★ CHAPTER 3.5: POSTING YOUR COVER
Now that you have finished your cover, where do you share it? In this tutorial, this is just a guide on which platforms to upload your cover to. It's not really a tutorial, but rather a guide of recommended platforms.
Selecting Which Platforms To Upload To
There are a LOT of platforms to upload your cover to. But I'll be listing the most common ones that are used to do so.
Audio-oriented platforms are among the most popular ways to share your covers to, if you don't want to upload a video. While not as popular as the video platforms, there are still people who use them nonetheless.
SoundCloud is an extremely popular platform to share your covers to. It's easier to gain an audience there. However, there a couple of drawbacks to the platform. It has a limited storage as how many covers you can upload (measured in how much hours they take), and it's copyright system is extremely harsh unless you pitch your cover.
The free alternative to the paid service known as Clyp, Whyp retains a lot of the features Whyp has to the point where it's just a free version of the paid platform. It's not recommended to post full covers there, but you can archive old covers and cover WIPs there if you want.
If you want to upload cover with the music video, PV, or art to accompany it, then using video platforms should be of good use. It is a much popular choice over audio platforms, as long as you tag your works properly.
This one remains the most popular choice to upload your covers to. The great thing is that a lot of people use YouTube to search for covers. Also, the copyright system is a little more lax, but depending on the song you covered, it might restrict the cover from being viewed in other countries.
A Japanese video sharing platform, NicoNicoDouga is another great choice for uploading your covers to a primarily Japanese audience.
BiliBili is VERY similar to NicoNicoDouga in terms of functions, but it is highly customizable and lets you organize your videos freely. The catch is that in order to sign up for an account, you need a phone number for the registration process. And to verify yourself, you need a government-issued ID to do that, considering China's laws. I wouldn't recommend uploading to BiliBili unless you're willing to take the risks.
Uploading Your Cover
Regardless of the platform you selected, it's time to set up the title, description, and tags for your cover.
A lot of UTAU covers are usually titled like this:
- 【UTAUカバー】 SONG TITLE (REMIX/ARRANGE IF APPLICABLE) 【UTAULOID・UTAULOID】
- [UTAU] SONG TITLE (REMIX/ARRANGE IF APPLICABLE) [UTAULOID・UTAULOID]
You don't always have to title your covers like this, as some people use their own title conventions. Or you could make your own that suits you the most.
The description should list the composer of the song, the UST credits, the voicebanks that were used, and who did the tuning and mixing. Remember to credit properly! For example:
- Song: SONG TITLE
- Composer: COMPOSER, LYRICIST, ARRANGER
- UST: NAME
- Voicebanks: UTAULOID(s)
- Tuning: NAME
- Mixing: NAME
As for tagging, tag whatever is relevant to the cover. For example, you could tag the song title, composer, the voicebanks used, and so on.
Once everything is ready, upload the cover and you're done. Now it's there for everyone to listen to! You can pretty share you cover on other social media platforms, or you can just share it to your friends so they can get hyped over it.