Music & Entertainment

Mixing and Mastering, Part 1

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 10:12 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.
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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 really liked the second to last lesson where Armin talked about how to get your career started as a DJ.

Despite having little to no prior knowledge of Armin and his music, I found him to be an inspiring instructor, with great advice on both technical and motivational fronts. I'll certainly apply this advice to my own work in the future.

Armin is an intelligent and eloquent, friendly and positive guy who isn't afraid to share everything he knows. He really lets you watch how he does things. This course was about a million times better than deadmou5, who only seemed to be superficially improvising.

Great instructor, learned writing, producing, mixing electronic music. And also a few quick performance tips


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.

Lachlan I.

Thank you for the great insight, could hear the difference with every plug-in as he turned each of them on.