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- Unpublished sketches.
- Unpublished redesigns.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
In an amazing turn of events Voctro Labs has revealed they are collaborating with producer house TheFACT™ in Plan-B by Ballantine.
Under Plan-B the group La Oreja de Van Gogh have composed a song, complete with music and melody, and are inviting their fans to submit lyrics for it. After submitting lyrics, fans will be able to listen to it rendered by what could possibly be the upcoming Voctroloid, and hear what their lyrics might sound like sung.
The website is online and is accepting submissions now, with the final winners to be chosen by La Oreja de Van Gogh by the end of the year. This collaboration and contest is an unprecedented example of the power of VOCALOID-like vocal synthesizers, and their practical applications in the field of songwriting.
For those interested Yue’s English translation of the full press release is included after the break, with the link to the original listed below. VocaloidOtaku has a thread dedicated to the contest and it includes many fan submissions so you can have a chance to hear what VoctroLabs upcoming Vocaloid might sound like.
[Official Press Release]
[Plan-B Project Page]
[Discussion & Samples]
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