Chapter 13 of 33 from Armin van Buuren

Mixing and Mastering, Part 1

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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.

Topics include: Always Mix With Fresh Ears • Mix Case Study: "Sunny Days (Club Mix)" • Sculpting the Kick Drum • Honing the Bass Sound • Choose the Right Bass Sound for Your Mix

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.

Topics include: Always Mix With Fresh Ears • Mix Case Study: "Sunny Days (Club Mix)" • Sculpting the Kick Drum • Honing the Bass Sound • Choose the Right Bass Sound for Your Mix

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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 building a DJ set. Your crowd is waiting.

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Focus, believe and have a lot of fun in the studio and in the dance club is essential to be at the place you want. I love my teacher!

I learned what plugins Armin was using, very useful, Trance song forms, and language.

What an awesome class - created my own 4 track EP which will be due out just as soon as it has been signed (or not :) )

Great piece of creativity. Hope to learn more about other icons/stars in world of music....... Is it possible to have a masterclas on Chilly Gonzales?

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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.

Rick E.

I switched genres after I started this class. I'm making purely techno now. But I'm still getting something out of this. I'm much more minimal and don't stack SO many sounds on top of each other. Always liked Armin and always will

Andrew Stephen L.

Made this on LogicX too... it’s a poem inspired by a friend who posted them standing by this picture on their Instagram-there’s accompanying Music :) https://www.instagram.com/tv/Bm9M03SgInvrqzeD7MEpcK82p_oaEfezdwgeSQ0/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=18qrcucb7p2kn

Sebastien G.

Honestly, having paid 100euros for this Master Class, Armin could have explained a little bit in more details what plug ins he uses, how they work, why he uses them, etc etc... And could have joined his stems for download...

Kristian J.

TAL-Filter-2 is a free alternative to LFO tool also. Interesting how they use LFO tool instead of side chain compression.

Unique Loud S.

hello my friends!!! music producers!!! i made this track and i will happy to hear you like it hope you enjoy it. https://soundcloud.com/uniqueloudsounds/driving-original-mix-uls i came here to learn something from other genre and other artiste (armin) and I hope to get some new knowledge Cheers!

Andrew L.

Hey Guys - so being truly inspired by his work , I immediately began to work on something with the same essence. Of course, it sounds completely different but with the same elements in design. I would really appreciate if you could take a listen and let me know what fresh ears are hearing. I have been listening to the same sounds for so long now... almost two days straight now and I just want to continue but I know I need to give it a rest haha. I just want to know if Im on the right track :) Above all please enjoy. Im really struggling with how Bussing works and where to place the dynamic processing i.e. in the bus or on individual tracks. https://soundcloud.com/dj-andrew-1/innocence-ref1-main-theme