Vocals can add flavor and emotion to your tracks. This article lists 15 sites where you can find vocal samples and loops for free, as well as one top-notch premium option. If you don't have your own choir or backing vocalists - or just can't sing - this list might be just what you're looking for.
Otherwise, jump into this list of sites where you can find some freebies!
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Vocal Downloads.com have a free samples section (linked to above). They also have an inexpensive $1 a day membership that allows you to download anything in their catalogue.
Rapidshare Search has a “Free Vocal Sample Packs 2009″ section with many links to sample packs on other sites. If you’re after something unusual, or a wide range of vocal styles, it might be a good place to start.
Looperman have a wide variety of royalty free vocal loops and samples. Free registration is required before you can download.
Vipzone Samples let you download their 250 MB free sample pack when you subscribe to their newsletter. The pack includes a capella and vocal samples.
5. Rob Meulman
In a KVR Audio forum thread, Rob shares:
After many years of roaming the Internet and downloading tons of free stuff, especially Vsti’s, Soundfonts and Samples, I decided to do something back for the music community.
I have made a sample pack with my own vocals. Some created especially for the pack, others are cuts of vocal tracks taken from my recordings. The styles are: R&B, Rock, Pop and Old school.
The pack consists of 3 construction kits and 7 songsets.
All samples are standard 16 bit wave files. Recorded with a Sennheiser evolution 835a microphone.
Download links (for FileFactory and Youshare) are included in the thread.
www.Sampleoidz.co.uk are offering a Free Vocal Samples pack in WAV format. This is taken from their Ragga Jungle Vocals series. There are only 100 free downloads available, so get in quick.
“The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds.” Many vocal samples are included.
Free a capella downloads, and a great forum. Free registration is required.
Crowley’z World contains many zipped samples, including a vocals section linked to above.
Soundproz have a free samples section featuring a number of royalty free vocal samples.
Sampletracks have a Free Vocal Loops section. Free registration is required.
esounds have a Freesoundz section that includes several construction kits (Apple, REX, WAV) with vocal samples.
PlatinumLoops has a “Free Loop Downloads” section that includes “Vocal Samples and Vocal Loops”. All loops and samples are 100% royalty free. Each file is available in MP3, WAV, REX2 and AIF formats.
ccMixter is a collection of Creative Commons content including an a capella section.
SampleSwap contains professional quality free audio samples and electronic music - including a set of 1,200 samples of vocals and the spoken word.
Did you find this list useful? Please let us know which links were most helpful in the comments - and add any great sites we forgot. Feel free to tell us your tips for using vocal samples effectively.