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Creating A Groove, Part 2

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 16:43 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.

About the Instructor

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.

Wow! What fantastic class. Armin's enthusiasm and passion shine throughout the course. From understanding vocal editing to mixing to having fun. This course is great ride and you even learn positive life lessons along the way. Armin thank you. You've uplifted me.

Thank you Armin! Dance music has always been special to me throughout my life and for several years i have been producing electronic music but haven't been able to reproduce the sound and vibe that i love so much. For me it has been like walking in a dark room without a flashlight. But with this course, you gave me a torch!

The pinnacle of motivation! His work will live on for generations to come, and his words will push myself and others to become better producers. I cannot list the countless techniques and motivational quotes that shined through this Masterclass, but I am certain that many of the viewers agree that it has helped us feel more confident about our work. Thank you!

a good class master stressed many aspects of the arrangement of information recording vocals a lot of secret tricks ))))))))))))))


A fellow student

I liked it but once again its very confusing to me because a lot of the terminology Armin uses, I dont understand what it means. Ill have to watch it over and over until I get it right

Matthew C.

This is extremely helpful. The hardest part is not letting any of the drums interfere by making sure the eq's are ok


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