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Product information

Zero-G Limited


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LEN is an English VOCALOID developed and distributed by Zero-G Limited, and was released in January 2004 for the first VOCALOID engine. He, along with L♀LA, were among the first voice banks to be commercially distributed.[4] LEON is advertised as a "virtual male soul vocalist modeled on a real professional singer"; his voice provider has never been revealed, but was described officially as "Black and English" and is a well established musician in Great Britain.[5]



While it is unknown why Zero-G chose this name, "Leon" is a name of Latin origins and is used in several countries in Europe as a variation of the name "Leo", meaning "Lion".[6]


LEON's boxart was standard for his day and rival software package Cantor would later adopt the same boxart style, the boxart for both products are from stock images. The photographer for LEON's boxart is unknown, but the photograph is on various stock photo sites. An example of the original is here titled "Profile of woman with finger next to lips" x13037575. LEON has since been taken as one of the few "Avatar-less" VOCALOIDs.


  • L♀LA: a complementary voice bank with feminine vocals.

VOCALOID ReleasesEdit

Examples of UsageEdit

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Music featuring LEON
This VOCALOID is featured in 25 songs and on 8 albums on this wiki.
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Leon and Lola's original boxart

LEON and LOLA received standard advertisement for their day. They were advertised on the internet and in electronic magazines. At the time, this was normal for software synthesizers and there was no VOCALOID fandom to aid with their development. They were aimed at professionals and therefore, had no fan input in mind. Their boxart was changed, along with the method of marketing them, some time after Zero-G announced their role in the development of VOCALOID and both were intended to be marketed as a pair.[7]

For a period he, along with LOLA and MIRIAM, were not for sale due to the lack of interest in synthesized voices. This lack of interest was owed to the sudden change in indie music trends. After increased interest began to occur in VOCALOID™ and demand was renewed, Zero-G began reselling LEON, LOLA, and MIRIAM from their own website via their virtual shop. According to Zero-G interview in 2010, the three may also get a redesign in the future.[8]

Additional informationEdit


LEON Popularity
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It is unknown how many units were sold, but as KAITO was the only commercial VOCALOID failure reported, it is safe to say he sold at least 1,000 units.[9] According to Crypton Future Media, Leon, along with Lola, failed to impact the American market due to the "British" accents.[10]


Leon and Lola were both put out as soul singers and much effort was put into making them sound like a typical "black soul singer". Overall Leon faired better then Lola at achieving this, despite there being a slight issue with his timbre failing to match some soul singer genres, with Lola receiving more criticism then Leon in this area.

As there was not much of a Vocaloid fandom to begin with, most fan responses to him were given relatively late. LEON did not become popular with the public until a relatively unknown Nico Nico Douga user posted a video of him singing song "True to my Heart". This featured LEON in an unusual looking fan design which soon struck the funny bone of Nico Nico users and the video eventually received over 50,000 views.[11][12] "True to my Heart" by ちょいワル(旧垢) ft. LEON, MEIKO, Miku, Rin/Len Notice, original solo no longer available.


Until BIG AL in 2009, no other English-capable male VOCALOID existed, so those wanting a masculine vocal in the English engine had LEON as the only option.


In the Nico Nico Douga International VOCALOID ranking 2010, LEON had the 3rd most notable number of appearances, with 4 appearances in the top 30 songs of 2010. "海外組VOCALOIDランキング2010(仮)" by あっちゃん ft. English VOCALOIDs

An independent search on Nico Nico Douga revealed that most VOCALOIDs had less than 1,000 videos uploaded on Nico Nico Douga in 2011 between July 1st and December 15th. LEON fell into that category.[13]


  • It was LOLA and LEON's appearance at the NAMM trade show that would later introduce rival VOCALOID studio PowerFX to the VOCALOID program.[14]

Notable for...Edit

  • First Male vocal ever released
  • One of the two first VOCALOIDs ever released
  • One of the first two VOCALOID voicebanks ever released
  • One of the two first English vocals ever released
  • One of the two first specialized vocals ever released
  • One of the two first Zero-G VOCALOIDs released
  • One of the first two avatar-less VOCALOIDs produced
  • Sole English-capable masculine vocal for 6 years
  • Used in the first VOCALOID related album ever released commercially


External linksEdit

English Zero-G Limited official homepage Link
English deviantArt , art and media community Link
Japanese Pixiv , art and media community Link
Japanese Piapro , art and media community Link
English MikuMikuDance wiki for models Link
English Fanloid wiki for derivatives Link


Start a Discussion Discussions about LEON

  • V1 to V3 Outcome?

    15 messages
    • Misteryeevee wrote:@Embrace - It's fine to necro if it's relevant.  She did make a relevant post. Otherwise, people who literally just go i...
    • It shouldn't be a issue, as its better then a dozen topics on the same issue. Plus there is a link to the forums on pages, some topics have...
  • Leon and Lola are indeed voiced by black singers. (stuff inside)

    28 messages
    • Either way the characters don't represent European skin colours... I just hope when the first "black" avatars are slapped onto the box, peo...
    • "I will laugh so hard at all the "they don't sound black" comments if we ever find out Leon's and Lola's voice providers and they turn out to...

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