From Armin van Buuren's MasterClass

In the Studio, Part 5: The Big Payoff

When inspiration strikes, Armin follows it. Here, he works on a new musical idea: a set of big leads to carry the breakdown of his track.

Topics include: A Big Breakdown Riff • Layering the Big Leads


When inspiration strikes, Armin follows it. Here, he works on a new musical idea: a set of big leads to carry the breakdown of his track.

Topics include: A Big Breakdown Riff • Layering the Big Leads

Armin van Buuren

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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 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

Great teacher, great examples, invaluable advice.

Thanks to God i saw this class, this is all i am interested on, and thanks to Armin because he is a great teacher, the best teacher ever, he made me see music on a very different way, All his techniques, his tips, his stories also inspired me, thanks to him now i feel ready to show people what i love doing. thanks Armin , i saw you inMonterrey whis outdoor it was the best night ever.

I made my first track using Logic Pro X under the name Witakay. I made this track as I watched the videos and feel like I learned a lot about dance music that is important to know. My track comes out on July 7, 2019.


andres C.

how i can share my work or the assignments of the workbook with this community or teacher for a feedback?????

Sophia T.

I love how they demonstrate the entire creative process from ideas, to resistance & having to fix it & doing mis-takes & then fine-tuning & most of all how they collaborate synergetically & appreciatively together. It shows that the creative process has different phases of pace, clarity, confusion & release. It's not all perfect on instant, but a process of getting there incrementally. They're confident enough to show all of the aspects of this process, not just the "right, fast paced resolutions", but also the actual path of (slow moving, not-quite-there-yet, bits of confusions, fragments and followed up by solutions & ideas) creative realization to a final outcome. Well appreciated lesson. :-)

A fellow student

Oh my god - these guys are confused by simple 9 chords and chord qualities. Guys, take a 1st year theory class. Ladies and Gents: there is MASSIVE room for improvement in the dance genre.

Matthijs R.

I enjoyed the lessons up to this point but I am starting to feel disappointed in the lack of musical sophistication at play.

Jeff T.

Does Armin Van Buuren not know that the "Init" mode is the Initial Preset? Lol

Kenneth S.

I really enjoy watching them work through the process, but, it get's a bit mono for a while... not much to learn or digest and you have to sit back and think about the working-process. Although the chord changes and structure building is actually really interesting.

Bogdan I.

I wish it was that easy for me to. I am curious what is in his head when he is creating these sounds. What is his philosophy of doing music.

Morgan G.

I'd like to understand more about how to use risers to build things in the breakdown. My problem is creating the kinds of intense transitions that I love in trance music. Just don't know how to do it.

Daniel S.

Folks, I am just seeing that Armin doesn't change the note velocities. Normally, I record the Midi's and then I set all the velocities 100% higher, then I work with the filters such as cutoff and others. I do that to maintain the leads and plucks uniform. Is it a mistake to do that? Actually their chords and leads sounds uniform, even having the velocities not completely on higher levels uniformly.

Lachlan I.

Definitely agree that having a quiet moment right after a chorus in an emotionally atmospheric song, really helps to pull you into the moment.