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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Wow, Awesome! Armin (and also Benno) did very well. I learned a lot, especially in terms of how to arrange things and not to stick to certain things, but to mess around a little bit. And most immportant: To have fun. Thank you so much for this Masterclass Armin! I will work my ass of to get to where i want to be! See you in the future. Your El Jay

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I've always been a huge fan or Armin's, and I was so glad to hear he did a Masterclass. I had to wait a while so I could afford it, but it was definitely worth it. I truly hope I get the chance to make him proud by doing what we love and fingers crossed be able to work with him some day :-)

Comments

Jabgon

What a Great Vocal Sample and I like how he says so many bad things about it, but then tops it up with the fact that it's actually great!

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 :)