Vo­cals on tap

If you don’t have ready ac­cess to a singer, here are some al­ter­na­tive vo­cal sources

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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

Sam­ple packs

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?

Vo­cal syn­the­siser

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

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