From Armin van Buuren's MasterClass

Creating A Groove, Part 1

Dance music should make people dance, but it takes skill to give your tracks the sonic impact they need to rock a crowd. Here’s how to dial in your kick drum and bass sounds.

Topics include: Working With Drum Samples • Every Kick Has a Top and Bottom • Adjust Your Kick to Fit Your Track • A/B-ing Kick and Bass Sounds: "Be In The Moment" • Make Room for Your Kick to Shine Through

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Dance music should make people dance, but it takes skill to give your tracks the sonic impact they need to rock a crowd. Here’s how to dial in your kick drum and bass sounds.

Topics include: Working With Drum Samples • Every Kick Has a Top and Bottom • Adjust Your Kick to Fit Your Track • A/B-ing Kick and Bass Sounds: "Be In The Moment" • Make Room for Your Kick to Shine Through

Armin van Buuren

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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.

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

I love Armins style , he makes a good teacher , really inspiring. I have learned a great deal watching this.

Interesting part concerning mixing and mastering

The class helped me understand a lot about dance music - transitions, how to find inspiration, what to do when you don't have inspiration. It was awesome

Love Armin's presentation style, and that he actually worked up a track idea from scratch. Was more than a little surprised to find out that my usual workflow these days is nearly identical to his!

Comments

Jabgon

I am definitely gonna put LFO Tool on my list of Plugins to get. Great lesson.

Next G.

You can create something similar to the ESX 24 sample library. The way I did it in Ableton was to pull the drum rack into the instrument area, and then go into all the kick samples and assign each key a specific drum sound/sample within the drum rack instrument area, and then saved my drum rack as "Kick drums" etc. I did the same for Bass, Toms, Key, Pad, etc. Even though each sound is only one note for each instrument, it helps you to quickly sort through all your choices by sound on the keyboard rather than have to click with mouse on each sample in the drop down menu. I've even created an 8 bar drum beat with a simple kick stacked with a unique transient for each kick to shorten or lengthen, then as each beat happens, I get an idea of how each sound might work with a track idea I have.

James T.

Bass and kick are my nemisis. This has been really helpful. Creating a transient for from another sample is really cool and cuts through the mix. Using the LFO tool seems a lot like side chaining but with more control. I’ll definitely invest in that and the fab filter.

KAYER

Armin, Question: I see that you are drawing your drum samples using Midi, do you advise drums be mixed in mono? If so, is there a way to make the midi output as mono?

drum2016

Awesome! Please list any free plugins other than Bark of Dog? If there aren't any, thats okay!

Doktor K.

He is so enthusiastic presenting how the bass + kick sounds. Listening to Armin is a bliss...

Kenneth S.

It never occurred to me to use an LFO... at least not outside of a Lexicon. Hearing the whole of how Armin applies the shaping, really helps to think about how you're going to get the groove to come alive! Yep, I like this a lot!

Eitan F.

Showing me how to create room for the kick drum really allowed me to help my own music. Thank you Armin!

Marc T.

This was so eye opening!! :O It was one of the lessons I've been looking forward to the most. Thanks Armin!

Zach

How do I organize my samples into folders like Armin has in his EXS24 Sampler?