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In the Studio, Part 7: Percussion and Arranging

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 20:17 min

Armin and Benno bring a collection of percussion loops and FX into their Logic project. Then, after some rough organization, it’s time to start arranging all of the elements of their track into an intro, breakdown, and drop.

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.

About the Instructor

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.

Wow, Awesome! Armin (and also Benno) did very well. I learned a lot, especially in terms of how to arrange things and not to stick to certain things, but to mess around a little bit. And most immportant: To have fun. Thank you so much for this Masterclass Armin! I will work my ass of to get to where i want to be! See you in the future. Your El Jay

As a fan of EDM this class allows you to enjoy the music even more.

Interesting information in a very casual format. Well laid out. Armin is a great communicator

I learned that when making mashups or a less than ideal transition between songs, reverb is a good tool to smooth out most imperfections. I also learned about the basics of arrangement in creating a song.


Unique Loud S.

hey guys what do you think about this eraser! let me know how it feels in your Sound System! thank you for your time!

Henry P.

I haven't thought about how a club mix track is made, specifically referring to the arrangement of the mix. Definitely a great technique to add in a 4/4 beat and give about 10 seconds or so for DJ's to slide it into the playlist during a set. I always want to get to the point with music, but arranging seems to help hold you accountable to making smart decisions and allowing your mix to breathe. Learned a few useful tricks from this ITS session!

Sharif S.

Arranging may be the most interesting part since it is probably the biggest differentiator between producers. He's got great bass lines, simple yet effective and great use of effects.

Sharif S.

Interesting. Usually do more of the percussive stuff at the beginning for my mixing.


I'm having a hard time with Risers, Armin said at the end of the video he made one but can't recall where in the video he made one unless it was off screen and it wasn't heavily emphasized later

Wim D.

I was wondering, how does Armin exports from the laptop to the other computer? Or is it the same computer but with like two simultaneous users ? Is this even possible?

Khalegh N.

I know what the reason is.It is : They have direct audio from the computer to the recording device for this video that we see. Unfortunately Armin or Bunno or any body who is the operator of the recording hasn't paid attention and hasn't turned off the audio signal from Armin and bunno's mikes or they couldn't cause then they couldn't comment on it. So I think Armin and Bunno should have paid attention and should have turned speakers off while commenting because It is a fact that you will cancel the signal with to wave forms causing phase shifting.

A fellow student

Hi., The Comment I made on Lesson 17 was in fact relevant to Lesson 18.In just this case I got the two lessons mixed up.I have found that in Both lesson 18 and This one (17) I have been able to Link up what Armin is saying,with what is he is showing on the Logic device.

Jerry B.

Props to everyone making it this deep in the course! So many comments in the first few videos and so few now!

Shahin M.

Also just love how well Armin and Benno work together. Great chemistry from these two.