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This document below is a list of events pertaining to Vocaloids and the history of the software, release dates, and other major events.

Contents

2000

2002

2003

  • "JODIE", "TARO" and "HANAKO" are seen on the Yamaha Vocaloid website. These are the development names of "Sweet Ann", "KAITO" and "MEIKO".

February

  • February 26: The VOCALOID™ project was announced.[1]

July

  • July 24: An album titled "HISTORY OF LOGIC SYSTEM" was released, this contained the first commercial render of VOCALOID vocals (later known to be MEIKO and KAITO).[2]

2004

January

  • VOCALOID Release: Jan 15 - LEON and LOLA released.

March

  • VOCALOID Release: March 3 - LEON and LOLA released in Japan.
  • March 3: The song, "Beloved Tomboyish Girl" was covered by LOLA and posted on Nico Nico Douga. This was the first VOCALOID song to be uploaded onto Nico Nico Douga.

July

  • VOCALOID Release: July 1 - MIRIAM released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 26 - MIRIAM released in Japan.

November

  • VOCALOID Release: November 5 - MEIKO released.

December

  • December: trial version of MEIKO released.
  • December 26: A concert was held in Novosibirsk, Russia. The vocal MIRIAM performed the first ever song "Sad Mondays", a cover song, live on stage.[3]

2005

  • LEON and LOLA won the 2005 Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award.
  • MEIKO sells well, selling over 3,000 units, which is 3x more then expected. She is the most successful Vocaloid to be released.
  • English Vocaloids met all expectations of sales, except in America.

2006

  • The album "Mesto Pod Solntsem" was released. This was the first ever VOCALOID™ album, the vocal was LEON.
  • This is the earliest known year for the existence of "RONIE", the original codename of BIG AL.

February

  • VOCALOID Release: February 17 - KAITO released.

November

  • November 25: The film "Paprika" was released. This contained the first ever film usage of VOCALOID™, the vocal was LOLA.[4]

2007

  • Due to KAITO's failure to sell in 2006 (managing to sell just 500 units, the least of any Vocaloid) there is a realisation that male Vocaloids do not sell. Attention turns to producing female Vocaloids for many years, Crypton Future Media believing there was no market for male Vocaloids at all when they start planning their Character Vocal Series.[5]
  • This year is the earliest known involve with Vocaloid from Internet Co., Ltd..

January

  • January 27: VOCALOID2 is announced.

June

July

  • July 12: "Hatsune" revealed, giving the full name of Crypton's next VOCALOID as "Hatsune Miku".
  • July 12: Crypton reports that VOCALOID2 was being released without public BETA testing.[7]

August

September

  • Hatsune Miku astonishes her developers, as she obtains 3,000 sales within her first week. This is the same amount as MEIKO sold in her first year.

November

  • November 3: The very first VOM@S event occurs.
  • November 8: Kagamine Rin is introduced as Crypton Future Media's next VOCALOID.[8]
  • November 26: Hatsune Miku is nominated for an "All About" award.[9]
  • DTM MAGAZINE sells the Hatsune Miku demo in their November 2007 issue - the magazine is reported as having sold out soon after.

December

2008

  • Due to increased interest in VOCALOID, LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM are returned to sale.
  • KAITO claims 2nd place on Nico Nico Douga "Best seller" award.[12]
  • Hatsune Miku successfully sells 40,000 units in her first year of release. This is the most of any Vocaloid yet.
  • The Kagamines, Rin and Len, sell 20,000 units in their first year.

January

  • January: Gackt returns to the studio to record a second sample set for Gackpoid.
  • VOCALOID Release: January 14 - Prima released.
  • January 29: Crypton picks up a BCN award thanks to the increased sales their company received due to VOCALOID sales.[13]

February

  • VOCALOID Release: February 22 - Prima released in Japan.

March

April

June

July

  • VOCALOID Release: July 18 - Kagamine Rin & Len (act2) released after complaints of quality related issues. Originally it is offered for free to all previous purchases of the original voicebanks until 20 September 2008.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 31 - Gackpoid released.

November

  • November 14: Megurine Luka is unveiled to be having a second voicebank in English, this made her the first multilingual Vocaloid.

2009

  • This year at some point, Spanish VOCALOIDs entered production.[15]

January

  • January 5: the first letter of Crypton's next VOCALOID is revealed.[16]
  • January 6: the full name of Crypton's next VOCALOID "Megurine Luka" is unveiled.[17]
  • VOCALOID Release: January 30 - Megurine Luka released.

February

  • February 14: Work began on Crypton Future Media's next Hatsune Miku project.

June

  • VOCALOID Release: June 26 - Megpoid released.

July

August

  • August 1: Vocals "CV01-dark-ProtoTYPEβ" and "CV01-vivid-ProtoTYPEβ" confirmed by Crypton Future Media.[18]
  • VOCALOID Release: August 7 - SONiKA released in Japan.

November

December

  • December: trials of Hatsune Miku Append "Dark" and "Soft" released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 4 - SF-A2 miki released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 4 - Kaai Yuki released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 4 - Hiyama Kiyoteru released.
  • December 11: A leaked video with a snippet of the song "When Saints Go Marching In" appears on YouTube showing BIG AL's new voice.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 22 - BIG AL released.

2010

January

March

  • VOCALOID Release: March 5 - BIG AL released in Japan.

April

June

  • June 24: Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- Dreamy Theater released on PlayStation 3.

July

  • VOCALOID Release: July 14 - Tonio released.
  • July 29: Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- 2nd released on PlayStation®Portable.
  • July 24 and 25: Special Taiwanese limited edition of Sonika goes on display for purchase at a convention

August

  • August 6: VY1 announced.
  • VOCALOID Release: August 10 - SONiKA released in Taiwan.
  • VOCALOID Release: August 25 - Lily released.
  • August 26: a new voice based on Gachapin announced.

September

  • VOCALOID Release: September 1 - VY1 released.

October

December

2011

January

April

  • VOCALOID Release: April 25 - VY2 released.
  • VY2 marks the last release of VOCALOID2.

June

  • June 8: VOCALOID3 is officially announced.
  • June 8: CUL confirmed to be become a real VOCALOID.

July

  • July 9: YAMAHA Corporation (VOCALOID™) brand licensing agent business has started with ROYS International.[23][24]

August

  • August 11: Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- Dreamy Theater 2nd released on PlayStation 3.
  • August 30: SeeU revealed.

September

  • September 13: Mew's boxart unveiled.[25]

October

  • October 14: a silhouette is seen of an upcoming Japanese female VOCALOID.
  • VOCALOID Release: October 21 - VY1V3 released.
  • VOCALOID Release: October 21 - Mew released.
  • VOCALOID Release: October 21 - V3 Megpoid released.
  • VOCALOID Release: October 21 - SeeU released.
  • October 21: Tone Rion revealed to have been the VOCALOID whose silhouette was seen on October 14.

November

December

  • VOCALOID Release: December 16 - SeeU released in Japan.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 16 - Tone Rion released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 21 - OLIVER released.
  • December 21: VOCALOID3 Ver.3.0.3.0 released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 22 - CUL released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 22 - Yuzuki Yukari released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 23 - Bruno released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 23 - Clara released.

2012

January

  • January: Megpoid VOCALOID2 original voice confirmed being revamped for a VOCALOID3 release.[26]
  • January 3: The first VOCALOID CHINA contest ended.
  • January 26: VOCALOID3 Ver.3.0.3.0 released as a automated download.
  • VOCALOID Release: January 27 - IA released.

February

  • February 21: VOCALOID3 Ver.3.0.4.0 released.

March

April

  • VOCALOID Release: April 6 - Aoki Lapis released.
  • April 12: Miku Flick released internationally.
  • VOCALOID Release: April 19 - V3 Lily released.
  • April 28-29: VOCALOID3 character merchandise for sale during the Nico Nico Chokaigi event; licensed under ROYS Int. and was sponsored by Nico Nico Douga.[27]

June

  • June 25: Licensing Books (published by Voice Information Co., Ltd.) article on VOCALOID3 was published in the June issue of Merchandising Rights Report (published by MDR Co., Ltd.).[23]

July

  • July 2: SD (Super Deformed) characters of VOCALOID3 was published in the July issue of Merchandising Lights Report (published by MDR Co., Ltd.).[23]
  • July 10: VOCALOID3 Ver.3.0.5.0 released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - Luo Tianyi released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 13 - V3 Gackpoid released.

August

September

  • September 13: Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- Dreamy Theater extend released on PlayStation 3.

October

  • VOCALOID Release: October 19 - VY2V3 released.

November

December

  • VOCALOID Release: December 5 - MAYU released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 22 - AVANNA released.

2013

February

  • VOCALOID Release: February 15 - KAITO V3 released.
  • February 18: YOHIO confirms that he is the provider for upcoming VOCALOID from PowerFX YOHIOloid.[28]
  • February 22: VOCALOID 10th anniversary project announced.[29]
  • February 26: The VOCALOID™ project enters its 10th year anniversary.
  • VOCALOID Release: February 28 - Megpoid English released.

March

April

  • VOCALOID Release: April 24 - AVANNA released in Japan.

June

July

  • VOCALOID Release: July 11 - YANHE released in China.
  • July 24: Silhouette for the new Spanish VOCALOID was shown.

August

September

  • VOCALOID Release: September 10 -YOHIOloid released.
  • September 11: MAIKA revealed to be the silhouette of the Spanish VOCALOID.
  • VOCALOID Release: September 26 - Hatsune Miku V3 released.

December

  • VOCALOID Release: December 18 - MAIKA released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 24 - Merli released.
  • VOCALOID Retirement: December 31 - It was announced that LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM would be permanently retired from sale via retail the next day.

2014

January

  • January 1: VOCALOID Retirement: Zero-G Ltd. ceased retail sales of the VOCALOIDs LEON, LOLA, and MIRIAM.
  • January 31: VOCALOID CHINA shuts down (later relaunched as VOCANESE).
  • January: INTERNET Co., Ltd. announced VOCALOID3 vocal library "kokone", set to be released in February.
  • VOCALOID Release: January 31 - Macne Nana released.

February

  • VOCALOID Release: February 4 - MEIKO V3 released.
  • VOCALOID Release: February 14 - kokone released.
  • February 18: Yamaha announces two new female VOCALOID3 vocal libraries, anon & kanon, set to be released in March.

March

April

  • VOCALOID Release: April 3 - Pocket Miku released.
  • April 17: HoneyWorks uploads the first song using flower.
  • April 18: Yamaha releases more information on "v flower", and mentions set release date of May 9.

May

  • VOCALOID Release: May 9 - flower released.

June

August

  • VOCALOID Release: August 5 - galaco NEO released.
  • August 19 - Plans for Gachapoid V3 were resumed and a new VOCALOID3 by INTERNET CO. was anounced (This VOCALOID was later announced as "Chika").
  • August 26: Zhanyin Lorra was revealed in Beijing with potential voice providers for her and Yuezheng Ling.

September

  • VOCALOID Release: September 9 - Rana released.
  • September 11 - Name, design, and demo was revealed for Chika.
  • VOCALOID Release: September 17 - Gachapoid V3 released.
  • September 19: Ruby was confirmed to be in production and a sample of her voice was released.

October

November

  • November 9: Uni was announced to be a new Korean VOCALOID.
  • Software Confirmed: November 20 - VOCALOID4 was revealed and confirmed.

December

  • December 7: A Uni design was revealed in Shanghai, but was subjected to change.
  • December 17: VOCALOID4 is released.
  • VOCALOID Release: December 17 - VY1v4 released.
  • December 20: Yuzuki Yukari V4 was confirmed to contain three voicebanks: Jun, Onn, and Lin.

2015

January

February

  • VOCALOID Release: February 4 - CYBER DIVA released.
  • VOCALOID Release: February 10 - Xin Hua released.

March

April

  • April 23: A V4 update for flower was confirmed and a new design was revealed.
  • April 25: A second design for Nekomura Iroha's VOCALOID4 update was revealed (Later confirmed to be the design for the SOFT voicebank).
  • VOCALOID Release: April 30 - Gackpoid V4 released.

May

June

July

  • VOCALOID Release: July 16 - v4 flower released.
  • July 16: RUBY's final boxart was revealed.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 17 - Yuezheng Ling released.
  • July 17: Xingchen's final design was revealed.
  • July 20: IA/VT Colorful released on PlayStation Vita.
  • July 23: Sachiko was revealed as a new VOCALOID.
  • July 23: Yuezheng Longya was confirmed to become a VOCALOID.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 27 - Sachiko released.
  • July 30: ARSLOID confirmed for public release.

August

September

  • VOCALOID Release: September 23 - ARSLOID released.

October

  • VOCALOID Release: October 7 - RUBY released as a digital download.
  • VOCALOID Release: October 29 - Kaai Yuki V4 released.
  • VOCALOID Release: October 29 - Hiyama Kiyoteru V4 released.

November

  • VOCALOID Release: November 5 - Megpoid V4 released.
  • VOCALOID Release: November 20 - DEX released.
  • VOCALOID Release: November 20 - DAINA released.
  • November; despite retirement, MIRIAM continued to be sold via mail order. In September 2015, all her codes were reported as having sold out. LEON and LOLA continued to be sold this way, though it is unknown when all codes ran out.[31]

December

2016

January

  • VOCALOID Release: January 14 - Unity-chan released.
  • VOCALOID Release: January 28 - Fukase released.

March

  • March 24: Hatsune Miku -Project DIVA- X released on PlayStation Vita.
  • March 31, VOCALOID2 was being retired and no new serial codes were be issued by Yamaha.[32] Despite this, VOCALOID2 vocals would remain or return to sale up until the end of VOCALOID4 though support is not offered for any of these.

April

  • VOCALOID Release: April 13 - Xingchen released.

June

July

  • July 26 - Zion game mascot Zing teased at becoming a VOCALOID.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 30 - Otomachi Una released.

August

October

December

2017

February

  • VOCALOID Release: February 14 - UNI released.
  • VOCALOID Release: February 16 - Yumemi Nemu released.
  • VOCALOID Release: February 16 - Tone Rion V4 released.

April

  • April 1st: Zion's official Facebook page annouced that Zing is to become a VOCALOID, being trilingual in Japanese, Mandarin and English.

June

July

  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - AZUKI released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - MATCHA released.

August

  • August 1st: Shanghai Wangcheng annouced that Yao Luniang's production has started.
  • VOCALOID Release: August 30 - LUMi released.

September

  • VOCALOID Release: September 1 - Xin Hua V4 released.
  • VOCALOID Release: September 5 - Hatsune Miku V4 Chinese released.
  • September 7 - YANHE upgrade announced, with considerations for a "sweet sound" being mentioned.
  • VOCALOID Release: September 22 - Xin Hua Japanese released.

December

2018

April

May

July

  • July 12 - VOCALOID5 was revealed and released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - Amy released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - Chris released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - Kaori released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - Ken released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - CYBER DIVA II released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - CYBER SONGMAN II released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - VY1 (VOCALOID5) released.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 12 - VY2 (VOCALOID5) released.
  • July 25 - Shanghai HENIAN confirmed that recordings for Yuezheng Ling V5 were underway.
  • VOCALOID Release: July 26 - Haruno Sora released.

August

2019

March

July

2020

January

  • January 20: flower talk design unveiled.

February

October

  • October 27: Charlie communication robot revealed.

2021

August

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