From Armin van Buuren's MasterClass

Working With Lyrics and Vocals

Words—whether a sung melody or just a great vocal sample—can make your music catchier and more powerful. Here are some of the ways Armin adds lyrics to his productions.

Topics include: Don't Be Afraid of Lyrics • Trust Your First Idea • Create Your Own Vocal Samples: "I Live For That Energy" • Manipulating a Vocal Sample: "Be In The Moment"

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Words—whether a sung melody or just a great vocal sample—can make your music catchier and more powerful. Here are some of the ways Armin adds lyrics to his productions.

Topics include: Don't Be Afraid of Lyrics • Trust Your First Idea • Create Your Own Vocal Samples: "I Live For That Energy" • Manipulating a Vocal Sample: "Be In The Moment"

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I'm a Dj who trying to produce some own tracks by myself but can't find the way to learn.But Im here now!!! Thanks Masterclass. A Dj from Taiwan.

Thanks to God i saw this class, this is all i am interested on, and thanks to Armin because he is a great teacher, the best teacher ever, he made me see music on a very different way, All his techniques, his tips, his stories also inspired me, thanks to him now i feel ready to show people what i love doing. thanks Armin , i saw you inMonterrey whis outdoor it was the best night ever.

Interesting tips. I took some screenshots to see Armin's settings.

Inspiration,Getting starting and what a soundboard and DJ setup looks like. Could use more explanation of the soundboard and how it all works BUTT.... Its mainly about what his work flow is, how he starts a idea to the end and how he promotes himself. 9/10! I would recommend it to my friends if they are looking for new inspiration or how to get started like myself.

Comments

dulce R.

Could you provide the name of the company or site to hire the service for the vocal sampling/recording that Armin used?

Joshua L.

https://soundcloud.com/joshua-thomas-levitt/electric-sky-1 First Track I've Created. Designed the Sound using serum.

Cosmic B.

Here is my first ever track I produced a couple of years ago (hardware drum machines and synths as well as a vst) where I incorporated my voice into it (just a snip-it for feeling) through my Razer headset microphone right as it goes into the break (eqing was kind of a nightmare do to static etc). Any constructive criticism is welcomed :). https://soundcloud.com/cosmicbutterfly34/lost-horizon-am-remix

eric R.

what are some good online companies to use for the vocal readings as seen in this video ?

Stuballlz

Armin talks about sampling vocals and the legality of that, but what about sampling kicks? I see tons of producers doing this, and I myself often do this. Is that something I should be getting permission for also? Thanks!

Marshal A.

Best lyrical magic in a trance tune I still remember to this day is DJ Taucher's "Science Fiction". The mix of that track on Logic Trance 4 is epic!

Luis D.

I have tried effects like this, but with Drums. I will put loops through a vocoder and just go nuts. Try it out You will find some really interesting textures you can use.

Svoz

Hi, I am working with Ableton. Is there a plugin or a way with Abletons simpler to do the same voice/synth transitions Armin did with the Alchemy in Logic?

David A R.

reminds me of 'Great Spirit' how cool is that mix of lyric, beat and sound textures :)

Wim D.

Waw, I didn't know that you could put samples into the Alchemy synth. I've tried something and it sounds awesome,, a bit like Skrillex' first hit.