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Arts & Entertainment

Vocal Session, Part 1: Tracking

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 10:05 min

Armin’s mastery doesn’t stop at dance floor trance tracks. In this chapter and the two that follow, Armin works with “Sunny Days” singer Josh Cumbee to show you how to track, edit, and manipulate live vocals.

Armin van Buuren
Teaches Dance Music
Learn how to make dance music from the platinum-selling producer voted No. 1 DJ in the world five times by DJ Magazine.

About the Instructor

Every week, Armin van Buuren puts 41 million listeners into A State of Trance on his radio show. In his first-ever online class, the platinum-selling DJ breaks down his hits and builds a track from scratch to show you how he produces, performs, and promotes dance music. You’ll learn his technical process for using samples and plug-ins, mixing, recording vocals, and how to DJ a set. Your crowd is waiting.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for this Masterclass. It has been incredibly inspiring and beneficial to me. I feel like I have gained so much from this class and I cannot wait for the next chapter in my own musical life to begin.

Thank you Armin and Masterclass for giving me encouragement from this course! :)

super great I'm so pleased that i have seen this class thank you so much armin :)

Th e Human element of Armins lessons alone are a great inspiration but its about he he go's things even in the studio its fun first because the music is the passion and this reflects throughout the whole course. I took a lot away form the arrangement tips from gain staging in the drops to layering of the kicks and taking a no linear approach. A very humbling watch


Sonny V.

Welcome to 2020, where the arts are made with good vibes and not the drama that we watch in the movies anymore! Thanks. Armin.

Dale H.

Being only 1 year into producing and having so much to learn, being able to work with a vocalist feels a long way off! But seeing Armin's way of working with the vocalist and being so natural and relaxed makes it not seem as intimidating :)


if you hear the final take.. Men, what a great producer...... personally I dont like too much reverb.

David V.

In my music, I am yet to use vocals. I am heavily influenced by early trance like Cafe Del Mar and Adagio for Strings. I found this lesson to be very inspirational and maybe now I can go outside my instrumental comfort zone and get someone to sing for me. As a part of my degree, I produced a 12 bar blues song that did have lyrics, but anyone who is anyone can sing a 12-bar blues track. That is easy because everyone knows how blues should sound. All I wrote of the lyrics was the chorus because writing lyrics is not my strong point. That is one area where Armin excels. The lyrics in Sunny Days are excellent.

timothy M.

Okay Armin...stop...your blowing me away with wisdom and knowledge...never mind don't stop.

Keegan D.

Josh Cumbee has a great tone in his voice! It works perfectly with an EDM track!

Martin Z.

My 5 and 7 year old boys have to listen to a bunch of Sunny Days mixes every day when they are picked up from school! And when we take another schoolmate home, all three sit in the back seat singing the song. And the schoolmate won't exit the vehicle in front of his house until the current song is over. The "Disco Part" that he references is the drop Armin was working on in a previous lesson. My kids are going to love watching this lesson!!!

A fellow student

Great lesson, it great to get comfortable with vocalist and be Curtis, like the words which will go, great in my track, this certainly helps me get me in the mood and encourages me to add my's about having fun and being relaxed being the moment. Great lesson guys I enjoyed listening :) what key was that vocalist in, this so the melodies to match my key range

Håkan E.

This is great, it makes me add that vocal track to an electronic track, and dont be afraid to try to sing yourself, at least try... ;)

Ruben R.

This was excellent to remind producers to make the vocalists comfortable. Be courteous, and take their thoughts in the process under consideration. This helps you as the producer get better results.