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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:15 am    Post subject: Looking for vocal samples Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Unfortunately, I don't have a software sampler right now (like Kontakt for example). I have Battery, but I think it's just a drum sampler. I'm really not sure if it is as flexible as something like Kontakt. Also, is there a CD/DVD out there with vocal samples available? I see ReFill packs and M-Audio ProSessions jammed full of samples, but I haven't seen a single disc dedicated to vocal samples, yet. And, again, I don't really have a centralized Software Sampler to load them into.

Any help would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

There are many such CDs out there. I cannot remember any names and such right now, I don´t use sample CDs anyway.

Hmm.. I can google this..

Right.. what do you think about this one: Vocal Forge


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Vocal XTC

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This superb dance vocal sample collection was performed by some of the hottest session singers from the UK. Totally original and professional vocal samples for all your music productions including Gospel Choir, Ad-libs, Melodies, Harmonies and Backing Vocals. Styles featured include: Dance, R'n'B, Soul, Rock and Indie, with both Male and Female singers. These unique vocals cover a wide spectrum of application and are destined to appear in many a chart record.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Quick question. If you don't use sampler CD's/DVD's, then how do you get your samples? Unfortunately, I'm just starting out and am a bit thin on recording equipment for the moment (as well as on selection of people to sing).

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hmm, well, one could choose not use samples at all, or to use other equipment to make samples from. Or the car that just passed by, or the car horn I juist heared, would have made a nice samples. You could even construct samples from nothing using a wave editor like Audacity for instance.

I was in the Hague last weekend where to my surprise I happened to end up at a performance of Jean-Jacques Perrey (which was not really a concert maybe but still great fun to have been with). Annyway he showed the audience his "sampler". This was a small cardboard box that he opened for us and out came his tape splicing stuff that he used to manipulate recordings he made (a famous one being his bumblebee song).

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

wesculbertson wrote:
Quick question. If you don't use sampler CD's/DVD's, then how do you get your samples? Unfortunately, I'm just starting out and am a bit thin on recording equipment for the moment (as well as on selection of people to sing).


That would be a issue, yes.

I realy have no idea how people solve that with sample DVD's; I suppose those are handy for making sure your vocal tallent actually has tallent but how to deal with lyrics? you'll be stuck with pre-fabricated lyrics. That doesn't sound like a good idea to me if you'd like to be able to say you wrote a song.

If I were you I'd start thinking about cooperating with aspirering singers. There are quite a few of those but you might have to ask around or hang notes on bultin boards.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

although as evidenced by the evolution control committee (http://evolution-control.com/) or the party party (partyparty.com) for example, you really can construct original ideas and sentences out of pre-existing samples. although not in a traditional "song" kind of way, that seems to me a viable use of sample CDs for vocals.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The commercial CDs with samples I've seen so far are just crap. They are often made in a very sloppy way.
Resulting in unnecessary noise, wrong DC bias, and often badly cut off at the start or the end, causing ticks.

So it's always preferable to get used to the tools to make one's own samples.
A WAV editor like Audacity is already mentioned. Wavosaur is another one. Also supporting VST plugins.

Then, having such tools, it's possible to make those sloppy CD samples enhanced in quality.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I recently picked up a CD with 100 famous speeches on it. It's great to manipulate these old, original voice samples.

As far as lyrics though, I prefer to sample my own voice for certain phrases or words that I just can't find through other sources.
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