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:
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.
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.
After a catastrophic failure of their old forum software UtaForum turned to the community to help Kickstart their transition to the commercial forum software XenForo. Now, toward the end of the campaign with less than 72 hours in their funding period the campaign stands at 176% funded with some 31 backers supporting their project.
While the funds currently pledged basically guarantee a successful transition to their new forum software, the initial goal only included a licence for the basic forum software and a basic theme. The “stretch goals” of their campaign include many commercial plugins and ‘quality of life’ improvements to add features to UtaForum beyond the basic BBS functionality that XenForo provides.
Showing his support for the project Vocaloid/UTAU producer baggagelizard-P even contributed an original song to the campaign. We are not sure if we are the first Kickstarter to have its own theme song but we are certainly the first to use singthesizers like Vocaloid or UTAU.
Beyond just monetary contributions UtaForum is also accepting contributions to their social reach via Thunderclap. For the full details on their campaign check out their official forum thread and related links below.
Browsing Kickstarter for fun, something I have started doing after Kickstarting The BIG ALbum with Koda-P, I cam across an interesting Kickstarter project. Inspired by a book on Holography they had read as a kid a pair of entrepreneur inventors have developed a technique they are calling “Volumetric 3D Printing”.
Unlike traditional 3D printing which involves extruding plastic into shapes and forming 3D objects, theirs involves printing on to plastic slides an image, these slides are held together by machine oil and a special case, and a holographic 3D image can be found within them as they are put side by side, as seen in the GIF above.
Their rewards tier involve a treasure trove of “curiosities” trapped in plastic, but at the higher tiers you can have them 3D print an object of your own design and send it to you. All I can think of is having my own holographic virtual diva right in the palm of my hand. Sure $99 is a bit much to pay for a paperweight but sacrifices must be made FOR SCIENCE!
A fan group calling themselves Synthesized Reality Productions (SRP) has launched a Kickstarter in hopes to crowdfund an upcoming convention concert at Pacific Media Expo in Los Angles, California this coming November.
Members of SRP include staff from the Vocalekt Visions 3D Concert Group, whose 2012 concert tour included fan concerts at Anime Los Angeles, Pacific Media Expo, and Anime on Display. Previous concerts were held using rental gear which were challenging for both the concert staff, who is unable to practice, test, and optimize for the hardware they will be using, and the conventions that host them, many lacking hardware themselves.
This Kickstarter follows an unsuccessful bid earlier in the year to raise $50,000 for a full professional setup that included new projectors, screens, and light rigging. SRP seems to have lowered the bar from Vocalekt’s first attempt and set their primary goal as a new projector, with the rest of the equipment and associated costs being relegated to stretch goals.
Rewards tiers include social media shoutouts, phone charms of the group’s mascot, and of course DVDs of the concert. Additional rewards tier include CDs and/or artwork from the likes of MystSaphyr, NeutrinoP, Wolf Neve, and EmpathP, Avanna’s designer and producer of Fables of Farewell.
The highest tiers include all of the above as well as original song commissions where you can help craft a song to be featured in the concert. Check out the Kickstarter page for full details.