From Armin van Buuren's MasterClass

Creating A Groove, Part 2

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.

Topics include: The Groove Is in the Details • Adding Percussion Layers With Ableton • Fitting Percussion Details Into Your Mix • Groove Case Study: "You Are" • Tell a Story With Your Drum Fills

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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.

Topics include: The Groove Is in the Details • Adding Percussion Layers With Ableton • Fitting Percussion Details Into Your Mix • Groove Case Study: "You Are" • Tell a Story With Your Drum Fills

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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 the fact you can see Armins passion through quirky reactions to the Payout. Lol Very Insightful and Inspiring. Thank You

I learned that when making mashups or a less than ideal transition between songs, reverb is a good tool to smooth out most imperfections. I also learned about the basics of arrangement in creating a song.

in the beginning, when Armin Van Burren steps up to the platform, the very 1st beat, there is a smile that I share. still. no thinking, just feeling.

Very helpful guidance all along. Sharing positivity,, talent, and skills!. Meaningfull, satisfying, and fun ! Passion is the answer.

Comments

Jabgon

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

Zach

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

Jan

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.