Vocals on tap
If you don’t have ready access to a singer, here are some alternative vocal sources
Online freelance agencies
If you’re happy to spend a bit of money to get your vocals sorted, freelance recruitment websites such as Fiverr can prove invaluable. There are hundreds of session vocalists on there from around the world, covering pretty all musical styles, and able to write and perform original vocals for you at a reasonable cost. fiverr.com
Royalty-free sample packs are a great source of original vocals. All the big soundware companies – Loopmasters, Splice, Sample Magic and so on – sell vocal packs covering most styles, and you can bag free vocal samples from various websites, including our sister site, MusicRadar. Why not start with your free Donna Marie vocals on this issue’s DVD?
If you want to keep things synthetic, give Yamaha’s Vocaloid a try. It lets you enter lyrics and melodies, then uses a combination of synthesis and sampled voices to produce a sung vocal. Some of the onboard vocalists have become famous in their own right in Japan, performing ‘live’ as projected characters. vocaloid.com