With an acoustic arrange, Tobby tried to sing “Yonjuunana”

So, I’m back with a cover of a song about an idol…and speaking of idols, I’ve been into a bunch of K-Pop idol groups lately. For example, I fanboyed about BTS on Twitter today.

Anyway, yeah, hadn’t done this in a while. I had this made spontaneously and quickly, like, some weeks ago, but the uploading was delayed due to some troubles and more important things, so yeah. I don’t think I should be feeling so down about letting this be delayed, though, considering that this is pretty much a side thing in my life right now…and maybe even in the future. My university years are not over yet, and spitting out creative works willy-nilly shouldn’t be a major part of my life. Along with that, I’ve been really letting myself break down a lot more lately. Like, really, as of this post’s writing, I’m suffering from another fever again, a few days after I suffered one and had some recovery.

So yeah, I guess my upload frequency here will still be all over the place, as usual. I still hope that you find worthwhile things and give worthwhile feedback as well.

Tobby tried to sing “Ride”

Oh, I’ve been thinking too much, alright.

So yeah, hi. I’m back with a post here. And I have a song cover again, yay~

The audio had been recorded over a month ago, and the video production took a while, delayed mostly by some angsting of mine, which was also one of the reasons for my attempt at covering this song. Still, growing up’s tough, but thank God very much, for it can be manageable.

Also, I’d like to send my thanks to Alex Finn for letting me use his instrumental arrangement. I’d also like to send a shoutout to one of his songs: “Material.”

Oh, and I’mma leave this here: |-/

And I’d like to remind you peeps again: Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated.

And now, I’mma go chill some more.

Tobby tried to arrange and sing “Haiboku no Shounen”

Comparing this arrange to the original makes me feel like I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go when it comes to making worthwhile music, but hey, the journey of an artist requires an audience and their honest constructive feedback, so yeah. 🙂

Also, I’d like to express how I felt good about working on this, particularly on the instrumental. The LMMS samples aren’t really high-tier, as far as I’ve observed, and I’ll need a lot more in-depth technical knowledge when it comes to instrumental arrangement and audio engineering, but I enjoy the way the instruments blend with each other. The piano feels like it has a nice rhythm, particularly in the hooks/choruses. The violin, the electric guitar, and the percussion sound like they add an emotional rock feel when they blend in. The eighth-note bass guitar strumming…now that got me valuing bass instruments even more!

Regarding recording the vocals, I feel like I’ve been managing to add emotion into my main vocal singing some more. I think I need some more practice when it comes to working up harmonies, though…

As for working on the vocal mix and the audio mastering, I utilized the Echo effect in Audacity some more, I appreciated boosting most of the bass and cutting most of the treble in my main vocal track some more, I did some attempts at subtle Reverb and Harmonic Enhancer use on the main vocal track, I tried to turn the harmony tracks into Reverbed and Delayed ghosts again, and the Hard Limiter use happens again during my attempts at mastering. Oh, and I don’t think I’ve told you about my recent attempts at working audio panning and stereo imagery, so yeah, there.

And yeah, though I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go, I feel like I’m progressing!

And, uh…this was uploaded while I’m in the middle of recovering from a cold…which probably seems more like a very difficult idea, considering how I manage my time lately. That, and the vocal recording + vocal mixing + audio mastering happened some days before that, so…yeah, time to get some rest for some time.

And now, here’s this arrangement + vocal cover’s mp3. And if you wanna try singing with my instrumental arrangement, then here’s the offvocal.

Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated, yo! \(^o^)

Ghost Rule – TOB Tagalog Cover

May bagong Tagalog cover na naman ako, yo! Ah, at ang nakaraang Tagalog cover ay noong mga walong buwan na nakaraan…

Anyway, ang kanta ngayon ay isang kanta ni DECO*27, at…hmm…naaalala ko kung paano ko tinatrato ang sarili ko noong kamakailan lang…tulad nga ng sabi ko sa description ng mga video uploads ng cover na ito: Parang masyadong dedicated ako dito, ah?

Well, hanggang dito na muna ang usapan tungkol diyan. Parang may kulang sa akin kung pag-uusapan ko ng mas detalyado ang mga efforts ko sa paggawa ng cover na ito at iba pa habang sinasakripisyo ng matindi ang kalusugan ko at iba pang mga mas mahalagang bagay kasi. Kailangan ko na muna mag-isip ng mabuti at makipag-usap sa mga mabuti…

Ah, at heto na din ang mp3 ng cover na ito. Heto din ang link papunta sa lyrics sheet. Pakicredit ako, TOB/The Overlord Bear, kung gusto mong gamitin ang mga lirika ko, okay?

With the remake arrange, Tobby tried to sing “Torinoko City”

衝動と思案が交差する地点~

Yeah, I had a considerable amount of impulse in me when I decided to produce this. Perhaps there’s some good in making music uploads more regular, but there are some other stuff that I want to work on, like some stories of mine. Of course, school, chores, and other responsibilities are there as well. Better keep it balanced, yo.

Anyway, working on this song cover involved me trying to sate my curiosity about how to sing the above song better than my previous uploaded attempt. As most of those recent curiosity moments have resulted, I ended up singing the song better with the instrumental in a different key (one semitone higher than the original key, in this case). As for mixing, I’d like to mention my observation regarding how my voice sounds clearer to my ears when I cut down on the 500-600 Hz frequencies. That’s just one step and not all the steps, though. I had struggles with maintaining a balance between the volume of the instrumental track and the volume of the vocal tracks, and I wonder about whether or not I put a little too much bass boosting into the main vocal track. My attempts at mastering the cover mixdown, with said mastering attempts often involving the use of a hard limiter, probably dealt with that issue somewhat, though.

Also, considering how my nose was feeling somewhat runny during the production days of this cover, I think I’ll be lessening my singing time and increasing my sleep time in the near future. Being lazy is bad, yeah, but being too busy is also bad, yo.

And now, here’s this cover’s mp3. And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated, yo~

Tobby tried to sing “Once I Leave”

As my next uni semester starts with them classes, here’s me with my first song cover for the year 2017!

Also, yeah, I know that it’s a pretty sad song. I guess I needed to vent some immature thoughts out with style, yo. Like, they’re not as frequent as they were when I was younger, but I do have thoughts about running away from my problems from time to time. That, and I wanted to try singing something with this sort of emotional feel. Really, the orchestral arrangement adds to the emotional impact, if you ask me!

By the way, I know that the above song is not as popular as most of the songs that I’ve covered before, but I like it enough to cover it, yo! If you’d like to check out Mcki’s other works, then here’s a link to her YouTube Channel, yo! \(^o^)

Oh, and yes, my voice broke at one point there. One part of me thinks it sucks, considering how bad breaking voices can be, while another part of me thinks it fits with the song and its sadness. Well, with that, I’m looking forward to your honest constructive feedback some more now, dear listeners!

And now, this song cover’s mp3. 🙂

Tobby tried to sing “Yume no Mata Yume”

Forward past the border between 2016 and 2017, The Overlord Bear comes with a new song cover! It is that of Mafumafu’s “Yume no Mata Yume,” which is about a…certain summer’s end…but wait, it’s not summer right now, right? My response to that?

I LIVE IN A TROPICAL ZONE. IT FEELS LIKE SUMMER EVERYDAY HERE, YO.

Also, I’m amused by how the Niconico upload of this cover was posted hours ago in the last hours 2016, while the YouTube upload of this cover was posted in the early minutes of 2017 (though YouTube says that it was posted on 2016, so yeah, I guess I’m being nitpicky about that, but still, processing finished during 2017, so…okay, I guess I should shut up about this soon…) Thinking about that makes me think about the possibility of mystical nuttiness being involved in such a setup, hahaha…

Now, as for my thoughts on working on this cover…well, I honestly feel somewhat weirded out by my audio engineering here. Maybe I added too much reverb? Maybe I cut and boosted the wrong frequencies? Maybe there’s something I’m missing in the way I work with my mic during recording? Well, you can say that I’ve been experimenting there, and I really really want to get some honest constructive feedback on it, indeed, particularly from peeps who have a better grasp on audio engineering. That, and the doubt had been coming along with listening to audio engineering work by Mafumafu and other musicians who are at his level or higher when it comes to that aspect. Still, no point in rushing stuff, so yeah, better not go overboard with waiting for the feedback I need and all.

And now, I’d like to send special thanks to Myo, a.k.a. Forgetfulsubs, who had helped me out with translating the above song! I learned a bunch of new things about the Japanese language from her, alright! Also, as I want to encourage more support for the original uploads, I didn’t bother uploading a subtitled reprint of the “Yume no Mata Yume” MV with Mafu’s vocals in it. Oh, and I have a transcript up, too, by the way!

Now, here’s this cover’s mp3, yo~ And honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated as well, yo~

Loser’s Anthem – Vocal Arrangement Cover

It’s late at night right now, and as of this post’s writing, I’m currently at a friend’s house, hanging out with a bunch of friends. Although I don’t know how effective it’s being, I feel some relief in this hangout where I cut myself loose and go nuts with fellow nuts.

Anyway, yo, it’s me, The Overlord Bear, here to promote a cover I made with the help of ippotsk, who composed, arranged, mixed, and illustrated for the music I added lyrics and vocals to. Originally, the track was just an instrumental that was posted on her SoundCloud, and when I found it one day, I considered adding lyrics and vocals to it, and so I asked for permission to do so. I eventually got some enthusiastically given permission, and after some more time, I managed to whip up the lyrics and vocals. Then, after presenting an earlier version of my cover (which had a vocal mix that I worked on) to ippotsk, rearrangements and further mixing were done, and along the way, I also whipped up a video via AviUtl and the Advanced Editing plugin with an illustration by ippotsk herself as well! Oh, and finally, I managed to learn how to deal with that audio-video sync problem during encoding…though there’s the slowness problem with my comp trying to work with AviUtl, especially when certain effects are applied (for example, a certain blur effect I used)…Oh well, my comp’s the best I have right now and for a while, so I gotta deal with it for a while…Also, I’m enjoying how the video turned out! I’m certainly gonna use AviUtl more in the future, yo.

Now, more about the lyrics and vocals, well, I think they’re somewhat childish, and recently, I’ve been feeling like dissing, including self-deprecation, isn’t really my style. Still, at the same time, I’m glad that there are people, including and most especially the composer, who find it enjoyable, and I feel more relief along with being able to express my complex self. It’s quite strange, really, though it makes me want to live more and live better. Also, I really like ippotsk’s rearrangement and further mixing. The arrangement in the cover still has the melancholic feel, but with more grooviness, I think. I think that her mixing also made the vocals more emphasized while not being overpowering, too. Yeah, I’m fine with working with her again in the future, alright. 🙂

And hey, now that I think about it, I don’t have much more to say now, especially since I’m now feeling the need for sleep more. With that, I ask for honest constructive feedback from you peeps.

Now, see you again in the den, then, yo. And hopefully, I’ll be posting a fanfiction chapter or a short story or something in the near future…

Tobby tried to sing “Headphone Actor”

So, after waiting for a number of days and going trial-and-error with deleting some browsing data, I’ve finally stopped delaying the upload of this song cover which was supposed to be uploaded on my birthday! Plus, I can’t go back in time, so yeah, I’ll deal with what I can deal with.

Anyway, about how I worked on this, well, I think I spent a day or two with recording and mixing vocals for this. I had already prepared the instrumental some time before, lowering the pitch and mastering the sound, the latter being something that I was doing along with a bunch of other offvocal tracks. As for singing the song, there was difficulty, even with the lowered pitch, particularly during the last hook, as I needed to make sure that I didn’t run out of breath while trying to stay on-key. Working on the harmonies also made me think about what can I manage and how I can improve there, especially considering how I hit the ceiling of my range while reaching the end of the high-range harmony track.

Also, I’ve been reminiscing about how “Headphone Actor” was one of the songs which really hooked me into Vocaloid. I think it was during 2012, back when I was just looking at example songs for various Vocaloids while sating my curiosity about the software that I found being referenced by anime and manga fans. IA was one of the Vocaloids I was checking, with Lia’s involvement attracting more of my interest towards IA, and “Headphone Actor,” an IA demo song, was one of the songs I checked out early on. Back then, I wasn’t quite attentive when it came to which musician produced which Vocaloid song and all that, but still, what made “Headphone Actor” so attractive to me was the combination of story and song. Eventually, while I searched for more Vocaloid songs, I found out about Jin, a.k.a. Shizen no Teki-P, and I became a fan of his works, especially the Kagerou Project. The interesting story + song combinations really got me, you know, and although I listen to other musicians more lately, Jin’s works still have a special place in my heart. Also, there’s a ton of other producers and works that kept me a fan of Vocaloid. I guess I can say that them song cover peeps helped out a lot there, too.

Well, that’s that for now, I guess. I’m not up for rambling around too much, see. Also, I managed to get through a semester of classes again, I’m on break from school right now, and I’m gonna go back to it on January. I should take the opportunity to spend more time on sleep and other important things right now, alright…that, and stories, collabs, and more…but first, more sleep…

Also, mp3, yo. And see you again in the den as well. And before I further forget, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated.