How to use UTAU

Tutorial [UTAU] Preparation and Installation [German]

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In the video:

How to change the locale (locale) and the decimal separator, as well as how to add and use the Japanese keyboard to the keyboard selection.

Background music for the video was provided by Satinengel.


Before you even download the “UTAU” program, you have to change some settings on your PC. Otherwise the program will be corrupted and later on there will be unnecessary problems when using it, such as a jumble of Japanese characters.


Link to the UTAU website: 歌声 合成 ツ ー ル UTAU ダ ウ ン ロ ー ド ペ ー ジ


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For more information on the locale, see MystSaphyr's Japanese Locale Guide for UTAU.

Resource - Japanese Locale Guide for UTAU

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Step 1 - preparation

Before you even download UTAU,

you have to prepare your PC for it.


a. Change of locale

b. Change of the decimal separator


a. Open the Control Panel. (1)

Open the menu

"Time, Language and Region" (2)


Open the menu item "Region"

Go to the tab "Administration"

Change the locale too

"Japanese (Japan)" (3)



b. Stay in the "Region" menu

Go to the tab "Formats"

Open "More Settings"

Change the decimal separator

from a [,] comma

to a [.] point (4)

Now restart your computer.



Step 2 - Download UTAU

Visit this website:

歌声 合成 ツ ー ル UTAU ダ ウ ン ロ ー ド ペ ー ジ


Download the file from 5.9.2013:

"v0.4.18e イ ン ス ト ー ラ"


Install UTAU in the desired directory *.


Open UTAU. The name of the supplied

Standard Voicebank should be like in the picture

are displayed.


* The installer is in Japanese:

キ ャ ン セ ル = Cancel

戻 る = back

次 へ = Next / Next

参照 = Opens the option to change the installation directory

す べ て の ユ ー ザ ー = Install for all users

こ の ユ ー ザ ー の み = Install for this user only

閉 じ る = close



Step 3 - add the Japanese keyboard

Open the Control Panel.

Under the "Time, Language and Region" section, open "Add Language".


In the next window click on "Add language" again.

Scroll to the letter J.

Select 日本語 Japanese.

Confirm "Add".



Normally you have the letters "DE" or "DEU" at the bottom of the task bar to the left of the time.
This means that you have selected the German keyboard.
If you click on it after you have added the Japanese keyboard, you can switch between the two keyboards.

The key combination has the same function

SHIFT + ALT

If you have registered more than two keyboards, this key combination circles through the keyboards from top to bottom.


If you select the Japanese keyboard and have a program in which you can write as the active window, an [A] is displayed to the left of the (J). This means that you will continue to type with Latin letters. The arrangement of the keys corresponds to the Japanese layout.

So is the order of the top letter row with QWERTY as long as Japanese is selected.

On German keyboards, on the other hand, the order is usually QWERTZ.

If you click on the [A] it becomes [あ], the Japanese hiragana character for "a". If you now start typing something, the writing will be converted into Japanese characters.

Press the Enter key to confirm what you've written.


Extra - Write with the Japanese keyboard

Of course, first select the Japanese keyboard and switch from [A] to [あ].

From now on, consonant-vowel combinations will be converted into Japanese Hiragana whenever possible.

Write something in lower case and press [Enter] at the end to confirm your entry.

ka - か

be - べ

hya - ひ ゃ

myo - み ょ

ru - る

si - し

shi - し

If you start a word with the SHIFT key pressed, it will be written in Latin letters.


If you press the space bar while typing, the hiragana will be converted into Kanji if possible.

Often words written in hiragana can be converted into multiple kanji, often with different meanings.

Example: hana は な "flower" vs "nose"

Flower: 花

Nose: 鼻


The [Enter] key is always used for confirmation. You can use spaces as long as all entries are confirmed.
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