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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Vocaloid Leon

Leon was the first male Vocaloid to be launched along with female Vocaloid, Lola, at the NAMM show on the 15th of January, 2004, and was eventually commercialized on the 3rd of March, 2004, at the price of 39,800 yen. He is a "virtual male soul vocalist modeled on a real professional singer" and was created for the English speaking community.

Usage for music
He is mostly used for techno, pop and digital music, but was sold as a soul singer and sings with a soft mellow voice. Leon can reach a similar notes to Kaito, but his voice favors more deeper notes then Kaito, although arguly most users aim for a higher pitch. Ultimately though, he tends to end up sound affeminate at times (just as how some describe Lola as sounding like a man), but this is simply due to the Vocaloid engine. A number of songs have been produced poking fun at his voice by users.

Due to his dated voicebank, there is no escaping the robotic sound caused by the Vocaloid software engine and both he and Lola are guilty of having the worst robotic "twang" of the Vocaloid era voicebanks. Users accept that his and Lola's voicebanks digital sound, Leon's strongest aspect is that perfection is not necessary when creating a song using his voicebank. With much editing he can produce realistic sounding songs. Other users play on his robotic sounding voice, making no attempt to hide it. Leon also has been used in the most varied of ways amongst the Vocaloid era voicebanks and he has been shown to be a highly versitile Vocaloid.

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