Dubstep Production Techniques

  • Streamed lessons - access 24/7/365
  • 80 minutes of tutorials
  • 150MB of Loopmasters dubstep samples

In this new online course from one of the biggest names in electronic music, Dodge & Fuski, you’re invited into the studio to see exactly how that signature, chart-topping Dubstep sound is created. The 2-part set of tutorials guides you through the process of producing a Dubstep anthem, beginning with a deconstruction of their latest single ‘Killer Bees’ on Disciple Recordings, then moving onto a second set of tutorials showing how to make a track from scratch. 

After signing up, the tutorials are available to watch immediately, along with a 150MB bonus download pack of Dubstep samples, courtesy of Loopmasters. To see an example of the course content, check out the free sample module in the media tab.

Pro Dubstep Arrangement Tips - Killer Bees Walkthrough Excerpt

Modules in this course:

Module 1: Killer Bees Introduction

In this module, Rob Talbott from DNF gives you an introduction to the course.

Module 2: Killer Bees Drums

In this lesson, the fundamental drum sounds in the track are shown, how they were selected and the processing applied.

Module 3: Killer Bees Main Bass 1

Turning to the bass, Rob shows you the isolated sound, its use in the arrangement and the techniques used to create the characteristic dubstep vibe.

Module 4: Killer Bees Main Bass 2

In this module, the additional bass layers are explained and how they are utilised to great effect.

Module 5: Killer Bees More Bass

Finishing off the section on bass sounds, Rob gives pro tips and tricks on different processing techniques and their applications.

Module 6: Killer Bees Structure and Arrangement

In the penultimate lesson in the first half of the tutorial, the structure and arrangement of the track are analysed - with a focus on how it would be mixed and played out in a set.

Module 7: Killer Bees Mix Bus Processing

Wrapping up the section about ?Killer Bees?, the mix bus processing is explored, with a demonstration of an unconventional use of limiters to sit the drums and bass together effectively.

Module 8: New Track Drums

Going straight in to creating the beats, Rob goes through sample selection, placement and EQing the kick and snare.

Module 9: Bass

In this module, Rob quickly sets up a bass patch in Massive. He then applies processing including reverb and demonstrates a creating use of multiband compression and other effects to sit the bass and drums together.

Module 10: Brass Stabs

Adding a melodic part, Rob goes to Kontakt and selects a brass ensemble. He uses a powerful multiband compressor, after the reverb, to create an unusual, synthetic sounding effect.

Module 11: Adding FX

In this section, FX are experimented with, which add interest to the track. Rob also alters some areas of the brass, to fix issues with clashing notes.

Module 12: Creating a Build with an FX Riser

Rob shows you how to create a build by automating various parameters on the drums, including resonance. Next, he creates a riser using Massive - showing some basic techniques for creating an intriguing sound that pulls the audience in to the drop.

Module 13: Sub Bass

In this lesson, the sub bass is split from the main bass part. This makes it possible to apply specific processing to the extreme low-end and mid parts, to add more depth to the track, without cluttering the bass.

Module 14: Finishing the Arrangement

This module gives you an overview of Rob?s approach to arrangement including standard layouts and tips about placement of melodic elements, inclusion of parts and a general discussion of arrangement methodology.

Module 15: Basic Mastering

In the final module, Rob gives you some basic mastering tips then sums up the course.


Dodge & Fuski

Dodge and Fuski are a household name in the dubstep scene, with their Disciple Recordings label having released music from stalwarts of the genre, such as Barely Alive, Datsik and Pegboard Nerds. Renowned for their own ferocious productions, DnF member Rob Talbott has a wealth of knowledge to share in his tutorials.