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.


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>
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





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.
<English Below>

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!


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>







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!



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.

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!


Apple Music -

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 -

YouTube Music -

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。

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 -

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 -

YouTube Music -
<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!
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。



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:
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.
<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。



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.
<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。
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  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。



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 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.