Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing the right tempo and samples for dubstep, part of Programming Beats in Ableton Live 9.
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Male 1: Dubstep music became established as a popular genre during the early 2000s.…It's characterized by a slow moving beat…with sometimes heavy shuffled percussion and hi-hats.…Inspired by faster tempo bass music like…Jungle, Double Bass, Future Garage, House, and…after arriving in the U.S. it also…do additional influence from Metal and Emo music.…Let's listen to a few examples.…Nice. The BPM for dubstep can move from 128 all the way up to 145 BPM.…
Although we can he-, already hear dubstep influenced sounds in other musical genres…that go beyond that tempo range. One of the key aspects of dubstep is that…even if it's, let's say, at 140 BPM, it's played with a half-time feel,…making it seem like it's at 70 BPM. In other words, instead…of placing the snares on every second and fourth beat of the bar, we're gonna place…them on the third beat. Let me give you an example. One, two, three, four, kick,…snare, kick, snare. But instead in dubstep we get. One, two, three, four,…kick, snare, kick, snare. Now let me give you some tips for choosing the right…
First get some basic rhythmic theory, including counting music and note subdivisions, and learn how elements like cymbals, percussive instruments like congas, and even homemade sounds from cans, bottles, and counters contribute to your beats. The following chapters tackle the particulars of house, dubstep, drum and bass, trap, juke, and hip-hop. In each of these chapters, Yeuda discusses how to choose the appropriate tempo and drum sounds for the style and how to sequence the kick, snare, and cymbals. The course closes with some pro mixing techniques that balance punch and presence, so your drums will cut through the mix and sound their best.
- How to count music
- Using a piano roll editor
- Choosing the right tempo and samples for various genres
- Sequencing your drum elements
- How to program house, dubstep, drum and bass, trap, juke, and hip-hop beats
- Adding extra percussion sounds
- Adding breaks
- How to mix your beat for presence and punch
- Adjusting levels and panning
- Adding reverb to your beat