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There are any number of different synths you can use to create dubstep. What you’ll find is FM synthesis allows you to create better dubstep sounds with half the effort.
With other synthesis methods you have to do a lot of tweaking, filtering and modulating just to get something interesting.
With FM synthesis, within seconds you can create new and exciting sounds.
Thanks for the awesome videos, absolutely taken me to another level in my production, especially my understanding of synthesis… I went from a preset whore, to custom-sound connoisseur – well im not that good – but def a huge improvement !!
Dubstep is all about intoxicating bass. After you watch the intro video, pull up this lesson to learn how to create a classic stab bass. Remember, FM synthesis has both a carrier and modulator signal think of it as a very fast vibrato with a wide range of modulation wave forms. In this video you will find out:
Once you’ve got a solid bass stab, it’s time to create a riser. The riser bass adds excitement and dimension to every track.
The trick is to get the little details right before dropping it into a full arrangement. The riser will be programmed in such a way that it will rise up to the played note. It will be played in a higher register. This video will outline:
Long time dubstep master Leisure B gives you concrete, step-by-step instructions to create kickass sounds within minutes.
While many video tutorials give you a lot of theory and little meat, Leisure B does the opposite.
In fact, he tells exactly which area to click, which parameter to adjust, and even provides specific numbers down to the third decimal!
In video one you’ll get a quick refresher on FM synthesis and a snapshot overview of the series.
In the second video you dig right in and create a bass stab (The first of three bass sounds and two complementary sounds.)
Video three takes you through the construction of that dubstep staple, the riser.
In the fourth video, you’ll discover key shortcuts to build one of the most popular dubstep sounds, the dirty wobble bass.
Video five shows you how to craft two different bass complementing sounds- a “screaming” sound and a “vocal mod” sound.
The final video ties it all together with a fully produced arrangement. You’ll see how to make the final sound even better with specific EQ and master track production secrets!
” I just wanted to let you know your videos are amazing. I used frequency modulation synthesis before I found your site but never got this in depth with the software!
Dubstep has been rolling for many years now. After all that time, people still get excited over a great wobble bass! If you do it wrong, it can sound disastrous. Again, Leisure B sets us on the correct path by carefully demonstrating how to build the perfect wobble:
To create more interesting bass lines, many top producers add complementary synth sounds. For example, they may add a set of interesting high tones to the notes the bass synth is playing. This can be achieved a number of ways. In Video 5, Leisure B details how to create two separate complementary sounds to give your bass lines even more texture and tension. You will discover:
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Leisure B has worked with frequency modulation to create dubstep for many years.
In his school days he spent hours with the famous Yamaha TX81Z rack synth, creating flute and bell sounds.
Eventually, the minimalist interface frustrated him and he drifted away from it after he graduated.
That all changed when he discovered FM8. Now he uses it to create most of his dubstep sounds.
“Since dub step basslines are completely diverse they’re not very easy to create with regular synthesis. It is not unusual to resort to extreme filter settings and modulation to get rough edges and interesting movements. FM synthesis allows you much easier ways to create the desired output. For example, by putting a complicated envelope on a modulator, it is possible to create a very diverse and rich sound by only using two simple waveforms.
He calls it “the quantum physics of synthesizing sounds”
In other words, you get better dubstep sounds a lot faster with FM8. In these exclusive videos, Leisure B shows you exactly how to do it!
Thanks so much for these amazing videos and detailed descriptions! They are amazing learing tools!
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