So with the rise in popularity in the last few years of the dubstep phenomenon, including tripped out remixes of pop music, inclusion into TV commercials, and the rise of Skrillex, there has been more than a casual interest in how to create dubstep, as such. You could probably think of creation in this sense as wanting to find the pieces to make it up, and then making your own track with those pieces.

The create awesome sounding dubstep, the fastest and easiest place to start is with the DUBTURBO software. 

Beginners to Intermediates are loving it, and pros are getting it just for the awesome sounds included.

DOWNLOAD the program from the official developer's website, by clicking the button below:

Dubstep Enthusiasm:

Musicians, producers, and composers go through the creation process as part of their routines, but what does an enthusiast do? For someone who has just been introduced to the dubstep idea, with it’s cranky edits, wobbly basslines and perpetual feeling of loud and in your face, how do you go about making your own version of it?

A little more searching for dubstep production software and you’ll find yourself at the DUBturbo site, which references itself as the hottest and most controversial beatmaking software on the market.  See a screenshot of DUBTURBO to the right >>>

Watch the short video on the site and make it to the end to get the final review on the matter. Without having a chance to play around with it, it’s hard to make a judgment call however, it offers you a chance to turn the ideas in your mind into broadcast quality tunes, you can’t help but be all for it.

More Expensive Programs:

Moving to a slightly more professional level, FLStudio is geared toward the beat maker with a super easy-to-use sequencer that can really get your creativity going once you’ve familiarized yourself with the use of sampling, and there are many dubstep producers that claim that it is where they find the core of the rhythm and groove that they ultimately use on their compositions.

Logic Studio, Cubase and Reason 5 are mentioned as places to start building your dubstep beats, but they are starting to get up there in price, and if you walk into those programs without knowing what you’re doing, it’s possible to get overwhelmed very quickly.

So really, you can go on a scholarly path from the very basic and nearly free to put your toes in the water of what it means to be a composer and arranger, to the very complicated and expensive methods that will require years of practice. Every journey starts with a desire to know more about something, so for those interested in dubstep production, your path is waiting.

So perhaps get started with Dubturbo. Click the button at the top of this page to get there.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mix Review: Kasra – FabricLive 62

Since 2001, London’s essential nightclub Fabric has been putting out monthly DJ set compilations, alternating the Fabric And FabricLive series. For FabricLive 62, Kasra Mowlavi got the tap to put together a drum and bass mix to put his stamp on. If you look at the lists of the DJ’s and artist who have put together prior compilations, you can tell it’s an honor to be included in the company.

Mixing mostly tracks from his own label Critical, but giving nods to a few other modern high-quality counterparts in the community, Kasra put together a live set that balances maturity and intensity in a way that can be appreciate by newschoolers and oldschoolers alike. As an interesting point, the set as a whole might be appreciated a little more by listeners who haven’t already decided what their favorite sub-genre of D&B is, as it makes the rounds without committing to any particular one.

The whole mix clocks in at 70 minutes, and has a tracklist of 29 tunes, so the pace is wicked, but the essence of each track is in there before it moves along to the next. Since the mix was done live, there are a few small technical errors that Kasra noted, but in interviews he said that he appreciates mistakes because they give the mix a sense of character.

Some reviewers complained because they felt that there was too much attention paid to the drum rhythms and bass, and not enough to melody line and chordal progression, but others have noted that they appreciated the fact that the mix wasn’t overdone by over-the-top melodic synth lines that tend to be popular in the progressive and more popular music right now. You can’t ever make everyone happy, and it seems that Kasra was aiming at the crowd that would be more interested in going deeper into structure and depth than skimming the surface for quick gratification.

This might be a particularly interesting mix for dubstep fans to listen to as well. There is plenty of bass wobble, though its overtones are more subtle, and some of the breaks, edits, and swings, especially during transitions, will be familiar, if not a little tighter because of the speed of the tracks. For the most part, the super intense tracks are kept short and pointed, which gives the rest of the album some room to breath and let your mind rest. You’d be hard pressed to call it dance music as such, but it’s easy to get caught bobbing your head at a half-time rhythm.

Listen in particular to the tracks by Noise, Commix and Klute, and you’ll hear some of the sounds that eventually influenced some of the whole dubstep movement. The three of them are known for composing edits so that a single stab or hit is the only thing happening in the track at that time, so it can take up the whole volume spectrum and sound absolutely huge – and that’s one of the tricks that Skrillex and crew have taken on.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Coming to Town VERY Soon

Ok boys and girls,

I will be posting on my NEW BLOG very soon in the next few weeks.

Please stay tuned for some awesome Dubstep creation and production articles!