When you are working on a new bootleg or mashup or if you are trying to make your DJ sets a bit more engaging, an acapella is probably one of the first things that you will look for.
Having spent countless hours over the past 2 decades searching the internet for studio acapellas, I decided to share the best websites that I have found so far.
I have broken the list down into sections, so whether you are looking for commercial studio acapellas, royalty-free acapellas or free-of-charge acapellas, there will be something here to help you.
This section includes websites that host the acapellas of popular/top 40 artists. If you use these acapellas in a remix, you will not be able to release the remix commercially or make money out of it. However, creating an unofficial remix of a popular track can be a great way of exposing your production talents to the world.
Voclr is a relative newcomer to the acapella market but has quickly become established as the “go-to” place.
They host in excess of 12,000 acapellas on their site and the majority of them are from your favourite artists and producers. If you need acapellas for Pitbull, Little Mix or Calvin Harris, you can find them on voclr.
Free membership is available to all users which is limited to 5 downloads per month and restricts the download of certain acapellas. The download limit can be reset periodically in return for social sharing.
Premium membership is available for 3.99 GBP per month or 29.99 GBP for annual membership. The upgrade allows unlimited downloads of acapellas and sample packs, the ability to preview the acapellas before you download them and also removes all adverts from the site.
Pros: A very clean interface, a great collection of commercial acapellas and the ability to sort acapellas by key, BPM or genre
Cons: I find that some of the acapellas listed as “studio quality” are actually DIY acapellas or can be low-quality bit rate.
If you want to try your hand at remixing Dua Lipa, DJ Snake or Avicii, you will find what you need from MS Project Sound.
A free membership will allow you a limited amount of downloads each month and some acapellas will be restricted. Upgrade to the VIP membership and you will be granted access to exclusive acapellas, unlimited downloads and the option to request acapellas if you cannot find what you are looking for.
VIP access is priced at $4.99 per month or $36.99 for an annual subscription.
Pros: A great selection of popular studio acapellas, easy filtering options (with VIP access) and that ever-handy acapella request facility.
Cons: There is a mixture of studio quality and DIY acapellas hosted on the MS Project Sound servers, so sometimes the excitement of finding a rare acapella can be short-lived.
Remix Packs host over 6,000 different tracks on their servers which include full stem packs, acapellas and artist competitions.
The interface is the cleanest of all the websites listed in this post but you will have to encounter the occasional pop-up ad, all of which seem to be safe.
The files can be sorted by genre, which includes everything from house, trance and techno to pop, rock and reggae.
Pros: Extremely clean interface and easy to filter the files to find the right parts for your project.
Cons: Pop-ups will occasionally interrupt your searching, but it is a small price to pay for the quality on offer.
Acapellas 4 U are possibly the original online acapella resource. They have been supplying DJs and producers since 2003 and host over 30,000 acapellas on their servers.
Acapellas 4 U don’t offer a premium membership, so all of their 800,000+ members have equal access to the extensive back catalogue and can download up to 30 acapellas per month. Each download has a 60-second waiting time which can be removed if you donate some money to the site.
With testimonials from industry heavyweights Fatboy Slim, Afrojack and Jaguar Skills to name a few and offering acapellas from pretty much every genre you can imagine, Acapellas 4 U is a fantastic resource for the creative DJ or producer.
Pros: A huge catalogue of acapellas, completely free for all users and access to their helpful forums where other users share production tips and tricks.
Cons: The site seems very dated and could do with a complete overhaul.
When I record mixes and mashups, I sometimes watermark them with a voice-over or DJ drop. Commercial Kings regularly have good offers and their productions are of the highest quality.
For a long time, King Acapella was one of the main sources for many producers trying to obtain the latest acapellas.
Unfortunately, the website hasn’t been updated with any new acapellas since 2017, though it does still hold a valid SSL certificate so I hope that the owners start to add new content again soon.
Although there aren’t any new additions, you can still find studio and DIY versions of older acapellas with valid download links. There is also a section where you can download acapella packs from labels such as Defected and Mad Decent.
Beware that there are a number of pop-ups that you will need to fight through in order to reach the download link.
Pros: The ability to accurately sort by studio acapella or DIY acapella is extremely useful.
Cons: A number of pop-ups which will sometimes direct you to sinister landing pages.
Acapell has the potential to be one of the finest acapella suppliers on the internet. However, the frequency of their incredibly annoying pop-up ads must frustrate every other user as much as it does me.
While they don’t offer the largest collection of acapellas, the ones that are on offer are generally of the highest quality – if you can manage to download them! In order to successfully download an acapella, you need to fight through a minimum of 3 pop-up ads before you reach the download link to your chosen file.
At the time of writing, Acapell doesn’t have a valid SSL certificate and some of the pop-ups are questionable. However, by simply closing each of the pop-ups, I have always managed to eventually download the acapella I required.
Pros: A great selection of studio quality acapellas from a wide range of genres in high-quality MP3 format.
Cons: A ridiculous amount of pop-up ads to get past before reaching the download link for the file.
Worthy of a mention in this section is…..
The Isolated Vocals subreddit has grown to over 50,000 members, so it is no surprise that you are able to pick up some sought after acapellas from within this group.
The downside is that some of the acapellas posted are DIY versions that have been uploaded to YouTube.
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Royalty-Free (Free Of Charge)
This section includes websites that offer acapellas from artists who provide their royalty-free vocals on a free of charge basis.
Looperman was created by one guy with a vision of creating a community where musicians, music and video producers, DJs etc could share their talents and projects with each other. To this day, that vision has remained largely unchanged.
The acapella catalogue is approaching the magical 10,000 mark and there are over 100,000 loops and samples available.
All of the acapellas are well tagged so you can see the tempo, BPM, style and genre with just a quick glance. The licensing requirements are also very transparent.
Pros: A large collection of royalty-free acapellas that you can use in your projects from a community of helpful, like-minded creators.
Cons: All of the content is user-uploaded without any quality control, so although you can discover some unsigned gems, there is also a fair share of throwaway content too.
Free Vocals was co-founded by one of their featured vocalists, Sanna Hartfield, along with David Elliott.
Free vocals have a list of vocalists whose work is available on their website, all of whom have had to pass their strict vetting procedure. This means that there isn’t a huge number of acapellas available, but the quality is a generally very high.
There is a free downloads section, a members section and there is also an opportunity to buy licences for some of the acapellas, which enables you to own the exclusive rights to the vocals for your own use.
Pros: Great sounding vocals from some extremely talented singers.
Cons: Only 9 vocalists are featured on their website, so if you are looking for a huge catalogue of acapellas, this isn’t the place for you.
The “CC” in CC Mixter stands for Creative Commons, as it was conceived as a project by them until its transfer to ArtIsTech Media in 2009.
CC Mixter is built around its community, with the idea that musicians will upload their original samples, singers will upload acapellas and producers will combine the various parts to create remixes.
There are in excess of 5,000 acapellas on the CC Mixter servers which have been uploaded by some of their 45,000 members.
Pros: A very high standard of acapellas from a very helpful community.
Cons: The search function can only be filtered by BPM or by licence type, so it can take a long time to find something suitable for your project.
This section includes websites that offer acapellas from artists who provide their royalty-free vocals and allow them to be purchased for use in your projects.
Formed in 2003, Loopmasters have been supplying producers with what they need for quite a while now.
With everything available from full acapellas to loops and one-shots, you can find what you require for any vocal project.
Loopmasters often release packs for free (a small charge is applied to cover additional bandwidth fees) but most of their regular packs range from $10 up to $50.
Pros: An excellent selection of vocals, loops and one-shots which should be enough to satisfy any producer.
Cons: My personal opinion is that the interface always seems quite cluttered and it can be easy to not see certain packs because of the layout.
While Splice isn’t exclusively an acapella website, it does have them in plentiful supply among the rest of the samples that they provide for producers.
With over a million samples, loops, FX and presets on offer, Splice offer very good value considering that subscriptions start from $7.99 per month for 100 credits (1 download = 1 credit).
Splice also offer a “rent-to-own” payment plan, which allows you to purchase the finest plugins and spread the cost over interest-free monthly payments. Your software licence will be renewed for one month each time you make a payment and once the full payment has been made, the full licence is granted.
Pros: A huge library of sounds, samples and acapellas as well as the rent-to-own plugin option.
Cons: I can’t really find any negatives about Splice. These guys really are there to help the producers.
Producer Spot is another website that covers all aspects of samples, plugins and presets for producers of all abilities.
Their acapella section has packs spanning many different genres and includes loops, one-shots, vocal sequences and full construction kits.
All of the packs from Producer Spot are of the highest quality and their prices start from as low as $10.
Pros: Excellent packs from extremely talented vocalists.
Cons: The only negative I can mention about Producer Spot is that their website can sometimes be quite slow. Other than that, they are very good.
Vocal Downloads was formed in 2005 by house music vocalist D’Layna, 11-time Grammy winner Tony Lindsay and Ryan Duarte.
All of the vocal samples available are guaranteed to be clearance-free and royalty-free, ready to be used in your projects.
While Vocal Downloads don’t sell any full acapellas, you can purchase several vocal samples by the same artists or one of the chorus packs or vocal mini packs to create a fantastic vocal project.
Prices of the vocal samples start from $0.99 and all are high-quality.
Pros: A fantastic catalogue of vocal samples dating back over the last decade and beyond with a transparent End User Licence Agreement (EULA).
Cons: Most of the vocal samples are only very short hooks, so you will need to look a bit deeper to find samples if you are looking to do a full vocal project.
Remix competitions can offer a great opportunity for producers to get their music heard by some of the major players in the music industry. They are also a great way of finding acapellas to use in your projects.
If you haven’t heard of Wavo, they are a digital marketing agency that specialises in the music and entertainment industries.
They work with label heavyweights such as Armada Music, Ultra Music, Universal Music and Warner Music to name just a few and often run remix competitions.
Past competitions have been held for superstars such as Hardwell, Major Lazer, Otto Knows and many more, with prizes for the winners ranging from YouTube channel features to expensive studio gear.
Kreasound allows users to create their own remix competitions which other users can enter.
The prizes range from music equipment and merchandise to featuring on official releases and receiving royalties.
The rules differ for each competition, so be sure to read the terms in full so as not to infringe any copyright.
If you haven’t ever tried using acapellas to enhance your DJ sets, I strongly urge you to do so as it can really make a difference so you stand out from the other DJs who aren’t.
For the seasoned producers out there, I hope that this guide has helped you uncover some extra sources for acapellas that you may not have found before.
Where do you download your acapellas from? If I missed your favourite site from this list, let me know and I will get it added.