A State of Trance

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This wiki page is made to point out some of the specific techniques for tagging the A State of Trance radio shows.


Almost all broadcasts (studio and live sets included) consist of a continuous mix and split track version. These are effectively the same audio but the former is a single track consisting of all the tracks. Normally a continuous mix would not exist in MusicBrainz but since this is a live broadcast that is originally mixed as one solid block it is necessary to keep continuous mixes.

The guidelines outlined here are based on the (newer) Style/Specific types of releases/Broadcast programs style guidelines.


Broadcast Episode

For studio broadcasts it is simply a single broadcast. However in the case of live events a broadcast episode will consist of all the parts of a single stage at a single event. For example lets say an event spanned 5 cities and each city has 3 stages, each of the stages has 6 DJs playing in one continuous show. There would be 15 release groups (5 cities x 3 stages) but each release group would contain 6 releases, each is Part numbered with the DJ name.

Continuous Mix

Is a single audio track spanning an entire broadcast episode.

Split Tracks

A continuous mix is split into separate tracks.

Check List

This is a good way to make sure each broadcast episode is complete.

Release Group

  • There is one release group per broadcast episode.
  • Artist: Armin van Buuren
  • Name: The name of the release group follows Naming Conventions below.
  • Primary Type: Broadcast
  • Secondary Types: DJ-mix (and Live for events)


  • Artist: Armin van Buuren
  • Status: Bootleg
  • Language: English
  • Script: Latin
  • Release Event: Blank.
  • Format: Digital Media


  • A release for the split track and continuous mix versions. These will both have the same name, which is also the same name as the release group.
  • For the continuous mix version it must contain only one track that has the artist Armin van Buuren and the title the same as the release group.


  • Each stage works like a Studio episode (called a Part that belongs to a DJ). There is a continuous mix and split track version of each part.
  • Each release belonging to a DJ should be DJ-mix relationship.

The date used on the release name as per the Live Bootleg Style is the date of broadcast not the date of when the event happened. Many of the episodes feature one or two hours of a live set at a given event, but the date of the broadcast (which is often several days later) is used in all cases. For any event that spans multiple dates it should be made into multiple release groups as these would have to be different broadcasts.

Naming Conventions

For the most part the naming scheme is derived from Live Bootleg Style. However, there is some flexibility required to accommodate the varying radio shows.

Pure Studio

The most common, where all the of tracks are broadcast from a studio.

  • This includes special mixes like Yearmix and Top 20.
  • Naming follows official MusicBrainz style guidelines.


Pure Live / Events

The second most common; broadcasts that have no studio time or are recorded from an event.

  • This does not apply to broadcasts that only have part of a live set.
  • Naming follows official MusicBrainz style guidelines.


Guest Performances

Mostly occurring early on in the ASOT series (up to episode 200). The 2 hour set was split into 2 single hour sets usally with the first hour being mixed by Armin van Buuren and the second hour likewise by another DJ.

  • Append "Guest[s] [Guest1], [Guest2]... & [Guest3]".



A lot of the early releases contain one hour of Armin van Buuren's set followed by a live set, guest mix, or some other non-standard mix. Whatever the case this is still reflected in the release and release group name like:

Some broadcasts have live and guest mixes (this is not the same as an event like ASOT 500). In which case the release group name is stacked with all that apply:


Many of the studio (and some live) episodes have an intro and outro in the form of "[intro] - [no artist]" and "[outro] - [no artist]". There are a few releases that need this corrected.

Special Feature Tracks

Each episode usually contains three special tracks; Tune of the Week, Future Favorite and ASOT Radio Classic. Theses are tagged with square brackets at the end of the track title:

Less frequently are other special tracks:


Often raw tracks imported from astateoftrance.com or other source will have the label for that particular track attached, like:

  • Mat Zo – Default (Anjunabeats)

Once a "published" track-label relationship is added the " (Anjunabeats)" can be removed.

Discussion / Notes

"XXL" in Titles

  • Do not use the term "XXL" in titles. If you find it in titles you may remove it; but before you remove the XXL check astateoftrance.com because it's likely to be at a location like "Amnesia, Ibiza"
    • I believe these are all removed now, but if you do find any the above applies.