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.


Firstly, I will be re-viewing many sections and details of the class. As an established recording artist of a different genre, It was none the less very relative, inspiration and entertaining as a set of lectures. Thank you. Valor

This is a real and honest closer look into producing and dj-ing by Armin van Buren.

Many, many things learned. Working in 1/2 tempo. Passion to not forget that music is emotion and work towards inspiring 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

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: