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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.

Absolutely amazing session, from beginning to end. Having spent years making music and DJing, I learned truly valuable insights and feel inspired.

Armin is an amazing teacher and it was great to get some inside views into his creative process. Very inspiring and informative.

I learned that when making mashups or a less than ideal transition between songs, reverb is a good tool to smooth out most imperfections. I also learned about the basics of arrangement in creating a song.

This class had taught me everything I need to know to make music. First rule - Have Fun! Thank you Masterclass and Armin! The perfect teacher for teaching dance music


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