Music & Entertainment

In the Studio, Part 1: Melody

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 12:50 min

It’s time to shift gears a little and watch Armin put some of the techniques he’s been teaching you to work. With the help of his producing partner Benno de Goeij, Armin’s going to produce an exclusive track right here in his MasterClass. This chapter is the first of eight parts showing you exactly how an Armin van Buuren dance floor hit gets made.

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.

This class actually inspired me to buy a keyboard. Not to make music, but to learn how to play and it has definitely increased my love for music. Seeing Armin's passion that he has for making his music has really helped me appreciate his and other peoples music more. I may get a software and play around with some sounds and just like Armin says, have fun with it.

Toether with the Hans Zimmer Masterclass is the best of what you have to offer!!! Please bring more of these musical topics (any genre)!

This was an outstanding masterclass! I learned a lot of techniques that will have an immediate positive impact on my music. This class was everything I was hoping it would be and more.

Thank you Armin for enlightening us about the world of DJ


A fellow student

The way he writes music is kinda unique, the place he goes with first, automations, e.t.c., those made me learn dude Tho I'm a Live user, but the sense and the knowledge from this tutorial are pretty darn crucial to anyone's music career.

Marcus M.

How did he double the notes? That weird tool doesn't appear for me on my Logic Pro when I try to scroll it like he did in the video. Thanks!

A fellow student

Thank you for showing this Armin! this is what im doing with my friend he is a guitarist and he's skills is awesome !

Michael E.

The lesson I was watching makes his mate look more experienced than he is as the instructor


This is great advice using different techniques of creating your chords and melody. Well done for this!!

James T.

It’s really amazing to see you both working through the foundations of the track. Pulling inspiration from a favorite piece. Armin took what moves him most and built on that. The chord progression has a beautiful melancholy quality. It’s inspiring to watch the creative process. To see that notes are corrected tempos are changed. To see how the piece is put together and realize my process is not all that different. It’s about the emotion. It has to be there to begin with.

Vadim K.

learning your chords...) now i see why my music sounds sad. i know i need piano lessons. may be some day...

Henry P.

Quantize and length match technique was such a small but major takeaway for me. Thank you!

Vladislava S.

The only one thing more inspirational than watching Arming playing piano is watching Deadmau5 playing synths on QWERT computer keyboard.

Cosmic B.

I love the fluidity of your guys' work flow and teamwork. The melodies are like your souls getting translated through your fingers into music. Awesome!