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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.

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.

Thanks to God i saw this class, this is all i am interested on, and thanks to Armin because he is a great teacher, the best teacher ever, he made me see music on a very different way, All his techniques, his tips, his stories also inspired me, thanks to him now i feel ready to show people what i love doing. thanks Armin , i saw you inMonterrey whis outdoor it was the best night ever.

super great person, really nice to hear him talking i felt like i was whatching netflix! very good masterclass definitely learned a loat of stuff and got very inspired. Thank you !

Energizing and I love that he uses Logic Pro as that has been my DAW of choice (I started officially digging into music production this Summer 2019).

Brought me from zero to about 3 out of ten, which is very impressive given my general lack of talent, and total lack of knowledge. Just do it!



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