FAQ’s and Definitions


Definitions

Instrumental (MP3): The backing music you would like me to sing to. In 97% of cases, this should be recorded to a click.
Vocal Sketch (MP3): Your example of how you would like your song sung. Don’t be shy about the quality of your voice..etc… You’re hiring Me to sing, that’s what I do. All I truly need is the melody (rough is fine), and lyric placement (rough is fine). If you are concerned about the clarity of your pitch, you may submit both a sketch done by a keyboard sound, and ALSO, a vocal sketch spoken/sung so I know where the specific words belong.
Vocal Preview: The MP3 I will provide you, of my singing your song. You will also receive this as a zipped WAV, in case you would like to drop it into your own session that way.
Lyrics: The words to your song.
Modification: A re-sing of a line or two, not a complete re-sing.
Alternate Take: A re-sing of the entire song. Prices for tracks to be performed are half of the original price.
Vocal Rest: Racquel doesn’t sing… And sometimes won’t even speak!!! Mum’s the word. Gotta rest the gift so that the tiny vocal cords are in good shape to make great music.
Phonetic Example: For songs in languages other than English, you may provide a Vocal Example. This is often spoken, sometimes sung, but it is CLEAR, so I can hear the subtleties of the language desired. This is best without any backing instrumental behind it. The more naked the audio for this, the better my end result will be.

Frequently Asked Questions
and Useful Definitions

Is your vocal work Royalty Free?
Yes, all vocals performed by Racquel via this website are Royalty Free. Racquel is performing and recording vocals on a Work-For-Hire basis. There will be no future fees incurred for the use of the song recorded, and all rights to the song remain those of The Client.

 

How does the process work?
When you place an order through my website, Basecamp will auto-create a Project for us, so that we may communicate and share files in one central location.

You will be prompted to upload the necessary work files, I will be notified and I will download what you provided so I can create a ProTools session. I’ll confirm that I’ve got all I need to begin working, and I will provide you with an ETA for my completion of your Vocal Preview.

When I am done singing your song, I will upload the Vocal Preview as MP3 and WAV, as well as your raw Vocals (as WAV), and you will be notified via email.

If you need a Modification, I’ll perform that and then re-post the song for you to hear. When you are happy, I’m happy and we can consider the song completed.

 

What do I need to provide, so you can sing my song?
I will need a Vocal Sketch, an Instrumental, Lyrics, and any other instructions you would like me to have that may help me to better understand the vision you have for your project.

I find that it is often helpful if you provide a YouTube link to any songs you wish me to emulate the feel or tone of. You can also let me know who some of your favorite music artists are, or provide any reference MP3’s you think may be helpful for me to hear – while creating vocals for your song.

 

What exactly is included in your service?
I will perform and record awesome vocals for your project, delivering raw WAV files for you to have mixed/mastered into your masterpiece.

 

When can I expect my song back?
From when I begin singing your song, usually it’s 48-72 hours. I do often have a short queue of work lined up though, and your project may be in line behind another customer. When I give an ETA for your Vocal Preview, I will often pad the time with about 12 hours. In the best possible situation, I like to sing 97% of a song, step out of the studio for a few hours, and then return to your project so I may listen with “fresh ears”. This allows me to add any polish, finishing touches, and final tweeks to your song, so that it can be the best performance possible. I take pride in my work, and I want you to be happy with what I provide. Quality Control is important to me.

 

What is your vocal range? How do we select a key for the song?
My most comfortable vocal range is from – to – . In order to select a key for the song that you wish me to perform, Please Contact Me. Let me listen to your song, and I will figure out where the song will fit best in my voice.

I may be able to hit the notes of your song in various keys, but it is important to consider the feel of the song, the intension of the lyrics, the strength of the instrumental, and the tempo, in order to end up with the best possible product.

 

Tell me about your voice.
I’m a Mezzo-Soprano, versatile in style, my strengths are my range, and ability to add feeling, tone, vocal acrobatics, belting power, and believability to your song.

My strength is not Opera or Classical. 🙂

I reserve 1 day of Vocal Rest per week, depending on the demand I have been putting on my voice. Every song deserves quality vocals – I’ve got to take good care of the very tiny vocal cords that are doing most of the work.

 

What Languages can you sing in?
I am open to singing any language. I have successfully produced songs in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Balinese and Arabic. With a clear phonetic example, I have been able to get very, very close to the original pronunciation.

I lived in Germany for over a year performing in the Broadway show, The Lion King. We were initially taught to sing in Deustch strictly phonetically. Singing is a “hearing art” – singing in languages other than English is simply a part of the ride.

 

What is your policy for singing in languages other than English?
Due to the additional time it takes me to study, and successfully reproduce a vocal in a language other than English, my fee is 50% above the rates stated on my Prices Page.

 
What equipment is your studio comprised of?
I record my work at Peace Rock Studios using a DigiDesign 003 Rack, a Universal Audio compressor/pre-amp, a CV12 Mic, ProTools, and a cosy rug under my toes for inspiration.

 

What Bit Rate/ depth do you record in? Can you record with my settings?
My default setting are 24bit 44k, which can of course be altered to your settings. Just let me know how you would like to receive your files.

 

What is your approach to a song?
My background and performance education is rooted deeply in Musical Theatre and Acting. Every single song I sing has a viewpoint and a character who expresses it.

Mostly I will draw from my own life experiences, and experiences of those close to me in order to breathe life and honesty into every word I sing. As a Thespian, it is important to me, and I thoroughly enjoy, telling the story.

 

How many tracks should I purchase?
It really depends on your specific song. For pop, rock, R&B, and country songs in a style you might hear on the radio, I usually recommend 1 lead, and 3 backing, which allows room for doubles, harmony, counterpoint, and ad-libs.

For ballads, jazz or otherwise, it is possible you may only need 1 lead. You can always purchase additional backing vocals after the lead is recorded, but the best, tightest doubles and harmonies are almost always attained when recorded in the same session as the lead, because the muscle memory of the initial melody is fresh. If you think you may want some kind of backing, but aren’t sure how many tracks, ask!! 🙂 We can talk about it to figure out what works best for your song.

 

How long will my files be available for download on Basecamp?
Your final files will be available for 1 month after you approve the vocals I’ve sung for you. Then, your Project will be archived, and the files won’t be visible. No worries, though. I keep a back up of all files. If you end up needing them later, 99.9%, I’ve still got them.

 

What is your refund policy?
I don’t want unhappy clients. They don’t come back! So, if it turns out that you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, within 90 days from the purchase date, I will fully refund the cost of your order.

 

What else do I need to know?

The vocals will be Hott. No worries. I sincerely care, and I want you to be happy with the work I do for your project.  If in the end you aren’t satisfied, I’ll refund your payment.

Thank you for considering me to be your vocalist. I hope we can make great music together.

Peace & Blessings,

~ Racquel