SELLING VOCALS FAQ
What Music Can I Use To Write And Record My Vocals?
You can use the instrumentals that we provide on the artist account login page, or you can search YouTube with terms like “Free-Use Instrumental” “Royalty-Free Instrumental” and “No Copyright”.
If you’re doing Covers, search YouTube for the “Karaoke Instrumental” of the song you want to sing.
You can turn YouTube Video Links into downloadable MP3’s here: https://ytmp3.cc/youtube-to-mp3
Can I Sell Vocals From Songs That I Have Previously Released?
Yup! You sure can! Feel free to upload all of your old releases. As long as you've still got rights to the actual vocal recordings, you're good to go. (You will often retain rights to your vocal recordings even if released with a label, but make sure you do before you upload them to the site).
Do My Vocals Need To Be Professional Studio Quality?
No. However they do need to be at a decent level of quality. Many of our customers are getting their productions signed to major record labels and building sizeable followings, so recording your voice into your phone or directly into your laptop won’t be good enough.
What’s The Best Home Recording Set-Up For The Lowest Price?
Everyone has to start somewhere, this is the home recording set-up that I started with:
The Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Is $329 on Amazon!
The package is amazing. The price is crazy cheap for what you get: Studio Microphone + USB Audio Interface with Microphone Input + Studio Headphones + Recording Software. That’s literally everything you need to get started. You can also grab a vocal pop-filter if ya wanna be extra pro!
How Do I Get Paid? How Much Do I Get Paid?
You get paid automatically after every sale. Just set up PayPal payouts at the “PROFILE” tab in your Artist Account by clicking on “Payment Details” and entering your PayPal email. That’s it!
All singers on the site keep 80% of net sales.
PayOuts will be received within 24 hrs or less when customer pays with PayPal.
PayOuts will be received within 5 days when customer pays with Credit Card.
How Do I Get My Vocals On The Site?
- Login to your artist account then click UPLOAD VOCALS.
- Click the blue ADD PRODUCT button.
- Type Vocal Info: Title - Bpm - Key - Male or Female.
- Type Vocal Tags: Exclusive, Non-Exclusive, or Cover - Bpm - Key - Male or Female.
- Set the price for your vocal: Exclusive Vocals can be priced from $209 to $999. We recommend $209 to $399. Non-Exclusive Vocals are $39.95. Cover Vocals are $34.95.
- Upload your Vocal Zip Folder: 200 MB max
- Upload Your MP3 Vocal Demo: 10 MB max.
- Upload Your Vocal Image (must be a square): 15 MB max.
- Click the blue SAVE button in the bottom left corner of the screen. Wait a few minutes until you see a green “success!” pop-up. If you see a red error pop-up, double check your file sizes and try again.
- Your vocal upload will need to be approved by our admin. 8 hour maximum wait time. Usually 1 hour.
What Do I Need To Include In My Vocal Zip Folder?
Dry WAV vocal stems + Lyric sheet + Mp3 vocal preview.
If you’re selling Cover Vocals, all you need to include in the zip folder is Dry WAV vocal stems.
Do I Need To Register With A Songwriter’s Organization To Sell My Vocals?
No. However we do recommend that you register your songs with a songwriter’s association.
Canadians can register with SOCAN for free - www.socan.com
Americans can register with BMI for free - www.bmi.com
International singers google your songwriting association.
How Much Should I Sell My Vocals For?
If you want to sell relatively quickly and consistently, we recommend that you price your Exclusive Vocals somewhere between $209 - $349.
When you go up to the $399 - $499 range you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got a really strong song and a great vocal performance.
You’re welcome to try selling your Exclusive vocals up to a maximum of $999... however, the most expensive vocal we’ve ever sold was $599.
What’s An Exclusive Vocal?
An Exclusive vocal is only sold one time to one buyer. This buyer will be able to produce, promote, and monetize the Exclusive Vocal however they want. They own it Exclusively.
What Are Non-Exclusive Vocals?
Non-Exclusive Vocals are sold an unlimited amount of times to an unlimited amount of buyers. These buyers do not own the vocals. They are simply paying for a license to use the vocals in the "new song" that they produce.
What Are Cover Vocals?
Cover Vocals are vocal recordings of already released songs - usually hit songs. Think Karaoke!
Can I Contact The Producers That Buy My Vocals?
You sure can! If you go to the RECENT SALES tab at the bottom-middle of your artist dashboard, just click on VIEW MORE HERE, then click on the 3 blue dots to the right of one of your Sold Vocals, and scroll down to see all of the Buyer’s Information. They will also receive your contact info. We encourage strong communication between our singers and customers. Since we're strictly a marketplace, any agreements or collaborations between the seller and the buyer are not our responsibility.
Does Vokaal Own My Music? Does Vokaal Have Control Of My Music Career?
Not even a little bit. Vokaal is simply a marketplace that provides you with the tools to sell your vocals to our large customer base. Our mission is to help talented people like you get paid for doing what you love. We have zero interest in owning your creations. We’re here to support you in the selling of your vocal works, and by signing up for an artist account you're giving us permission to help you make that happen.
How Do I Get My Profile On The “SINGERS” Page Of The Site?
You’ll get your own profile page as soon as you’ve got a vocal up on the site. We just don’t want our customers to have to sort through a bunch of empty profiles.
Please fill-out your profile at the “PROFILE” tab under “My Account” so that we can easily transfer your photo and biography over to the site when the time comes.
Who Are Vokaal Marketplace Customers?
Our customers are mostly EDM Producer & DJs from Europe and the US.
Are All Genres And Vocal Styles Welcome On The Site?
Absolutely, yes! We want every artist on Vokaal Marketplace to be 100% authentic to who they are and to do what they do best. So please sing and create from your heart. The world needs more heartfelt creative expression.
What’s The Best Way To Contact Someone At Vokaal?
You can always email Meredith, our super awesome customer service queen! Here’s her email —> firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve also got Live Chat on the bottom right corner of the home page at vokaal.com.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask, we’re always happy to help! Have fun with the site, we wish you all the best with everything that you do!
Sincerely, Parker Thomas — Vokaal