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.
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.
Today, we meet STUDIO OGIEN. What is it? Studio Ogien (stylized as STUDIO OGIEN), was created in 2015 by Ceren (LadyOgien). The studio, at that time, was developed as a way for her to combine all of her stories and characters under one brand. However, as her friends began to offer their support for her UTAU characters, the studio began to grow into a multimedia project. Our team had this passion and drive to create a group that represents women of all walks of life. Together, the group has created the OGIENOIDs, a cast of digital idols created using the free shareware, UTAU. Studio Ogien has been actively creating vocal synthesis divas since its founding, with plans to expand into storytelling in the near future.
Where does the name STUDIO OGIEN come from? Studio – a place where artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, and other expressive professionals create their works. Ogien /ɔɡjɛɲ/ – directly translates as fire from the Polish language.
We like to interpret this as “We are a studio filled with a fiery passion.”
Nice to meet you! My name is Ceren, and I am the Founder and Director of STUDIO OGIEN. I do a little bit of everything around the studio, assisting wherever I can. In other words, if STUDIO OGIEN published it, I probably helped with it, haha.
I am a bit of a lurker. For a long time, I really didn’t want much attention on myself. Similarly, I didn’t want the studio to be noticed. It took a long time for me to be comfortable putting things out into the world. However, my friends at the studio have been my main driving force to continue the OGIENOID project, and their passion for the girls truly makes me want to work harder every day. Above all, I am grateful for all that they do, and I love my team so very much!
Let’s continue to create a brighter future every day through our efforts!
I’ve been here pretty much since the beginning of our little studio. I’m in charge of the mixing and audio engineering, and I’ve been responsible for most (not all of them though) of the covers on the channel.
Currently, I am the one behind most of the models you see dancing!! I have experience in rigging, physics, and effects primarily using MikuMikuDance. When I can, I give general direction to the team and offer other services. I always ensure to help provide the best virtual experience with the Studio Ogien group and usually the little voice in the background.
Let’s all shine brightly to light the way for a brighter future!
Inu is a very important member of our crew, assisting us in many different departments, including (but not limited to) art and video editing! It is thanks to her that our studio got its kick-start earlier this year. Above all, her enthusiasm and devotion have inspired us all to pour our hearts into the studio. There are times she is not available due to her personal life, but we always eagerly await her return. We love having her around and she is nothing but a joy to work alongside.
Make sure you check out her work and her UTAU Mounono Tsugumi!
Link is another long-time member of STUDIO OGIEN! They are also an incredible, multi-talented individual who has given aid to us all at one point or another. They specialize in illustration, particularly known for their unique art style, but Link has also been known to put out the group’s fires when in a pinch! For instance, Link was an integral part of a secret project’s success in 2019. Thanks to them, we will be able to bring you something exciting and incredibly special in the next year or two!
We are truly grateful to have Link on our team and appreciate all that they do!
Mell has been a member of the studio before it was even founded! In other words, she has been assisting Ceren with character development and storytelling since the OGIENOIDs were just ATLAS OG07 and AXIS OG06. As a member of STUDIO OGIEN today, Mell still helps us with story development. In addition, she offers general support and oversight of production as well.
You may recognize her work, as she makes hilarious, meme-inspired animatics that we have featured before on our YouTube channel!
Current writer and PR manager for STUDIO OGIEN. If you get a response from anyone at STUDIO OGIEN, it’s probably me! Hello! I work to ensure that all of our postings, content and story elements are up to date.
It’s a pleasure to meet you!
Hi there! I’m Ash, a designer, and OGIENOID fangirl. Behind the scenes, I specialize in updating logos and branding to ensure that everything within the world of STUDIO OGIEN is nice and cohesive. In addition, I currently have some animated magic in the works!
You can be sure to look forward to what is to come!
In conclusion, we thank you for taking the time to meet our team here at STUDIO OGIEN! We are thrilled to show you what else we have in the works. In the meantime, check back often to learn more about the OGIENOIDs that Studio Ogien has been creating. See you soon!
Hey! Woah! Don’t worry; STUDIO OGIEN will be back quicker than you think!
There is no need to panic. Our team members will be taking a brief hiatus from September to December of this year.
What does this mean?
Currently, our team members are going through some significant personal changes and need time to get situated before focusing on our current ongoing projects! However, that doesn’t mean we are stopping working. In short, it just means we are working under wraps to give you all some fantastic surprises.
Some things to be excited for:
A special KASAI OG01 mini-release! We’ll be showing off sneak-peeks as November nears.
Starting production of THEIA OG03’s MONARCH voicebank
Secret secret stuff
And more secret secret stuff
What? We have to keep some things a surprise!
STUDIO OGIEN would like to thank you all for being understanding and patient with our team during this time. We can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been working on! In addition, we will be posting some minor updates on our socials, so make sure you’re following us!
UTAU is a Japanese singing synthesizer application created by Ameya/Ayame. This program is similar to Vocaloid, a professional vocal synthesis software that would inspire UTAU’s creation. Furthermore, UTAU is an independent application that is free for anyone to download and use (there is also a shareware version with special features available, but the free version on its own is already perfectly solid). The program uses .wav files the user provides to create a singing voice, which will synthesize by introducing song lyrics and melody.
UTAUloids Rise To Fame
UTAUloids have been on the rise since the shareware’s release in 2008. Certainly, the most notable faces of the program are Defoko and Kasane Teto. Defoko being the built-in voice for the UTAU shareware, while Teto is the ‘face’ of UTAU. They both have immense popularity. A small fun fact: new Vocaloid fans often mistake Teto as an official Vocaloid voicebank! Check out their voicebanks in action below.
First off, we’re glad that you’re excited to jump into creating your first Voicebank, but there are a few things you need to know first!
Programs to Create Voicebanks
Fl Studio: A DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) used within the UTAU and Vocaloid communities for many years. It’s most used by these communities to mix songs/covers.
Audacity: A free-to-use DAW. It is typically used to record and splice voicebank samples.
Reaper: A popular DAW that offers a free trial period. Often used to mix songs and is rather user-friendly.
OREMO: A free-to-use program created specifically for recording Voicebanks. This program is a fan favorite for recording since it will automatically name a user’s voice samples as well as add aliases to the file name. Features a metronome and BGM function to keep recordings on time and on the tune.
setParam: Another program created specifically for use with UTAU, specifically OTO configuration. While UTAU possesses an interface for configuring OTOs, setParam offers a more intuitive interface and allows the user a much more detailed look at their recordings.
MIDI: (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Often used in music production, it is a standard file format for communicating information between musical instruments. MIDIs can be used in the creation of UST files.
Resampler: A vital component of UTAU. This engine reads a Voicebank’s WAV files when the user plays a track in UTAU or when they render it for external use.
FRQ: Files generated by the resampler to properly read the Voicebank’s WAV samples. If you download a Voicebank that has FRQ files in it, don’t delete them! The creator may have edited them manually to fix errors and glitches in the Voicebank.
CV: “Consonant Vowel” recording format. The smallest and simplest style of Voicebank, this is a great choice for beginners to get acquainted with the recording process.
VCV: “Vowel Consonant Vowel”, blends together the ending vowel of a sample with the consonant-vowel pair of the next. While it is more labor intensive to create compared to a CV bank, it’s the most popular form of Voicebank for its smooth end result.
Lite VCV: A simplified/compact version of a VCV Voicebank with more smoothness than CV. A good option for those wanting to branch into VCV.
CVVC: A CV Voicebank with “VC” samples to improve clarity and smoothness. Easier to record than VCV, but trickier to properly configure. This recording style can offer more flexibility than VCV, depending on the Voicebank.
VCCV: Developed by Cz, one may refer to this as the new standard for English UTAU Voicebanks. Widely supported by the community and praised for its clarity, though it does create an Americanized accent in a lot of Voicebanks.
Rentan: A recording style specific to CV Voicebanks. Samples are recorded all at once, rather than one at a time, within the same file. After being configured in UTAU, it works just the same as a standard CV voicebank.
Multipitch: A style of Voicebank that uses multiple single voicebanks, all recorded at different pitches, into one larger Voicebank. Allows for a much greater vocal range with a more natural sound.
Kire/Powerscale: A Voicebank type where, as the voice reaches higher pitches, the recordings become more powerful. Popular in the community and useful for Rock songs.
Appends: A term originally derived from Vocaloid (specifically, Crypton Future Media Vocaloids). These Voicebanks are recorded to fit a specific theme or timbre. Examples might be “Soft”, “Whisper”, “Power”, “Dark”, etc. Commonly recorded as stand-alone Voicebanks, but may also be included in Multipitch/Multi Expression voices.
Terms To Know For Post Production
Mora: The number of syllables in a voice sample. For example, “a-a-i-a-u-e-a” is a 7-mora style recording.
Prefix map: An important file for Multipitch Voicebanks, this is how UTAU knows what voice samples to play on which notes.
Tuning: In which the user warps, bends, and/or changes the pitch of a voice track in a Vocal Synthesis software. This is done to change the way the voice sings a song in order to make it more unique or more human-like.
Consonant Velocity: A configuration in UTAU that can be changed per track or single note. This affects how quickly the consonant part of the voice sample plays. Usually, this is used to avoid a “slurring” sound in playback for quicker songs.
Flags: Codes used by the Resampler to alter the voice properties of the UTAU. They can be used to add breathiness to a voice, reduce nasal tones, make the voice sound more masculine/feminine, and much, much more. The Flags are typically defined per Resampler, so some may offer different effects than others.
Alias: A name given to voice samples in the OTO. This tool can be used to assign multiple names to the same recording, which is commonly used in VCV banks.
Mixing: The process of taking vocal tracks and combining them with an instrumental in a pleasing way.
.WAV: The file format UTAU voice samples are recorded in. WAV is the only file type UTAU will use for a Voicebank on Windows computers.
.UST: UTAU Sequence Text Files. Similar to sheet music or a MIDI file (which can be turned into a UST), this is the main file type used in UTAU to store information about a voice track.
OTO: Also known as an oto.ini, this is the file used to tell UTAU how to distinguish between the starting point of a sample, where the consonant begins, where the vowel is, the cut off of the sample, and how much of the sample is okay to stretch on longer notes.
Additional Terms to Know When Working With UTAU Software
UTAU: The name of the software, it is also the Japanese word for “Sing”.
Vocaloid: Perhaps the most well-known Vocal Synthesis program, developed originally for use by professionals. It is a commercial program that requires the user to purchase the base software as well as each additional voice they may want to use.
UTAUloid: An older community term used to refer to a specific UTAU character. Additionally, this term originates from “Vocaloid” and is in use alongside it.
Pitch: How high or low a tone is.
Timbre: The character or quality of a voice, different from pitch or intensity. Youthful, gruff, feminine, etc. could all be descriptors of timbre.
Vocal synthesis: The artificial production of human singing voices/voice-like instruments, much like speech synthesis. Common term when referring to UTAU, Vocaloid, and other similar applications.
Voicebank: A collection of voice samples and OTO(s) compiled for use within UTAU as a functioning singing voice. A Voicebank is usually alongside a character or mascot that represents the voice. Often referred to shortly as a “Bank”.
Vipperloid(s): A popular series of Japanese UTAU. You may recognize members such as Yokune Ruko and Sukone Tei. They originated from vip@2ch.
Nico Nico Douga/ニコニコ動画: Similar to a Japanese version of YouTube, this video-sharing website is incredibly popular with the Japanese Vocal Synth community.
Nikokara/ニコカラ: A Nico Nico Douga supported service that displays Hiragana song lyrics across a video.
Let’s Put Those Terms To Use!
Check back soon for a more in-depth look at the UTAU software!
Need more assistance with UTAU and creating your very own voicebank? STUDIO OGIEN has compiled resources to use with the UTAU software. Check it out here! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know through our contact form or leave a comment on this article. We can’t wait to see what you create!
Terminology and information referenced from utau.us, PRISMOID, and Wikipedia.