Chapter 1 of 33 from Armin van Buuren



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.

Topics include: Follow Your Passion • Have Fun

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.

Topics include: Follow Your Passion • Have Fun

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.


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

This class was so so helpful! I learned so much! I really appreciate it, Armin. :)

What an awesome class - created my own 4 track EP which will be due out just as soon as it has been signed (or not :) )

Focused on Dance music, less versatile than the Deadmau5 class.

Loved it! Extremely inspiring and informative. I was able to use many of the techniques in my most recent release and am looking forward to using more in the future. Thank you for the encouragement and tools to create my dream career.


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!


I found Armin's word inspiring. Him saying follow your passion has given me confidenceI am doing the right thing learning how to make trance music. I cant wait for the next few lessons to start to learn some of Armin's techniques and to try them out at home on some new tracks!

Curtis A.

I'm not even here to learn how to make music. I just want to listen to the wisdom of one of my favourite producers ever. Can't wait to see Armin live in Ibiza later this year. Woohoo!

Ellak E.

I love the collection of A STATE OF TRANCE 650 NEW HORIZONS. I think it is a great collection of electronic music. It inspires me to be active and enjoy my day. Electronic music when well done, gives a positive progressing state of mind, like life in progress, instead of stagnant. Thanks for making the collection of these albums, they are really gems. EK

Harold H.

Armin do you have any tips on what to do for someone who doesnt own any instruments but only a mixer and loves music, how do I come up with such originality.

Rahul K.

I really resonated with the fact that he didn't dream of being a huge producer/dj. My dream is to just create something beautiful and find someone that resonates with it. This is the first step to getting there!

Isaac K.

I love how he makes the passion the most important part. I know everyone here probably has the dream of being on the main stage of places like EDC. But I agree that the most fun part about all this is people like us just creating stuff and sharing it will each other :).

A fellow student

I began self teaching myself piano when my parents asked me if I wanted to study it. I said yes on the spot! I feel revved up and ready to learn. I am using Ableton 10 . Want to learn more about software equipment.

Rui J.

Since there are so many excellent and talented producers in the work, staying true to yourself looks like to be the most important thing. Armin helps us find our inner motivation.

Monty S.

Big take away from your 1st lesson: Having fun and being inspired is why I do this, why I want to learn. Thanks for that, I'm creating on Logic X and Ableton Live 9 and always discovering new stuff, takeaway # 2 . Thanks again


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...