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I'm looking to branch out into recording professional vocal demos for singers.

I'm going to need to access a catalogue of professional commercial backing tracks (that the singer can choose from). Sam Smith and Adele would be a good start, if you'd like an example of the kind of music they'll want.

Ideally the format of the track would be Stereo 44.1KHz and 24bit, however 16bit would be OK. Would be best if I can just purchase per track and download. It probably won't be frequent enough to be worth a monthly subscription service.

Does anyone have experience of using such a service that they can recommend?

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    What about karaoke CDs? – Todd Wilcox Jun 15 '16 at 23:01
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    Are you looking for tracks for new songs, or for existing songs? – Linuxios Jun 16 '16 at 0:47
  • Hi @Linuxios I'm looking for existing famous songs, like Adele and Sam Smith etc. – Simon Bosley Jun 16 '16 at 7:49
  • Hi @ToddWilcox I think I must have a pre-concieved idea that Karaoke CD's are poor quality, maybe that's a hang-over from the late 90's when I used to avoid them like the plague! – Simon Bosley Jun 16 '16 at 7:50
  • Actually thinking about this, do any Karaoke CD's use the original recording stems, just without lead vocals? @ToddWilcox – Simon Bosley Jun 16 '16 at 7:52
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Karaoke CDs would be okay. There are a few services that offer stems for remixing like https://www.beatport.com/stems. However, it might be hard to find the style you are looking for.

  • Thanks for contributing John. I wonder if anyone has an opinion on really well recorded Karaoke CD's or are they all of a similar quality? (Hopefully not like the old tacky MIDI versions haha) – Simon Bosley Jun 17 '16 at 7:45
  • You can find non-MIDI versions, but there is the question of legality. I guess the question is how much will they be distributed etc... It's really a grey area with format shifting and especially if you aren't directly profiting on them. If you have consent from the makers of the backing track it might be worth it. However, the best solution is to use some original tracks. I would check out producers and songwriters who are also trying to get some exposure and demo stuff -- if you work together it will be much more impressive than simple backing tracks. (And free.) – John Ivers Jun 19 '16 at 6:51

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