From Armin van Buuren's MasterClass

Building Your Home Studio

Armin might be teaching from a professional studio, but you can do everything he’s doing on your home computer. Here’s what you need to start making great tracks without breaking the bank.

Topics include: Turn Limitation Into Inspiration • Create a Vibe • The Basics • Where to Start With Software • Monitoring and Acoustics • The Sine Wave Test • Working With Your Acoustic Limitations

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Armin might be teaching from a professional studio, but you can do everything he’s doing on your home computer. Here’s what you need to start making great tracks without breaking the bank.

Topics include: Turn Limitation Into Inspiration • Create a Vibe • The Basics • Where to Start With Software • Monitoring and Acoustics • The Sine Wave Test • Working With Your Acoustic Limitations

Armin van Buuren

Teaches Dance Music

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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.

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

I am not a musician but very much into techno and classical one ethnic musics. I have wanted to know how electronic music is produced, how it is dj’d, how dj sets are put together. So this has been very interesting and enlightening to me.

Wow... that an inspiration Armin is. I've been in a slum the past couple of years when it comes to making music. I needed something like this to help turn the page and start a new chapter.

Focus, believe and have a lot of fun in the studio and in the dance club is essential to be at the place you want. I love my teacher!

Love the attitude and clear explanations. Inspired to continue creating music! Thanks!

Comments

John B.

Cool! Learned something new! I am at lesson 3 and the course has just paid for itself. We are in the black now. I had never heard the room check so plainly explained and easily reproducible. As a very old fan of electronic music, dating back to the 70s I always avoided Ableton Live. BUT! I started realizing the backlash against that tool means it removes barriers that lesser musicians used to differentiate themselves in a crowded field. When you see a tool being banded in clubs it's probably because somebody's job is going to be eliminated, not that the tool is inferior. As AVB said, its the chef, not the kitchen. Great quote. This is the takeaway quote for this whole class, right here, Lesson 3.

Austin F.

Is there a good way to regulate the low end frequencies other than purchasing or building bass traps for the corners of the room? Great info about what problems you may face, but nothing really about how to solve these problems.

Henry P.

Great high-level session about processes and finding different angles into writing melodies. I always start with a melody that's in my head, and I'm feeling positive about that process since I can relate to AVB in that sense. Although this session is at the beginning of the series, I am feeling a sense of closure. We haven't even gotten too far into the lesson and I'm already feeling something. I'd say that deems this session a success!

Kent B.

I personally use a Novation Launchkey 25 MKII and a M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 with Presonus Studio One 4 Professional. I also have a Yamaha 12 Channel analog mixer, a KordBot, A Machine Milro MKI, a Novation Circuit, and a Novation Launchpad MKII. Some advice to anyone getting started with music theory, I strongly suggest the Isla Instruments KordBot. But, that’s just me :)

Doktor K.

Condensed BUT every second is worth the money. Plug In & Synth List MUCH appreciated. Rare to have such a gear run down. Even on YouTube.

William S.

Nice...……………...…… Lets Make it happen captain...……..... We have the technology at our fingertips...…..

stephen P.

This was actually so informative, I have had such hard time just getting set up and I haven't been able to find anyone speaking to this on the internet

Anton B.

I am sorry guys, what kind of monitors Armin is talking about when he says "main field monitors"? Does he mean subwoofer monitors for low frequencies?

Kenneth S.

The sound-playback, and testing with different speakers or headphones to validate the sound, particularly with the bass-balance, is a great reminder! Guess what I'm doing tonight?!

Alexandr G.

Yea, alot of people use the blanket trick lol. Also, I recently acquired serum and I enjoy it a lot!