We regularly get questions from DJs and producers about the best places to find acapellas for mixing into your set or building into a remix. Spotted this morning on Reddit’s r/DJs is a brand new site that seems to be aiming directly at the dance music market, Voclr.it.
Voclr.it: EDM Acapellas Overload
It’s pretty easy to identify with the core goal of the Voclr site – finding good quality acapellas on a site that’s easy to use (we’re looking at you, Acapellas4u). The intro text puts it well:
[..] we searched far and wide we could never find a good source, we ended up using a particular website which wasn’t the easiest to use and became very frustrating, sometimes we would even resort to ripping acapellas from Youtube or Soundcloud
Voclr also allows signed-in users to quickly filter acapellas by BPM and by musical k ey- which is exactly what producers who are working on their own bootlegs might want to add in a variety of vocal samples. The site currently has over 1,600 acapella files on it – many of them electronic tracks ranging from Mr. Fingers to San Van Doorn.
There’s also a paid Pro account – which allows audio previewing, personal collections of acapellas, and no advertisements – for 15 British Pounds a year (about $24).
Something that’s interesting here is that acapella sites and distribution of them are always in a serious legal gray area – just because the audio is out there and available to download doesn’t mean that it’s legal to do so. It also doesn’t give a producer the right to use the samples in their original productions without clearing them through a rights organization first.
Nevertheless, loads of bootleg remixes are great tracks and incredibly useful for DJs – so it’s a bit of a catch-22. What do you think the law should be on using acapella tracks in an edit or remix? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Got an acapella you want to flip into a soundpack? Check out Mad Zach’s tutorial here.
Look http://ACAPELLAS.eu – every day new uploads and the best acapellas, remix parts, sample etc,
They use it, music producers from around the world
i opened an account,and unless u get the ‘Pay for’ Version..its mad limited…
I am so happy that this site is a thing. I also feel that as long as the vocals itself has been edited, it should be okay. Also, if it was a song for profit a percentage should go to the original artist/their family.
I’ll check the site later, but I’m more interested in discussing the last part.
Without too much in details, I’m a home performance dj/producer. I’m working on an album based around Shaw Brothers film, original story, but I’ve been going through my huge catalog of Kung-Fu flicks to sample vocals for use – to put the storyline together and sound more authentic than me just narrating. I’ve hit a couple snags though, one is creatively – I just don’t like my plot anymore, so I’m scratching it and rewriting, but the big one is I don’t want to get killed by legal.
I purposely don’t sample, even for hip-hop beats because the combination of hiding the sample verse clearing it sound like more headache than just being 100% original, but this is a gray area where I can’t side step it and ‘sound good’. I’ve played a female voice before and it was HORRIBLE haha. But not only do I not know the steps to clearing movie samples (especially for non-Shaw Bros content where it can be hard to find the source), but frankly for where I am, I don’t want to pay anyone, nor have the base for it to be worth it.
I have an EDM based album I’m working on also, based on (no story elements just in name and theme) an 80s movie series, and I’m running into the SAME ISSUE. Do I just sample? Do I try and recreate the sounds with lots of voice and filter work? Higher voice actors off Craigslist? I know the right thing to do, but for an artist on my level, it seems a bit much.
I’d love it if the downloads were higher quality. Just downloaded one at 128Kbps…Can’t use that for a remix, it would sound awful!
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Great article and a great website! I hope the owners to the acapellas will take a leaf from Stevie Wonders book. Stevie let Philip George release a track that featured his acapella and allowed Philip to profit from it!