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I just copied and pasted some of my fav’s from my collection. Further you go down the list, older the track gets.


Oceanblue (Haris C Remix) – Jason van Wyk & Vast Vision
Lost (Aly & Fila Remix) – Sunlounger Feat. Zara
All The way (ft Aruna) (Paul Miller Remix) – Ronski Speed
Sirens Of The Sea (Above & Beyond Club Mix) – Oceanlab
Stars (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix) – Andy Hunter
Waiting Here For You – The Thrillseekers feat. Aruna
Lift – Sean Tyas
Magnitude – Johan Gielen
Junk (Flashover Remix) – Ferry Corsten
Tamarindo – DJ Light
Speed Of Light (Geoffrey Whiteman Remix) – Bas & Ram
Deep Calls To Deep – Waves Of Living Water
Airwave – Rank 1
Satellite – (Above & Beyond Progressive Mix) – Oceanlab


Turn It Around (Sandler Vocal Remix) – 4 Strings
Diving (Cosmic Gate Dub Mix) – 4 Strings
Diving (Hiver & Hammer’s Different Gear Remix) – 4 Strings
Inner Workings – Silexz
As the Rush Comes (AVB Universal Religion Remix) – Motorcycle
Love Comes Again – BT & Tiesto
It’s Time – Ferry Corsten
Let The Light Shine In – Darren Tate Vs Jono Grant
Somnambulist (Sander Kleinenberg’s Convertible Mix) – BT
The Sound Of Goodbye (AVB Rising Star Mix) – Perpetuous Dreamer
Can’t Live A Day (DJ Tiesto Mix) – Avalon
Silence (DJ Tiesto’s In Search of Sunrise Remix)
Dreaming – BT
Mercury (Arizona Remix) – John O’Calaghan
Shivers (Rising Star Mix) – Armin van Buuren

My take on good trance is that it has good melodies driving it. It can also be like D&B and let the kick, bassline drive it with good backup strings/pads/melodies like in the track “Waiting Here For You.”

Good structure is good kick/perc combo that uses solid kick and nice snare sounds. The melodic part having good pads or strings that are not overpowering and supportive. Then good lead with good supporting harmonies or motifs that develop the song further from beginning to end.

Perc – Kick is 4/4, good snares, hi hats
Bassline – easiest is just play the bass on the off beat from the kick. Step up is two notes on the off beat and beyond that basslines are melodic, not interfere with the kick, sometimes in a every other beat fashion with other perplexities. All depends on what you want.

Melodies – can be simple, can be complex. Depends on what key

Layering is key for a rich sound. Good use of reverb and delay are usually used but never overpowering. Other modulation effects as well.

Just depends on the style written where these factors change.