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

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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

Teaches Dance Music

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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.

Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I was always curious how Armin made his mixes. So I decided to do the course. It teaches me new approaches ens new techniques. Very valuable. Thank you Armin for this Great Masterclass ;-))

La critica, la calidad y todo el trabajo de Armin me parece realmente excelente. No es el artista que más escucho pero me motiva y me identifico con su vision de la innovación en la música y la perseverancia que puede ser dificil mantener para todos en algun punto y llega a ser algo frustrante. Me siento agradecido y morivado mas ahora que terminé esta MASTERCLASS,. Gracias Armin.

Great class overall! It would have been nice to have received feedback from Armin or his coproducer.

in the beginning, when Armin Van Burren steps up to the platform, the very 1st beat, there is a smile that I share. still. no thinking, just feeling.

Comments

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.

Andrew Stephen L.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/BmfImcWHEWYa0f1jRNyr9NHXm95XHWdh7uShXY0/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1udw9ibmu78z8 Made this on LogicX couple of days ago #HBDMADREX

gunsxgold

What's the name of that classical piano piece that Armin is inspired by? That really beautiful piece