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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Thank you Armin! This masterclass has given me the tools to not only start producing my own tracks, but also improve as a DJ and start building a brand/profile in order to make a name for myself in the world of Electronic Dance Music! I cannot wait for what's to come! Thank you for giving me that boost I needed! See you on stage!

Armin is the nicest dude ever. Never listened to trance, but I could listen to Armin talk for days. He's great.

This is a real and honest closer look into producing and dj-ing by Armin van Buren.

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.

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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.

Chrys M.

What is the name of the command that allows you to drag selected midi notes to a new location further in the song without interfering with the original notes? Also, what is the command to select midi notes and instantly move them up an octave?

Emanuel L.

I bought LFOtool yesterday. Thought I made a mistake, but you, Armin, altered that thought.