Last Updated on April 30, 2020.
So, a great track has just been released that everyone around the world is absolutely loving.
You decide you want to create your on mashup of that great new track and you even know how you’re going to do it, only to find that most websites you find online that say that you can download the acapellas for it are either clickbaiting you or want you to download some strange file that is probably filled with malware.
This is why I created this list, so you don’t have to go through all the work of finding the legitimate websites and, what’s even worse, don’t end up downloading some shady files which could harm your PC.
Let’s get right into it…
Sounds is a library of licensed, studio-ready samples and sounds that includes a vast number of royalty-free acapellas.
They update their library daily and all the samples you get from them can be used on any of your tracks for commercial use.
Now, in order to access Sound’s library, you’ll need to pay a monthly subscription of about $10 and you’ll be able to download to your heart’s content.
Although the subscription price is not high at all, they also offer a 1-month free trial, which is awesome.
Looperman, as the name implies, is mostly a website to get your hands on loops. However, they also offer royalty-free acapellas that you can use for you DJ sets or productions.
They offer a wide variety of original acapellas for all kinds of music genres, which can be for commercial- or non-commercial use depending on what you’re looking for.
The search engine is pretty good and it allows you to filter between commercial, non-commercial, phrases, verses, full songs, male or female, style, with- or without autotune, and more.
The only con to Looperman is that the content is user generated, meaning that there’s no screening process in place for when a piece of audio is uploaded.
This results in loads of low-quality files being uploaded, which means that in order to find the best ones you’ll have to invest some time.
Still, Looperman is completely free so it’s easy to recommend.
Loopmasters is best known for selling loops, plugins, courses, and more. But they also offer an extensive number of royalty-free acapellas and vocals samples which are sold in packs.
Now, all of the acapellas sold on Loopmasters are not full songs -like the ones you can get on other platforms- but rather phrases.
This makes working with them easier, since you can easily load them up in your DAW or even use them for a live show without too much work.
Since all the samples are royalty-free, you don’t have to worry about having to pay any royalties to anyone if your song becomes a hit.
As far as the pricing goes, it all depends on which pack you’re downloading; how many vocals does it have? Who Produced the Pack? Etc.
But the great thing about Loopmasters is that they have a ton of acapellas available, meaning that you should at least be able to find something on their site.
Beatport is best known for its extensive electronic music selection. However, it also offers a couple other genres as well as some acapellas.
It works in a similar way to Loopmasters in that you have to pay for each pack -or for each file- individually.
These acapellas are available in either full song format or as loops and one shots, so you can either load them up in your DAW or sampler, or you can drop them during a live DJ set.
“Beatport Stems” also offers loads of stems that you can purchase, and there are many that include acapellas as well.
As far are pricing goes, you’ll need to pay for a monthly subscription which varies depending on the plan you choose;
The cheapest one is $4.99/mo. and the most expensive one is $59.99/mo.
Splice is very similar to all the previous services I described, in the sense that you pay a monthly fee (there are different plans which I’ll talk about in a second) to be able to download the tracks, edits, one shots, etc. that you need.
However, where it differs is that it works via credits which you then use to purchase single files or packs.
The amount of credits you’ll get depends on the subscription you choose, but just to give you an idea, each credit is usually worth one file.
All the files you download are yours forever, even if you decide to stop paying for your subscription. Additionally, they are royalty-free as well.
Splice offers an extensive selection of sound libraries of all genres, not just EDM, and they even have a 14-day free trial which you should definitely take advantage of.
Lastly, you can also download a couple free sample packs; however, you will need to create an account with them -which is completely free- in order to do so.
6. Acapellas 4U
Acapellas 4U is one of the oldest websites available for downloading acapellas, and the best part is that it’s completely free.
However, you can only use them for non-commercial purposes. So, if you want to make any money off of them, better pay for some royalty-free ones.
Having said that, they offer a huge number of acapellas as well as a Top 100 selection, a Popular acapellas section, and more, plus the search engine is quite good.
The only Con about this website is that some of the acapellas on it aren’t of the best quality since there isn’t a real screening process in place.
Website: Acapellas 4U.
Juno is very similar to Beatport since it has a multitude of genres to choose from and you can also download packs or just the individual files you need.
The Website is easy to use, the search engine works well, and the prices are nothing out of the ordinary, and the good thing is that you only pay for the files you’re actually going to download and they are yours forever…
It’s not a subscription-based membership, which has its pros and cons; If you only need to download a handful of acapellas, then paying for each one is easier and more affordable…
On the other hand, having unlimited downloads, like most subscription-based services offer, means that for a fixed price you can download thousands upon thousands.
One huge Pro about Juno is its great customer support since they are very quick to respond and fix any of your issues.
One cool feature about TraxSource is their ranking system which lets you find the tracks that everyone is downloading (basically, the ones that sound the best) without having to endlessly scroll through tracks that might not be worth it.
Again, just like Juno, Traxsource doesn’t offer a monthly subscription; you pay for every download.
The prices are very similar to Juno, Loopmasters, etc. which are very competitive.
Explore some Record Pools as Well
Most of the traditional DJ record pools offer acapellas as well as loads of other tracks, edits, etc. which is why I think that for any serious DJ it’s at least worth considering subscribing to one.
Most of them aren’t too expensive, ranging from $12/mo. to $50/mo.
Learn how to DJ the right Way!
I believe that anyone can become an excellent DJ by learning everything on their own.
However, sometimes it just makes more sense to learn from someone who has had to jump through all the hoops so that you don’t have to.
There are loads of free videos on YouTube that add a lot of value and that can teach you most of what you need to learn. Here are the two channels I’d recommend;
Now, free content is great, and it even is enough most of the times. However, there are a couple courses out there which are designed to help you reach your goals faster.
I wrote a post about the best DJing courses out there that will be of help to you.
The ones I’d recommend the most are from DJ Courses Online since they offer great quality courses at an affordable price, especially since it’s subscription-based, which means that you can pay for a single month and do all the courses you want.
If you even want to get more bang for your buck, getting the yearly subscription will save you a total 50%.
Which controllers should you get?
Acapellas are an essential DJ tool to have and to use since Vocals are what usually make the song recognizable and allows people to remember it.
In my opinion, the number of acapellas out there will only continue to grow because of how affordable and easy to get DJ gear has become.
This means that more and more DJs will be looking for high-quality and recognizable acapellas for their remixes.
I hope this information was useful!
Have a wonderful day!