Chapter 10 of 33 from Armin van Buuren

Creating A Groove, Part 2

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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

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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This class was a very good mix of everything from producing music to presenting your music, and it's coming from a guy who knows what he is talking about. I learned some new interesting things that I will start using from now on. Thanks Armin and Masterclass!

I liked that Armin showed how to create a track from start to end and explained how to overcome the lack of inspiration, or how to come up with new ideas that can make your track shine through. I also liked his advices on how to get your career started and how to manage it once you get to the top. Overall, a great class.

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Comments

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.

COLLIK

I love how he illustrates the bass and kick interacting and not just layering.