The character designer and artist for Voctro-Lab’s Vocaloid Maika just launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking to crowdfund the creation of a Vocaloid artbook titled The Art of VOCALOID MAIKA. Backer rewards include the artbook, limited editions, commissions, buttons, stickers, keychains mugs, T-shirts, figures, prints and 3D models.
At the time of publishing the campaign is already fully funded but as Kickstarters go those goals are usually the amount needed minimum viable product and every little bit helps. The campaign is slated to close on December 1st 2017 so you still have time to reserve your artbooks and Maika related goodies until then.
The artbook is to contain:
- Unpublished sketches.
- Unpublished redesigns.
- Promotional arts.
- New designs & outfits.
As well as art featured in the PVs Que Decida El Corazón, Cosmonauts and Quiero un dinosaurio.
For additional details about the campaign as well as a full list of backer rewards please check out the Kickstarter Campaign.
Official Maika Design by Noririn
Utauvision is an international country-based internet UTAU song battle competition where teams work together to sing, make art, mix and animate to make great songs and videos. Teams are self-organized with anywhere from 3 to 6 members from the same country where they try to combine various skill-sets (art, tuning, mixing, etc.) to make a well rounded team.
Teams will collaborate to make on video using UTAU each round. During each round these videos will be pitted against one another until the finals, where a combination of judge scores, viewer votes, and total views will decide the overall winner.
Registration has already started, a total of 30 groups will be accepted, there are a limited number of slots available for each country, slots are being assigned on a “first come first serve” basis. Full details about this competition can be found in the links below
With the VOCAMERICA Kickstarter now closed AkiGlancy (EmpathP) has revealed the “mystery UTAU” that claimed the $1,000 “UTAU Performance Reward Package” to be none other Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper. Viki Hopper is an English VCCV voicebank developed for the UTAU singthesis software.
As part of “UTAU Performance Reward Package” Viki Hopper will appear in concert performing an original song written and composed by EmpathP. As updates for Viki Hopper are still pending she won’t debut until “next summer” during a yet unnamed future VOCAMERICA event as the opening act.
Congratulations to Ben Laudicano and the rest of the Seiun team. Thanks to you and 313 other backers supporting this, and other future concerts, would not have been possible. Viki Hopper is amazing and we look forward to her VOCAMERICA debut later next year.
You can download Viki Hopper for FREE here. You can listen to a sample of her in a video embedded below. Continue reading “Seiun Virtual Idols Project’s Viki Hopper to Perform at VOCAMERICA” »
For those that missed it Omakase (Japanese for dish of chef’s choice) is Viewster’s defunct mystery box subscription service. After spending a lot on advertising, sponsoring various conventions the service was eventually canceled after experiencing slower than expected growth. Before it closed however it shipped out its final “Omakase” a Hatsune Miku themed Vocaloid Myster Box. With news of its impending closure however many people didn’t want to subscribe to a failing service and missed out on possibly the best box in Omakase’s short lifetime.
Omakase Vocaloid Box Contents
Following the response from fans Viewster decided for one final farewell and are giving fans who missed it another chance at all previous Omakase boxes including the Vocaloid one. Contents of the Vocaloid box include:
- Miku & Friends Comic Anthology
- Rin/Len Belt & Strap
- Hatsune Miku Micro Squishable
- HappyMappy Miku T-Shirt (Blue Edition)
- Punimelt Miku & Friends Sticker Sheet
- Alex Ahad MEIKO Poster
The Rin & Len Belt & Strap look great and are officially licences. Likewise the Blue shirt is also officially licenced, is made by WeLoveFine, and is of WeLoveFine’s always excellent quality.
Check out Omakase-Viewster’s Amazon Store for a look at their Vocaloid and other Omakase boxes.
Full Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, I just liked my Omakase boxes while they lasted. The Amazon link does however contain an affiliate tag.
VOCAMERICA: The Western Concert Project is a live holographic musical event featuring English and Western vocal synthesizers of both the Vocaloid and UTAU variety. The event is sponsored by Producer & Daina Voice Provider AkiGlancy and her studio Empathy Studios to be held at NEKOCON 2016. While much of the initial equipment and production related costs were fronted by EmpathP she reached a point where she turned toward the community and Kickstarter for help.
Through the Kickstarter she hopes to finalize the payments of the VOCAMERICA staff members and produce an official concert CD and merchandise. The initial NEKOCON concert is to star Vocaloid Dex & Daina as the main act with Vocaloid Ruby & Maika and UTAU Aiko Kikyuune & Namida with supporting sets. If successful Aki hopes to expand VOCAMERICA to include additional singers and venues.
At the time of writing the Kickstarter is fully funded and is set for Nekocon 2016. As with most Kickstarters Vocamerica is looking to expand its scope and has a variety of stretch goals including “performance upgrades” for potential virtual singers as well as projection and motion capture equipment upgrades.
The campaign is currently working toward its final stretch goals at $20,000 for a Tonio & Prima “performance upgrade” and $25,000 Bruno & Clara “performance upgrade”. Previous stretch goals already met include performance upgrades for Big Al, Sonika, Yohioloid, Oliver and Avanna.
For more information check out the Project’s Kickstarter Page.
You can view the pitch video embedded as well as some disclosures after the jump. Continue reading “VOCAMERICA: The Western Concert Project Kickstarter in its Final Hours” »