Chapter 3 of 33 from Armin van Buuren

Building Your Home Studio

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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 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

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 building a DJ set. Your crowd is waiting.

Join Armin in his studio to learn how he layers sounds, produces tracks, and prepares for his live sets.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class, along with exclusive audio stems from Armin's projects.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Armin and his label will also give feedback on select student work.

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

What an amazing time! Armin is such a humble person, big respect and thank you Armin, Benno and the team from Masterclass. It was a unique experience, i learnt quite a lot.

this was really good class and alot of fun learned some great tips and to keep staying positive and having fun through out the process of the big pay off. thank you Armin this was great. hopefully ill see you on a stage one day.

This masterclass gives you an amazing inside on how to get started as a Dj/producer. Armin is also really good in explaining mixing and mastering!

Interesting part concerning mixing and mastering

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!