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Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 6:18 min

Welcome to Armin’s studio. Get ready to learn more about producing, DJing, and growing your career from one of dance music’s all-time legends.

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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I didn't have a lot of money, especially in the beginning. I mean, my parents were willing to help me a little bit but not that much. I mean, they weren't able to just-- especially in the beginning of my career, you didn't have the possibility of doing everything in one DAW. You needed a big mixer like this, and then and a lot of outboard gear, and synthesizers, and samplers. And you needed to-- you know, to connect everything via MIDI. And so, it was an expensive hobby back then. Only later, it was possible to do everything on one computer. That was only since 2002, 2003 that that was possible. Computers just weren't fast enough. So that was a-- that was really difficult in the beginning. Money was definitely an issue. But the good side of that is is that because I didn't have that much money, I had to put everything that I had upside down. I had to put-- you know, the JX-3P only had a polyphony of four voices, I guess. So as soon as I touched more than four keys on the keyboard, there was always one note that wasn't playing. So how am I going to solve this? Well, that meant I had to sample one of the notes. So if I wanted to hear five voices at the same time, I needed to sample the other one. So that's how I became creative. It's all about creating a vibe in your studio. That's also why I think it's important to not only look at your room acoustics but also make sure you have fresh air, a nice coffee machine, some nice sandwiches. You don't-- you should not be in the studio being hungry because that doesn't inspire you. It can kill the vibe, you know. It's almost as the atmosphere on a dance floor. It's a very, very delicate balance. You need to create a nice environment where you feel comfortable, where-- you know, where there's maybe-- some people are really into candles. I'm not, but some people are. Great. Put candles in your studio. Make it your living room, a place where you're comfortable. And especially now with the DAWs and you can-- the possibility of doing everything on a laptop, it's great to just sit in your living room. Why do you need to be in a studio like this? You don't need to be here. I mean, this can be pretty intimidating. You know, once I walk in a room like this, I'm like, oh, I have to make music now, you know. It looks like a studio, and I really have to start working. No, you know, it's about you. The convenient thing about living in these times is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to make decent-sounding tracks. I like to use Logic Pro and Ableton Live for production, preparing my DJ sets. You do need to make a choice between one of the DAWs that fits your sound and that fits your style. And I would really suggest to stick to one or maybe two DAWs and really dig deep into what's possible and what's not possible. Don't ever think that if you're using a different DAW than me or anybody else, then your songs will not be as good. It's all about the chef, not about the k...

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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.

Learned so much thank you so much i hope we can get more Producers to share what they know on the masterclass...Thank you

This is my second master class, I also completed Deadmau5's class. I have recommended them to friends. These are fantastic and one day when I am a successful producer I will give you all credit for helping me get there. Thank you. Keep an eye out for me, Tommy Twelvelead

This class actually inspired me to buy a keyboard. Not to make music, but to learn how to play and it has definitely increased my love for music. Seeing Armin's passion that he has for making his music has really helped me appreciate his and other peoples music more. I may get a software and play around with some sounds and just like Armin says, have fun with it.

This class had taught me everything I need to know to make music. First rule - Have Fun! Thank you Masterclass and Armin! The perfect teacher for teaching dance music


Micah O.

Very inspiring! I'm excited to see how Armin breaks all of this down and reveals a bit of his tricks and techniques he uses in his studio production.

A fellow student

Why i spent 200 euros on this course is because i want also know how to become a DJ. I have dreamed about this for years. I have LMMS studio and I hope this course helps me to use it more too. I was at weekend festival and i realised how Armin has fun, i also want to have fun.

Garret W.

I appreciate the advice "If you aren't having fun, dont do it. Because there are tons of aspiring Dj's." I was wondering how flooded the field is, and how likely it is to find work as a dj. Is there something in the world of audio engineering that DJ's can do 9-5 using their skills to pay the bills while continuing to make music? Or is the world of audio engineering flooded as well?

A fellow student

Dance music is a way of life. Honestly when I hear this type of music it just flows through my body! Music is everywhere and there's a song for every type of way you're feeling and I want to learn from the best so maybe I can make someone feel some type of way! You're completely right about having fun and that's the reason why I want to do this!


I like this Intro. Thanks Armin!! You are Great at Motivating. I work in FL Studio and already have ideas which I make with my voice. Like I use my Voice to make a Melody. I always keep trying, but researching is also important. You should often spend time with your family and have a break, but still keep on going. I like how you said your tracks were terrible at the beginning.

Michael B.

Having fun stood out to me the most. It has to be something that'g organic and natural.

James T.

I Loved it! Armin is so inspiring and passionate. I totally get that. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Nguyen L.

Thanks Armin , it has been for 1 year already when i start to learn from your masterclass :D

Natasha T.

Happy to be watching this finally able to take in some info I have needed for TOO long.

Worlds M.

So excited to take another music production masterclass. All the ads I have seen for this, tailor straight to what I want to learn about perfecting my music!