What equipment you need to make Dubstep?

It’s time to give you some details on what equipment you should need to create a proper dubstep track all by yourself. In this post, I’ll try to tell you what equipment you need to make high quality dubstep tracks in Ableton Live. So let’s get started!

1. Decent Computer

I know that in this time, most of the PC’s and laptops can handle a lot of software and data, but I really want to make some things clear which you should check.

First thing to make sure of, is that you meet the system requirements for the program we’re going to use, Ableton Live (More about Ableton Live in the next chapter). The minimal system requirements for Ableton Live are the following:

For Mac:

  • 1.8 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel® Mac recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended, if supported by your computer)
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
  • DVD-ROM drive

For Windows:

  • 2 GHz Pentium® 4 or Celeron® compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended on Windows Vista and Windows 7)
  • Windows XP (home or Pro), Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Sound card (ASIO driver support recommended)
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • QuickTime recommended

The installation size of the Essential Instrument Collection 2 is 15 GB. This is a sample pack you’ll get for free when you buy Ableton Live. In my opinion these samples are not the kind of samples you want to use for producing dubstep when you are a beginner and you don’t know how to edit them yet. I’ll give you some tips on sample packs below.

Note: If you have question about the above requirements, feel free to post a comment below this post – I’ll always reply.

So now we have the system requirements needed for Ableton Live, we can head over to the Dubstep samples I recommend you. Of course you can buy as much sample packs as you want. But when you start making dubstep, I advice you to start with only one or two dubstep sample packs to keep it easy..

Quick hint: If you’re not sure you want to buy samples yet, then you should try my free dubstep sample pack here. The thing you need to do for it is LIKE my facebook page.

To give you an easy start I’ve selected two dubstep sample packs for you that I use, and I really like:

Oh wait! I also give you a 15% off coupon code! (one per customer)

Zenhiser Studio Essentials Dubstep – $37.85 – 579MB (!!!)

This sample pack is SUCH an amazing pack, I mean everything really everything is in it!
Zenhiser Studio Essentials Dubstep contains the following samples for you:

  • 50 Bass Hits
  • 50 Bassline Loops
  • 150 Drum Beats Loops
  • 40 Kick samples
  • 20 Hi Hat Samples
  • 40 Snare Samples
  • 10 Cymbal Samples
  • 50 Synth Hits
  • 50 Synth Loops

Listen this amazing pack!

Buy this amazing dubstep essentials pack!

The Dubstep Drum Kit 01 – $20.46 – 163MB

The Dubstep Drum Kit 01 contains the following samples:

  • 70 Cymbal Hits
  • 54 Impacts and Risers
  • 70 Kicks
  • 54 Percussion Hits
  • 77 Snares and Claps

Listen to this sample pack too!

Buy this Drumkit Dubstep pack here!

Both dubstep sample packs are 24 Bit quality, which is a very good quality.

Before we go on with the following part of this post you should remember the following: Buying a dubstep sample pack is a once in a lifetime investment. You will always profit from it and it’s worth twice your money when you buy the right pack. That’s exactly why I gave you these two sample pack tips.

If that’s not enough for you, here you can find the 5 must have dubstep sample packs.

In the following chapter I’ll tell you what kind of software we are going to use, where to buy it and you’ll get some in-depth information about it.

Note: If you have question about anything I say, feel free to post a comment below this post – I’m here to help you!

2. Software

In my opinion this is by far the most important part of your dubstep equipment. Without the proper software you would be nowhere, since producing dubstep with only hardware is not only very hard to do, but also very expensive. So I have put together a list of all the necessary  software and I’ll also write about some optional software which could be very handy when you are a little more skilled.

Ableton Live – $399 – 1.85 GB

As you probably know, I make all my dubstep tutorials in Ableton Live. That’s only for one simple reason: Ableton Live is such an amazing program to use. It’s user friendly, incredibly comprehensive and the sound that Ableton Live produces is of very high quality. I’ve used programs like Propellorhead’s Reason and Fruity Loops before, but none of both can compete with Ableton Live.

Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live’s nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers. If you’d rather be “making music” than just “using music software,” Ableton Live is for you. Live 8, the latest version, includes a wealth of new techniques and improvements with a new groove engine, revamped warping, live looping, new effects, crossfades in the Arrangement View and a reworked MIDI editor.

Key features

  • Multitrack recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
  • Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
  • Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
  • Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
  • Supports AIFF, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files
  • A comprehensive selection of built-in audio and MIDI effects
  • Built-in instruments: Simpler for sample-based synthesis, Impulse for sampled drums
  • Instrument, Drum and Effect Racks
  • New groove engine; apply and extract grooves in real time
  • VST and AU support; automatic plug-in delay compensation
  • REX file support plus built-in audio to MIDI slicing
  • Video import and export for scoring, video warping
  • Simple MIDI mapping plus instant mapping for selected hardware
  • Full ReWire support; runs as Slave or Master
  • Single-screen user interface for simple, creativity-focused operation
  • Multicore and multiprocessor support
  • Support for The Bridge, Ableton’s collaboration with Serato

You can buy Ableton Live right here!

 

Native Instruments Massive – $233,00 – ~100 Mb

Native Instruments did a very good job on creating Massive. It’s on of the most important things to use with creating dubstep wobbles, synths and other cool sounds! Massive is a sonic monster. The analog concept belies the cutting edge, contemporary sound it generates. The high-end engine delivers pure quality, lending an undeniable virtue and character to even the most saturated of sounds. The interface is clearly laid out and easy to use, ensuring you will have Massive generating earth-shuddering sounds from the very first note.

Uncompromising Sound
Covering an exceptionally wide range of styles, Massive is a true multi-talent. From violently rugged and deep monophonic bass rumblings to silkily smooth, gliding and gently fluctuating electronic pads, from techno and leftfield electronica to pop and film music, Massive’s sonic spectrum is as broad as it is inspiring. This unique synthesizer has its own uncompromising character that produces the most distinctive of sounds.

Features:

  • High-end audio engine sets a new standard both in sound quality and sonic character
  • Flexible signal flow delivers huge range of sounds: from deep, brutal basses to delicate, crystalline leads
  • Wave Scanning oscillators generate sounds of both a digital and an analog nature
  • Innovative and intuitive features allow fast and easy creation of fresh new sounds
  • Combination of simplicity with revolutionary, advanced features make Massive ideal for both beginners and experts
  • Easy-to-use knobs with dynamic value indicators, drag’n'drop modulation assignment
  • Integrated step sequencers and an effects section with 17 master and insert effects
  • Massive uses the KoreSound format, ensuring perfect integration with Kore
  • KoreSound Browser for easy searching of 420 Kore-configured sounds
  • Advanced sequencing and remote features make Massive perfect for live performance

You can buy Native Instruments – Massive here!

Till so far the software for now. I don’t come with more software for now, because it will take some time to master these two pieces of high quality dubstep software.

Note: If you have question about anything I say, feel free to post a comment below this post – I’m here to help you!

3. Hardware (optional)

Now we have your computer all set up, we’re ready to go along and buy some hardware. It’s important that if you just start producing dubstep with ableton live, that you don’t spend to much money on all sort of things. Just try to make some tracks with help of my Ableton Dubstep Tutorials. I’ll post this hardware anyways for later on when you are ready to buy!

Microphone

As you’ve might seen in my previous post, you know that I just have bought the Shure PG 27 USB. It’s a really good microphone for recording dubstep vocals and raps. It’s a good addition to your dubstep equipment.

Features:

  • USB Plug and Play connectivity allows the convenience of digital recording anywhere your computer can go
  • Compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS X (10.1 or later)
  • Integrated pre-amp with Microphone Gain Control allows control of input signal strength
  • Zero Latency Monitoring for real-time playback and multi-tracking without disorientation
  • 1/8 inch Headphone jack for monitoring
  • Monitor Mix Control for blending microphone and playback audio
  • A 16-bit, up to 48 kHz sample rate for better-than-CD-quality audio zZounds is an authorized dealer of Shure products.

More info about the mic here.
You can buy the Shure PG 27 USB here!

Midi keyboard


Even though I don’t use it a lot, a midi keyboard will come in handy when you want to do a lot of things in once while recording in Ableton Live. For example; You can play the notes you like and while doing that bend the pitch and modulator. It’s one of a lot advantages of the midi keyboard. With a midi keyboard you can do things you can’t do so easily on the pc while recording in once.
I use the M-audio Axiom 25, a little bastard which can give you a lot of pleasure while recording/producing dubstep tracks.

Features:

  • Update version of the best-selling Axiom 25 keyboard — with a better-designed control panel
  • 25 semi-weighted keys
  • Transport buttons, fader, and 8 knobs
  • DirectLink mode automatically maps the Axiom’s faders, knobs, and buttons to your DAW and virtual instruments
  • USB and MIDI I/O

It’s a really amazing little midi keyboard which brought me a lot of pleasure.
You can buy the M-audio Axiom 25 here.

4. Motivation

The most important part of making dubstep is you motivation. You won’t ever make a high quality dubstep track – unless stolen or with a lot of loops – without a lot of motivation and willpower. Of course I know that ‘skill’ is also of great importance, but motivation is just as important.

Think about it, do you want to take the time to start creating a dubstep track? And more important; Will you take the time to finish this particular dubstep track?

I really know a lot of ‘dubstep producers’ who never even finished a single dubstep track yet. Even though they are producing dubstep for a couple of years..

What does this mean. That they don’t want?… No! They want is bad as hell. But it’s all about the self motivation to continue and finish the job.

Now you probably asking yourself; How can I get motivated to begin and/or finish a dubstep track?

Here’s the answer: To get motivated about creating a dubstep track you have to think about the joy you have when it’s finished and uploaded on youtube or soundcloud. All your friends will praise you in the air for creating dubstep tracks and want to learn it too! They’ll become your fan and will spread the word about your productions. After a while you might even get featured on some dubstep website. The attention and fame you get when you are making dubstep tracks will get and KEEP you motivated. Mark my words.

Note: If you think different about it, please leave me a comment below.

 5. Conclusion

Your dubstep equipment doesn’t have to be that big. I can write you down a lot more software and hardware, but I really think that what you just read is more then enough.

I hope that you’ve learned something today. I do my best to help you with everything know.

If you have any questions about the dubstep equipment I just wrote about,

Comment below. I am here to help you.

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NATS is a 25 year old dubstep producer. He learned producing dubstep all by himself. Even though it cost him a lot of time and effort, he does want to teach you how to do it for free!

101 Responses to “What equipment you need to make Dubstep?”

  1. dow jones industrial average Reply 18. Feb, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    i love your blog, i have it in my rss reader and always like new things coming up from it.

  2. Zenhiser Studio Essentials Dubstep

    im lovin it!

    • Hey man,

      I really like this samples too!
      By the way, tonight I’m going to place the next tutorial online.
      Hope you like it!

      Cheers,
      Stan

      • hey! i downloaded the first samplepack you recommended. how do i use it through ableton and through my axiom 25 midi keyboard. do i have to custom map everthing to each specific key? or is there a way to get it to map automatically like the rest of the midi samples and etc in ableton

        • Hi Cory,

          You should watch my first tutorial. There I show you how to use the dubstep sample pack into your Ableton Live set.

          Cheers,

          NATS

      • So what is the total value for all the equipment?

        • Hi Earnest,

          I don’t really understand what you mean with this question. Can you explain it to me?

          Cheers,

          NATS

  3. I’m writing a paper for a college class and I would like to know what type equipment(Besides a computer) is needed to produce ‘dubstep’ music. I have been to several bassnectar concerts and always wondered what machine he used to produce his sounds right there. I need to know the name of the machine not just the best type to use. If you could get back to me as soon as possible it would be great.
    Thanks

    • Hi Brina,

      This is an easy one for me. Because I’m actually a big fan of Bassnectar and because I use the same program as him.
      Bassnectar uses Ableton Live to create original and live sounds on stage. It’s just the same as I do in my tutorials, only then with a lot more loops and samples.
      I’ve just looked up a interview with Bassnectar for you where he explains something about his way to do it.
      It can be found here
      I hope I have informed you enough and if you need more help with any Dubstep related questions, I am here to assist you.

      Cheers,

      Stan

  4. this looks great but it is all really expensive especially for people who just want to start out for fun is there a cheaper way to start without reducing quality. free is better.

    • Hi,

      You are right, it is very expensive when you have to buy it all at the same time. But that’s just not the intention. The point here is that you have to build your dubstep equipment from 0 to as many as you want. But first you have to start out finding out whether you like producing dubstep or not.

      So, just buy them step by step, and take your time to check whether you need one thing more then another.
      I myself am not a rich guy, but because my passion for producing dubstep tracks is so huge, that I’m saving money to buy my next sample pack or other piece of equipment.

      This post is just to let you guys see what I use, and what I think is the best to create dubstep with.
      Oh, I almost forgot to mention: I’ve got a free sample pack for you, http://dubsteptutor.com/free-dubstep-sample-pack/

      Cheers,

      NATS

  5. Hey guys,good blog post for beginners. Ableton is a good product but it can be very complicated to use, I have to say I use Reason live in club and in the studio and it serves me well.

  6. Nats, I’m not sure if you know or not…can you use Komplete 8 with Reason? I am looking to get it but I’m not sure if there is Plug-in for that.

  7. Is there anything cheaper than Ableton Live that is still almost as good? If not, I can save up but if there was a product that was cheaper, that would help.

    • Hi Julian,

      There is. FL Studio for example.
      This DAW goes online for $99,00 – So just check it out!

      Cheers,

      NATS

  8. How do you take the sample kits and put them into Ableton Live?

    • Hi Julian,

      You can see that in this dubstep tutorial:
      http://dubsteptutor.com/ableton-dubstep-tutorial-1-drums/

      Cheers,

      NATS

  9. Hey I was wandering what you think about getting a native instruments maschine or like abletons launchpad?

    • Hi Connor,

      I personally don’t use any kind of launchpad other then the 8 on my midi keyboard.
      Anyways, I must say that I heard GREAT things about the Ableton Launchpad so if you are really deciding to use that one, I’d definitely go for that one.
      Check this movie out. (Not me)

  10. Hey Nats,i’ve been into dubstep and house for a long time now and im just deciding to get serious and start making some dubstep. im following very closely with all of your wisdom and im just wondering if the Akai Professional MPK25 would be a good USB MIDI. im willing to shell out the 50 more bucks then the one you suggested. good idea?? here is the link to it: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Akai-Professional-MPK25-Keyboard-USB-MIDI-Controller-105335715-i1437920.gc

    • Hi Clayton,

      I am very sorry, but the link you provided doesn’t work. I’ve did an search on this website and can’t find the MPK25 either. Can you provide me with another link?

      Cheers,

      NATS

  11. Hey I am a newbie wanting to produce dubstep…but i need help with basically everything-i was planning on getting a laptop(pc), midi keyboard and controller, mixer, and FL Studio, and also a desktop. Is that what i need

  12. Things I am planning on buying:
    1. Windows laptop(about
    2. FL Studio(Dont know how much it costs)
    3.Midi controller/keyboard(is the keyboard really neccesary?)(Dont know how much it costs)
    4.Desktop Computer(eventually when I have enough money)
    5.DJ Mixer(I saw a photo of Skrillex and saw him with something that looked like a dj mixer so i thought I needed it)
    6.Studio Speakers(planning on getting Technical HiFi MRS8)
    7.Studio Headphones(planning on getting maybe some Pioneer HDJ 1000G headphones for $179 or ALLEN & HEATH XONE XD2-53 for $219
    IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE I NEED OR YOU THINK I SHOULD GET SOMETHING ELSE INSTEAD OF WHAT I HAVE LISTED ABOVE, PLEASE TELL ME. PLEASE REPLY I WILL BE VERY APPRECIATIVE:)

    • Hi Revolution,

      First off all I want you to know that it’s not necessary to write in CAPS, so please don’t do that again.
      Second, I really think you should start with just a Laptop and one program to create dubstep with. So whether it’s FL Studio, Reason or Ableton Live doesn’t matter – Just try one out.
      So don’t go and buy all kinds of stuff which you don’t know how to control yet. Start with learning them one by one. This will save you LOTS of money and also will help you to master them better individually.

      Cheers,

      NATS

  13. hey your link for massive doesn’t work for me do you mind posting it again. I just want to make sure that i’m getting the right one. Btw, i found this to be extremely helpful and way more cost effective than buying all different kinds of hardware to produce dubstep. Thank you so much!

    • Hi Andyred,

      I just repaired the link to Native Instruments Massive.
      No problem, I’m here to help you guys!

      Cheers,
      NATS

  14. http://www.akaipro.com/mpk25

    If this one doesn’t work for you Nats, I give up.

    • I see it now. As I take a closer look on this one, I notice that there are more knobs and pads on it than the Axiom25 I’ve got. That’s an advantage when you like to do a lot of live recording stuff.
      For me the Axiom works really great because it was cheap, and I only use it to play riffs etc. with it.
      So my advice is to compare the two on the internet (check out both their reviews by others) and make your decision.
      Hope I’ve helped you make your decision a LITTLE easier.

      Cheers!
      NATS

  15. hey NATS, i own a korg r3 synthesizer and i was wondering if i would be able to record riffs onto ableton live with it, if so is there a certain cable i would need? I just want to make sure before i decide whether or not i actually need a midi controller. I’m sorry if this is a dumb question, i just want to be safe.

  16. Thanks NATS. I’ll be getting the starter version of Ableton Live on Saturday, and I started a blog of my dubstep adventures. Love your music too, man.

  17. hey i was wondering whether or not it is necessary to get the box set of ableton live. it is $100 more and it looks like all it is is the samples. Is it worth it to get the box set of ableton or will the download be fine?

    • I’d take the download version. $100,00 is a lot of money which you can better spend on real good dubstep samples like I’ve described here: http://dubsteptutor.com/5-must-have-dubstep-sample-packs/

      Cheers,

      NATS

  18. Is there any good hardware which is similiar to NI Massive and combatible with Ableton without mapping?

  19. Hey man I really have enjoyed your blog and information. Now once I’ve created my tracks and I’m ready to play somewhere live what equipment do I need then? What’s a professional use?

  20. You are self-taught!? That right there just motivates me even more. I have been listening to all types of electronic music for about 10 years and love it. I discovered DubStep a couple years ago and am addicted hardcore. The sound sends chills over my skin. I have wanted to make my own for about a year, but have not taken action yet. Money is a factor right now. After that little brief intro about me, I guess I have to ask you something. Have you ever played any other musical instruments that gave you understanding of music prior to starting DubStep? I have not, but I have the confidence to be able to grab some low, mid and high sound samples and learn to compile them in a way that would sound sick. Of course it would take time to make and time to learn the software program. This type of music is all in the feeling that you have making it and the feeling the listener will have. I want to get started haha! Any advice for a beginner? Thanks

  21. Ok sorry wont do it again just needing to know what I need-thanks for the help, really apreciate it…ok I am working on getting a laptop once I get some money, and then FL Studio. Ok and one more thing-I am trying to think of a name to call myself but I can’t come up with anything. I was thinking of something with the word infinity but maybe spelled differently like infinitii or N-Finitii or something like that…?? Um also i like to make name and logo ideas, but on my computer all I have is paint…is there a software you can download for free that is for making logo designs or anything like that ?? Again, I’m sorry for the caps and sorry for the long paragraghs just have alot of questions.

  22. Hey, the midi keyboard(akai mpk49) that I bought came with ableton 7 lite. Is this software good enough or should i just buy the newest and full version? Thanks

    • You can always start with this version. If you like the program, you can always upgrade it to 8.

      Cheers,

      NATS

  23. Hey NATS,
    Would I have to get the Native Insterments Massive if I had Ableton Live?
    Also… Would I have to have both of the sample packets? [Zenhiser Studio Essentials dubstep and The Drum Kit 01]

    Thanks alot

    • Hi Tiffanie,
      You have to decide whether you buy 1 sample pack or a lot of them. I’d start with only one to try it out. You can buy more later.
      One thing for sure, I’ve got those two dubstep sample packs and I use them a LOT.
      For Native Instruments Massive I suggest you buy it if you have the money for it. I use it for a LOT of sounds in my tracks, especially the wobble.
      Cheers,
      NATS

      • Can you explain a little better how Massive and Ableton work together?

        • Hi Tax,

          When my 7 step dubstep song tutorials are done, I’ll learn you how to use massive with Ableton.

          Cheers,

          NATS

  24. Wah fuck… need pay so much!

    • You don’t ‘need’ to, it’s just some examples for what is possible. You can do it step by step. No need to rush.

  25. If im using the numark usb mixtrack controller, would i really need to carry around a laptop? or just put my songs onto a usb and just plug it into the controller when i play somewhere? (without the laptop)

  26. Have you used Razor yet?
    And also I am musically inclined, however not hardware, I’m average in using the software and manipulating Osc’s n stuff, I just need to know about drum pads ( Not VST), mixer, monitors, etc and how to properly hook them up like this
    laptop> software> etc

  27. I am interested in makeing dubstep I need the software for me can u help me out. I’m a beginner

  28. Ok so I’m trying to get in to creating dubstep I love the stuff but I was wondering if Native Instruments Maschine Groove Production Studio is a good starter program

    • I’ve replied to your e-mail you’ve send earlier.

  29. I have the computer, I have massive, Ableton Live, a preamp external soundcard and an alesisQ49 midikeyboard. . I can make dubstep beats.. yea, but which hardware can i use to preform live? what am I missing here?

    Which hardware can I use to adjust the speed of the wobble.. pass filters.. etc. . in real time, with knobs and switches as I put on a show?

    • Hi Ryan,

      Good question. Most dj’s are using midi controllers to put on a live show. This requires many skill, so you have to practice a lot before you go on stage and perform a live act.

      Cheers,

      NATS

  30. hey man,
    i’m using Maschine as my DAW for the moment
    wondering if the essentials pack is compatible.

    • Hi Will,

      Yeah that’s possible. He’s a video on how to do it.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Pi5YeosTa6M

      Good luck!

      NATS

  31. Nats i am planning on getting a denon dn s3700 and a midi keyboard my first question is are they compatible and also what softwar would i need to mi with them?

    • Hi Shrapy,

      In my opinion a Denon DNS3700 is a good choice. You might also want to consider the Pioneer CDJ350 Pro, it’s the same price. The CDJ’s are used by many dj’s around the world.
      The thing about these CD/mp3 players is they’re not used to create dubstep, but more to do live-sets with.

      A midi keyboard on the other hand is a great add on to your dubstep creation equipment. I recommend the Axiom 25 since it’s pretty cheap and has everything you need.

      To create dubstep you can just use Ableton Live. Also for live sets.
      So the answer to your question: Use Ableton Live

  32. NATS, i’m just getting into creating dubstep and I’ve got to say you’re incredibly helpful with your tutorials and responses! Thanks mate!

  33. Hey There Nats,

    Im new to this and was wondering is there any type of equipment which is cheap roughy about $200-350 (or any price) that can make dubstep, but you don’t need a pc or software so just for example no need of a laptop and no need of a software just a piece of equipment that can make dubstep without (Pc, Software) please reply to me by email (Preferably email) once again Im new to this stuff so if you don’t understand please reply thanks!

    • Hi Aaron,

      It’s impossible to create dubstep without software.
      You’ll always need software to create your own tracks.

      Cheers,

      NATS

  34. whats up dude im marquise and im 13 years old and i was wondering what to use to make music because im very good and i was wondering how to make music outside without my computer. LIKE WHAT DO I USE BEACUSE I DONT WANNA TAKE MY COMPUTER OUTSIDE JUST LIKE THIS…….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=n8A7dkf21cI

  35. THANK YOU

  36. Hey nats I’m interested in making some dubstep myself and I’m on my way. I have a beat machine and I am saving up to get more equipment. Would the akaI professional xr20 be a good machine for dubstep?

    • Hi Ash,

      I don’t use any drum pad other then my drum pad on my Midi keyboard.
      I think you should go for a keyboard with drumpads in my opinion. Cause then you have 2 in 1!

      Cheers,

      NATS

  37. Hey i bought massive recently and i dont know how to record songs in it but i downloaded a huge dubstep pack and i can create the sounds i just cant record them and put a song togther. please help me!

    • Hi Sam,

      You should use massive together with Ableton Live, that’s what I do. It works better then Massive alone in my opinion.

      Cheers,

      NATS

  38. Hey. So I just wanted to know if any specific type of laptop would be better. I’m only 15 so I have a few years to save up but I don’t want to have to save up to much so could it also be cheap.

    Thanks, Anthony.

    • Hi Anthony,

      It doesn’t matter what brand you buy, you just need enough speed and a good sound card.
      Most of the today’s laptops will do.

      Cheers,

      NATS

  39. Do you think the suite version of ableton is worth the money?

    • Hi Alejandro,

      Yes I do. I use it too ;-)

      Cheers,

      NATS

  40. Hi Nats,
    I have Mac and Logic Pro because i mainly make more simple layered music with simple beats. Problem is ive caught the dubstep bug, and it’s tough creating enough variety using the built in synths. Would you recommend stepping over to ableton, or do u know of any good dubstep plugin/synths for logic?
    Thanks!

    • Hi SANV,

      It’s no necessarily needed to use Ableton Live, Logic is also a very nice DAW.
      For plugins I’d definitely go for Native Instruments Massive.

      Cheers,

      NATS

  41. What sound card would you recommend?

    • You don’t need a special sound card for creating dubstep. The sounds cards in today’s computers are just fine.

  42. Is there any English websites that you could buy any of the hardware from nd also do you have to be American to buy ableton?

    • Hi Ellen,

      Sure! Everyone can buy from amazon.com (/.co.uk). For example Ableton Live 8
      It’s one of the best websites around.

      Cheers,
      NATS

      • thanks

  43. Would you recommend suite 8 over live 8 on ableton

    • Hi Ellie,

      Yes I use the suite myself and I must say that it’s great. I comes with a great library of sounds and has all the features that Ableton Live can offer you.
      Also, it has Operator, which is one of the software instruments that I use a lot.

      Cheers,

      NATS

  44. does the loopmaster dubstep essentials thing you linked on the page work in FL Studio?

    • Hey man,

      Yes it will. I’ll work on any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

      Cheers,

      NATS

  45. I am getting more and more into Dub step, my soon to be wife loves it and just recently danced for Skrillex on new years eve at the palace of auburn hills this past new years. I would love to learn how to create some great dub stub beats. I am currently deployed until aug and have a decent amount of time to get the craft down, just don’t know where do start. Any help you can offer Would be great.

  46. And what about the Launchpad and drums? I’ve heard that they’re very important to make dubstep.

  47. Can u put it in a a shopping list…? Please

  48. Hey NATS I want to start up dupstep but I’m a student with a part time job and its a lot of money is there a way to try it out? I’m just looking for a hobby that I may be able to put on YouTube i

  49. you man your dubstep is right up there on my fav list next to skrillexx and deadmouse5!!!! Question how much mony would all the stuff cost up to and how would you make all the money if you are 13 years old goin on 14 soon?

    • U spelled deadmau5 wrong :) just a quick note oh and if you want money sell drugs… Nah just kidding just like start mowin lawns for people and every time offers you money todo something say YES

  50. do i need to get both sofwares or can i just get 1? if i only need 1, then what would you reccomend?

    • Ableton Live is the best

  51. Hi, would your tutorials be any help if I use ableton live 9?

    • Yes, it’s the same. In my upcoming tutorials I’ll also be using Ableton Live 9.

  52. WHAT WOULD IT COST (ESTIMATE) FOR ALL EQUIPMENT NEEDED?

    • It depends what you define under the word: ALL..
      Could be lots of money, or not..

  53. Dude so like you should create a dubstep remix of a strictly guitar song cuz I think it will be cool and it’s to expinsive for me to make it myself plus you seem like the guy todo it if it becomes a cool song hit me up and send it to me Then put like a small Austin on the song cuz I wouldn’t mind a small bit of credit for the idea just like while your like doing an interview or something “oh and this kid came up with the idea for the song I just turned the idea into a really sick dubstep reality”

    • I’ll think about it ;-)

  54. Is Logic Pro ok for dubstep? Or is Ableton better? I’m a complete noob and really want to get into making music!!!

    • Logic and Ableton are both good. But since I’m using windows, Ableton Live is better for me since Logic is only on MAC.

  55. How much money will I need to buy the essentials?

    • $37,85 – Like it says :p

  56. Do u think a compaq laptop would work for the computer

    • If it meets the requirements for Ableton Live.. Then yes.

  57. I wanted to ask will ableton live intro work or is it not good enough?

  58. In total how much does all this cost together.

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