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Arts & Entertainment

Mixing and Mastering, Part 1

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 10:11 min

Once you’ve laid down a bunch of great musical ideas in your project, it’s time to sculpt the sound and make sure your audience is hearing everything you want them to. Open your ears and expand your skills with these lessons in mixing.

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.

It was a really interesting course that made me relate with this very successful artist,

Really nice master class I enjoyed too much Armin has been an inspiration for Me.

grreat class. takes you through the the thoughts and chances or producing music

Too drawn out. Could have had the same amount of "info" / "knowledge" in half the time.


Duane Hitchings

I loved the lessons!! I took the course twice! Armin, I have been trying to send you melodic/chord ideas to you via your offices. Of course, you do just fine" on your own with ideas!! I don't know if you got them? The ideas are not completed trance/EDM tracks but just melody with chords ideas for you might like. I can't send them through the 20-second offering "window" that can be reviewed first by your staff. 6 ideas are short to long - 40 seconds to 1 1/2 -minutes. NOT to be boastful but I am a Grammy Award-winning songwriter - Rod Stewart - 4 hits, a good list of top pop and rock artists, and a big rap hit. Studied classical/electronic music in 2 music conservatories and fell in love with Trance 8 years ago. You are also my favorite DJ/Composer. Though writing for major artists in other genres (a living), I am getting serious as an EDM composer, not necessarily a DJ. How can I send short mp3s to you -- if you are interested? THANK YOU for the course and the many videos on UTUBE. Cheers, Duane Hitchings - - 615 934-7946 - (EDM experiments old but bio new)

samuel J.

I like all three music production masterclass. plan on watching each 1000 times. repetition is key to success

A fellow student

I loved it but it would be an awesome feature if you could put a red circle or something around his cursor so you could follow where his mouse is on the screen!

andres C.

during the drop, how he makes the voice stand out from the huge melody ? its so clear that we can hear all of the elements


I would've liked more recommendations, but I will watch the next one to see if that helps.

John M.

This masterclass went suddenly from mostly review of things I already knew (for me at least) to being more difficult than my calculus classes in college. Great stuff Armin, keep it up; I gave this lesson 5/5 stars.

James T.

The subtleties are clearly what make the track shine. I like that you mentioned how important it is to step away and separate mixing and mastering from composition. Far too many times I think I’ve tried to do all at once and I’m just too close to the music to think in both directions.

Tim K.

I love to think about this: a few decades ago, without computers, songwriting, arranging, producing, mixing and mastering were always different people. Today, a producer is always also a songwriter, an arranger and a mixing engineer, sometimes also a mastering engineer, just with the rise of computers and especially in Electronic Music. Interesting development.

Marc T.

This was such a great lesson! I'm very happy I'm not the only one who sometimes uses that many plugins to shape a sound, because I've had many people telling me that you shouldn't have more than 3-4 plugins at max on one channel strip. But to me, all these tiny details make the difference between a sound that cuts and is big and impactful and one that's just flat and meh... :))

Jer G.

Wow, this was a really helpful lesson. It's kinda cool that you're giving back to the community and showing what's going on behind the curtain. I've always tried mixing while composing, but the way you've demonstrated your workflow makes it "click"...there really is a benefit to looking at the mix with fresh ears. Mixing and mastering is more like adjusting the track as if we're just someone in the audience, listening to it as opposed to getting all your musical ideas out.