Box Demo, Full Release, and Blog Tutorial – May 31st
In addition, DIONE OG05’s 2D LipSync and 3D MMD models are to be released over the next few weeks as we ramp up for her full release.
STUDIO OGIEN Will Be Holding a Design Contest
In the coming weeks, we will be holding a design contest for one of the OGIENOIDs new bank outfits! How exciting! We are looking forward to all of your ideas, and we will be releasing more information on this in June. Oh, alright, I’ll give you a little tease for who it could be for: it’s a current bank progress bar on our homepage! wink wink
A Two Week Break
STUDIO OGIEN has had a busy six months, and we are hoping this will be the last break we need to fully adjust to these changes for the year! Kiko (that’s me!) has been scheduling our posts to make sure we are keeping our community in the loop. I’m doing my best to give you all the most efficient tutorials and up-to-date information on all things STUDIO OGIEN! These blog posts will be the only posts until May 3rd, when we return.
During the second week of May, we will be releasing a blog about all the summer updates we plan to incorporate into STUDIO OGIEN’s maintenance and future releases. Please keep an eye out for this blog as it will be very informative about our procures going forward.
If you have any questions or concerns, even during our breaks/hiatus, feel free to send in a form from our Contact Page, an @ on Twitter, or a comment on a blog, and Kiko will respond during these times.
Welcome to March’s progress report! It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of March! Hello, everyone, Kiko here! This update will be a bit smaller than usual, but there are exciting things brewing at the STUDIO OGIEN Headquarters.
We had one major update when it come to logos this month and that is for our lovely, KASAI OG01! Below you can see the before and after.
Our Full Recording Set-Up
We have an official list of equipment we use to record our voicebanks. If you’d like a full breakdown of all our tools, check out our companion blog!
Let’s Laugh Together
We’ve recently put out a new social media account. Please join us over on TikTok for the occasional short video, parody, and plenty of teasers! CAUTION:Please be aware that we are treating our TikTok account as a space with adult humor and language.
Have you seen the latest OGIENOID drop from our team? DIONE OG05 now has a page all about her! While our team is hard at work decoding the message we found in the bottle near our building, we’ve released what we have been able to read. The strangest thing is that there was a link provided on the weathered paper.
What are your first impressions of DIONE OG05? We would love to know what you think and what you look forward to about her release! DIONE OG05 is slated for release in May 2022!
Okay, I Have Had It With This Glitter. Ceren, What Is Going On?
For the past several weeks, glitter has been covering the recording booth. I have no clue why, and I’m tired of going home covered in glitter. Oh – there’s a note on my desk…
‘Kiko, make sure you inform everyone in the memo that VIRTUS OG02 now has a portion of her live page up. As for the glitter situation, VIRTUS OG02 is finishing up her last recording session this week. The glitter will be gone afterward. If you see any butterflies or bows within the next month, I plead the fifth. Keep up the great work.
-Ceren, STUDIO OGIEN CEO‘
OH! VIRTUS OG02! That makes much more sense now. Ah haha.
Well, since I have the green light from Ceren herself, let’s introduce VIRTUS OG02!
I think that’s all I have for you all when it comes to things that have been happening around the studio. Are you all excited about the releases of VIRTUS OG02 and DIONE OG05? What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear each and every one of them!
Until next time this is Kiko signing off!
Wrapping Up Our Progress Reports, Each Month!
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After many years, STUDIO OGIEN has finally obtained an updated recording setup for its UTAU characters! We are excited to bring more OGIENOID voices to life with our new UTAU recording setup!
To clarify before we begin, we understand that some of the items we use in this list are a bit on the pricey end. However, we have spent many months saving money and taking advantage of payment plans to buy these pieces of equipment. We chose to invest in equipment with long-term usability.This way, we can create voicebanks with consistent quality for years to come.The following post acts as a record of our current equipment. Our hope is that this post can help our audience.
Firstly, let’s begin with the item we are most excited about. The Electro-Voice RE20 is a microphone that has been a fan favorite for radio since 1968. It is STUDIO OGIEN’s first XLR microphone! We chose this mic for its true cardioid nature and smooth sound. Additionally, the RE20 is excellent for reducing background noise as well.
An XLR is different than a standard USB mic. Unlike a USB mic, an XLR mic does not plug straight into your computer. To sum up, XLR mics need more parts in order to work.
It is a pricier microphone, but it is easy to finance this mic with a payment plan.
Secondly, our new mic stand. This heavy-duty piece of gear is solid, sturdy, and heavy. This is great, as our setup demands a lot out of a mic stand! For the quality, it is a fairly priced piece. The included screw adapter also fits the RE20 perfectly.
In addition, we added an isolation shield to our setup. Isolation shields reduce the noise picked up via the microphone while recording. In short, by isolating your microphone from its surrounding environment, the shield enhances the quality of your voice and prevents distortions. For example, we use this shield to prevent unwanted noise from leaking into our recordings from less insulated walls.
Further, we required a way to make our mic “talk” to our computer. In comes our audio interface. An audio interface is a tool that converts signals into a format your computer can recognize. The interface can also play audio directly to your headphones. We decided to go with the Focusrite Scarlett Solo for its ability to capture studio-like quality without the full studio! Another plus we love with this interface is the ease of use. On days we want to get to recording as soon as possible – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
XLR cables are the proper way to connect your audio interface and mic. In short, these cables act as a connector between various stage, audio, and video pieces of equipment. The connectors are circular in design and have between three and seven pins.
What About A Preamp/Mic Activator?
If you’ve been doing your research on a recording set-up, you may have heard the term “preamp”. To sum up, a preamp is a device that connects to your audio interface and microphone to help counter the inevitable noise the microphone will pick up. However, the microphone we have chosen for our newest set-up is one that has a built-in noise-canceling filter. This helps the microphone pick up your voice only.
During our initial testing, we discovered an odd issue with the RE-20 producing a high amount of background noise. Once we removed the preamp from the equation, we noticed an uptick in quality. After that, we concluded that the preamp was causing our samples to have a heavy amount of “engine noise”. We discovered that the cloudlifter was interfering with the RE-20’s built-in noise cancellation. As a result, we eventually excluded it from our setup.
Originally, we selected the Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator. It did not fit our needs, but depending on the microphone you choose, this may be a great addition to your own setup.
STUDIO OGIEN’s Previous Recording Equipment
Our original equipment began with a Logitech headset, and from there we quickly upgraded to a Blue Yeti. A decent USB mic, it served as a great starting point. Our Blue Yeti was used to record all currently released OGIENOID voicebanks (excluding HONOS OG04). In the end, we sold our Blue Yeti to finance the purchase of new equipment, so, going forward, no new OGIENOID voicebanks will use that mic.
Below is a breakdown of each OGIENOID and the equipment used for their recordings.
Hi again everyone! It’s Kiko back again to let you know what’s been happening at STUDIO OGIEN over the course of February! While it may not seem like a lot of progress, we actually got a huge surprise recently and it involves a Voicebank we weren’t anticipating until much later this year! I can’t say much more or Ceren will let me have it… Anyways, onto the updates!
Promotional Art is Headed Your Way!
Hah? Yes, you read that right! We’ve undergone some major changes when it comes to the STUDIO OGIEN merchandise (I know!! So exciting!!) and OGEINOID press releases for Voicebanks that are currently in development. This means all art for future releases will be more cohesive and flow with all items related to the STUDIO OGIEN branding. We love when things work out like that!
On another note, as I mentioned above, there are some new product lines in the works and we can’t divulge too much yet…I can say to get excited!
Have You Seen Them Yet?
Seen what? There are now tutorials on how to use every single released OGIENOID Voicebank. You can check them out right now! This includes the various Append Voicebanks we have released such as KASAI SAILENT, AXIS TELLURIC, and ATLAS CELESTIAL. When we release a new Voicebank, there will be an OGIENOID tutorial posted on release day! So much to look forward to this year, I can hardly contain it!
New Year, New Logos
That’s right! On our social media accounts, we’ve recently unveiled some new and updated logos for the OGIENOIDs. You can see the comparisons on our Instagram and Twitter accounts. Don’t worry, I’ll place them below as well! Currently, updated logos are for HONOS OG04, APOLLO OG0X, ATLAS OG07, and AXIS OG06.
Polls and Voting
Did you know we post polls on our Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube? It isn’t very often, but we do like to get your input on the future releases from STUDIO OGIEN. One of our most recent polls was on the opinion of Subunits, much like we see in K-Pop. The subunits we put into consideration were:
Blue Flame – APOLLO, HONOS
Triple Triad – THEIA, HONOS, VIRTUS
Orbit – APOLLO, ATLAS, AXIS
Rose Garden – KASAI, THEIA, DIONE
Rose Garden saw a lot of interest across all platforms based on the response we got! What about you, Dear Readers? What subunits would you like to see?
I Saw Something Weird in the Recording Booth Yesterday…
It was so weird, there was so much glitter on the mic stand and I cannot put my finger on where it would’ve come from. Maybe I should ask Ceren what that was all about. Surely I’ll have an answer in next month’s blog, but this is all I have for you that happened in February. Until then, love one another and stay kind!
Welcome to the end of the first month of the year 2022! STUDIO OGIEN’s year of progress is just getting started, so we don’t have a lot of news to share. However, we will give you an update on what we have been doing!
Recording Set-Up is Receiving an Upgrade
You read that right! Our in-studio recording setup is getting an upgrade to provide the best quality voicebanks we can create for you to use on your next projects. We don’t have it complete just yet, but someone we’ve missed dearly is getting primed for a brand new VB! You’ll have to wait and see who it is!
Tutorials are Coming In Hot!
Have you enjoyed the recent tutorials and overviews we’ve been putting out recently? If so, you’re in luck! We plan to make even more in the future to assist newcomers and veterans alike. Not to mention the few that are being written up at this very moment…What would you like to see tutorial-wise from STUDIO OGIEN?
World-Building and Story Crafting
Over the break, we’ve been forming an original series of novels that dive into more information about the OGIENOIDs. What is an OGIENOID, and who are the girls you know today? Keep watch for news regarding this series coming out later this year.
That’s All Folks!
I think that’s all the progress we have for you guys at this current moment in time. Keep an eye out on our socials for any updates, polls, and new song releases from STUDIO OGIEN. Happy 2022!
Our team got to thinking, “What would all the OGIENOID girls look like if they were real or in our world?” Well, we decided to find out! Thanks to the incredible machine-learning website Artbreeder, we were able to create real versions of the girls. Ah, if only they were real.
With a mop of curly black hair, KASAI’s image is certainly met here! Her large, blue eyes are truly striking.
The OGIENOID fashion icon VIRTUS gives off such a warm and kind aura!
THEIA’s youthful yet strong face demonstrates such confidence!
A very androgynous individual, HONOS OG04 is a strikingly beautiful person in this realistic rendition!
DIONE’s kind and wise face truly brings out her character. Anyone could truly turn to her comfort.
A rendition featuring both of her eyes, funny enough! This rendition truly captures how striking AXIS’s mint-green shade of hair would be in real life.
ATLAS’s realistic rendition is so soft and pastel! In real life, she would certainly own a closet full of softcore fashion!
Lastly, here’s APOLLO! Between her smug look and menacing eyes, no one would mess with this icy girl!
What did you think? Do they match how you imagine them? Let us know your thoughts!
Recently, Kiko went over installing the UTAU software, but that leaves us with a question; how do we even record for the UTAU software? Not to worry! We’ve drawn up a small introduction to free audio recording programs for the UTAU software. These two different applications are commonly used with UTAU for recording voicebanks. We will be covering two names that you may be familiar with: the UTAU community’s good friends, Audacity and OREMO.
OKAY…SO WHAT IS AUDACITY?
Well, to put it simply, Audacity gives you the audacity to record. Okay, okay, I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
Ahem. Anywho. Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform audio software. It’s a relatively simple program, but it is a great starting point if you are overwhelmed with voicebank recording. With Audacity being so bare-bones, you can use it to learn the basics of recording any audio in general. You can cut, copy, splice, or mix sounds together as well as apply numerous sound effects like pitching a sample up/down.
However, it isn’t the best for voicebanks due to the time and file sizes created when recording. When recording a voicebank, users in Audacity will either need to record one sample at a time, exporting and naming the file afterward, OR they must record in one long track, splicing and naming each recording separately afterward. That’s a lot of extra work! So, why do we still recommend it?
AUDACITY FOR POST-PROCESSING
Audacity is fantastic for post-processing. The software features multi-export, which is a very handy tool. After your recordings are complete, you can drag and drop several audio samples into the software if need be. Many users take this approach when removing background noise from their recordings. Afterward, one may use Audacity’s ability to multi-export each individual track separately, and Audacity will use the track’s name to name the exported samples automatically.
Alternatively (and much more fun) is Audacity’s impressive batch-processing capabilities. With batch-processing, a user can create a unique macro (once referred to as a “chain”) of events that Audacity will apply to any audio files within a designated folder. For instance, STUDIO OGIEN uses chains for KASAI OG01 and APOLLO OG0X’s development, as both use Audacity’s pitch effects to procure their unique voices. These chains include information on how high or low to change the pitch of each sample, as well as what file type to export as (.WAV). Their audio files are run through the chains and automatically exported for minimal work on the team’s part, rather than adjusting the pitch on each individual sample.
To create a macro
Go to Tools
Insert a name for the macro
Choose and inserts effects
For UTAU recordings, make sure to include “Export as WAV”
A macro has been created! The user can now apply the macro to their preferred audio samples. Note, in the team’s experience, macros do not work well with the Noise Removal tool.
To use the macro
Go to Tools
Select the macro
Browse to the file folder and select the desired files
The processed files will be placed in a new folder within the folder of the original files
OREMO, developed by nwp8861, is the main audio recording software that STUDIO OGIEN uses in-house. Why? OREMO is explicitly designed to work with UTAU’s voicebank recording methods. The learning curve is upped a bit when you begin OREMO, but many in the community recommend starting with OREMO to help save time and sanity.
One of the best things that OREMO has in its software is auto-saving, which automatically splits each sample into its own, named .WAV file. No more manually exporting or naming files!
OREMO’s UTAU Specific Features
OREMO also supplies an array of features that improves the overall recording experience. Users can take advantage of the application’s BGM (which plays beats at a specific note while the user records, helping them keep on-time and on-pitch). This is a life-saver when it comes time to configure the OTO. Several community-made BGMs are available for download as well to fit the tastes of the user. The program also gives access to a built-in metronome.
OREMO also supplies a pitch guide, which, once a recording has been completed, will compare the pitch of the sample to a predetermined note (this is the red line pictured above). This helps the user to determine if their sample is on-tune. Users may also insert their favorite reclists into the program as well as a list of unique Suffixes. Essentially, one can record a multi-pitch voicebank with ease this way, as the user can simply select a Suffix to attach to the voice sample, and OREMO will automatically add the suffix to the filename.
Audacity doesn’t necessarily include the features above, making it a more difficult software to record with. As OREMO is much more specialized, one can save an abundance of time by utilizing this unique tool.
We understand that OREMO seems like the best option for recording a new voicebank. Still, sometimes, users prefer options they are familiar with rather than the community accepted software, which is OREMO.
If you are looking just to practice audio recording and learning what all the terminology means, we say try out Audacity.
If you plan to record voicebanks (VC, CV, VCCV, or others), we recommend sticking with OREMO.
For post-processing, we recommend Audacity or software similar to it.
Curious to know what the recording process is like for STUDIO OGIEN? Check out our OGIEN Recording Suite for more links and resources.
Is it already nearing the end of our brief hiatus? The time has flown by, but as a team, STUDIO OGIEN has made valiant strides of progress through it. It’s now time for us to shine some light on our progress with a sneak peek!
This brief blog post is just to let you beautiful humans know what you can expect from us in 2022~!
So, What’s New?
Over the break, we created a calendar of all our future plans, and let me personally tell you, it’s a lot! We have recording sessions, blog posts, voicebank releases, and even more on the roster for this year. Now, what those releases are for and who is being recorded, I’ll leave that up to a surprise.
We’ve maintained a steady flow of updates to all of our social media accounts over the break, which we strive to continue in the new year. During the hiatus, we were even able to get the Community tab on our YouTube which was a huge goal of ours!
Oh, All Right. I’ll Give You an Actual Sneak Peek
A minimum of four, yes FOUR(4), new voicebanks will be available by the end of 2022! We have really been striving to give you all more of our beautiful girls and I think we finally have been able to do it!
Today, I will be going over the process of how to download and install the UTAU software onto your computer. This will be a learning experience for all of us! I have no idea what I’m doing, but Ceren is here to help me along the way, and I can help teach you all how to properly install the software without a hitch! (Well, there may be a hitch, but I won’t tell you about that…)
Changing Your System Locale
So, we need to do this thing in order to properly run the UTAU software. Before you try to skip this step, your UTAU software will read in gibberish when opened without doing this step. I know, we just wanna get to the fun stuff, but we have to do this for the ship to have smooth sailing.
What does changing your system locale mean? All it means is that we are changing the locale for non-Unicode programs (I don’t know man, I’m just a writer. After some googling it appears that it’s just a term for readable character data.) from English to Japanese.
If your PC doesn’t have Japanese already installed, head over to your Settings, select Language, then Add a Language. From this point, type Japanese into the pop-up box, select it, and hit the Next button. Next, deselect the “Set as my Windows display language” unless you wanna roll like that. You do you boo! But, if you want to keep your display language English, deselect that option. Last but not least, click that Install button!
Let’s actually change your system locale (for Windows)!
Open the Control Panel
Select the “Clock, Language, and Region” option
Select “Region and Language”
A window should pop up. Select the tab that is labeled “Administrative”
Select “Change System Locale”
A dropdown list will appear. Scroll until you find Japanese, then select it.
BOOM SHAKA LAKA! UTAU should now be able to read UST’s correctly!
Have concerns? No worries, I did too. Changing the System Locale will affect how your backslash (\) is displayed, causing it to look like a yen symbol in some programs. I mean, it’s not like I use that in my writing or anything…..But, I digress; let’s move on.
Time to Download the UTAU Program
Now that our system can now register Japanese, let’s download the software! I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t understand much Japanese. Throw some French at me, then maybe. Anyways, we need to head over to this lovely website: http://utau2008.xrea.jp/, which will lead you directly to download the software.
When you get to the website, there will be some links followed by Japanese text. All you need to do is click the link that says v0.(latest version number) zipアーカイブ. This will launch a zip file, which you can unzip in your desired location on your computer.
This will open the fully operational version of the UTAU software. However, it will be entirely in Japanese. As I said earlier, I can no read that. How can this be fixed? There is an English patch available for us Western fans to utilize, which can be found here: http://utau.wikia.com/wiki/UTAU_wiki:UTAU_GUI_Translation.
We need to create a new folder within the UTAU(version number) folder you have with this patch. Create a new folder and name it “res.” Once this is done, unzip the English patch file into this new “res” folder.
We Made It!
That’s…that’s it. We did it! We all now have a fully functional version of English UTAU to create new UTAUloids and make songs!
As a note of caution: if you try to pull the UTAU icon out of the folder and launch it, it will run in the default Japanese language. To stop this from happening, you need to keep the icon with the English patch in the folder. If you want to launch via the program icon, you can drag the icon to the taskbar/dock of Windows or go into the UTAU folder and click the icon there.
Let’s have some fun with OGIENOID Minecraft Skins!
Everyone enjoys games, right? The team at STUDIO OGIEN sure does! As a result of our love for games, we have been at work to create OGIENOID Minecraft skins of all the OGIENOIDs and we are happy to announce that they are ready to be shared with you all! You can head to each girl’s page to find them under “Downloads.” Also, you can download them here on this post for DIONE OG05 and VIRTUS OG02, who are currently unreleased! Below, you will see a showcase of all the skins and how they look when walking with them in-game.