According to later production notes, it took 8 hours each day for 5 days to record the vocals of Leon and Lola.
As noted by the existence of a early "Soul Singer" boxart, originally Leon and Lola may have been intended to be sold from the start as a duo. However, very little information is known about their early development at all and much of the early development of VOCALOID, such as even the name of "VOCALOID", was yet to be finalised. Both LEON and LOLA were known to have been around at the early days of "Project Daisy" and were the only vocals to have been ever be shown to the general public using "Daisy".
LEON was released along with fellow VOCALOID, LOLA, by Zero-G Limited. They were one of the exhibits at the Zero-G Limited booth during Wired Nextfest, and the VOCALOIDs won the 2005 Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award. At the time of their release, LOLA and LEON had no rival software to contend with and were the first vocal synthesizers to be released of their nature. However, LEON and LOLA failed to impact the American market due to their accents.
In 2008, LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM were put back on sale for the first time in several years, this was thanks to the interest in VOCALOID.
In mid December 2013, Zero-G's regular newsletter reported that on the 31st of December 2013, LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM would receive permanent retirement and would be removed from sale. They were all officially retired on the 1st of January 2014.
Zero-G have since responded explaining that due to financial reasons, it is not feasible to update any of the 3 VOCALOID vocals and it is unlikely they will ever be updated.
Post Retirement DL sales
On 26 December 2014 in response to a fan e-mail, Zero-G confirmed that they will still offer LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM in download format only. However, they cannot provide software support at this stage and users wishing to purchase the software must understand they cannot seek technical support from Zero-G.
For more information on to purchase these vocals see Vocaloid Otaku forums
As of September 2015, Zero-G permanently discontinued sales of LEON, LOLA, and MIRIAM.
Serial codes for LEON and LOLA were still available in November 2015, despite MIRIAM being confirmed to have run out of serial codes at this point.
|Check It Out (LEON/LOLA)||Zero-G|
|Freaky Sheep (LEON/LOLA)||Zero-G|
|You ask me (demo reel)||JMT|
|Please Touch Me Lola||JMT|
|The Phantom Of The Opera (LEON/MIRIAM)||JMT|
|Yest Tolko Mig||JMT|
|Red Hair Girl||JMT|
|Short Romance (MIRIAM/LEON)||JMT|
|In The Darkness (LEON/LOLA/MIRIAM)||JMT|
|Autumn In Central Park||JMT|
- Minimum Requirements
- Windows XP or Windows 2000 (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VOCALOID VERSION 1 PRODUCTS LEON, LOLA AND MIRIAM ARE NOT FULLY COMPATIBLE* WITH WINDOWS 7 OR LATER)
- Pentium III, 1 GHz or faster
- 512MB of RAM or more
- 32 bit required (does not work on 64 bit systems)
- Approx 700 Mb Hard disk space or more
- SVGA Display (1024x768)
- Sound Card with Microsoft DirectSound Compatible driver
- LAN/network card must be installed, or a USB network card must be connected to the USB port.
- Recommended Requirements
- Windows XP (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VOCALOID VERSION 1 PRODUCTS LEON, LOLA AND MIRIAM ARE NOT FULLY COMPATIBLE* WITH WINDOWS 7 OR LATER)
- Pentium 4, 1.7 GHz or faster
- 32 bit
- 1 GB of RAM or more
|Genre: Intended for soul music, but suits many other styles.|
|Trial/Demo Vers?: No|
|Package details as noted:|
LEON is the counterpart to LOLA and designed to compliments her own vocals. He, like LOLA, also sings with a British accent and is designed to be a generic soul singer and effort was made to make the racial appearance of the singer within the vocal itself.
|Vocal traits as noted:|
|Phonetic notes as noted:|
|Software issues as noted:|
LEON singing in his raw state
Like all VOCALOID vocals, LEON has his own version of the VOCALOID interface.