Our Customers Music – October 2013

October 23rd, 2013 by admin 1 comment »

The beauty of mixing and matching our vocal samples is, in essence, the key to letting your individuality shine, as did the amazing producers on this post. Your creativity is unlimited in the power of your arrangement process. Our customers have proven this method over and over again.

It never fails to amaze us how creatively different the arrangements can be.  Enjoy and Share!

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The Past & Future of Dance Music Styles

September 30th, 2013 by admin No comments »

The Past and Future of Dance Music StylesBy Robin Sandoval-March

Some say the origin of House music came out of Chicago in 1981. An escape from street and gang life, house music offered temperance to the unsettled consciousness of youth at the time. It allowed them to mingle with peers, while dancing away any of their problems.

Techno music, which some say, came out of Detroit in the early 90’s, may have begun through the evolutionary progress of various new textures, patterns and sounds which were emerging from all over the world.

New electronic music devices were being created while electronic sounds were coming into their own. The kick and snare became the heartbeat of the song. The bass became the backbone driving force. The synthesizer was the melody which brought people into the nightclub doors, and kept them dancing from dusk to dawn.

Over the years, some of the different genres and sub styles which have emerged with this new sound have been called: Deep House, House, Techo, Megabeat, Electro House, Disco House, Funky House, Garage, Techno, Industrial, Electronica, Breakcore, Micro-house, Underground, Trance, Ambient, Breaks, Minimal Techno, Dub Step, and many more.

But in looking at where we are now, it was the music groups from as far back as the 60’s that were the veterans of this new sound. Bands like “The Tornados” created one of the first techno-pop songs entitled Telstar in 1962, which became a Billboard number one hit for the band. The song featured a Clavioline, an instrument like a keyboard with a very distinctive electronic sound. Telstar was the first U.S. number one hit by a British group. The song was originally thought to be just a novelty record intended to make people think about the dawn of the space age. Little did they know at the time how evolutionary their record would become.

Since then, DJ’s and Re-mixers (both male and female) have come on the dance music scene, creating an entirely new sound of the future. With their flair for remixing different sounds, cuts and beats, many DJ’s have created number one dance singles. In doing so, they have developed a new artistry and way for them to be heard by music industry power players. Further, they continue to compete at becoming the best mixers and most popular DJ’s in the clubs. In their own right, they have become the celebrities.

With respect to all forms of music and genres introduced, there is no one sound or genre which now stands alone. Music is as diverse as the creators’ imagination. But groundbreakers, such as The Tornados and Kraftwerk have helped to pave the way.

Stay tuned, because the next groundbreakers are sitting in their studios (or sound proofed bedroom closets) right now creating the hottest ‘new sound’ as we speak. And moving forward toward the future, who knows what those sounds will be entitled. Perhaps you will come up with the next new style yourself.  If so, what will it be coined?  The world’s audience will definitely be listening.

Our Customers Music – September 2013

September 1st, 2013 by admin No comments »

The beauty of mixing and matching our vocal samples is, in essence, the key to letting your individuality shine, as did the amazing producers on this post. Your creativity is unlimited in the power of your arrangement process. Our customers have proven this method over and over again.

It never fails to amaze us how creatively different the arrangements can be. Enjoy and Share!

Reworking Vocal Samples Into Something Original

June 3rd, 2011 by admin No comments »

By D’Layna Huguez-Dixon

When I talk with music producers, occasionally I’ll get one who says, “I don’t like using vocal samples because I’ll end up sounding just like everybody else.”  This is a valid concern, but doesn’t have to be the case.  It is a little like saying, “I don’t want to add a saxophone in because I’ve heard other producers use saxophones—people will think I am just ripping off their sound.”

Many producers think of vocals and instrumentation differently, when in reality, what is the voice but an instrument that can truly speak?  In the same way you can find a hundred different melodies, layers of harmonies and a myriad of rhythms buried inside a three-chord progression, vocal samples are only limited by our creativity and imagination.

Just like remixing or covering an old song or using licensed music samples, it’s all about making it your own and taking it to the next level to set you apart!

Here are some tips used by top producers, including myself to make their vocal samples sound unique.

  • Change the key – maybe move it from a major to a minor.
  • Add a filtered effect
  • Change the tempo of vocal
  • Stretch the vocal
  • Mix and match samples to create your own vocal lines
  • Chop up vocals -  You can chop up vocals manually or by removing silence between words.  Most recording programs have a feature that will remove silence.
    • In Sonar, the Remove Silence feature allows you to split long audio clips into smaller ones, which opens a variety of creative possibilities.  I use this feature when working with vocal sample lines that do not fit the timing of a new music track.  After I remove silence, I move each word to fit the timing, thus creating a fresh new vocal line.  It’s tedious, but the results are worth it!
  • Layering vocals – Pan one dead center and the other two hard left and right or whatever sounds good to your ear.  Add different effects to the ones you have panned left and right.

In our previous blog “Major Turned minor using Cubase 5“, DJ Karas walks us through just one way of taking a cookie-cutter sample and truly making it your own.  Using software such as Sonar, Pro-Tools, Logic Studio, Cubase 6, Propellerhead Reason 5 or Ableton Live, the possibilities of mixing, matching and overlaying vocal and instrument samples is truly endless.

If you have any tips, tricks, tools or techniques, step up and share your knowledge.  We’d love to see them and so would everyone else.

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Major turned minor using Cubase 5

June 4th, 2010 by admin No comments »

DJ Karas from the Russian Federation submitted a few tips and tricks on changing key signatures.   For his contribution, we awarded him $25.00 in Download Credits for future purchases!  Congrats & thanks to DJ Karas from all the staff at Vocal Downloads!

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DJ Karas - Tips - Major turned minorReview the steps below and listen to the final mix which will be featured on his upcoming track titled “Can’t Help Myself” featuring Vocal Downloads artist Becky Cutler.  

Although this was done using Cubase 5, these techniques could be applied using other DAW software.


Step 1:  Came up with the piano harmony

Listen here:  Step 1
See here:  Step 1 Screenshot

Step 2: Visited www.vocaldownloads.com and purchased vocal samples in DMajor

Listen here:  Step 2

Step 3: Edited vocals to change key signature from DMajor to Dminor

See here:  Step 3 Screenshot
Listen here:  Step 3

Step 4:  Created background vocals with auto-tune effect.

Listen here:  Step 4
See here:  Step 4 Screenshot

Step 5:  Used Vocal Whisper preset from “Tc Hellicon VoiceWorks Plus” to give vocals color (http://tchelicon.com)

Listen here:  Step 5
See here:  Step 5 Screenshot

Step 6:  Mixed all the tracks.

Listen here:  Step 6

Step 7:  Arranged and produced the final mix

Listen Here:   Can’t Help Myself

DJ Karas’s other works are available for sale using our vocal samples:

http://www.junodownload.com/ppps/products/1428815-02.htmMy House
http://www.junodownload.com/ppps/products/1474473-02.htmPump it Up

To hear more from DJ Karas visit his myspace page www.myspace.com/djkaras