Music & Entertainment

Building Your Home Studio

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 9:23 min

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.

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.
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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.


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

This is just one of those moments you realize how grateful you are!

It could be worked out a little bit more... Especially the stuio sessions

It was a really interesting course that made me relate with this very successful artist,

I was in doubt of following the masterclass, would it be interesting enough? Well, it is!


tricky nick

It's not geared toward dance music and therefore doesn't have built in sample editing software like Ableton, but for the record, Cakewalk is now 100 % free: Just thought I'd mention it.

Tulio S.

@Masterclass 4:19 "I'd buy the Sylenth1", not "silent one" in the subtitles.

Cole S.

My MIDI came with a demo for Bitwig Studio (right now it's just and 8-Track). I want to get a pro version but my pc is running Windows 10. Since I can't get Logic, what DAW should I get? Should I upgrade Bitwig?

Andy R.

Excellent lesson, great to stress the melody , the Top Line is the heart of any song. Like the KIS (Keep It Simple) Learn 2 DAWs and go deep. Armin got his head screwed on, very workman like, a master sound craftsman.

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 would serato DJ pro work and would it get the same job done


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.