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Utaite (歌い手 utaite) is a Japanese term for people who cover previously released songs and post them on Nico Nico Douga and Youtube; under utattemita category. The term "utaite" is unique for Nico Nico Douga singers, making it different from "kashu" (歌手 kashu); which means "singer" on general idea.
Generally, utaite do cover songs for Vocaloid original songs, anime and game related songs, and J-Pops. They also do parodies with different lyrics for popular songs, intended for amusement.
Most utaite exclusively cover songs and upload under the utattemita section, but some of them have doujin circles and release original music/drama CDs during events like Comic Market and Vocaloid M@ster, frequently referred to as Comiket and VoMas respectively. A few utaite also have become partly or wholly professional singers and have released/will release their albums under official labels. Some examples are Valshe, Piko, and Clear.
Occasionally, Utaite may collaborate with each other, forming pairs or groups that they collaborate in. Many Utaite have people they collaborate with often, such as Clear with Nero or Usa with Yamai. There are many famous duet songs, such as magnet and famous group songs, notably Smiling Collaborations differ from Awasetemita (合わせてみた), more commonly known as Nico Nico choruses, in that Collaborators give consent and actively participate, unlike with Choruses.
Recently, utaite appearing in concerts and live events have also become popular and have become more prolific and public. Most of these singers perform on Nico Nico Live concerts or Nico Farre, though several like Piko, having gone major, perform in their own right.
Mixing and encoding
An utaite's wonderful covers are attributed not only because of his beautiful rendition but also because of the dexterous mixing and encoding of the song; so it sounds high-quality. Sometimes, singers themselves mix their own songs, although some rely on mixers to perfect their songs.
Producers into Utaite
- Main article: Producers
Vocaloid producers are people involved in composing original songs or tuning Vocaloids to cover existing songs. Some of these people also sing and upload their covers under the utattemita category. A famous producer whom also sings is Tourai. Utattemita by producers in Nico Nico Douga is categorized under the tag "Utau P Series" (歌うPシリーズ utau P shiriisu) which literally means "singing producers series".