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Working With Lyrics and Vocals

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 12:12 min

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.

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.

This is pure magic, I'll want to watch it again and again and again!!!!

Probably the best Masterclass of all. Armin, congrats!

he spoke about lots of ways to create, showed his creative process clearly

Great life lessons and good technical hints too. Even if it's not my cup of tea I really admire Armin for his professional attitude and nice work.



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. 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 :).

eric R.

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


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.


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 :)