Music & Entertainment

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.

Seeing how he worked in the studio was extremely helpful. It reminded me to do some things I stopped doing years ago. Seeing how he works in a state of flow without over analyzing things and just trying ideas until they bear fruit helped remove some walls I hadn’t noticed I’d built around my musical self.

I did not expect to learn as much as i did from Armin class , in particular the advice in a practical sense to enjoy the music first and not to put pressure on the learning. I have a Masters degree and i never enjoyed learning. This take away has resonated with me and is my key take away. Adrian Maraspin

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

I learned so many things to overcome the problems of being a beginner, from focusing on what inspires me, the creative process, and just trying to have fun doing it and not being afraid to have speedbumps or mistakes. Armin is a world class producer and a class act all around. Cheers to him!


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

Thomas G.

Hmm... Never knew pads are that important. I always thought of them as an extra way to add feeling to a song, but it seems like you can't really omit them.

Jer G.

In the PDF download there's a broken link for the LFOTool: It looks like it's here now: Also, looks like the H-Delay link isn't going directly to Waves page where they are having a Black Friday sale this weekend:

Anand S.

Would like some feedback on this track that I did, need some feedback on sound and melody. Probably something is missing? Let me know. thanks :)