Music & Entertainment

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.

I liked that Armin showed how to create a track from start to end and explained how to overcome the lack of inspiration, or how to come up with new ideas that can make your track shine through. I also liked his advices on how to get your career started and how to manage it once you get to the top. Overall, a great class.

i really liked this masterclass, it has clarified many doubts i had. it was worth it

This is pure magic, I'll want to watch it again and again and again!!!!

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.



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.

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.