Before we get into the specifics, the most versatile dubstep maker is called Dubturbo. This program is the fastest and easiest method of how to make dubstep beats and produce industry standard, original tracks.
Download the software from: http://www.dubturbo.com
Selecting Your Software:
The primary reason for selecting Dubturbo as the number one choice of Dubstep production software is that it is readily available to anyone, as an instant download from the software developer’s official website.
This easy access, when compared to competitor programs ($300+) has made it immensely popular with new producers and those with years of engineering experience.
Experience: Is one of the primary factors that comes into play with Dubstep music creation and as such, Dubturbo is the ideal choice for those who don’t have and cannot afford large studio setups.
There have been plenty of instances when a person with zero experience has got way too carried away and purchased hundreds, or thousands of dollars worth of equipment and realized that the process of digital music production is beyond them. This leads to the next big point.
Ease of Use: The tutorial videos that can be viewed by Dubtubo members can really accelerate your production skills and have you pumping out awesome Dubstep in very little time.
Pricing: Nothing good is available for free. Dubturbo is a one-time payment of $39.95, which is hundreds of dollars less than the closes competitor.
Perhaps there are some freeware versions of the old-school crappy sequencing programs, but they will not cut it for Dubstep and if they come close, the freeware always has lowered sound quality. That is how they make you purchase the full version. Finish reading this article and then click the button below to check it out further.
Sound Quality: As mentioned above the sound quality of your samples and the system itself, are of the upmost importance. One thing we do love is that all the drum sounds, instruments and samples, are all of amazing sound quality, as below.
Samples & Sounds: Included in the software download, are hundreds of drum sounds, vocals samples and instrument sounds. All of these were created from scratch especially for the latest version of Dubturbo.
The Finished Product: Upon completion of your wicked new dubstep beat, you then export the track to be taken away and played on other media, produced further on another system, played live in your DJ set or sold online. On most other programs this process can be very complicated, though Dubturbo makes it extremely simple, and results in awesome sounding .wav files, once an export has been completed.
In further articles we will cover the other, more expensive and more difficult to use dubstep beat making programs, but this software really is a great place to start. Heck, I know guys with pro studios who are getting this software just for the original drum sounds and samples, which for those alone, it still represents great value.
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If you are serious about becoming a live performer, meaning you’ll drag your sorry butt out of the basement and actually find gigs, then you’ll need to get all the proper paperwork in order. If you were to talk to any professional DJ they’ll tell you that there are certain things that are a must before any show, or to get a show for that matter. Maybe you have someone you know who can lend you a stage, no paper work needed, but whenever you would like to expand your territory it is essential to have every single little detail worked on before the time, otherwise you might find yourself in a pickle.
So what paperwork does an aspiring DJ need?
The first and probably most important thing about your career will be getting contracts signed. Why? Simply because without a contract the venue that booked your act will not be legally required to pay you, and even though you might think that “he’s a good guy”, when it comes to money even the best of people can turn into the stingiest moneygrubbers out there. So here’s how you get protected.
First of all you’ll draw up the contract between you and the venue or person purchasing your act. On this contract is needed the date and address of both parties. Also you will state exactly for how long you’ll play from what time to what time and the responsibilities of the person or club before, during and after the show.
Also establish the price to be paid, the dynamics of being paid and so forth. When I talk about dynamics of being paid I simply refer to how the payment will work. I suggest 50% upfront and 50% right before you step on stage. The moment you are onstage and playing your act you pretty much finished your side of the deal, but in many cases clubs will hold the money for as long as they can. So by getting the last 50% just as you step on stage you’ll know that you got what you came for, now you don’t have to worry about money and just about your act.
There are plenty of places where you can purchase a pre-made contract for under $20 USD if you don’t want to write it up yourself. I strongly recommend that you have a tailor made contract fitting your act specifically, meaning that even if you purchase a contract template you should still tweak it to fit you and your act specifically.
Your contract is your security and without it you might find yourself in quite a sham, especially if you really need the money, which when it comes to DJ’s in the beginning of their career is very likely.
So to recap in a short list what you need to put in your contract are the following points:
- Between who and who is the contract (Full names, addresses, signatures)
- What is the service you are selling in detail (time your act starts, how long it will last etc)
- Details of payments (50% upfront, 50% before getting on stage)
- Date of contract/ date of event
I cannot stress enough the importance of getting the damn thing signed, without a signature it will be as useful as toilet paper with words. On the next section we’ll be discussing riders.
When we listen to music we hear the finished version of all the elements of the track meshed together. People who have a trained ear would be able to dissect the track into its separate “sub-groups”. For instance; a professional bass player would be able to easily distinguish the sound of a Bass in a song, and depending on his level of expertise on the instrument, would even be able to distinguish in what note and scale a specific sound is.
Thus in order to become a competent dubstep beat maker, we’ll dive into the individual elements of Dubstep to simplify the mystery behind the music.
Kicks and Subs:
One of the more important aspects of electronic music in general has to be the Kick and the Sub bass. This is the heart of any production and in many cases is “what” defines the genre of the music. When we talk about Dubstep it is important to note that even though the sound normally spike towards the low end of the sonic spectrum, the kick does not necessarily have to be a fat 808 sample as you would like to merge it with a sub in order to create that “wobbly” sound within the kick itself.
There is no set way to do things when it comes to this genre but the above mentioned tip would be considered a base to start from. When creating your kicks and subs for Dubstep; remember that the “bass” drop needs to be thrown into the deep end of the sonic spectrum, creating that typical Dubstep sound.
In order to really make a Dubstep track you need to understand the placement of the snares and claps within your sequences. In addition to finding the placement it is important to understand how much reverb you’ll be throwing on in order to give it that “swing” and to not sound monotonous. Remember that Dubstep is not like normal techno and is more “vibrant” than that of your typical psycho.
It’s always a good idea to make a nice “half-Step” pattern in order to really spruce things up and to give it that edge that Dubstep requires. Also play around with the velocity of the snares to make it feel more organic as opposed to being completely synthetic.
Cymbals and Hi Hats:
The placement of hi hats within the track is incredibly important. Dubstep requires a lot of changes throughout the totality of the song, and unlike techno or electro needs to be carefully plotted to give it that “swing element”.
Also by adding in some reversed cymbals with an extra bit of reverb can create incredible transitions or lead into a massive Bass Drop. When creating your base beat you should pay special attention to how you place your hats and your cymbals, otherwise your music could become repetitive and boring.
Dubstep requires a lot of attention to detail to be classified as good Dubstep.
A lot of people have been asking about what to do to actually make the money when you’re living on a “shoe string budget”. Well, we heard the call and decided to jump into the steps one can take to fund their Dubstep.
Analyze your current situation
Do you live by yourself? Do you have a job? Do you live in your parent’s basement? You need to have a clear image of “where you are now” in life in order to be able to budget accordingly. If you live by yourself you’ll need to generate more money, cut down expenses and save.
Yet if you live and you don’t have to pay rent or any other expenses; the time to save up enough cash will be reduced considerably. So before you jump into any strategies analyze in detail your current situation. Things to analyze are:
- Income (if any)
- Expenses (if any)
- Opportunities to make more money (even non DJ related)
Then tweak your lifestyle to “cut unnecessary expenses” and increase your income. Then create a list of “equipment needed” and prioritize them. Buy your gear one by one, not all at once.
Increase your income
The road to becoming a professional DJ requires sacrifice. This means not going to parties that are a waste of time and money, it also means to take on more jobs to increase your income. It could be anything from taking another job, or simply mowing your neighbors’ lawn. Money is everywhere; you just need to know where to find it.
Where to find money
If you can’t track down money in the physical world, you could always turn to the virtual. There are so many opportunities to make money online it isn’t even funny. All you need to do is to find what skill you have to offer that other people are willing to pay money for. For instance if you are a musician and have some gear to record, then you could make music for other people and sell it as a freelancer, or even simply clean up recordings and charge money. Another way is blogging, although there are a lot of aspects that one needs to learn in order to actually make a buck.
You could even check out the various Freelancing websites out there and do some extra work on your time off, whether it’s Photoshop, writing, music or even programming. All you need to do is find out what you’re good at and what other people might need.
Donations or Contests
If you present a well thought out plan about your dream, there are a lot of people willing to donate to your cause. We all have family and friends that are willing to lend a helping hand, so instead of them helping they could donate $10 dollars to your dream. Get enough donations and you’ve got yourself a brand new kit for DJing. You could also sell contest tickets to something like an iPad2 or a Flat Screen TV.
People are willing to pay $20 for a ticket when they know they could win something worth $700 USD. Use your brain, there are a lot of opportunities to cash on