How to Make a Great Dubstep or Brostep Remix
The great thing with dubstep, and its American counterpart brostep, is that they are still relatively new genres of music and therefore are constantly having their limits pushed. There are any number of new artists who are trying their hand at dubstep and brostep, and with every new face comes another person who is looking for advice on how to make a great remix. In order to help you get started making the best remix possible, we have come up with a few tips.
Tips for Making a Great Dubstep and Brostep Remix
Take inventory of your music collection. Go through the music that you already have and be on the lookout for songs that fall into the 60-75bpm or the 125-150bpm range. Generally you will be looking to remix tracks in the minor key, but don’t let that dissuade you from working with a happier, higher key track if you think you can make it work.
Get Great Remix Software. Not looking to spend a ton on software right off the bat, then go with Reaper and get their discounted license which applies if you are just one person using it for using it yourself. If you are looking to get the type of software used by professional remixers, go with Ableton Live, Cubase, or Logic. Native Instruments’ Maschine is a unique hardware and sofware combo, that while not technically a DAW, is certainly capable of remixing.
Separate the Elements You Need. In order to have the proper pieces of sound that you will use, break up the original track. Kontakt, Cubase, Ableton, and Maschine are all great tools for breaking down the individual parts of the song.
Learn to Love Your Synth. When it comes to your virtual (or real) synthesizer, the more you know the better your sound. It can seem intimidating with all of the various features, but to only learn a few of them like LFO and the filters will severely limit your options in terms of your sound.
Have any tips of your own for aspiring dubstep artists? Please share them in the comments below.