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Finding Melodic Inspiration

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 12:52 min

Armin’s production process starts with crafting melodies full of emotion and drama. Here are his techniques for creative melody making.

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.
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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.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I loved the technical techniques shown in mixing and creating tracks. I also liked the examples and demonstrations.

I have learned other ways to arrange and some good suggestions regarding mixing. Have also inspired me how to keep doing what I do and why.

It was an incredible journey that helped me through recording my new EP. I learned so much about Logic and the functions it has. I also learned a lot about myself and my creative process and the type of music I make. 10/10 would recommend to friends. <3

Very thorough, learned a lot of little tips and tricks that will help bring my production quality up. Especially happy to learn some industry standard things I wasn't aware of before. Also feel more confident that if I'm vigilant, I can start getting the right people to notice me. Most importantly though, I learned how important it is to be positive and HAVE FUN! Thanks so much for this!


Mark W.

Any tips for tutorials? I'm looking for Logic Pro how to use it and how to link to guitar and keyboard/synths?

A fellow student

I love it! it was AMAZING to hear someone I admire reaffirm how I create music. We share a similar style and I didn't expect that. However, my creating comes from my lyrical abilities. I write lyrics and usually late at night I will hear a melody in my head and I'll immediately start a voice memo singing the melody to the matching lyrics. It sounds stupid at first - like he says- haha but music starts from sparks. I'm here to figure out how to take those ideas and make an actual track. They can't sit on my phone forever!!


Wow! Armin u r fantastisch!! I'm so glad I'm taking this class! #DoWhatULove is da name of my album n latest single, please let me know how u feel about it =)

Garret W.

really concrete ideas on how to get myself to start writing a song, I really appreciate it. My favorite technique is to get super high on sativa, listen to some good music, once a song inspires me and i am a little less high and can actually function on my DAW I start writing my own music. And let me tell you, jamming out while writing your own music while high is a one of a kind fantastic experience.


I create my Melodies usually with my Voice and my Chords with the Piano or just on my DAW using ym melody as a reference. I feel that my real talent is my voice being able to come up with this stuff. Just humming something crazy good. I also like to listen to different music that people send me (my friends) and feel as if some parts of it are good and some parts of it are bad. This is more out of my comfort zone, but good.

Sophia T.

His attitude and passion is priceless. That's were the true inspiration comes for me. Enticing to listen to him!

James T.

Finding inspiration from an a cappella track when you have writers blockis a great idea. There’s already a solid foundation to work with so it gives your mind more opportunity to just play and be creative.

Worlds M.

My dad always tells me to use my knowledge of piano and classical music, and use the chords or melodies to create my own tracks. So cool to see that Armin does the same!

Tim K.

I find, when having writers block, that doing some "boring" stuff is helping a lot. Once, I went through multiple sample libraries just marking samples I instantly liked with a little green dot. 2 hours of it. In the end I went through some of them again and made a beat I really liked in like 15 minutes. I also like pre-mixing while I still write whenever I can't think of what I wanna do next. Just some EQ on that kick, some compression on that snare, setting up a reverb send. And then I typically can think about melodies or sound design with fresher ears.

A fellow student

Classical music definitely inspires me. I studied piano for 12 years. Now I have to get back to learning some of the stuff I forgot due to a stroke, specially music theory.