Dubstep has taken the world by storm. It seems that everyone now wants to know how to make Dubstep, and it’s not hard to see why.
It has become so popular that the genre has fused with other genres and has many different artists have started to incorporate Dubstep into their own music.
This kind of popularity means that the demand for Dubstep is rising, so if you want to jump on board, then follow this guide.
The Structure Of Dubstep
Drum Pattern: There are many different ways you can lay out your drums. If you observe the drum pattern of rap beats and Dubstep, they’re very similar but what sets them apart are the sound kits used and the speed at which they’re played.
A common drum pattern heard in Dubstep is:
- White = Kick
- Green = Snare
- Blue = Hi-Hats
As you can see, it’s very simple but the drums kits are hard hitting and the wobbles and synths adds that extra bounciness to the track.
Tempo: The tempo for a Dubstep track is usually between 138-142 beats per minute which gives the track an upbeat and energetic feeling.
Song Structure: A typical Dubstep track would be structured like this:
- Introduction: You want to be minimal at the start but have a consistent beat. For example, it can just be a single kick and snare to start, some synths/samples/vocals and then more drums adding that will help the intro to slowly build up to the drop.
- Main Section: This section can also be referred to as the first verse. The beginning of the main section features a big drop, followed by a consistent melody/bass line with loads of wobbles.
- Midsection / Bridge: Towards the end of the main section there’s a switch up/break in the track which is intended to build up to the second main section.
- Second Main Section: Features another drop and is pretty much the same pattern as the first main section.
- Outro: To effectively lead the listener out of the song, you progressively strip away sounds towards the end leaving only vocals and/or drums until the song comes to a complete stop.
There really is no set length to each section, but typically it should be between 16-32 bars, with the bridge and outro being shorter. Another thing to keep in mind is that when you hear Dubstep remixes of songs from other genres, the song structure would sometimes be kept to the structure of the original song.
Melody & Bass Line: Both of these elements must work together to captivate the listener. In Dubstep, the main characteristics of a melody and bassline are the wobbles (wubs) and synths, which you can find or even create yourself with a VST plugin that allows you to do so.
Getting the bass line right is important as it pretty much makes up the main melody as well, while all the other common sounds that you hear in Dubstep are used for added effect.
Adding instruments in a melodic pattern to parts of your beat will enhance the listening experience but don’t overdo it. You know the saying “less is more”, and you’ll find that when you listen to Dubstep, instruments are kept to a minimal in the background but are very effective at enhancing the beat.
Sound Kits & Samples: Since Dubstep usually features very little vocals, you must heavily depend on the drum kits, instruments, synths and other sounds to carry the listener through. This means that you must have decent sound kits and samples otherwise your beat won’t sound as great as it’s supposed to.
Extra Tips On How To Make Dubstep
- Don’t overcomplicate things. Stick to simplicity first. Start with simple drum patterns, short melodies and bass line and then build upon it.
- Listen carefully to other Dubstep tracks and make a note of how they’re structured and how all elements in the track come together to create a complete song.
- The track length of a Dubstep track is usually between 4-6 minutes, so try to keep it within this frame otherwise it may be a bit too repetitive. If you go over, then make sure that you can justify its length.
Dubstep is a relatively new genre of electronic music, therefore it’s still constantly evolving. There are many sub-genres of Dubstep so it’s a good idea to identify their characteristics also.
You should go online and watch different tutorials on how to make Dubstep, even if they’re not on the software you’re using to make your track. This way, at least you can see how everything is put together and then you can try to replicate it.
I also recommend that you check out the Top 10 Tips For Making Dubstep.================================================================
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