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In the Studio, Part 8: Building the Drop, Reviewing the Track

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 23:52 min

If your drop doesn’t work, your track won’t work. Watch Armin and Benno tweak their track’s drop for maximum impact. Then take a listen to how the whole track came together.

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.

Love to learn and use. Very practical things I can start to use immediately

Really great way of learning and getting inspired. Very professional, clear and to the point lessons including best practices, tips and great tricks.

I am not a musician but very much into techno and classical one ethnic musics. I have wanted to know how electronic music is produced, how it is dj’d, how dj sets are put together. So this has been very interesting and enlightening to me.

Energizing and I love that he uses Logic Pro as that has been my DAW of choice (I started officially digging into music production this Summer 2019).



hi, in building the drop, reviewing the track lesson, Armin refers "we will give project", where can I download logic pro project files? I am not referring PDF workbook.

Ayres C.

I get that the LFOTools automate the volume, but why no side chain compression? Is it because of the timing of compressors?

Wayne N.

At 18:39, Armin states "we will give you the project as well..." Where can I locate the project files?


I like this track overall I have to say. If only I could download the logic project for me to look at, but I have a PC, not a Mac and I use FL Studio. What do you use to change the Volume Levels? Forgot sry.

Budiu M.

I've tried to download the Masterclass Jam Project but it doesn't work can someone fix the link?

Mike B.

This is where you really get your money's worth for this course and then some: seeing these two working in real time. You can miss a lot if you don't pause and take lots of notes. It's not fun: took me a long time and all of my energy and focus to soak up all the great info here, but ultimately it was worth it.

Marshal A.

Using the EQ's and exciter on the super saw reminds me a bit of using the tone control on the JP-8000. You can really dial in those high end transients on that synth and IMO the JP-8000 still makes the best sounding super saw ever! Sylenth does a great job though and I can see why they are using it a ton in this class.

Andy D.

I'm still really loving this course so much. Armin and Benno are amazing producers and teachers. I love their humour too and the way they work together, I'm learning and laughing along with them in my little logic pro studio - thanks guys so much! Downloaded the free Kontakt sample player and might get the strings pro 2, also defo the LFO Tool. Just got to find a way to sneak some paid plugins past the missus! :-) lol

Keegan D.

A/B-ing is crucial to allow a producer to make sure the sound of their track is up there with the best!

Julian S.

Something happens at around 830 that makes the sound really pop. Any idea what happened there as they were transitioning cameras?