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MMD Tutorial - VMD Spectrum Basics by Trackdancer MMD Tutorial - VMD Spectrum Basics by Trackdancer

People keep asking about how to use this software so I made this short, down to the basics tutorial. If you want a fuller understanding of this application, please visit this page: fav.me/d4iilug

There is a stage that was built to support this tutorial. It can be downloaded from here: bowlroll.net/up/dl28837

Stage home page is here: fav.me/d6xxx08


UPDATE MAY 2016

If you are still having audio related issues please read this: fav.me/da40ob5


UPDATE OCT 2016

Fixed the font in one of the panels.

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:iconwaltervd:
Waltervd Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when i open VMD spectrum i get a direct sound error ono
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Check your DirectX install.

Google "directx diagnostic tools" and find the version for your system - just follow their instructions to run to tool to check. You might have to reinstall directx or at least repair it.
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MMDMovieStar Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
okay so the whole processing thing with the WAV I used the same 44 kHz and the 16 bit stuff with PCM and it still won't let me load it to VMDSpectrum... what should I do?
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
Read this: MMD Audio WAV File Conversion Primer by Trackdancer
And also some of the comments there might be helpful.

But the short answer is to re-save the problematic wav file as a complaint wav file using Audacity.
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:iconarisustrawberry:
arisustrawberry Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I load it as an accessory if it's saved as a VMD file?
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016
Only the motion data is saved as a VMD file. The model itself (the accessory) must be a valid PMX or PMD model.
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:iconarisustrawberry:
arisustrawberry Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So then how do I put the motion to it? 
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Dance motions are for the performing models like Miku.

VMDSpectrum motion data made from the music is used only to drive models equipped to accept this type of data.

You cannot use the VMDSpectrum data to make motion for Miku, only for models (usually stages) specially built to accept this type of data.
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:iconhomogayhorse:
homogayhorse Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was only able to make a VMD for band1 and it wouldn't do the rest I'm confused D: I used vocalizer stage
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Simply follow the instructions given in the tutorial and if you still can't do it, ask someone to do it for you. It really is not hard.
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:iconhomogayhorse:
homogayhorse Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I followed the instructions carefully. Only 11 and 12 move (thought it was 1 at first but regardless)
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
The software works by analysing the different frequencies used to create the audio for a song. If certain frequencies are too weak, in the sense that they are unused, the bands assigned to those frequencies won't trigger any movements. The best thing to do at this point is to get a real music analyzer program or a program that can visually graph the frequencies used to see exactly what's going on with the music you are using. Audacity has this feature.

What you reported in your original two posts is unusual to say the least as it is telling me that your audio is more likely a 'sound' rather than a piece of music. So something is not right, and that could be one of many things but the three things that are most likely causes are:

1. The audio clip only uses certain frequencies and not the others.
2. The audio clip is bad.
3. There is something wrong with your computer.

Also, it is not inconceivable that if you are using WIN 10 that the OS might be at the root cause of your problem.
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:iconanitaabc:
anitaabc Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much *-*
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
YW :)
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:iconhu88:
hu88 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Enlightened. Thanks !
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:iconmmd-ask-lovino:
MMD-Ask-Lovino Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helps a lot, thanks so much.
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
You Are Welcome Fella (messages) 
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:iconabbytropis:
AbbyTropis Featured By Owner Edited May 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
 Um, I don't know if you can solve this but- when I load a wav file onto VMD Spectrum it comes up with an error message. Its in Japanese (obviously) But it says something like 44.1kHz, 16 bit something something and it only happens with that certain wav.
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
The reason as to why you are getting this error message and how to fix the problem is explained in the tutorial.
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:iconabbytropis:
AbbyTropis Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
-_- I'm so sorry 
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
No Problem Fella (messages) You Are Welcome Fella (messages) 
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:iconneru-chan95:
Neru-chan95 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
so even after selecting no on the next two windows to avoid having multiple vmd files saved...if it still wont give the full motion of the song when loading it to the stage
there is basically nothing that can be done?
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Please re-read the tutorial, it gives you the method to use to process the entire song. :)

The song used in this video: youtu.be/OejCtwz3NnA is over 6 minutes long and was done with a single file.
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AI-Sparklez Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Saving this for later.
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:iconcerifutau:
CerifUTAU Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, but how do you list multiple bands? Is it separated by commas? ;^; I'm having trouble with it
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
In most cases, just leave the band name field alone. Most MMD models that support this program uses the default 'band' label and the program will correctly create the data to match the corresponding frequencies.
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:icondarkladygrayson:
DarkLadyGrayson Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
And welp... it turns out that it works perfectly....

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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:icondarkladygrayson:
DarkLadyGrayson Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks!  n___n

I have NO idea if it´going to work, but I´ll do my best
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:iconma-beaute:
ma-beaute Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
I don't even know where to FIND this in MMD... s
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
It's not a part of MMD but a separate program.
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:iconerikonekochan:
ErikoNekoChan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Thank you so much! This help me a lot!
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
YW
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:iconvocaloidevil:
Vocaloidevil Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Help! I'm using audacity but it's not changing a thing
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:iconmmd-ask-lovino:
MMD-Ask-Lovino Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Drag+Drop Music InArrow leftFileArrow leftExport SelectionArrow leftFind the folder you wantArrow leftName your music something to help you find itArrow leftClick saveArrow leftClick OKArrow leftWait for it to save

If it's still in the original format after that, go back to Export Selection and make sure it says 'Save as type: WAV'
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Check your save settings for the Wav file; make sure you're not just making a verbatim copy.
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:iconneru-chan95:
Neru-chan95 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
im having problems
i was trying to use this program BUT when i upload my wav...it keeps giving me a warning box...
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Read the tutorial again more carefully, it explains why this happens.
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:iconneru-chan95:
Neru-chan95 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
the issue im dealing with is
when i change it to 16 bit and 44 Hz on audacity its always at some point after a certain period of time giving me an error and then crashes
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Which program crashes? MMD or Audacity?
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:iconneru-chan95:
Neru-chan95 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
audacity
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
Try using a different format conversion software. I use the one from Softonic called FormatFactory: www.pcfreetime.com/
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:iconneru-chan95:
Neru-chan95 Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am having issues...i tried downloading that format factory and after installation (twice!)
it keeps saying i am missing FFImage.dll
do u know what i should do?
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner May 17, 2016
Google "FFImage.dll" - tons of info on how to fix this.
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CronasShadow Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist
The bars don't move for the first minute of the song, and then they work okay for the rest.
It might be because all of the facials are named Null_ - (No). So the facials that aren't meant to move the bars, are probably taken into account. I'm not sure how fix this >.<
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
The Null_ labeling isn't the problem as MMD ignores the English language labels. This is a curious issue you seem to be having. It's possible that the audio is out of range of the VMDSpectrum program to read though why this should be the case would be really odd. Does this happen with all songs or just a specific one and if so what is the song?
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:iconcronasshadow:
CronasShadow Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist
This is my first time trying the VMDSectrum, and I'm using the song "Echo" by Gumi.
I know other people have used the VMDSpectrum with this song, so it might just be my fault, but I did have to set the frequency to 10fps for it to accept it
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:iconkklightdragon:
KKlightdragon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you load the vmd into MMD it wont work DX
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Load it on to the model as motion data.
Note: The model needs to be built for use with this type of motion.
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:iconclacla2013:
clacla2013 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't find the audio specifications, please help?
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:icontrackdancer:
Trackdancer Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
There are several methods to determine a music files specifications. These include the following:

1. Open the music files properties panel
2. Open the music file in a dedicated audio editing program like Audacity
3. Some music players may provide detailed info on the music file in question
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