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In the Studio, Part 5: The Big Payoff

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 14:41 min

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.

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.

Armin's musical knowledge is amazing. Loved how passionate he is with engaging you in the journey of learning. Took things slower where necessary.

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

I love how he shared invaluable info about mixing live sets and how to self motivate. I can't wait to take what I've learned and apply it.

I threw my hands in the air several times during this Masterclass. What an amazing teacher ! Thanks for sharing all the knowledge and the stories. It really motivated me to create. I had a great time and learned a lot. It couldn`t be better. Its all about the music, the good energy and having fun !


A fellow student

THE BIG PAY OFF; WHERE IS THE CRYING EMOJI HAHA. I loved it. Reminds me every time I see Armin while he is playing music like that; those are the best memories. I loved asot yesterday it was truly amazing

René A.

Notice what Benno says at 4:54? And Armin said that he was going to "make a track completely from scratch"... what a huge goddamn motherf*cking lair!


Can someone explain the difference between using LFOTool versus an EQ to cut off certain frequencies of the sound? Which would you use in what scenario?

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.


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.