The Voice Actress, Chiaki Omigawa’s song, “Promise for Some Day”, Background Story for the Music Production

Sorry. Still I’m not so active in internet world but recently some tweet I did. When finding some comments like “Wow! I like that song!”, it’s really my pleasure. In addition. I visited two famous places for Sakura to take pictures as annual event.

So, today I’d like to talk about the background music production story of voice actress, Chiaki Omigawa’s song called “Itsuka-no-Yakusoku” (Promise for some day) which was released last month on internet. It is related with music production, it may be a bit professional…no, it must be.

Well, this was ordered by Chiaki herself for her personal live event called “Omigawa Chiaki no Oyugi-Kai” (Play Event by Chiaki Omigawa). The main purpose was to use it for her recitation as the ending theme of the poem. In the event, the available music instruments were only a piano and an acoustic guitar, so first I wrote this song to sound good only with these two instruments, and to fit with the story of the poem and to fit with the atmosphere of the scene where the song will be used. Reading the scene on the poem and I found out the part involves the feeling of ‘hope’, ‘brightness’ and ‘positiveness’. So I chose major key and ballad-style song. In addition, this is supposed to be used for live performance, I didn’t use too tricky melody or high-tone note for this song. As a result, it must have proper key range and melody to sing comfortably. I know too tricky song causes vocalist’s stress on live performance because I’m a vocalist as well and know the mentality. So the key and melody was designed for her comfortable singing and for getting stable results every time.

Then, she asked to produce this song for single release around the 2nd Oyugi-Kai event last year. If the song would be played only with a piano and an acoustic guitar only, and it’s not played lively, there’s too much space comparing with other songs. So I added many instruments. Both piano and acoustic guitar is played by me and in addition I played fretless bass as well. And the latter part adds big strings section, classical harp, orchestral percussion and lifts up the song and expresses the atmosphere of ‘the sailing to the wish at dawn’. But the most important part is Chiaki’s vocal. So I paid attention not to disturb her vocal and the back ground instruments are relatively smaller than her vocal. So you may not be able to hear such complex arrangement but still it’s OK. Again, the most important part is Chiaki’s vocal.

  • Music Instruments for this song
  • Piano
  • A. Guitar
  • Bass
  • E-Bow+E. Guitar

↑Please click the tabs above. Then you can see the explanation for the music instruments used for this music production.

Synthogy Ivory II Italian Grand

Ms. Ayaka Hara played Boesendorfer samples with this Synthogy Ivory II piano app on Chiaki's live event. For this music production, I used Italian Fazioli samples because the sound fits with other instruments and arrangement more than Boesendorfer.

'74 Martin D-12-20L

This Martin D-12-20L is made in 1974. 12 strings acoustic guitar can be played as same style as 6 strings guitar but each two strings are paired for performance and can get more thick and wide sound. On Chiaki's live event, considering about playablity, I play same brand, Martin D-35. For this production but D-12-20L's tone fits with the song and arrangement more than D-35 so I use it this time.

Shecter Guitar Research Fretless Jazz Bass

I don't know when it was born. This is Schecter's fretless bass. This time I recorded the play with the '66 Ampeg B-15N which you can see on the background of the bass instrument in the picture. As I wanted the quite sound of 'fretless bass', I used Fulltone's Choral/Flange stomp box as well.

Fulltone ChoralFlange

Fulltone's analog chorus/flanger stompbox. Because the dynamic range is wider, the tone is basically clean and natural, I think this is also good for bass instruments and for my fretless bass play, always I insert it to the audio chain.

'93 Gibson Les Paul Standard

Some people can the very high note sustain sound like 'Hyooooo' in the latter part of the song. This is the sound of E-bow and Electric Guitar with crunch sound. E-bow is a kind of audio processor / control which enables to get the sound of violin sound with bow. The guitar is '93 Les Paul Standard. The amp used for this recording is '61-'62 Fender White Tolex Twin Amp behind the guitar. Maxon OD-808 is inserted to get good crunch sound.

E-Bow

This is E-bow. Holding on E-bow and putting it on guitar strings, you can get feedback effect and the infinite sustain sound. Very unique audio processor but since '70s it was available. Really the sound is so unique, I do not use it in so many recordings but on several songs of Tales of Innocence R, I used it.

Maxon OD-808

I use this Maxon OD-808 with almost amps for many recordings because I can get desired light crunch sound easily.

The equipments for Chiaki’s vocal recording. The microphone is Blue Microphone’s Blueberry and the mic amplifier is Focusrite ISA One. This is one of the best combinations for female vocal recording in audioworkshop. Simply put, ‘high resolution, clean and crispy sound.

This time I used Sonnox Oxford EQ and Oxford Dynamics for the post process of vocal track after the recording but amount of EQ is not so big. Very slight boost and cut. Compressor processed vocal strong enough because dynamic range of Chiaki’s vocal is very wide. And in the last chain I added enough plate reverb with Waves AbbeyRoad Reverb Plates. Recently in almost cases I choose modeling plug-in audio processor based on vintage audio processors for vocal process as well but this time I wanted noiseless, no tweak, clean sound for her vocal, so I chose Sonnox for EQ/Comp.

Very important secret is that the vocal track uses only one best take!!. No dubbing from the first to the end of the song!! In addition, NO any pitch correction which is very popular on the current music production!! Also no time correction. Chiaki is a great singer. But on the recording I forgot to setup wind screen and Chiaki felt strange but didn’t say anything and for a while without wind screen she sang. …Chiaki, please ask me if you feel strange. She’s so professional but sometimes a bit mysterious for me.

Finally, guys you wait so long! Chiaki’s pictures on recording. My photo skill is not so good but enjoy!!

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<English Below>
こんにちは
今日は中川奈美さん歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」の演奏者についてお話しようと思います

とは言っても、基本的にオケのほとんどは中村が弾いたりプログラミングしているのですが、奈美さんのボーカルの少し左から聞こえてくるソロバイオリンは遠藤百合さんというバリバリの現役バイオリニストの方が即興で演奏してくださっています
弦楽四重奏の演奏会とかやってらっしゃる本物も本物です。コロナ前に演奏会お呼ばれしましたが、まあ凄かった
奈美さんと同じ宇和島出身で、そのつながりでご参加くださったそうです
音色がまた柔らかいいい音なんだ、これが。このバイオリンのお陰で楽曲のグレードも上がった気がします(笑)
元々ストリングストラックを用意していたのですが、このバイオリントラックの邪魔をしたくないので、ミュートして使うのやめました(笑)
即興なのでこちらからディレクションはしてないです。奈美さんといい、遠藤さんといい、お任せでいい感じに仕上げて下さるのでほんと楽させてもらいました

その他の全楽器は中村が何かしらやってるわけですが、それについてはまた今度お話しようと思います
それでは

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#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美

Hi there,
Today I’d like to talk ‘bout a player on Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’

Although I played and programmed almost basic tracks, the solo violin which can be heard from a bit left of Nami’s vocal is played as ad-lib by Yuri Endo, really active violinist
She is genuine and plays on the string quartet concert and so on. Before COVID-19, I was invited to her concert and her play was really amazing

She was born in Uwajima as same as Nami and that’s the reason why she joined to the project

Her violin tone has gentle and great sound. I feel her violin contributed to the quality up of the song

Before recording her violin, I prepared another strings track for this song, but after the recording, I muted the strings track and stop on using ‘cause I don’t want to disturb her violin with another strings sound

This track is improvisation so I didn’t direct her at all. Nami and Yuri Endo’s ability is excellent so just recording and then it’s oK. It was an easy recording session for me.

I did something for all the other tracks so I will talk ‘bout this later.
Have fun!

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/
<English Below>
こんにちは
情報アプデです

中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」ですが、Spotifyにて曲をスマホで再生すると短い動画が出てくるCANVASに対応しました!

また、同じくSpotifyのアーティストページの詳細情報も追加しました!
Spotifyユーザーの方は是非ご覧ください

https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=978765bcf47c46ff



Hi there,
I have an update for Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’. 
This song now supports Spotify CANVAS, which is the short video for Spotify. 
It appears when the song is played on Spotify of your smartphone!

And I added Nami’s detailed information to her Artist Page on Spotify as well!
Have fun, Spotify users!
<English Below>
https://youtu.be/qzSAX5bSXGg
さて今日はお待たせしました!
中川奈美さんのお歌の話です


プロですし裏方仕事やバックコーラスのお仕事もたくさんキャリア積んでる方なので安定感は抜群です

ディレクションほとんど要らないw
した記憶がないですw
今回はしっとりした歌い方ですが、「鬼滅の刃」などでは「ブルガリアンボイスの東洋版かよ!」というクセの強い歌い方をされています
これ、出来る人少ないんですが、宇和島の民謡がベースにあるからできるんだと推察していますw

そう、中川奈美さんは民謡の歌い手さんでもあるのです

実際、「西日本豪雨チャリティCD「愛」」では一曲民謡を披露されています

ライブで伴奏した時はすごすぎて演奏しながら鳥肌立ちましたね
これまで幸いにして奈美さんはじめお歌が上手な方とたくさんご一緒させて頂いております

ありがたいです


Hi guys! 
Today I’m gonna talking ‘bout Nami Nakagawa’s vocal!

She’s professional and has been working for backyard jobs and backing vocals and have many careers so her vocal is always stable.
No need direction.

I have no experience to direct her vocal.
This time she sings softly and gently but on the very famous animation, Demon Slayer, she sings with very characteristic style like ‘Asian Bulgarian Voice???’

In Japan very few singers can do it. 
The reason why Nami can do it is she has background of Minnyo, Japanese traditional folk song.

Yes, she’s a Japanese traditional folk singer.

Actually she sings one Uwajima folk song in her produced CD called ‘West Japan Torrential Rain Charity CD 'AI’’

When I accompanied her the guitar at her live event, she was too great and I was very impressed.

I’m lucky. Nami and many excellent singers I worked with.

I appreciate all of them.
<English Below>
中川奈美「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のMVが公開されました!
中村も横でギター弾いてますw
どなたでも見ることができます!

https://youtu.be/qzSAX5bSXGg

配信先へのリンクが有効になりましたが、なぜか4つだけ💦
でもまあ使えます

https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/



MV公開とこちらからも飛べるようになりましたというお知らせです



Music Video of Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’


I played the guitar aside her.


Everyone can watch it!

And now URL link works but just for 4 streaming services.

But these are available now.

https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/



This is just the announcement of music video and URL likes available.


Have fun!
<English Below>
中川奈美さん「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)リリース日です!

ところがURLリンクが出てこないトラブルが💦
なので、主な配信先のリンクを記しておきます。こちらからアクセスしてください。
ご不便おかけします。問題が解決したらその旨また告知します。

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%81%A1%E3%81%8D%E3%82%85%E3%81%86%E3%81%AE%E3%81%93%E3%81%A9%E3%82%82/1646274807?i=1646274817

iTunes Store (ダウンロード販売) - 上記リンクから画面右丸3つのアイコンをクリックしてメニューを開き、「iTunes Storeで表示」を選択すると購入できます。

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=483f406756b141b8

YouTube Music - https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-rYgJUcn4&feature=share

現在なぜかAmazon Musicで配信されてません。上記リンクからお楽しみ下さい。
よろしくお願いします。

Today is the release day of Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’!

But trouble happens on URL Link called Artist Hub. Now URL for each shop doesn’t appear on the web page.
So please jump from the links below.
Sorry for inconvenience. Once solving this problem, I will announce.

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%81%A1%E3%81%8D%E3%82%85%E3%81%86%E3%81%AE%E3%81%93%E3%81%A9%E3%82%82/1646274807?i=1646274817

iTunes Store (purchase) - From Apple Music link above, click 3 dots icon in the right side of the window and open the menu and choose ‘show in the iTunes Store’ then you can purchase this song.

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=483f406756b141b8

YouTube Music - https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-rYgJUcn4&feature=share
<English Below>
明日22.10.07はいよいよ中川奈美「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のリリース日です!
なので今日はこの曲を書いたいきさつなど、インタビューでも触れていますが、改めて述べておきます。(インタビューはこちら:https://youtu.be/NakSE5vYKgE)
「ちきゅうのこども」はもともと「西日本豪雨チャリティCD「愛」」のために書き下ろした2曲のうちの一曲で、奈美さんから参加アーティストの皆さんが輪唱する、CDの趣旨を一番体現する曲としてリクエストされ、書き上げました。色んな個性のアーティストさんが歌われるのと、チャリティソングということだったので、テクニカルな要素は盛り込まず、誰でも一回聴けばサビを口ずさめるような覚えやすいメロディを反復しするようにしました。また、コード進行も非常にクラシックな、スタンダードな歌モノです。
アレンジについては、奈美さんの頭の中で漠然と超有名チャリティソング「We’re the World」のイメージがあったそうなので、オリジナル版はThe 80’sという感じのアレンジでした。今回奈美さんのソロ作品として配信するにあたって、もっとパーソナルな印象になるよう楽器を差し替えたり、ミックスを変えたりしました。アレンジの話はまた後日もっとディープな話をしようかと思います。
それでは明日の配信をお楽しみに!

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#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美

Tomorrow, on Oct 7th, 2022, Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’ will be released! Hurrah!
So I will talk about the details that I wrote this song though some are mentioned in the interview video with Nami. (Interview video is here: https://youtu.be/NakSE5vYKgE)
The original ‘Children of the Earth’ was one of two songs which I wrote for her produced ‘West Japan Torrential Rain Charity CD 'AI (Love)’. Nami requested this song to be the center which expresses the purpose of the CD and according to the request, I wrote this song. The song is assumed to be sung by various artists and to be charity song so I didn’t add too technical elements and intended to be the melody repeatedly, which anyone can remember easily, once listening to. And chord progression is very classic style, standard vocal song as well.
About song arrangement, Nami’s request was the similar style with super famous charity song, ‘We’re the World’, so the original version based on the 80’s style arrangement. This time the song will be delivered as Nami’s solo song, to be more personal, I replaced some instruments and changed mix style (more vintage style!). Later on I will talk more and deeper about arrangement.
Wait till tomorrow’s song release!

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/
<English Below>
中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」にまつわるお話、今日は少しマニアックです。ボーカルトラックの処理についてです。Neumann M49の音がとてもよかったのでこちらでの処理は必要最小限にしています。
リードボーカルに当たっている音響処理系エフェクターは往年のアナログ機材をモデリングした、Waves Audio @wavesaudio のSheps 73/NLS Channel/AbbeyRoad RS124/IR-Liveを使いました。IR-LiveはLexicon 300のP01 Hallです。これでまんま昔のコンソールで録音、再生している音になるわけです。簡単に言うと音を汚して逆にいい音にするんですね。
リードボーカルはクリーンに仕上げる方も多いんですが、中村はやり過ぎない程度に汚してオケとの馴染みをよくする方が好きです。後、レコードで聴いた「あの音」に近づくと安心します。

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#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美
#コサエル
#cosaell
#waves

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As for the story of Nam’i Nakagawa’s ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’, today it’s a bit technical. About vocal track process. As Neumann M49 sounded very excellent, I didn’t add too much process.
The audio processors on Lead Vocal track are what modeled classic famous analog equipments. Waves Audio Sheps 73/NLS Channel/AbbeyRoad RS124/IR-Live are used. IR-Live uses Lexicon 300’s P01 Hall. This reproduces the classic analog sound recording/playing with classic console. Simply to say, making the sound a bit dirty but it sounds good.
Many engineers prefer to maintain lead vocal clean but I prefer not too much but a bit analog sound then it match with other tracks. And I feel good with such analog sound which I listened to in the past.

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/
<English Below>
中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のリリース日22.10.07まで後一週間切りましたので、ここから曲にまつわるお話をしていこうと思います。
初出のアレンジでは輪唱でしたが、今回は奈美さんの独唱+後半お友達のナレーターの皆さんが合唱しています。写真は当日撮影したものです。
収録は奈美さんがよく利用されるコサエル・クリエイティブスタジオhttp://cosaell.com  で行いました。なんとビンテージのNeumann M49が常設されていて、そちらで録音しました。真空管マイクらしく超高域まで録音されるのでカリッとしたビンテージサウンドになりました。

下記のURLから好みのストリーミングプロバイダーにアクセスできます。
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#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美
#コサエル
#cosaell

It’s less than one week the song called ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’, which Nami Nakagawa sings, will be released (22.Oct.07th release). So I’d like to talk about something related with this song.
The original version released as CD was a troll style but this time Nami sang all parts by herself and her friends joined and sang together in the latter part. This picture was captured in the recording studio.
The studio is Nami’s favorite Cosaell studio http://cosaell.com. Amazingly, the studio has a vintage Neumann M49 microphone as standing equipment and the mic was used for this recording. The recorded sound was crispy, vintage sound which has very high frequency range as tube microphone.

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
https://music.imusician.pro/a/mXSz14-9/

#KAZNakamura 
#中村和宏
#NamiNakagawa 
#中川奈美
#コサエル
#cosaell

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