Chapter 9 of 33 from Armin van Buuren

Creating A Groove, Part 1

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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

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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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!

Richard W.

I wasn't quite sure why Armin didn't mention using sidechain compression for ducking the bass under the kick. Along the same line of thinking maybe a short discussion about Izotope Neutron's masking feature would be good as well. Any thoughts out there as to how these two methods compare to using the LFO tool on bass? Thanks. Rich Wiegand (aka Ricky Molina YouTube channel).

COLLIK

Interesting! I have never worked with LFOTool, but this makes me want to try it!