Music & Entertainment

Mixing and Mastering, Part 2

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 15:31 min

If you want your song to sound as big and loud as what you’re hearing on the radio and streaming portals, it’s all about how you process your master channel. Here’s how Armin approaches his “end bus.”

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 learned a lot! very discriptive with everything he said showed a lot of his tricks and shared a lot of knowledge and information not only about making music but also everything that comes with it

This class offered exactly what I was seeking: Knowledge about DAW's, plug-ins, mastering, writing music, and even went farther with tips on performing and even hosting a radio show. I'm already applying so much of what I learned into my work today, and goals are being achieved as we speak. Thanks!!

I enjoyed the class with Armin however, I have no idea what is what. LOved learning it though :) Thanks for this.

It's been great listening to Armin share his music and expertise.


Rubin D.

The Course is Going On a confusing way. After 5 Or 6 Videos All Sequence Going Very confusing.


How can I make lift the leads like he does at 2:52? What Envelope he using?


I feel like Armin is making me a bit confused on this lesson to be honest with ya. He needs to teach more specifically about different things you should use. Unless that is later on I dunno.

Henry P.

I love it how the pluck finds a nice little nest between the low and high portions of the vocal range. That is truly a pro move mixing-wise.

Cosmic B.

Coming from a vinyl background, I can see where he is coming from in regards to wanting the different tracks to be the same volume when you're mixing live.. it is a task to try to get the same volume of each one when there is so much dynamic going on .. at the same time (in my opinion) it does bring a human element when playing live in attempt to have such a clean mix volume/eq-wize throughout the whole set.. little imperfections are kinda cool in my opinion.

Thomas G.

I see. So Armin is also not a big fan of the whole loudness battle going on. It's a bummer, but it's unavoidable to parttake in it…

Lachlan I.

100% agree on not mixing too loud, I've had a big problem doing that in the past, been improving now though.

Kristian J.

Great tips! There's a free plugin called SPAN that helps to check for clipping and frequencies also.

Sharif S.

Ah I see, he turns down the entire mix from the master to test the mix instead of starting from a mix that has every track low, which I how I recommend to start a mix.

Sharif S.

He shows a good example of how EQ works. Also great tips on reverb, it's handled similar to a vocal mic recording but at 300Hz instead of 100Hz. Digital clipping is terrible but if you can get authentic or synthesized analog clipping, it can sound good. I always like a tight and powerful sound but just as much a nice dynamic range. He doesn't mention how you should start the mix on every track much lower than the default 0 Db.