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Background Instruments?
Jan 11 2008
22:19
jenz
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Halloz, im a total noob at vocaloid2 so bear with me :P

from the vids i’ve seen on youtube, the songs have miku as the vocal but also contain instrumental background music, but i cant seem to figure out how to get those. all i can do is make miku sing every note i input.

help plz XD thanx in advance

Jan 12 2008
00:18
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The Vocaloid software can be syncronised with other music software using Rewire, which is probably what you saw.

Jan 12 2008
00:38
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Thanks, any suggestions on what programs i should use? (prefer those that i can download :P)

Jan 12 2008
04:03
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[quote="jenZ":2suztkqd]Thanks, any suggestions on what programs i should use? (prefer those that i can download :P)[/quote:2suztkqd]

Have you never used any music software before? Not sure where you would want to begin. This question really has nothing to do with this forum, however, as the question isn’t about vocaloid, which is only a program for creating vocal tracks with words.

There is a large selection of different music sequencing, notation (with sequencing capability), auto-accompaniment, programs, etc. out there to choose from. There would be a lot of factors to consider in choosing software, such as what kind of computer you have, the system setup, what your musical background is, how you like to work, how much money you have to spend, etc., etc., etc., etc. Again, this isn’t really the place to compare them. You can find lots of sites on the web, however, where people discuss different music software, and there are magazines like Electronic Musician, Keyboard, etc., that review such software.

One place to start might be the auto-accompaniment software "Band-in-a-Box" (http://www.pgmusic.com). You type in the chord progression, choose one of their styles, and have an instant accompaniment. The just released 2008 version has many new features. They have an inexpensive sequencer also (for Windows), called Power Tracks. I think Cakewalk still makes some lower cost sequencer versions (also Windows only), although their high end Sonar is more expensive.

As far as using Vocaloid to add vocal tracks to projects with other music software, as one responder wrote–you can use Rewire to synchronize the two programs together. (I don’t think BIAB supports Rewire though, not sure.) Another way, perhaps simpler, is just to create the desired vocal track in Vocaloid, and export it as a .wav file, and import that .wav file into an audio track on the sequencer, or in BIAB.

Vocaloid I also came with a VSTI instrument plugin, if I recall correctly, but I don’t think that worked too well in Voc 1. I don’t know if Vocaloid 2 has improved that capability, of working inside other programs.

With Vocaloid 1 I found the simplest way was yo use the standalone Vocaloid editor (not the VSTI or Rewire plugin), create the Vocaloid track, save to .Wav, and import the .wav file into the sequencer.

Hopefully Vocaloid II has better integration with other music software though.

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