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Old 21-04-2015, 04:52 PM   #1
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Should I use free vocal samples?

I want to start using royalty-free vocal samples, so that I don't have to publish my songs as remixes when I include vocals in them. Is it worth it? Would it be frowned upon?

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Old 21-04-2015, 06:44 PM   #2
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Re: Should I use free vocal samples?

Who do you think will frown on it?

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Old 21-04-2015, 07:07 PM   #3
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Who do you think will frown on it?
record labels and other people who make music
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Re: Should I use free vocal samples?

My only concern would be that commercially available vocals (Loopmasters et al.) are going to be rinsed by the amateur and/or "paint by numbers" crowd.

There are so many other options--options I feel are often ignored because they take some effort or minor financing--but IMO...

1. If you live near-ish a college or university put up fliers on campus calling for a vocalist looking to work with a composer/song writer.

2. There are are several online networking sites where vocalists create a profile and pricing scheme to work with musicians/producers whatever. One is http://vocalizr.com/ It can't hurt to give it a shot.

3. Depending on the extent of the vocal you could try recording something yourself. I know it isn't for everyone, but if all you need is a phrase/hook...it could be an answer.

4. As someone who co-runs a small label...I wouldn't be adverse to someone sending a demo with "place holder" vocals.

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Re: Should I use free vocal samples?

I understand your hesitation, I have had similar feelings myself. The reality is that vocals will always be a strong technique to build further engagement with your audience. If you can find something that fits well with the message you are trying to convey and the mix itself then use it. Just because something is free does not mean it wont have an impact to your audience.

However having said this just make sure that free also means you have rights to what you produce, else you may have a nasty surprise if you get noticed.
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Re: Should I use free vocal samples?

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I want to start using royalty-free vocal samples, so that I don't have to publish my songs as remixes when I include vocals in them. Is it worth it? Would it be frowned upon?
I'd say go for it. And just to let you know: If you are using non-royalty-free vocals and you are publishing those songs you are doing something illegal no matter if you publish them as remixes or not. The only thing that matters is whether you have the permission of whoever own the rights to those vocals or not. There is no way of legally publishing it withotu the explicit permission. So be careful...

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Re: Should I use free vocal samples?

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wat do u mean? what kind of vocal samples r u talking about?

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