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Postby futures_untold » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:53 am

1. Start Here!

01> --------------------------> Best music software

02> --------------------------> How to make Bass

03> --------------------------> Mixing and Mastering

04> --------------------------> Find info quickly


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2. Hardware

Useful Hardware
01 - Soundcards
02 - MIDI controllers
03 - Speakers & Monitors
04 - Headphones
05 - Microphones

Understanding Computer Hardware
01 - Buying a new PC

Computer Maintenance
01 - Tips on keeping your production PC ninja
02 - Basic Windows functions & keyboard shortcuts


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3. Software

Free Software
01 - Free music software

Good Software
01 - Good synths
01 - Free filters
02 - Distortion & Bitcrusher plugins
03 - Transient shapers
04 - Frequency analyzers
05 - Drum randomisers
06 - Text-to-Speech Programs
07 - Good MIDI Arpeggiators

Question & Answer Threads: DAWs
01 - Reaper
02 - Renoise
03 - Logic
04 - Ableton Live
05 - FL Studio
06 - Reason
07 - Cubase
08 - Modular Hosts

Question & Answer Threads: Synths
01 - Native Instruments Massive
02 - Rob Papen Albino
03 - Cakewalk Z3ta +

Further Software Links
01 - Online music making tools
02 - Pitchshifting & Timestretching software


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4. Samples & Sampling Techniques

Finding Samples
01 - List of free sample sites
02 - Free samples created by Dubstepforum users
03 - Techniques for sampling computer games

Organising Samples
01 - Techniques on organising a sample library
02 - How to stop samples invading your iTunes

Using Samples
01 - Traditional resampling techniques
02 - 'Single wavecycle' resampling
03 - Stretching samples
04 - Isolating vocals from existing samples

Random Sampling Info
01 - The Amen Break
02 - Removing vocals from audio by inverting phase

Sampling & Copyright
01 - Information and resources about copyright and sampling
02 - More about copyright


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5. Synthesis

General
01 - Basic synthesiser controls explained
02 - Basics of synthesis covered
03 - General tips on using synthesisers
04 - A thread to ask for help in producing sounds you like in other peoples music

Bass
01 - The Bass Thread (Lots of info on making all kinds of bass sounds - a must read!)

Pads
01 - Tips and techniques on creating pads

Risers & Sound Effects
01 - Risers and Breakdown FX

Other Sounds
01 - Creating ear candy & incidental effects
02 - Techniques for developing snare sounds
03 - Infintate tips on sound design
04 - Sound design videos

Other
01 - Building DIY Synths
02 - How to make digital synths sound warmer


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6. Effects
01 - Functional descriptions on how common music production effects work (Please help make this thread better)
02 - Advice on using compression


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7. Production Theory

Practical Theory
01 - Mixing & mastering
02 - Comparing your music to other music
03 - Inserts, sends and buses explained
04 - Considerations when producing music for club sound systems

Creative Theory
01 - Drum Sampling
02 - Unconventional production techniques
03 - Random Tips & Techniques

Technical Theory
01 - 16-bit VS 24-bit audio explored
02 - Understanding the impact of bit depth, sample rate and reprocessing audio
03 - Preparing your tracks for professional mastering


8. Musical & Arrangement Theory
01 - Music theory explained
02 - Tips & techniques on song structure
03 - Techniques for keeping an arrangement interesting
04 - Ideas about what keeps music original
05 - Scales and Musical Modes Explained
06 - Dubstep MIDI Groove Templates

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9. Reading & Further Sources of Information
01 - Reviews of books & magazines related to music production
02 - A list of music related Wikis
03 - Other music production forums you can join
04 - Dubstep Blogs


10. Education & Careers
01 - Considerations and advice related to choosing education & careers in the audio industry


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11. Production Lifestyle
00 - How to choose a production name
01 - Maintaining interest and motivation
02 - Improving concentration
03 - Dealing with 'writers block'
04 - Overcoming depression
05 - Smoking green VS eating your greens
06 - The benefits of keeping tidy
07 - Maintaining relationships and enjoying music production
08 - Good films to watch when you are not producing music


12. Interviews With Producers
01 - Breakage
02 - Ramadanman
03 - Kutz
04 - Jack Sparrow
05 - Numbernin9
06 - Distance
07 - Stenchman
08 - Rob Sparx
09 - Pinch
10 - Cyrus
11 - Ikonika
12 - Akira Kiteshi
13 - The Widdler
14 - Soul Sinners
15 - Reso
16 - DJ Madd
17 - Vaccine
18 - Threnody
19 - Phaeleh


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13. Labels & Management
01 - List of Dubstep labels
02 - Insight and advice on starting a music label
03 - Tips and techniques for running a music label
04 - 'Exclusive' label contracts explained
05 - General discussion about signing label contracts
06 - Tips on how to work with booking agents as an artist looking for representation


14. Setting up a Night
01 - Tips on setting up a small rave


15. Piracy & Copyright
01 - Discussion of piracy and its effects
02 - Removing illegally shared files from file-sharing sites etc


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16. The Production Bible Version History and Downloads

This is the 3rd version of the production bible, and was compiled by Silent K, Upstateface and myself (Futures Untold).

The original two production bible threads (created by Daft tnuc) are linked below.

The Production Bible v1.
The Production Bible v2.

You can also download the Production Bible v2 in various formats courtesy of Depone.

Production Bible v2 PDF
Production Bible v2 .Doc

The thread title has been renamed to be more descriptive of the contents of the thread for new forum dwellers and to avoid possible religious connotations.


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16. Submitting New Threads, Feedback, Ideas & Suggestions

Contact me to submit new threads and to report errors. I will make amendments where necessary.

New Articles and Tutorials Needed
We can greatly improve this resource with extra articles and more tutorials. Please submit them if you have them! Depending on their uniqueness and relevance to existing threads, submissions will either be added directly to the main list or linked to within existing threads.

Thank You & Have Fun!
Thanks to everyone for sharing your knowledge with us all! Have fun learning on Dubstepforum.com! :w:

Patrick :)
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Postby Sharmaji » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:54 am

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Postby futures_untold » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:02 am

Thanks for stickying. :)

Took waaay to long to compile lol, mostly because I was doing other things like building my first website ---> PatGFX.com (which also took too long lol).

Please contribute to this thread people! :)

@Depone - Do you fancy compiling a PDF of this thread too?
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Postby futures_untold » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:32 am

I've added it to the top of the first post of the Big Thread of Patches and Samples. :)

Thanks for the link. 8)
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Postby amphibian » Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:37 am

This could be better than the dubstep production bible itself!

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Postby gnome » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:45 am

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Postby helium101 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:03 am

im new but i was wondering wat type of software is better for me if I am going to continue in making dubstep...........Reason........or try to convince my parents to buy sonic producer :u: lol nd sry i just like this icon thingy :u:
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Postby futures_untold » Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:51 am

Dear Helium101, let me introduce you to an age old DSF tradition...

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If you actually read the list of links in the original post, you would have seen tips-on-starting-out-in-music-production-t151534.html which explains exactly what you need to know.

We can't recommend a program for you as each program suits different people depending on their knowledge level, production goals and workflow preferences.
Download the demos of all the software you are interested in and give them a try. You'll quickly know for yourself which programs you want to invest time and money in. (There is a list of popular DAWs in the first link I've provided in this response).

For future reference, use the search button or the custom DSF search in my signature strip before asking questions. If you don't, people will post pictures of Alpacas instead of answering your questions...

Good luck!

Patrick :)
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Postby helium101 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:40 am

Click here to see it on Mixcloud


Oh yea nad by the way I am assuming that you produce music.....am i off to a good or bad start in dubstep please i need professional help from professionals lol thanks.
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Postby futures_untold » Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:38 am

I'm really happy that you've decided to pursue music production, I suppose that's why we're all here.

But there are certain netiquette rules that may be useful to learn about as well as music production techniques. These will help you garner a more positive response from less patient souls online.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netiquette
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_forum

The rules of the production subforum on Dubstepforum.com (See rule 1 in particular and heed it...)
The general rules of Dubstepforum.com

After you've familiarised yourself with those, post your track in one of the following threads for feedback.

Feedback thread for musical works in progress.
Feedback thread for completed tracks.

deadly habit wrote:If you fail at basic reading comprehension (Q.E.D. reading this thread before making your first few posts) you probably cannot grasp the complexities of a digital audio workstation even at the most basic of levels and your tunes do not deserve the web space they so carelessly waste.

Quote for truth.

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Postby gagandeep90 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:15 pm

Anybody else here not able to open Mixing and Mastering thread?

Everytime i try to open it i get the following error msg :(

Not Found

The requested URL /this-thread-will-answer-your-mixing-and-mastering-questions-t74832.html was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
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Postby KeeveBC » Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:56 pm

gagandeep90 wrote:Anybody else here not able to open Mixing and Mastering thread?

Everytime i try to open it i get the following error msg :(

Not Found

The requested URL /this-thread-will-answer-your-mixing-and-mastering-questions-t74832.html was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Looks like a lot of the links are broken. Just click the link and copy the numbers after the t in the address bar and click back, then paste the numbers after the t-xxxxxxx from this thread and it'll put you through till the links are edited.
Also bigup on the effort put into this for people starting out/looking for more info. Great resource for information!!
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Postby gagandeep90 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:33 pm

KeeveBC wrote:
gagandeep90 wrote:Anybody else here not able to open Mixing and Mastering thread?

Everytime i try to open it i get the following error msg :(

Not Found

The requested URL /this-thread-will-answer-your-mixing-and-mastering-questions-t74832.html was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Looks like a lot of the links are broken. Just click the link and copy the numbers after the t in the address bar and click back, then paste the numbers after the t-xxxxxxx from this thread and it'll put you through till the links are edited.
Also bigup on the effort put into this for people starting out/looking for more info. Great resource for information!!


Thanks mate, And yes a big thank you to all the people who contributed into this forum to help out.
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Postby futures_untold » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:41 am

Can someone clarify if they need me (or one of the mods) to alter the links so that they all work.

Thanks :)
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Postby amphibian » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:04 am

Just wanted to post here that due to the recent changes in the site (updated forum or .thaccess rules), none of these links work anymore.
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Postby KeeveBC » Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:24 pm

futures_untold wrote:Can someone clarify if they need me (or one of the mods) to alter the links so that they all work.

Thanks :)

Some links work and some dont. If the link is viewtopic it will work:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=159713

But if its got the title name in the link it won't:
tutorial-finding-free-samples-t133155.html

Just a case of taking the 7 numbers at the end and throwing them onto a viewtopic link to make them work again.
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=xxxxxxx
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Postby futures_untold » Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:32 pm

Blurgh, that sounds time consuming.... :(

Maybe the site admin will sort out the issue so it isn't necessary to change all the links by hand?

Thanks for the info. :)
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Postby amphibian » Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:53 am

futures_untold wrote:Blurgh, that sounds time consuming.... :(

Maybe the site admin will sort out the issue so it isn't necessary to change all the links by hand?

Thanks for the info. :)


They've clearly updated the software but either forgotten a plugin to reinstall, or removed some server htaccess rules (or both). In any case, if you can get ahold of the admins that's definitely the best bet. The resource is useless without working links =\
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