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In the Studio, Part 2: Pads and Leads

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 16:46 min

Armin and Benno start searching for the right melodies and sounds to fit the vibe of their new track.

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 really enjoyed his class! Thank you Armin

i'm not a dj at all, but i love music and wanted a deeper understanding of what goes into it all.

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!

I am not even finished and I never might be with this class. Tons and tons of hands on advice, very practical and useful, and yet inspiring ...


Edward D.

I know I'm supposed to be learning, but I just keep finding myself totally geeking out over this track!!! Looks like I'll be re-watching this series a few more times lol!


He's going to have crazy phase issues with super wide pads like that I wish they would have talked about that.

A fellow student

Man, just watching this process made me so happy! And its always the little things at 14:26 is what changes everything!

A fellow student

I have noticed that even a superstar Armin van Buuren isn´t perfect while playing this keyboard. And he doesnt hesitate to show it and that is really good. He comes to the same point with his fans.

andres C.

i wonder if i can make all of this even if i am using fl studio? im so confortable with cause i dont wanna change it


I like how your Co-Producer likes the music you don't like as much helping you to create good music. I wish there was a bit more explaining in this lesson.

John M.

To all the immature people complaining about Armin's "ghost producer", perhaps you all should use this lesson to learn how to best get along and communicate with other people, as was exemplified very well in this lesson.

James T.

Very cool to see the ideas evolving as the song takes shape. It’s not the tool that matters as much as what you do with it.

Patricia V.

Yeah! I would love to be there with you, guys ... it's so exciting!!. Thank you! <3

A fellow student

This "Masterclass" is embarrassing , Using basic presets and a ghost producer lol, I want my money back