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Postby Pandoom123 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:35 pm

Hi i'm Devon and I was looking into becoming a Dubstep artist in the near future. I like listening to the artists like Skrillex, Candyland, Terravita, and Krewella. I didn't know what equipment I had to get, what software to use, and the right brand of equipment to use :u: . I also didn't know how i could make a cool logo that would fit me and my band. If anyone could please help me and give me info on how and where to begin, i will GREATLY appreciate it. :4:
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Postby wub » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:40 pm

Equipment - a computer, headphones or speakers, MIDI keyboard/controller (optional)
Software - Choose from FL Studio, Ableton, Logic (Mac only), Reaper, Cubase. They have free trials so Google and download the demos to see which one you like
Right Brand - there isn't one. You can make music with the bare essentials as given above, everything else is just padding.
Logo - Contact a designer or hit up a local arts college to see if there is someone able to help
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Postby fragments » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:17 pm

I think its also worth pointing out that is a long road to produce commercially viable dance music on your own as you have to do all the song writing and sound engineering--most people who play even one instrument or who record/mix music spend a lifetime becoming an expert at what they do. Secondly, by the time you are ready to release a track the artists and sound/genre you are into will than likely be on the downturn or not popular at all--just seems to be the way things work these days. Considering all this, remember that doing your own thing (not worrying about shoehorning your music into a specific genre or sounding like your favorite artist) and having fun while working are probably the two most important things.

To add to what Wub said the computer you have now (more than likely) will be enough to demo a DAW (see the link Wub posted) and get your feet wet. Probably no use running out and buying a new one straight off. If after 3 months, 6 months you still want to pursue this whole dance music gig, I'd probably buy a proper audio interface instead of using the soundcard on your computer.

Other than all that, wub nailed it.
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Postby penguinoid » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:57 pm

heh, guess the newly uploaded avatar answers any lingering questions as to whether this is trolling or not.
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Postby topmo3 » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:02 pm

as it seems that (surprisingly for dsf) everyone is being genuinely helpful and earnest, i might also keep the joking aside. although i must admit OP seems like a very bad troll.

tbh, arrogantly judging from your taste of "dubstep" and your apparent cluelessness about the whole topic, i just want to say that you missed the bandwagon and i suggest you keep looking for your own thing and not waste precious time and effort.

however, if you really want to do it, it's basically all been said above. yes, starting out all you need is a computer, a music production software (and a sample library plus some 3rd party VSTIS, depending on your choice of software) and some decent headphones or monitors. i personally recommend ableton, but reaper for example is totally free and a good choice for a beginner. ableton has arguably the most and the best tutorials available for it on youtube.

don't expect to become a "dubstep artist" instantly after you illegally download your daw and fuck around for a few hours managing to get your first "track" done. i don't want to sound condescending but judging from the fact that you mentioned about having a "cool logo" before even knowing how they make electronic music kinda suggests you haven't quite got the right picture.
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Postby OfficialDAPT » Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:24 am

Hi Devon.

If you could expand on "career of dubstep" that would be helpful.
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Postby forbidden » Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:07 am

career is a strong word unless you want to live on the brink of homelessness for an extended period of time. you're trying to break into a market that is SO incredibly saturated right now even at a base level there are people (promoters, club owners, label owners) who are professional at weeding out the shit. you're going to be shit for 6 months to a year, at least, and that's assuming you spend zero time working and pretty much every hour of every day producing. you'd also have to learn to DJ because unless you are an absolutely insane talent right off the bat you will HAVE to play out shows to get your name known. the internet is too clogged with noobs who are spending more time pushing their shit tracks then they are refining their talent.

..to give you an idea of the saturation, i have a buddy who was trying to just DJ (not produce) and seriously gave up trying because it's not enough to have a good selection and skills on the decks, you have to be able to sell 100 tickets to your friends over 21 so they come and buy drinks all night. another example is pay to play, yes, promoters are actually taking money from people (hundreds of dollars) just for a chance to play out. if you have a dad who is captain moneybags and is willing to mindlessly support your every whim you might just be in luck!

get familiar with local artists, you will have no problem doing this because everyone and their cousin is trying to do just what you are. there is probably someone within 500 ft. of you working on brostep right this minute. go to local shows, dig through facebook and twitter, reverbnation is another good one for finding local artists. i am working on this myself right now and because i'm such an introvert it's a challenge, but it's already proving to be a really useful endeavor. you'll find that because a local artists are often trying to "come up" they are going to be very social and responsive because every fan/supporter counts at that stage.

if you want to get on the "fast track" so to speak, i'd recommend learning to DJ, something far easier than learning to produce, and then finding a producer/dj partner who will be willing to form a duo with you. you'd still have to bring something to the table in this case if this person is already established (the proverbial "back scratching" situation). then, he can teach you how to produce along the way but you both can start doing the foo foo shit i.e. marketing/branding/whatever because you have the DJ/Producer combo knocked out.

if you're dead set on learning to produce, the first three responses in this thread are the best (and kindest, honestly you are lucky you didn't get thrashed for mentioning those artists) you're going to get here. good luck!
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Postby NinjaEdit » Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:29 am

It might be worth getting a good synth as well, like Massive or FM8.
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Postby Electric_Head » Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:11 am

Career in Dubstep, good one.

You ever consider a career in music?
It's probably a better option.
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Postby Dub_Fiend » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:53 am

topmo3 wrote:as it seems that (surprisingly for dsf) everyone is being genuinely helpful and earnest, i might also keep the joking aside. although i must admit OP seems like a very bad troll.

I daresay the Production regulars are becoming a spot more mature then, no? Either that or we're becoming more naive as people grow up? ;)
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Postby nowaysj » Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:25 am

Just so desperate to have anyone new around here since dubstep died 5 years ago, we're on our best behavior. Is it, I think.
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Postby Pandoom123 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:08 pm

Guys i wasnt trolling lol thanks for the help tho xD
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Postby subfect » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:39 pm

You've got at least 3-4 years ahead of you in learning the tools and how to create sounds, then probably another 3 or 4 after that before you're taken seriously. Welcome aboard :)
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Postby mromgwtf » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:14 am

>2014
>dubstep
>career
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Postby sunny_b_uk » Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:08 am

Daymn you sound like you want this career right away, if you quickly want a brostep career then use vengeance samples for your drums, intros etc.
For bass use Massive and definitely use the randomise OSC button (that everyone pro is scared to admit they use to make their basses)
Also just throw fucking white noise everywhere in your project and automate the volume on it for fx.
Lastly use the dice in Sugarbytes Turnado to make funky transitions so everyone thinks your a genius.
If this wasn't a good enough answer then watch the Martin Garrix FM video on youtube since it contains craftier methods than this (he imports midi files to edit them & plenty other lazy shithead techniques)
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Postby f1rstsense » Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:38 pm

Also, if you wanna be skrillex checkout sleamessR on youtube. he will make you skrillex in no time!
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Postby Pandoom123 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:33 pm

Does anyone know of a program for use on a Windows 8 P.C that is free and can make Dubstep like Skrillex and Candyland? Someone please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :q:
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Postby Rezzo » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:36 pm

Wow...I mean...What...This is a troll isn't it?
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Postby Pandoom123 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:38 pm

Everyone this is not a troll jeez im only 14
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Postby m8son666 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:40 pm

dont listen to the trolls man dubturbo is probably the best program currently available
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