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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I loved it & I'm definitely inspired!! You gave me hope again Armin to keep going ....Thanks so much!!!

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Armin's passion for music and sharing that joy with people could not be more inspirational. I've enjoyed his music since his early years as a dj and seeing what an amazing artist and person he is beautifully demonstrates why he has been so successful. I'm excited to make music again.

Comments

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?

Anand S.

Almost for everything he uses costly plugins which actually makes the difference, but for us like you can't spend so much just on plugins how could we get it for cheap? :/

EBENLO

Hey guys, I've been learning a lot with this class, and I've come up with a fun new track! Check it out: https://soundcloud.com/ebenlo/while-orbiting-the-orion-nebula Feedback appreciated!