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LEON VOCALOID1


This is an article about the LEON software for the first VOCALOID engine.

History Edit

According to later production notes, it took 8 hours each day for 5 days to record the vocals of Leon and Lola.[1]

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.[2][3]

Re-SaleEdit

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.

Final RetirementEdit

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.[4]

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 salesEdit

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.[5]

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.[6]

Product InformationEdit

DemonstrationsEdit

Demonstrations

Check It Out (LEON/LOLA) Zero-G
Dupdah (LEON/LOLA) Zero-G
Falling (LEON/LOLA) Zero-G
Freaky Sheep (LEON/LOLA) Zero-G
Forever (LEON/LOLA) Zero-G
Sad Mondays JMT
Internet Angel JMT
You ask me (demo reel) JMT
Rising Star JMT
Summertime JMT
Please Touch Me Lola JMT
The Phantom Of The Opera (LEON/MIRIAM) JMT
Flying Girl JMT
Yest Tolko Mig JMT
Red Hair Girl JMT
East JMT
Short Romance (MIRIAM/LEON) JMT
In The Darkness (LEON/LOLA/MIRIAM) JMT
Autumn In Central Park JMT

RecommendedEdit

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

Voicebank LibrariesEdit

Product Information
Optimum
  Genre: Intended for soul music, but suits many other styles.
Package details
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:
  • LEON has a light vocal which can handle higher notes more so than lower.
  • His vocals have a smooth R&B feel to them in contrast to LOLA's vocals.
  • LEON lacks rough timbre for songs; including those needed for soul music.
Phonetic notes as noted:
  • Has 3,800 word combinations.
Software issues as noted:
  • When weighed in against LOLA and MIRIAM, LEON is ranked as the weakest of the English VOCALOID vocals.[7] However, unlike LOLA, he is rated better at recreating Soul music than she is.
Voicebank sample

LEON VOCALOID1

LEON

LEON singing in his raw state

Leonrawstate


InterfaceEdit

Leon Interface 2

LEON's VOCALOID interface

Like all VOCALOID vocals, LEON has his own version of the VOCALOID interface.

ReferencesEdit

  1. link
  2. - LEON and LOLA won a 2005 EM Editor's Choice Award
  3. Vocaloid Creative Community - CEO from Crypton, on Engloids "It's a Toy"
  4. link
  5. link
  6. link
  7. LEON's Sound on Sound review

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