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.

This is my second master class, I also completed Deadmau5's class. I have recommended them to friends. These are fantastic and one day when I am a successful producer I will give you all credit for helping me get there. Thank you. Keep an eye out for me, Tommy Twelvelead

Great instructor, learned writing, producing, mixing electronic music. And also a few quick performance tips

谢谢明哥,这个课程我学到的不只是音乐上知识 还有做人道理...thx armin, thx master class...

Armin's authenticity really inspires anyone to reach further and chase your dreams and your music. There were many valuable tips and informations, alongside just watching him doing his work, which i bet made everyone who watched this masterclass a better producer.

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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.

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?