The acronym "BSUP" stands for "Bödkay Shetang UTAU Project". "Bödkay" is the Tibetan word meaning "Tibetan Language", and "Shetang" means "to sing". Thus, we can translate "BSUP" by "The Project for Tibetan-singing UTAUs".
What is the BSUP?
As said, this Project aims to create the very first Tibetan UTAUs. I founded it with the creation of BSUP01 KEINE Tashi, the first UTAU of the BSUP01, during the 2012 Spring. Indeed, the was not any Tibetan-singing UTAU before, and as I am a Tibetan language lover, I decided to create some. I am the only one managing the BSUP for now, but I managed to record BSUP02 Djetsün, the second UTAU of the BSUP, during the 2013 Summer. You can find more information on these two UTAU on their own page. The UTAU aims to have the best quality possible, that is why every Japanese voicebank is recorded in the continuous sound style (generally called VCV), and the Tibetan voicebank are recorded with my own recording lists written in CV VCV VC, the latest one (used with Djetsün) having been revised before recording Djetsün with her voice provider, Deky Youngdon, who is Tibetan. The next Tibetan vocal libraries may be recorded with a new recording list allowing to the BSUP UTAUs to be even more realistic than now.
Can I enter to the BSUP?
Of course! The BSUP is opened, but there are some conditions: -Your UTAU must have a Tibetan vocal library in order to be part of the BSUP. I can help you to know how to pronounce Tibetan and how to read the recording list if you need it. -You must have a very good microphone recording clear vocals. -You shall agree your UTAU will have a BSUP number. Of course, you can afterwards decide to use it or not, but when the complete name of your UTAU is required, you would have to use it.
As all VOCALOID voicebank, the BSUP's characters have, as well, some rules you have to respect when using them.
1. The author gives full permission to use the BSUP's characters' image, voice and personality in any kind of works as desired by the one depicting it, as long as it follows UTAU rules of usage. If a commercial use is intended, you must ask for permission first.
2. A religious use of one of BSUP's voicebanks is authorized for Buddhism or Bön, knowing the original Tibetan voicebank was intended to sing religious songs at first.
3. Using the BSUP's voicebanks for popular religious songs (such as Christmas songs) is also allowed, but any other kind of religious usage is prohibited, except the ones authorized previously. If you have any question or incertitude about it, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. WARNING: using a BSUP's voicebank for a long life prayer toward the Karmapa is strictly prohibited until the controversy of the 17th Karmapa has officially been solved. This is also applicable anyone implied in this controversy, such H.H. Jamgön Kontrül Rinpoche, H.H. Tai Situ Rinpoche or H.H. the Dalai-Lama. This is also applied to any swift reborn prayer toward a person implied in this controversy, such as H.H. Shamar Rinpoche. You have to respect very strict neutrality concerning this controversy, or any kind of controversy that has not been mentioned here.
5. Redistributing the voicebank from another source than the original source is strictly prohibited.
6. This has been written and certified true and correct by the author of the BSUP. The details seen here may be subject to change without prior notice.
7. It is possible to get a special authorization from me for only one physical or moral person to go against one or several of these rules, except for the third rule which is and will be irrevocable. This authorization is valid if and only if it is hand-written, signed and has my personal seal.