Chubyou Gekihatsu Boy — TOB English Cover

And now, another English cover of a Japanese song.

Also, Myo helped me out again! We took a while, though, considering our respective lives outside the Net, but I’m not that bothered by the slowness. I consider what we’re doing as extracurricular, see, and it would be a different story if this were professional work already.

Anyway, although my interest in Vocaloid lately isn’t as strong as it was back then, it still has a special place in my heart, considering how it was a gateway for my interest in music production as well. Also, I still find this song funny, and working on this had more of me goofing around, particularly during recording. Maybe I should share this with certain friends of mine too, considering how we are…

And speaking of my interest in Vocaloid music, it seems stuck to a bunch of producers who broke out before 2015. That, and I’m becoming more interested in working with human vocals, along with a wider range of music and a wider audience. I also honestly feel like I’ll stop uploading to NND eventually, and I also feel some sadness at the thought of that and anything further than that, especially since – as I’ve mentioned – Vocaloid music had a big hand in igniting my interest in music production.

But who knows, maybe I’d end up buying a Vocaloid engine and a voicebank (and it would be fun if IA ended up getting an English upgrade) like I strongly dreamed of back then. But there are more important things to deal with, like me needing to sharpen up my technical knowledge on music and audio, and, of course, finishing my Creative Writing course.

Also, there’s the part about money, which I’d need a lot of to buy some Vocaloid software, so yeah, I’m pretty much gonna be sticking with what I can afford so far. That, and get a proper job after graduating, of course.

Indeed, I’m growing up…

But hey, back to talk about this cover of a funny song about some nutty youths, here’s the mp3, and here’s the lyrics sheet. Do remember to mention me and Myo and link to my video upload and our respective Net zones if you’re gonna do stuff like using them lyrics for a song cover, ‘kay?

And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated! \(^o^)

Tobby tried to arrange and sing “Rokuchounen to Ichiya Monogatari”

This arrange cover’s actually something I made during my earlier attempts at producing with LMMS. I set it aside after feeling like it was too difficult for me at that time, but after some more time with building experience and all, I managed to gain confidence to work on this some more and get it uploaded with a video. kemu’s stunning return to Vocaloid is also a major factor in the production and release of this, I guess, considering how my focus in terms of music have been shifting to more pop sounds recently, particularly K-Pop. Still, Vocaloid music like kemu’s hold a special place in my heart as inspirations for my own attempts at creating music and all that.

Well, that, and there’s me trying to do worthwhile stuff while on vacation. I really need to soften my rigidity with things like this and care for my body better, though…even if I have to deal with slow processing when it comes to working with AviUtl in my comp…

And speaking of AviUtl, I’ve been trying out some more new things, like the flares. It may be hard to preview my video while producing it, but seeing stuff work well with smooth playback is still something that I enjoy! Also, my Japanese online friend named Biwa drew for me again! As usual, she did well, if you ask me!

And I better not forget Vocaloid producer Tenshi~Akari! Freaking nuts, it’s been a while since I last communicated with her…Anyway, this arrange cover, particularly during its early stages, was something I showed to her for feedback. I think she sent me a melody line track as a guide as well? Ah, my memories of that are blurry now, honestly…but still, I’m certain that she had helped me enough to deserve special mention! So yeah, thanks very much, yo!

By the way, this song is still my top favorite kemu song (which the presence of my previous attempt can probably attest to). I feel good about this arrange, yeah, but the original arrange is still something I like more than mine. The fast beat, hard guitars, delicate synths, and the way they mix and shift to present the song’s heart-rending story all really get me more than my high-speed acoustic parade, you know?

So yeah, that aside, here’s this cover’s mp3. Also, here are the instrumentals (-3 key and original key) for those who want to make covers with it. Of course, you better credit me properly! Like, mention my online alias and link to my YouTube Channel, Niconico MyList, and the like in your upload description, yo!

And again, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated! \(^o^)

Tobby tried to sing “Haikei Doppelganger”

So, I’m back with a song cover, and this one took a while, with one major factor being my inability to access the Niconico uploader for some reason. That aside, the cover’s here, and I still feel good about this one!

So yeah, I covered kemu’s latest comeback song and addition to the PANDORA VOXX series. Like, the one he uploaded after his four-year hiatus. Talk about long, but I’ve been expecting his comeback ever since he had that “Haiboku no Shounen” piano cover of his uploaded by his video effects pal last year. Also, yes, kemu is one of the dudes of Penguin Research, particularly the bassist + composer. I’ve gotten info about it before, but I was waiting for kemu’s more formal confirmation.

Anyway, about the cover production, I went and used the non-mastered instrumental. kemu’s mastered version was too loud for my vocal and mixing skills, so yeah. And the song’s speed and weight made recording a challenge. I think I broke a lot of sweat during the recordings, too, hahaha…Hard and loud singing can be fun, but it can also take a chunk out, alright, even if the song is within my vocal range…

Also, the shouts you hear in the bridge are mine instead of the ones provided by kemu’s production. That also did a number on my throat, though I think I managed to put some impressive weight into it. And again, keeping the volume balance between vocal and instrumental was a challenge, and maybe even more so with this hard-hitting sound that kemu produced.

So yeah, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated. ^_^

And hey, here’s this cover’s mp3.

Stigma -Acoustic Arrange ver.- — Tobby’s Vocal Cover

Okay, due to my likely unavailability during the coming weekend, I decided to upload something already from my queue of works that are ready for upload. First off is this!

So yeah, say hello to my high notes and my Korean. I have more confidence in the former than the latter, but I do want to improve the latter as well!

Also, if you haven’t noticed it or forgotten about it, then I’d like to tell you that hey, I’m an A.R.M.Y. BTS has definitely become a part of my major inspirations, yo! And my bias? Well, there’s V…and Jin…and J-Hope…and the rest of the seven…Yeah, I find them that awesome. ^_^

And hey, Happy 4th Anniversary, BTS! I wish you more strength for more worthwhile stuff, too!

Anyway, more about this cover and production, well, among the solo tracks in WINGS and You Never Walk Alone, V’s “Stigma” resonated with me the most. Finding the instrumental for RYUSERALOVER’s acoustic arrangement (which is an arrangement with a piano and a guitar, specifically) got me wanting to cover it even more, and I’m glad that his arrangement also goes by a different key that my range can handle. Oh, and his vocal cover of “Stigma” with said arrangement is also worth listening to, by the way!

And yes, my main vocal consists of two separate tracks, as I wanted to do the lyrics covered under that sustained high note cry moment right before the last chorus. So yeah, that was me wanting to sing all the lyrics while trying to show off the higher part of my vocal range.

As for the illustration and video, I did the video effects and all, while Biwa drew the illustration! She’s someone I met online sometime after Uri’s The Hanged Man got released, and, in particular, I think I met her because of her fanart for the Strange Men Series. She draws well, if you ask me! Other examples I’d like to show include this one Weiss drawing I requested from her, and then there’s her fanart of the character I voiced in The Boogie Man!

Also, I think I’m getting better with AviUtl…but it’s still hard to work with, considering my comp’s specs…Oh well, gotta work with what I have for now.

And now, here’s a link to the mp3 of this cover.

Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!

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?