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.

Reviews

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

This has been really good. It's been great to see someone use Logic Pro X with confidence. Watching him I've picked up some tricks. Watching the creative process and the unfolding discussions have also been great to see.

very good! well detailed and explained. lesson PDFs are well populated with external information for further learning

This is a very cool guy and easy to follow and learn from. What els would you expect, he is Dutch!

It was a really good class, I had hundreds of online tutorials, courses, class etc, And I really enjoy this one.

Comments

A fellow student

I have a question about this lesson... Before starting this class, I was already using a DAW, FL Studio 20. I'm most comfortable with Fl Studio but, it doesn't come with as many plug-ins as Logic-Pro or Ableton Live. For example, the synths you mentioned, Omnipshere, Serum, Sylenth1, and Massive. Those synths are not free. Omnipshere costs $500, Sylneth1 costs $150, Serum costs $189, and Massive costs $149... What should I do?

A fellow student

In terms of midi keyboards, would you recommend using logic remote and using the keyboard function on that if you’re using Logic Pro?

Garret W.

I have heard lots of people say that I need to try my mix on several different speakers and environments, but i am kind of confused on how to translate this to what changes I need to make. If my mix sounds muddy in one speaker, but tinny in another, or maybe perfect in a third, what decision would I make for mixing? do i choose the medium that has the most users, or am I trying to create a mix that can sound okay on all of them? so sacrificing some sound quality or desired sound to make it sound good in all spaces?

Marcel W.

Ok serious question, abelton is a little pricey for me and I’m completely new to this......so would serato DJ pro work and would it get the same job done

Jabgon

Found out how to use a Sine Wave Generator in FL Studio. You should get Audacity, Go into Generate, Chirp and then make sure to start it at 10dB to whatever you want. Then export this as a WAV file and drag and drop it/put it into FL Studio Playlist however you want and then use Wave Candy to see the dB. Anyway about the video it was great!!

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.