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".
LOLA was released along with fellow VOCALOID, LEON, by Zero-G Limited. She received much better reviews than her male counterpart, and they were exhibited at the Zero-G Limited booth during Wired Nextfest. The VOCALOIDs won the 2005 Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award, despite mixed reviews on both. 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.
A Japanese musician and composer, Susumu Hirasawa, used VOCALOID LOLA in the original soundtrack of "Paprika" by Satoshi Kon. Susumu Hirasawa announced that "If users can edit her perfectly, she can be a professional (singer). She can sing in soprano or whatever if they edit her overwhelmingly" on his blog. Since Susumu Hirasawa did not reveal which VOCALOID he used for a quite some time, except the fact it was a female VOCALOID, many producers speculated it was Crypton's Meiko. However, later he mentioned in a magazine interview that it was LOLA. LOLA is also known to have the oldest Vocaloid works on Nico Nico Douga out of all Vocaloids.
In 2008, LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM were put back on sale for the first time in several years, this was thanks to the renewed interest in VOCALOID.
In mid December 2013, Zero-G's regular newsletter reported that on the 31 December 2013, LEON, LOLA and MIRIAM would receive permanent retirement and would be removed from sale; they were all officially retired on the 1 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.
As of September 2015, Zero-G permanently discontinued sales of LEON, LOLA, and MIRIAM and it was no longer possible to purchase them using this method.
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.
|Little Bird (human singer as lead vocal)||Zero-G (archived)|
|Dupdah (LEON/LOLA)||Zero-G (archived)|
|Falling (LEON/LOLA)||Zero-G (archived)|
|Freaky Sheep (LEON/LOLA)||Zero-G (archived)|
|Introducing LOLA||Zero-G (archived)|
|Lola Is Here||Zero-G (archived)|
|Forever (LEON/LOLA)||Zero-G (archived)|
|Without You (human singer as lead vocal)||Zero-G (archived)|
|Sweet Dreams||Zero-G (archived)|
|Bach Vowels||Zero-G (archived)|
|Knightmare Theme||Zero-G (archived)|
|In The Darkness||JMT|
Please note that the VOCALOID version 1 products LEON, LOLA, and MIRIAM are not fully compatible with Windows 7 or later.
- Minimum Requirements
- Windows XP or Windows 2000
- Pentium III, 1 GHz or faster
- 512MB of RAM or more
- 32 bit (does not work on 64 bit systems)
- 700 MB or more of hard disk space
- SVGA display (1024x768)
- Sound card with a Microsoft DirectSound compatible driver
- A LAN/network card must be installed, or a USB network card must be connected to the USB port.
- Recommended Requirements
- Windows XP
- Pentium 4, 1.7 GHz or faster
- 32 bit
- 1 GB of RAM or more
|Genre: Intended for soul music, but also suits many other styles.|
|Trial/Demo Vers?: No|
|Package details as noted:|
LOLA is the counterpart to LEON and designed to compliments his own vocals. She, like LEON, 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:|
LOLA VOCALOID1 LOLA singing in her raw state
Like all VOCALOID vocals, LOLA has her own version of the VOCALOID interface.