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Using the Decks: Armin's Techniques

Armin van Buuren

Lesson time 11:48 min

Take a deep dive—see every knob twist and button push—as Armin demos some of the ways he transitions between tracks and adds exciting layers and effects to his mixes.

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.

Seeing Armin up close and personal is a game changer for me. Artists with his success are usually just out of reach for us normal people. Masterclass has enabled me to peek under the veil and see for myself that Armin is just a normal guy too. If he can do it, I can too. Thanks, Armin and the Masterclass team for the invaluable experience. See you in 5 years!

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.


I'll take Armin word. "if you dream big you can get there trust me" ill personally try my best to dream bigger and strive to it more harder than ever. Thank you Armin for this masterclass.



This really taught me a lot about DJing and how much DJ sets can actually do! It was a little quickly done in some parts which makes sense, so I wish it was explained as well what he does and shown slower.

A fellow student

Hi.,I have been very busy.But felt I needed to comment on this lesson and the previous one,I have often seen Deejays in action at Clubs.But only occasionally have I been close enough to observe it properly.And had noticed how the Deejay twiddles the Switches without the slightest Notion of what he is doing.Or that the Deejay device he operates has Computers linked to the Mix turntables-of course in the 1990 it was "Vinyl on the Decks".Watching it in recent years I had no notion what the significance of the modern decks were.I would imagine that the Music content in those "Computers" on the Current Devices have been done on the original DAW device,like Pro-Logic.I would guess that the "Computer" Mix decks content has been transferred from the Daw device.I am aware that the created arrangements from the "Console" on the Daw device are then sent to "Busses". James Turner

Samuel H.

This is super cool. One of the best lessons in this whole series, for sure. Masterclass - you should do a "remix" of this lesson with the L/R audio channels synced to what's in Armin's headphones so we can see how he "hears" the new mix coming.

Kenneth S.

Armin's dropping tracks and blending in the next track if it isn't working etc... is flawless... just incredible! I think I'll watch this lesson a few times as well!

A fellow student

oh this is good for beginners, especially pay attention to that Low end swap he shows you first, its essential. I love this class.

Uria S.

Guys.I am not a Dj and I have a question. Why are the Headphones used on set when you can see the beat / bars trough the CDJs LCD / monitor? I would like to start Djing by the way.

A fellow student

What was interesting that just by listening to his actual mix, keeping the tracks simple I think, simple effects when mixing or even creating the music in studio, people live for the beat and simple melodies, easy to follow..Yes definitely has awoken me to make my tracks in future, I've the passion and he made it easy to understand, this lesson has truly inspired me get into my mixing again, once my mixer fixed..but he said I can hire them to see how I get on. This is one guy he is a true master at his craft, I just wonder if he married or has girl friend, just curious, judge Jules has....

Håkan E.

Ive been doing this for years, I came for the producing part, but still fun to see others do what I do. God effort! :)

Team Asota Music A.

I am very Exited and sorry my words is all time same i am so happy we simple and cool you all show awesome i have no Masterclass before over mixing and technic awesome insance i can only told you incredible this dj player Using the Decks: Armin's Techniques Take a deep dive—see every knob twist and button push—as Armin demos some of the ways he transitions between tracks and adds exciting layers and effects to his mixes. and i am will not you copy you Academy and your Tips i will same make what you us show ty Armin perfect ! happy weekend

Rob H.

Gone are the days of heads in vinyl creates, I would love to see Armins DMC skills on the next ASOT Armin vs dj angelo Coming soon lol. Its a lot different now than early 2000s everything's so much bigger the music is more refined but i think the personal experience has lost some, I meet many big names back in the day inc Agnelli and Nelson, Robert Miles, Lab4, Lisa, lashes, PVD, and even Armin on his first tours to Australia. And i mean how may people could now in this day walk to the stage after the gig/set and give the dj a copy of their cd or get vinyl signed for the collection this was the norm back then and a huge reason ive been a fan since the start