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Author: Ceren

Kasai SALIENT Contest Winners

It’s with great excitement that we announce the winners of the Kasai SALIENT art contest!

Firstly, let’s begin with the artwork we received!

princeofarkham/stormilove

We love the ties into Kasai’s extended backstory here! The bright and beautiful colors are very eye-catching, and the inclusion of Kasai’s other friends makes us rather emotional.

@SherbetBomb42

This piece is absolutely adorable, and it really reminds us of Kasai’s growth as an UTAU as she looks back at her past self, so very far away now. The art style is super duper unique, and the colors and composition are really eye-catching!

@eggsinarow

We love the vibes on this piece, so sweet and soft! The cloud wings are such an adorable touch as Kasai stands against the skyline. You can see the newfound freedom and joy in her eyes as she stands atop her dark past. A bright, happy future awaits her here, bright as the shimmering sky above!

@alex21346587

This piece brings us such peace! It’s such warm, calming artwork that brings out the collected, heartfelt side of Kasai. Seeing this side of her warms our hearts in a way we can’t quite describe!

Final Words

Ceren:

Ok, I’ve got to say, it’s incredibly heartwarming to receive work from these recognizable names. I’m pretty stand-offish and shy, but I pay really close attention to who has given love to our girls over the years. It brings me immense joy that every person who submitted an entry is a name I recognize, and I just want to let you all know how much I appreciate all your support for so, so long now. Every single entry is so beautiful.

And the results…

The goal of our contest was to spread some love, which is why we wanted to give 3 winners prizes. Depending on how many entries we received, our original intent was to add more winners as we reached a certain number of submissions. Because of this, and because, in all honesty, the goal of this contest was to spread some love, we have decided to announce all four entries as our winners, and all will be receiving a physical Kasai SALIENT box!

Our top three placements will receive an additional Kasai chibi button with their prizes. Placements were decided by several people. We had a super hard time since we loved all the entries, so it was incredibly difficult!

Rankings

1st Place: @SherbetBomb42!

2nd Place: @eggsinarow

3rd Place: princeofarkham/StormiLove!

4th Place: @alex21346587

As promised, prizes will be shipped out in early July. We are currently working on the finishing touches and will be in contact with our winners over the next few days. Thank you all so much for your entries, we are truly humbled by your love and support! Please be on the lookout for an email from STUDIO OGIEN in the next few days to confirm addresses and shipping time frames that work best for you.

Are you interested in upcoming contests?

STUDIO OGIEN is hosting a video+cover contest this summer, but this time with some awesome cash prizes! Winners will be chosen by our audience via popular vote. Details will be released at the end of June 2021. STUDIO OGIEN’s first annual “Ogien Festival” is coming your way!

Kasai SALIENT UTAU Voicebank Released Today + How To Use & Character Backstory

Watch The Release Video:

About The Voicebank:

Kasai SALIENT is an all-in-one Japanese VCV Voicebank that possesses both Multi-pitch and Multi-expression voices.

This Voicebank has three timbres that are 4 pitches each (A3~C5), making SALIENT a total of 12 VCVs. The three timbres can be used all in one track by utilizing the SuffixBroker. SALIENT’s three expressions are:

  • “Original”: Normal voice with a cutesy, over-pronounced property.
  • “Tender”: Gentle whisper voice.
  • “Wild”: A sharp power bank.

SALIENT also has some fun add-ons, including several breaths (intake and outtake), western L notes (all timbres, all pitches), a Growl CV bank (Mono-pitch), Vocal Fry (sounds best used with Original/Tender, 4 pitch), and Glottal Stops (all timbres, all pitches).

USING SALIENT: APPENDS

Original – Normal tone of voice. No extra effort is required to use Original.

Tender – A soft/whisper bank. You can use it by selecting the “↓” symbol in the SuffixBroker.

Wild – A power bank. You can use it by selecting the “↑” symbol in the SuffixBroker.

USING SALIENT: Glottal Stops

Glottal stops are compatible with all three appends in SALIENT.

– Replace the space between letters with the・ symbol (ex: turn a あ into a・あ).

– Ends notes use ・ at the end (ex: a ・)

USING SALIENT: Vocal Fry & Breaths

Vocal fry: Use ‘ as the suffix (ex: – あ’ or あ’) or prefix (‘あ). Drop off end notes are formatted with – (ex: a -)

Breaths: SALIENT possesses an entire folder dedicated to breaths of different types. Can be used in UTAU or in an external editor.

  • Inhales: 息, br (5 different types ex: 息1, 息2, etc)
  • Soft Exhales: ahh, ehh, ihh, ohh, uhh, nhh
  • Stand-alone Exhales: 息-, 息2-, etc.

USING SALIENT: Extras

Western L notes: To use western L VCV notes (La, Le, Li, Lo, Lu): Add “2” to the end of Japanese R notes (ex: a ら2)

Growl: Add * for the suffix (ex: あ*).

Growl is in CV Format.

About Her Backstory

SALIENT reveals the brightest and darkest parts of Kasai…

Kasai was the first in the OGIENOID series created by STUDIO OGIEN. She was initially developed to see if biodroids could fit the company’s needs as performing idols. When the company realized it did not have the proper resources to modify her into a singing bot, she was turned into the company’s backup database.

The company would go forward, obtaining other androids to become both singing synthesizers and virtual idols. Kasai, one by one, made close friends with each new member of her OGIENOID family. She would watch as they received extensive training, yearning to be part of their newly founded group.

However, no matter how hard she wished for it, she could not sing…

Though it hurt her heart to watch others live her dream, she stubbornly and enthusiastically attended every practice, every rehearsal, and every live show her friends put on. She wanted to show her full support, hoping to encourage her friends.

Eventually, her actions were noticed by another outsider, an imported biodroid who acted as the company’s secretary. This girl could sing, however, had no wish to do so. She was known as Dione OG05. She was a timid, tall young lady with waist-length aqua hair. She sat next to Kasai at one particular OGIENOID concert and took the opportunity to scold Kasai for being out in public.

You see, at this moment in time, a particular set of political figures were attempting to eradicate intelligent, artificial life. Biodroids, androids, AIs, etc. None were safe from the propaganda pushed onto the general public. As Kasai was a vital piece of the company, containing all its secrets, she was ordered to stay within the walls of the business. Dione had caught her breaking the rules.

Kasai left with her willingly. Dione, noticing that Kasai seemed crushed, offered an alternative to viewing the performance. From then on, the two began to watch the concerts together from the safety of a security surveillance room.

Before they knew it, they became very fast friends.

Time went on, and the political landscape became worse over time. Humans began to fear the robots that once assisted them in everyday life, and a movement began to form among the masses. People began to blame artificial life for unemployment and degrading quality of life. Their leaders persuaded them that soon, all humans would become slaves, or worse, killed.

Those who worked and lived with robots knew this was fear-mongering propaganda created by those who hated change and technology. For a long while, the anti-robot movement didn’t go anywhere, and they were considered a laughing stock. However, during a summer holiday, a mass wave of robots began to act disturbingly, activating on their own, destroying property, humans, and each other. Those who once considered robots as friends changed their minds instantly when one turned on a human, and, suddenly, the government began demanding registered robots be handed in. STUDIO OGIEN hid its remaining OGIENOIDs, refusing to let them be destroyed.

The time spent with her family was coming to an end. One by one, OGIENOIDs disappeared seemingly overnight. What was once a lively family of 35 biodroids was decimated down to 6 within weeks. Kasai watched her family members walk out the door, promising a safe return, only to never come back. All the while, she was forced within the walls of STUDIO OGIEN.

She, Dione, Theia, Virtus, and Honos promised one another they would survive. Drastic measures were taken to protect them. However, without the income from performances, STUDIO OGIEN was quickly collapsing under financial pressure. However much Kasai pleaded with The Trio (Theia, Virtus, and Honos), the three would not stay out of harm’s way. They wanted desperately to find out what had happened to their dearest friends, and, as such, refused to stay within the company building.

Honos, Virtus, Theia, and the only other surviving OGIENOID, Circe, focused day and night on trying to find their friends. They managed to successfully disguise themselves for a month or so, but things changed on one night in particular.

While protecting Virtus… Honos died.

After the loss of Honos and the disappearance of Circe thereafter, Kasai could no longer take the pain. Dione watched her fall deeper into darkness. Virtus and Theia disappeared, even though they never left the company building again. Kasai would not speak of them to her. Dione begged her to talk, but Kasai eventually stopped approaching her entirely, vanishing for days on end. Honos’ body, which Virtus and Theia had brought back with them on the night Honos died had also disappeared.

Odd things went missing. Power supplies, sheet metal, welding tools, CPUs, blank android bodies. The weirdest things just began to vanish. At first, Dione wondered if the company was selling parts off on the black market to stay afloat as robots became more and more illegal. She wandered the halls of the basement alone, pondering the state of her home and her friends.

Then, one night, she noticed a door with the lights on inside…

Dione peered through a slim line of glass at the top of the door, and her eyes went wide at the site behind it. Kasai had stripped herself of her outward flesh from the neck down, connected to perhaps the most powerful computer in the entire building. Laying next to her, in what looked like incubators, were three blank child bodies. One with pink hair, one with green, and one with a periwinkle blue that was so pale, one could mistake it for white. The incubators were connected to the same computer as Kasai. On the giant screen, red as blood, words flashed in bolded text:

FILE TRANSFER: 100% COMPLETE, “CHILD PROGRAM” INITIALIZING BOOT

Dione, suddenly realizing what was happening, screamed Kasai’s name. She grabbed the handle with all her might, praying it wasn’t locked. It was. The woman cursed as she begged herself to override her own software that kept her strength to human levels.

If only I wasn’t limited like this-! I-I could break this door down!

Kasai, tears in her eyes, stared at Dione through the glass. She flinched guilty as the aqua haired woman banged on the door, screaming at her. Begging her, crying for her to stop.

However, it was too late, she’d made up her mind. Scared, guilty, and sad to say goodbye, Kasai mustered the biggest smile she could.

“Thank you for being my first friend,” she mouthed through tears. She knew Dione wouldn’t hear her through the metal door.

In a flash of light, she was gone, and Dione erupted into tears, sliding down the door.

The door clicked, as though it had been perfectly timed.

Dione looked up, broken, and opened it, stepping inside.

She approached the three new OGIENOIDs.

But only two of them woke up…

Kasai SALIENT UTAU Voicebank Releases May 15th + CONTEST Information

Kasai SALIENT will be releasing on May 15th, 2021 to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

To celebrate her release, we will be holding a small contest!

An art contest will be held by STUDIO OGIEN from today until May 31st, 2021. Art must feature Kasai in her SALIENT outfit (reference sheet on Kasai’s page). Members of STUDIO OGIEN not competing will act as the judges. Entries will be judged by originality and ties to the theme.

THEME:

Rebirth, renewal, freedom

Kasai SALIENT boxart preview
Kasai SALIENT boxart preview

PRIZES & RULES:

Three winners will be chosen, and all three will receive a free physical copy of Kasai SALIENT’s new boxart! So long as your country can receive mail from the United States and you are 18 or older (or have parental permission), you can participate!

We ask you to keep your entries appropriate for all ages (NO R-18). Winners announced June 5th. Prizes will be shipped in early July.

Kasai SALIENT – Sneak Peek, Release Date, and Voicebank Details!

We are incredibly excited to announce that Kasai SALIENT will be releasing in early May 2021!

A unique Voicebank for the UTAU Vocal Synthesizer Engine, we hope using her will be a fun experience for all!


Voicebank Properties for Kasai SALIENT:

Kasai SALIENT is an all-in-one Japanese VCV Voicebank that possesses both Multi-pitch and Multi-expression voices. This Voicebank has three timbres that are 4 pitches each (A3~C5), making SALIENT a total of 12 VCVs. The three timbres can be used all in one track by utilizing the SuffixBroker. SALIENT’s three expressions are:

“Original”: Normal voice with a cutesy, over-pronounced property.
“Tender”: Gentle whisper voice.
“Wild”: A sharp power bank.

SALIENT also has some fun add-ons, including several breaths (intake and outtake), western L notes (all timbres, all pitches), a Growl CV bank (Mono-pitch), Vocal Fry (sounds best used with Original/Tender, 4 pitch), and Glottal Stops (all timbres, all pitches).

Using SALIENT

Using SALIENT is easy, and it is similar to our other OGIENOID Multi-expression and Multi-pitch Voicebanks. No additional effort is required to use the Multi-pitch function, as it is already configured by our team for plug-and-play use. Using different expressions is the same as our previous releases; Original is the default voice, and you can use the up and down arrows (“↑” and “↓”) with UTAU’s built-in SuffixBroker to use Wild and Tender, respectively.

SALIENT’s extras, however require a little more effort. We are including new suffixes to separate these extras, but SALIENT’s oto follows many other popular UTAU’s examples.

Tutorials

We are striving to create new video tutorials in the coming weeks on how to use the OGIENOIDs, especially their upcoming Multi-pitch, Multi-expression voices. Many people benefit from learning through visuals and audio rather than text, and we want to meet those needs!


New Outfit & Logo!

Kasai’s new outfit for SALIENT brings a fresh new take on her Original design. We wanted to create a general “upgraded” feel, but still retain the charm of her CV clothing. Kasai’s new attire includes fabrics such as pleather, bridal satin, and cotton for a variety of textures in her new look. You may also notice more emphasis on her design’s secondary periwinkle hue, now incorporated throughout. We feel her new outfit allows her bright personality to shine through more effectively than before!

Thank you all so much for your patience! We look forward to bringing SALIENT to you!

Say So – New Theia Cover Released Today!

A new cover? Why didn’t you say so!?

About the original “Say So”:

The original “Say So” was released in 2019 on Doja Cat’s second studio album, Hot Pink. “Say So” gained immense popularity online after a dance, created by user Haley Sharpe on TikTok, went viral. The song’s viral status would go on to inspire many covers, but perhaps the most well know was done by Rainych, who covered it in Japanese (lyrics translated by Datenkou). The cover would also go viral, as Doja Cat herself streamed the cover on Instagram Live.

Contributors:

Project lead: Stormi & Inu
Art: Stormi
Backgrounds: Stormi
Video: Inu
Mix: Stormi
Outfit design: Stormi

Song Information:

Singer: Theia OG03
UST: jingodatta & ROBOTEYELINER
Artist: Doja Cat (original), Rainych (JP Lyrics)

Welcome To Our New Site! +News

Today we unveil to you our brand new website! Our goal on this new site is to make your VocalSynth experience easier with a new resources page, coming tutorials, blogs/articles to communicate our plans better with you all, and, as always, many downloadable assets for our OGIENOID line. This new site has been one of our primary focuses over the last few months, so we hope you will find it very easy to use and nice to look at!

You may notice new tabs that say COMING SOON, and a few WIP pages to boot. As we continue to update our OGIENOID line, we are also in the beginning phase of expanding our range of production. Currently, we are working on developing an original light novel as well as drafting the beginnings of the OGIENOID Origins story. As many who have followed STUDIO OGIEN over the years may already be aware, our ultimate goal is to become a multimedia studio that publishes many different forms of entertainment. We have several stories and worlds to share with you all, as well as many characters we hope you will grow fond of in these coming years. If you are a lover of fantasy, sci-fi, romance, RPGs, Light/Graphic novels, etc., then stay tuned.

What Is UTAU?

UTAU is a Japanese singing synthesizer application created by Ameya/Ayame. This program is similar to the Vocaloid software, with the difference that it is shareware instead of being released under third-party licensing… UTAU has the ability to use wave files provided by the user so that a singing voice can be synthesized by introducing song lyrics and melody. (From Wikipedia)​ 

 UTAU, like Vocaloid, presents the user with a piano roll. Users can input notes/midis/etc into the software, add lyrics, and tune the vocal to create a semi-realistic singer. Each UTAU is unique, with its own strengths, weaknesses, voice type, range, and terms of use.​

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A look at the UTAU GUI​ ​ 

SPICE! – New Honos Cover Released Today!

A happy Valentine’s Day to you from STUDIO OGIEN! 🧡💛

You can download the UST on our UTAU Resources page!

About the Original SPICE!

“The song was uploaded on March 6, 2008. It’s one of Minato’s early and most notable works. It ranked first on The Vocaloid Weekly Ranking #25, and on October 28, 2008, it reached The Nico Hall of Fame (over 100,000 views). The song currently reached half a million views on Niconico. Several parodies and utaite covers have been made. The song depicts Len as a womanizer and a playboy who sleeps with and leaves women and thinks love is ‘just a game’. However, although he declares himself a Casanova, he knows his inner sorrow incapacitates him to love. In the end, all his succumbed feelings spiral out.” (from Vocaloid Wiki)

Contributors:

Project lead: Stormi & Ceren
Art: Stormi
Backgrounds: Ceren
Video: Ceren
Mix: Stormi
Outfit design (or lack thereof if you know what I mean 👀): Stormi

Song Information:

Singer: Honos OG04
UST: Stormi
Original Vocal: Kagamine Len
Artist: minato (music, lyrics), Hirari (illust)

HONOS OG04 UTAU Release

STUDIO OGIEN’s first Tenor voice, Honos OG04, hits the scene today in a stunning 3D PV release!

A mellow and calming androgynous voice. Her song will soothe you.

Honos’s Video Release

Honos OG04’s voicebank is a mono-pitch VCV style VB with a few different voice types. She boasts a soothing, androgynous voice in three different timbres: soft, normal, and strong.

The full version combines three voicebanks into one, allowing the user to plug in “↑” or “↓” into the UST from the SuffixBroker for appends. This makes all voices available to use in one UST, which helps to make editing, tuning, and mixing faster and easier.

The Character:

Personality: Honos is a very strong person, physically and mentally. She has often been deemed the “rock” of the OGIENOIDs due to her calm, mellow, and level-headed nature. Though she may seem a little scary, she’s just a big, tall softy. When the situation calls for it, though, she will not hesitate to step into a fight. Honos is rather androgynous in appearance and voice, and her interests reflect that trait. She enjoys girly things like makeup, getting her nails done, and getting her brows shaped as well as more masculine things like contact sports. While she enjoys and appreciates looking at frilly, over-the-top girly fashions, she doesn’t like the way she looks in them, personally. Honos much prefers wearing comfortable attire that flatters her more masculine body type.

Honos and Virtus

Relationships: Honos is closest to the other two members of her triad, Virtus OG02, and Theia OG03. As the three became OGIENOIDs together, they were good friends from the very beginning. Honos, however, will admit her best friend is Virtus. The two have a very special bond and had met before they came to STUDIO OGIEN. She finds herself very protective of the yellow OGIENOID, and the two are rather inseparable. Other than her triad, Honos finds herself helping out Axis OG06 a lot. Since the two are kind of group moms, they find themselves getting the other girls out of trouble rather often.

Head on over to her brand new page by clicking here! Honos has many different fun assets including a 3D MMD compatible model and a 2D LipSync model.

Voicebank Progress


Kasai SALIENT
100%
Honos VALOR
5%
Apollo PRIME
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