How To Make Dubstep Beginner Guide (12 Videos)

If you’re interested in learning more about how to make dubstep music, you can learn a lot from these 12 videos I put together detailing the process I go through from scratch. They are on this page below this introduction article. Just scroll down and click play to start watching.

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I usually get my drums down first, getting the groove into them so that I am able to work on the bass line and ensure that it fits in well with the groove of the drums so everything sounds tight together.

I also like to spend a lot of time on getting the drums to sound good from the start, rather than using any old samples and coming back to them later. I find that the particular colour of the kick, snare and hats that you achieve by sample selection and colouring with EQ, has a big impact on the overall feel of the tune and will therefore have an impact on what kind of melody you come up with for the bassline and other parts of the song.

Once the drums are done (and by done I mean they are almost completely mixed down with little more needed doing with them), I will use some simple saw waves in NI Massive to start working out the main hook of the bassline. Once I’m happy with this hook, I’ll then work on sound design of about 5 different basses. You may prefer to do the sound design the night before making the tune. A lot of producers including Ill Gates and ISO do things this way and it works well.

I design the main bass sound first, then I’ll design the 2nd bass sound and drag sections of the hook from the first baseline sound track or channel, down into the 2nd track, so that parts of the bassline slowly ‘migrate’ onto different channels with different bass patches on them. This techniques seems to work quite well when working in midi.

You can then freeze and flatten each bass sound (or bounce it to audio) – making sure you have saved that bass patch.

You can now apply a plethora of effects in different ways to these sounds and automate them to bring them to life further.

It is important to have a separate sub channel and I cover how I make mine and set it up in this video series.

It’s then time to work on the highs – synths, pads, samples, vocals, you name it. This will have a huge impact on the overall atmosphere so make sure you have a vision in mind before you start choosing patches and samples to work with. After this you can start working on melodies and chord progressions.

Just a heads-up – while the first video is like 20 minutes long, the other 11 are all under 10 minutes, so don’t be deterred if you’re not the most patient of peeps.

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How To Make Dubstep Beats & Bass

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