Things Fandubbers Do That I Love … (Part 1)

OK, so as of recent, I’ve heard a lot going around the grapevine in regards to ” things I hate when youtaites (utaites), fandubbers, cover artists … blah blah blah. And although I love these things as I chuckle to myself merrily in agreement I can’t help but feel a little cheated.

After all, there are things I really like that fandubbers do. So in the spirit of that, let’s take a quick look at
things fandubbers do that I love. ^^

If you’re feeling in need of a good laugh or just a tad be pessimistic, you should most surely read Devin’s recent blog post – “Things Fandubbers Do That Annoy Me …”

1. Well-written Lyrics
I love it when a song dubber takes the time and effort to make proper sense of lyrics. It fills me with the same giggly joy that can only be substituted for pounds of sweet sugary cake.

There’s something oh so appealing about languages, and translating from one language to the next, while making it flowing, rhythmic and sensical that makes my jaw drop every time and fills me with such awe.

Half the time I care more about the lyrics than the singing. Singing is one thing, anyone can sing and work on their voice with lessons, but being able to re-create lyrics in another language is an incredible feat, which I feel hasn’t been given near enough credit.

2. REAL EFFORT!!!
You can always tell when a person actually cares about the song they’ve worked on or not. This is because there’s a certain amount of EFFORT you will notice with the songs the fan dubber truly wants to sound good. It may not be professional quality, but you can certainly tell they’ve done their best and didnt fashion the song together with a roll of balled-up duct tape they found underneath their couch cushions.

No indeed not, it’s more like a gentle recreation of that song, and even if the song’s not of professional quality you can tell they took the time and effort to not just finish one up in a single day in-between study sessions.

3. SPAMMING!
Wait—ait, no. Imori! I could’ve sworn you just said you like song spamming. Well then, internet, you would be correct because I honestly do. Social media sharing I’ve found to be a great way to strengthen the community of fellow cover singers and a great way to support one another.

So go ahead! Make my day and post that song to Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit and even Buddha forbid … Myspace! Because I know you’ve worked hard on your song, especially if you followed steps one and two previously listed.

Another point of this is that most of us internet junkies are actually quite busy. We may have school, homework, work and who knows what else (probably fapping) and we may not get around to seeing your million Tumblr updates for your new song.

So once again, please be my guest and continue spamming me. Because although it’s annoying sometimes, I love to help share in other people’s work and support their efforts, and I’m sure most others do as well.

4. Creative Mixing
Now it’s indeed true that we don’t all have the greatest mixing softare. I actually use GarageBand, which would make other more professional fandubbers scoff and do some sort of preppy hair flip at me. Even so if you master your software, whether it be Cubase, Logic Pro, GarageBand or I dare even say … Audacity, you can get fairly quality-sounding mixing effects.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as hearing a song with well-created or original mixing effects. It’s satisfying like having a few Ferrero Rocher chocolates rather than scarfing a Big Mac. It ties in to No. 2 once again where the dubber is putting forth effort and actual thought into their song rather than belching out the first thing that comes up than mindlessly uploading it to YouTube.

5. A Well-practiced Song!
Now, one can argue (and even I said this previously) that any voice can become pretty and polished when worked on, and this is true. Also, there are people with naturally beautiful voices as if they were singing Les Misérables in the womb or something.

But I’m sure regardless of which person you are, naturally talented or painfully wannabe, both sides can agree that even someone with the most beautiful voice in the world can sing terribly if the song wasn’t practiced.

Practicing and knowing your song can really make all the difference in the world. It separates your song as a fine wine versus a cheap beer and can throw first-time viewers for a loop. If they hear your beautifully practiced song that you’ve recorded more than 300 times before finally uploading (that’s about how many times it takes me anyway … = w = ; ).

Then they can immediately tell that you’ve put that weird word I keep using in this blog (EFFORT) into it and may actually do that other thing that’s not really important, but we seem to think it is regardless (SUBSCRIBE).

And there you have it. Perhaps the next time you get some Facebook spam or hear a bit of clever mixing you can be grateful in knowing that the fandubber you’re listening to tried their best to provide you with a good song, all while practicing their skills and of course having fun.

Maybe next time you hear these people, you’ll even like their videos or take the time to listen to some others theyve done … or you can be like most people and leave nasty comments on their videos saying, “That translation doesn’t match the subtitles I watched!” or, “You don’t sound like Rockleetist!” … The choice is yours … >>;;

- Imori <3

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