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Dubstep is a genre of music that has just been thrown into the spotlight, and many tech savvy people love it. Why? You can make your own tracks without having an innate songwriting or singing talent.

Another reason why a lot of tech geeks love dubstep? You have to be good with computers. Producing dubstep is all about working with the software, and these five programs will help you get going with user-friendly interfaces that have the power to create industrial-grade music.

Make Dubstep On Cubase

Cubase is a program that works on both Mac and Windows, given you have a relatively new version of either. This is a program that has been perfected for over 25 years – the company has been in business since the 80’s – and has in the past targeted producers of electronic music. Cubase has recently seen a surge in popularity due to more popular dubstep artists such as Skrillex infiltrating the iTunes charts, and there are plenty of online tutorials for creating dubstep with this program.

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Cubase is a great program for producing dubstep on Windows, but it will cost a pretty penny: the newest version of the full program is $500, but you can probably get an old version for cheaper at a local electronics retailer.

Make Dubstep On Ableton Live

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Ableton Live is the newest version of this software, and it runs on both Mac and Windows as does Cubase. Ableton is another well-known software that’s had plenty of version updates, but some find it more difficult to use than a program like Cubase. While this is true, if you really want to produce professionally sounding music from the start of the process to the finish line, Ableton allows you to do that without having to wire in different plug-ins and such. (Many people do so with the another program I will talk about, Reason.)

Produce Dubstep On FL Studio

Many dubstep artists do not use FL (Fruity Loops) Studio to produce their music, but many of them started out with this program and used it to learn the ropes. Skrillex learned to produce on this software, which has been around long enough to establish itself – at least 10 years. Fruity Loops, unlike other softwares, is only for Windows, so Mac users miss out on this one.

FL Studio is on its 10th version, and this download will cost you around $100, depending on which version you want.

Make Dubstep On Reason

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Reason is a great software, but some artists don’t really like using it for a couple of reasons, the first being that it often requires downloading a lot of plug-ins to make it a more comprehensive database of dubstep sounds. Massive, another program I will discuss later, works alright for producing dubstep bass on its own, but really needs to be coupled with a program like Reason to be great. If you’re willing to pay for a couple of programs, Reason is good – many producers touch up their songs in Reason before production is over.

Produce Dubstep On Massive

Massive is a less comprehensive software than the others we’ve talked about, but it’s still great for beginners to producing. It gives you tons of synth options to create the iconic wobble base of dubstep, and there are plenty of effects to route through, so you won’t be confined to one sound. At the same time, when it comes to percussion and other instruments besides the synth, you’ll want to rewire this into something like Reason to put some more touches on your masterpiece.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I disagree with the statement that you “don’t have to have innate songwriting talent” – if you want to make enjoyable music of any genre, you have to have a thorough knowledge of music theory and know how to apply it to the production of the song.

    Great read though – those are all great programs for producing dubstep. I have a Mac and use Logic and (sometimes) Pro Tools, although I completely despise Pro Tools :O

    NI Massive is a must have for any kind of EDM, in my opinion. Since I started using it a year or two ago, I can’t even imagine using any other synth for all the wobble bass, sub bass, or any other kind of synth sound for that matter.

    Great article!

  2. Hi all, I have considered purchasing the software program DubTurbo Beatmaker and was hoping somebody could give me an actual authentic assessment of the software program. The vast majority of internet websites that feature reviews are in fact affiliates promoting the software program therefore i don’t believe that the appraisals are reputable. Thank you in advance for all the information somebody can offer.

    • Dubturbo is crap. Anyone who has said anything good about it is either being paid, or just stupid. It’s a toy and is not worthy to even be called a “DAW.” Don’t waste your time or money on it.

      • Thanks for your information.
        I see the software is being advertised everywhere on the Internet. We can’t expect much from a $40 DAW.

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