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Creating A Groove, Part 2

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 16:44 min

Adding percussion can turn a simple dance beat into a rich and complex groove. Learn how Armin adds loops and layers to his drum tracks.

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 how to DJ a set. Your crowd is waiting.


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

Great insight on the creation and creative process, collaboration and techniques. Thanks Armen Van Buuren and Masterclass for this great course

I enjoyed every second. It was great to get new ideas, ways to look at things and getting a look into the mind of one of the greatest producers of our time.

i learned a lot! very discriptive with everything he said showed a lot of his tricks and shared a lot of knowledge and information not only about making music but also everything that comes with it

I want to be a Film Composer besides Film DiRector! :D Thanks you for Teaching me Armin! :D Peace Light and Love! :D Hoc Ly! :D



I see you use a lot of drums in your Projects, especially this one. With me I wouldn't need as much, but still more creativity which I am working on. Wondering how to create Drum Fills.

A fellow student

Wow I made some great stuff today with the help of this class really thanks for armin

Film Needs Music

Did I hear both of the sound recorded from the DAW and the sound recorded from those speakers in that studio at the same time, especially from 10:06?

Cosmic B.

As opposed to using the Lfo tool, cool you accomplish the same task thoroughly by manipulating, say: the attack, sustain/decay, and release time in simpler from Ableton? Cheers!

Laszlo M.

I'm a bit new to this so pardon my ignorance, but what's the difference between adding an LFO to a kick instead of just drawing in volume adjustment curves to it?

Marc T.

Love the pitch bend trick on the kick! Also, the more I watch this Masterclass the more I want to get that LFO Tool. :)) Just makes everything so tight!

Alex F.

Hey, so for all of the "percussion fill ins" that you add -- are these samples that you bought from a library or do you create these independently? I'd like to know more about the process of how these are chosen and how they get in the track -- was that when you had them in Ableton and then just moved them over? And you can just take any sample and just "normalize" the tempo? Thanks


man I might have to cop that LFO tool. he uses the shit outta that thing. sounds awesome though


looks like someone is using an expensive SSL mixing desk as a volume switch :)

Paul O.

Think, that is exactly why I am here...learning about all that variations with the drums, which I basically totally ignored in the past....mostly out of laziness and of course lacking the knowledge how to actually do it. Great inspiration, thanks.