^I feel you man, I know this thread is for positivity but I just can’t with Yuuka.
I like nowhere, I'm here, Akatsuki no Kuruma, Cazador del Armor, Romanesque and personal favorites "El Cazador", "Margaret", "She's Gotta Go"^I feel you man, I know this thread is for positivity but I just can’t with Yuuka.
Sure they’re all edited, the editing tho is mostly for pitches/mixing etc, you can’t really edit vocal technique. Take for example their fan footage of “Serenato”, both Wakana and Keiko don’t need editing of any sort. And I will still brag about her technique lol, I still stand by what I said; cleanest vibrato, smoothest transition from chest voice to falsetto, proper control on falsetto. It’s up to you in the end, this is how I see it as a musician.That was like 8 years ago before the vocal decline, and we all know their official releases of concerts are edited to sound better. And even then her technique wasn't anything to brag about.
None of that applies to current Wakana. And with old Wakana it was still very inconsistent.cleanest vibrato, smoothest transition from chest voice to falsetto, proper control on falsetto
Which one? I only remember one from their Red Moon Asia tour, and it was poops.Take for example their fan footage of “Serenato”, both Wakana and Keiko don’t need editing of any sort.
I kinda like this vibrato... How else would you like her to sing it? (I mean that as a genuine question, not rhetorical)Add to that her terrible almost goat-like wobbly vibrato that she doesn't use consistently
Yeah, I agree that she wasn't the best in the Winter Acoustic (especially Alleluia ), but one bad performance out of many doesn't mean she's forever a bad vocalist. I disagree that her performance at LisAni 2017 was bad though, I thought she sounded pretty good.Did Winter acoustic and Lisani 2017 not exist in your minds or what? She's better than in 2012, but to call her the most consistent is just whack.
At least like she used to, back in 2008-2010. Ideally, like Lady Gaga.I kinda like this vibrato... How else would you like her to sing it? (I mean that as a genuine question, not rhetorical)
I thought both Hikaru and Wakana sounded bad whenever they had their solos. Plus Wakana singing worse than LiSA in This Illusion. I absolutely despise LiSA, so that performance was just embarrassing.I disagree that her performance at LisAni 2017 was bad though, I thought she sounded pretty good.
I actually thought both Hikaru & Wakana sounded great in both the collab solos and the Kalafina songs (minus identify). Sure there are a rough patches here and there but overall they sounded pretty solid. Hikaru on träumerei chorus could sound a bit better but her parts in the verses are fantasticI thought both Hikaru and Wakana sounded bad whenever they had their solos. Plus Wakana singing worse than LiSA in This Illusion. I absolutely despise LiSA, so that performance was just embarrassing.
THIS.lol wall of text incoming so I'm putting it in spoiler tags
Wakana has the best technique by a pretty wide margin. As with most vocal groups, the one taking the highest parts generally has the most developed voice since Wakana uses both her chest and head voice pretty much all the time. Keiko almost never uses it and Hikaru uses a light falsetto instead of head voice, meaning Wakana (by far) has the most vocal development out of the three. Despite being a soprano, she can hit fairly low, actually, down to a G3 in I have a dream. While it isn't nearly as supported as Keiko or Hikaru's, it's still pretty good considering she sings mainly in the upper 4th/lower 5th octave.
Only shame is that she uses her falsetto in Kalafina, while in FJ (like in Liminality) she ops for her, IMO, much more beautiful, resonant and weighty operatic head voice.
I wouldn't say pre-2012 Wakana's voice was better in a technical sense, nor was it worse. She was definitely more open with her throat, but it was chesty and pushed (which often presented problems with pitch since a pushed voice is often flat). Now she sings with a much lighter mix, and has a much easier time with chest to head voice transitions, and her pitch is way more accurate, except that she closes her throat more now.
I'd consider Hikaru to be the second most technical vocalist if not for her vocal regression. 2010-2012 Hikaru had a naturally light mix (meaning more head dominant than chest dominant from A4-E5) with excellent control over how much chest to mix in. Hikaru had an excellent grasp over vocal dynamics as well, being able to effectively sing de/crescendos, piano, forte, mezzo forte, staccato up to C5. Yeah she had pitch issues, but they weren't that bad, at least not as bad as Wakana's. Not using head voice at all though means that her upper range received little to no development, and any note above C5 is pushed and strained with her throat. This effectively means that she would regress eventually since vocal cords can only take so much abuse.
There's also the fact that, as a mezzo, her voice would get naturally weightier over time, and it does. Her voice has so, so much more weight to it now that before, but since Kalafina songs were meant to be sung in a certain way (aka her folksy, nasal style), she'd be struggling a lot more with songs that required her lighter voice. You can see that her "nasal" singing style is completely forced and unnatural for her current voice weight, and she struggles way more using that voice than her naturally weighty voice.
By placing so much of her voice in her nose, she's trying to sound like her old self, unlike Wakana who knows that her technique has changed and doesn't try to go back to old habits. As such, she doesn't nearly project as well as she did before.
Keiko, to the surprise of many, actually has the least technically correct voice out of the three, yet struggles the least and has the most accurate pitch (go figure). Her voice is in way better shape than Hikaru now though, so as of now, she's number 2.
Her deep, dark tone is actually forced. She lowers her larynx to achieve that sort of tone not unlike male opera singers. Technically speaking, Keiko is a mezzo soprano, but sings in in the contralto range. Like @Westkana said, anything above A4 is strained because she almost never sings above it. if she does, it's only for very brief moments. She does have a beautiful mix (door, believe acoustic) but it's unexplored. She has the potential to be the most technical vocalist, but her current role does limit her to a large degree.
But where she does sing, she does it with much better proficiency than the other two, if only because of her beautiful tone and her great sense of pitch. She's in charge of lower harmonies, so having an ear for pitch is an absolute must. She does go slightly sharp at times, but to the untrained ear, going sharp is much better than going flat since it still blends well with the rest of the song.