• Anonymous

    Although there are many sites on the internet offering thousands of commercial acapellas and they are free to download, none of them you can really publish and even if you would like to do it, it’s highly expensive. You have to obtain a clearance (in many cases this is impossible unless you are well-known artist) and pay instant royalties for authors. On this website – http://www.katelesing.com – for small one-time payment, you can get everything.

  • GShaffner

    Hey great post, you should list some sites to get instrumentals as well

  • Marcos

    Does anyone know a good source for instrumentals? a google search reveals karaoke versions which don’t quite sound right

  • http://www.acapellas4u.co.uk Richard

    Thanks for the mention Ean. Check your email please.

  • johnwayne

    I made my dog go crazy with that AT&T true voice thing.. LOL’s were provided thanks.

  • Nick

    Awesome article!

  • http://www.djtechtools.com/2010/06/13/acapellas-for-my-fellas%E2%80%99/ David Meridian

    @Lol4k – Don’t worry, that will be covered soon.

  • http://soundcloud.com/6stringmercenary 6StringMercenary

    Many thanks for continuing to cover this angle. Also, some of the tips in these comments really hit home. Off to go practice quantizing and punching in properly! Keep up the great work.

  • RCUS

    great article as always!

    @ Phil, thanks for the tip. Is the demo site done for now or did I get oustted for typing the word “FAHKING”? LOL!

  • David Meridian

    @Bitin’Bulleit – Those are some great sites, thanks!

  • jojobeats

    this is was i’ve been looking for !
    thxs ean !

  • http://johndatech.podomatic.com/ DJ JDT

    I use Acapellas in all my sets. I mix Deep House and Detroit Techno, and acapella’s spice up all of my mixes. Sometimes my entire set is done this way. I give progressive house and house music some competition.

    I use traktor pro with 4 decks; decks C and D are dedicated to the acapellas.

    Instrumentals are only good only if it contains no drum beats or vise versa.

  • dylan

    awsome tip thanks dj techtools

  • Lol4k

    Nice article !
    Noob Question : How do you introduce Acapellas in your set ? ^^
    I download some accapellas song on accapellas4u and try to mix it with the original song but no way, it does not sound good :p

  • http://djfdrk.blogspot.com DJ FDRK

    ALRIGHT! Nice post Ean. :)

  • http://www.deejaytrademark.com DJ Trademark

    WHAT ABOUT INSTRUMENTALS??

  • Sir Andy

    @ Phil Morse – Using the at&t synthesis is similar to using Text to speech on a Mac. type what you want it to say into TextEdit and record what it says using Garageband or an audio utility such as Audacity or Audio Hijack Pro. The at&t app has more realistic sounding voices and other languages though. Nice tip Phil! Already bookmarked the page and have downloaded some drops to use in my next set.

  • Bitin’Bulleit

    good article, always appreciate the ones with practical application. I use some of these sites already so I’ll share some of my own secret tools

    http://acapellas4all.blogspot.com/ – Great blog, updates once a day or more.

    http://www.blacklabelled.com/community/viewforum.php?f=18 – Similar to Acapellas4U

    http://fromdjs4djs.com/ – A budding site I stumbled across recently, they have some helpful stuff under “Tools,” like acapellas and (BPM) transition tracks

  • GKP

    I’m not one for piracy but a quick torrentz dot com search for acapellas revealed very many GiGaBytEs of such .. I’m almost tempted but I know most of those artists are in it for the fame and money and not for the joy of music, so I won’t shiat on their dreams by downloading their intellectual property

  • http://www.djtechtools.com/2010/06/13/acapellas-for-my-fellas%E2%80%99/ David Mel

    @Phil Morse: That is some great advice, I will make sure to use it in the follow-up article.

  • MxAlmond

    yeah i used jamglue for a while, now i just diy or dl from youtube. i just hope the quality is good most of the time :)

  • http://urbstar.com URBSTAR

    The Link [quote post="6395"]DIY ACAPELLAS[/quote] is very useful….!

  • n2hf1st

    meh. after jamglue went down finding good acapellas became much harder. thanks for the links though, I’ll look into those…

  • Grizu

    Hmm, I’m still waiting for the article about midimapping parts of ITCH to extra controllers.

    Acapellas are nice to play with, but everyone can find some via Google.

  • Big Tasty

    buy singles of vinyl!!! i not wanna hate because turning digital is amazing

  • http://www.dj-nvidia.com/ Dj Nvidia

    LMFAO on the Halo picture… Gotta love halo…

  • Weekend of Latex

    Great article! I was thinking about this a few days ago. This and the ipad dj apps article sure makes me come back for more! You should do an article video game related. Maybe how a dj could find a gig in such industry or maybe some trick with music game controllers. Perhaps something about best dj dvd’s since i saw dj shadow in tune and on time this morning… Hmmm… Animals that can dj? Lol gtg my bus is here!

  • http://www.djtechtools.com/2010/06/13/acapellas-for-my-fellas%E2%80%99/ David Mel

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    Awesome, thanks!

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  • Nicholas

    Master Chief FTW :D:D!!

  • http://www.digitaldjtips.com Phil Morse

    Very handy post as usual, thanks. Another good acapella trick is to nick AT&T’s voice synthesis software (for that Stephen Hawking effect) to make your own spoken loops to personalise your mixes and to drop over your sets when playing live – you can do it all online and there’s a choice of voices (here is the link):

    http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php

    It’s good as you can use the venue name or your DJ name which can sound quite professional. I DJ at a night called “Sunset Rocks” and have used this trick in the first 45 seconds of this promotional mix for my night, IDing the name of the event:

    http://soundcloud.com/phil-morse/sunset-rocks-estepona-may-2010

    It’s good fun and free!

  • http://www.djtechtools.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11964 Double DutchDj

    Ah the good old live bootleg remix, when I used to be more of a battle dj I had a handful of routines using three decks. On one deck I’d have the vocals running, leaving the other two for instrumentals, when the chorus or verse changed I’d cut or mix a different beat in. These routines had great affect but were a little stressful and had to be heavily practiced. Traktor has really opened up the live remix for me, when using my external set up (1210′s & battle mixer) I load vocals in deck C which is controlled via midi and the channel is routed to my session in/thru (which nearly every battle mixer has). Having the acapella not controlled by dvs means I can use sync lock to which ever of the dvs controlled deck is set to master!

  • http://www.myspace.com/bestlegsinhd jorge muniz

    great article. i’ve had some problems getting acapellas fitting in with songs. i use mixed in key but it still sounds…off.. to me. i think its mostly because i’m accustomed to hearing the song without the acapella.

    glass candy acapellas sound good over pretty much any nu disco tracks though =D

  • http://www.eangolden.com Ean Golden

    [quote comment="32008"]Quite missleading title.[/quote]
    agreed- changed! It was acapellas for my fela’s

  • http://soundcloud.com/tos ToS

    Quite missleading title.