Student’s who are not in my Remixing course often ask me where they can find material to download for remixing. Below is a list of my favorite sites. Many of the sites require you to sign up, but it’s well worth the effort.
For a cappella (vocal only versions) and more:
- Acapellas4u.co.uk: One of the best free a cappella sites on the Web.
- Beastieboys.com/acappellas: All the Beastie Boys acas you’ll ever want!
- Ninremixes.com: Dig into classic Nine Inch Nails songs with complete session files organized by DAW.
For contests and breakout tracks (short stereo loops):
- Acidplanet.com/contests: An oldie but a goodie!
- Indabamusic.com: This continues to be one of the remixing best contests sites on the Web.
- Peaceloveproductions.com: Mostly indie artists offering breakout tracks for free.
- Realworldremixed.com: A personal favorite — Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records offers select artist tracks for your remixing pleasure. Talk about having the opportunity to get in on the ground floor!
- Remix-comps.com: All the remix competitions on the Web on a single site.
- Splice.com/explore/contests: Amazing collaborative session files for remixing, currently offering Ableton Live and Apple Logic Pro files.
Of course, there are many other sites with tasty tracks to download for remixing too. If you know of one, or more, please share them. And, of course, don’t forget about my book, The Complete Guide to Remixing.