Where To Get Acapellas Of Songs For DJing

Phil Morse | Read time: 4 mins
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Last updated 16 November, 2021

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DJs and acapellas have always had a close relationship – throwing an acapella over an instrumental is practically a rite of passage for every new DJ. But where is the best place to get acapellas of songs for your DJ sets?

And actually, nowadays, do you even have to find them? Because as of recently, there is another option: Use software (that’s often free) to make your own.

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So whether you want to find studio-quality acapellas to use in your DJ sets, or you’re happy to have a go at making your own, in this article you’ll find the web site, store, download pool, software or web app that’s right for you.

1. Where To Get Acapellas

Best dedicated acapella websites

Way before the internet, DJs used to buy (often shady) vinyl acapella 12″s or albums of acapellas – but ever since the MP3, the “traditional” way to locate acapellas has been specialist websites. Try these:

Acapellas4u

Acapellas 4 U top ten downloads

The OG, although it is fiddly and frustrating to use. It nonetheless is worth persevering with, as the site contains a wealth of acapellas, many of which you may not find elsewhere.

Price: Free (download limit per month)
Go to website: Acapellas4U

Voclr.it

Voclr.it acapella packs

Not so much a new kid on the block any more, but still a much more recent addition to the scene. Voclr.it is a slick operation that gives you a limited number of acapellas for free, before charging a small subscription.

Price: Free (5 downloads per month), £8/month (unlimited)
Go to website: voclr.it

Best download stores and record pools for acapellas

Most dedicated dance music stores will have a certain number of acapellas on sale, and DJ download pools certainly feature acapellas among the DJ-friendly versions of tracks they offer. Try these:

Beatport DJ Tools

Beatport DJ Tools

On the huge Beatport download store, you’ll find a section called “DJ Tools” with many acapellas on sale.

Price: Varies
Go to website: Beatport DJ Tools

BPM Supreme

BPM Supreme download pool

We’ve just chosen BPM Supreme as an example of a DJ download pool, but equally pools like zipDJ, Promo Only, DJcity and so on all have acapellas as part of your monthly subscription as a working DJ.

Price: $20-$30/month
Go to website: BPM Supreme

Read this next: How To DJ With Acapellas – A Beginners Guide

2. How To Make Your Own Acapellas

No, of course I don’t mean turning on the mic and singing them! Nowadays, AI and amazing computing power means that it is possible to “extract” the voice from a full track, thereby creating any acapella you wish, using just your laptop or phone.

They’ll never sound as good as the real studio acapella when done this way – but they often get plenty close enough for your own DJ sets, quick down and dirty re-edits and so on. Here are some options to try:

DJ software

Virtual DJ

Virtual DJ stems

Virtual DJ is a popular DJ program for Mac and Windows, and it has this function built in. The best bit is, you don’t even have to buy it – there’s a free version of the software, that will let you “extract” acapellas “live”, then you just record the result. Instant acapella MP3s, of anything, for free!

Price: Free
Go to website: Virtual DJ

djay Pro AI

djay Pro AI software app

Algoriddim’s djay Pro AI is another DJ software that also has this feature, for Mac and iPhone/iPad. You pay a subscription for the software, although one subscription will work across both platforms.

Price: Free 7-day trial, then $7/month
Go to website: djay Pro AI for Mac, iPhone and iPad

Dedicated software

DeMIX Pro

Demix Pro vocal separation

A studio grade app and priced accordingly, DeMIX Pro is being used by some of the more serious DJ/producers among our community here at Digital DJ Tips – and everyone who uses it, raves about it. Again, it’s standalone software, for Mac and Windows.

Price: $25/month or $250/year
Go to website: DeMIX Pro

Izotope RX 8

Isotope RX8 stem separation

You could also look at audio treatment software Izotope RX 8, which has a feature called Music Rebalance – again, raved about by many who use it (and again, equally “pro” in price).

Price: Free 30-day trial, then $299 for RX 8 Standard
Go to website: Izotope RX 8

Neural Mix Pro

Neural Mix Pro stem separation waveform

A cheaper option, this is from the makers of djay Pro AI. Like the apps above, Neural Mix Pro has lots of export options making the process fast, and several features tuned to DJs that the others don’t offer.

Price: $50 one-time in-app purchase
Go to website: Neural Mix Pro

RipX

RipX DeepRemix and DeepAudio

Finally, although we haven’t tested this, RipX has got a glowing recommendation from my friend Mixmaster G over at DJCU, who tested loads of these platforms and recommends this one over all the others. Worth a look!

Price: Free 5-day trial, then $99 for RipX DeepRemix
Go to website: RipX

Web apps

LALAL.AI

Our final recommendation is one example of a breed of web apps, which can achieve this task for you without you ever having to download or install anything. With our example LALAL.AI, extracting an acapella is as simple as dragging and dropping a music file into its site on a browser window. There are free and paid-for plans.

Price: Free (Free pack) / $10 (Lite pack) / $20 (Plus pack)
Go to website: LALAL.AI

Is this legal?

Acapellas and acapella use has always been a grey area for DJs. We are not legal experts, so we offer you these two things: One, DJs have been doing this since time immemorial, and two, if you want to DJ with an acapella, we think it is ethical to have purchased the full, original track at some point. From there on, it’s fair game.

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Finally…

There is no one “right” solution for always getting the acapella or acapellas you need, just like there’s no one “right” place to get all of your DJ music – part of the fun is the chase! But hopefully this article has given you lots of ideas about how to find acapellas to use in your DJing, many of which will cost you very little, or nothing at all.

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