How to Make Dubstep – Ableton Live Video Tutorials w/ Nalepa

In this video series LA-based Dubspot Instructor, Ableton Expert, and electronic music producer Steve Nalepa takes us step by step through the process of creating a dubstep style track in Ableton Live (these techniques can be used for any style – not just dubstep). In the first video, Professor Nalepa starts with a basic beat. He uses the Impulse instrument to create the beat and then shows some tips on how to make it more interesting. In the second video, Nalepa shows us how to add groove, a bass line and how to add some interest using some VST effects. Check out how the track shapes up in part three. We’d like to know if these videos were helpful to you? Do you have questions? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Ableton Live: Composition Techniques Pt. 1: Impulse & Envelopes

Ableton Live: Composition Techniques Pt. 2: Grooves, VSTs & Effects

Ableton Live: Composition Techniques Pt. 3: Scale, Randomizing & Arrange View

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  • Kenneth
  • 9/9/2010

You mention studiotoolz.net for all those vst’s. do you know of any websites that have vsts for PC? right now im just using Poizone and Vanguard right now and i feel so limited on what sounds i can do, ive been experimenting with operator and impulse also but the more options, the better. Thanks alot!

  • TJ
  • 9/9/2010

There are couple of gems in these tutorials. I hadn’t realized that the new gate had sidechaining. Thanks for that one.

My only criticism is that all of the tutorials you put out for free are really basic level stuff. I know you don’t want to give away the best techniques, but I haven’t signed up for your classes because I’m afraid I’m gonna drop a bunch of cash and get taught a bunch of stuff I’ve already figured out on my own. It would be rad to get a taste of the really advanced stuff you guys teach.

That said, keep it up. Dubspot is a great resource. I’ll keep watching for those gems!

  • Nalepa
  • 9/9/2010

@Kenneth, there’s http://www.smartelectronix.com of course for both mac and pc, and I definitely recommend reading http://www.createdigitalmusic.com, just search for free software and you’ll find loads of inspiring stuff.

@TJ what are you looking to get into? It’s not about not wanting to give away the best techniques, I am happy to share.

  • dino
  • 9/9/2010

yo kenneth

check out vstcafe.com

cheers

  • Chris Buono
  • 9/9/2010

Great job, Steve!

  • Steve
  • 9/9/2010

OK I really like these videos and the teaching style – hope you continue to post more of this type of thing! The track is so, so cheesy though…please stop tossing the term ‘dubstep’ around…this is nothing like it!!!! :P haha… but regardless – good, concise teaching style – I think dubspot should set up a subscription online training service and I would sign up in a flash. There is nothing out there of this quality…but I live in London so can’t get there and enrol on a course. Thanks!

  • John Tennant
  • 9/9/2010

Hey Mr. Nalepa,

Great tutorials, a lot of review for me in this, but there are some subtle tricks that I’m sure are obvious to you, but weren’t to me. (Like doubling the tempo of the hats–didn’t know you could do that. I also didn’t know about the fold button.)

Something that’s always been tough for me in my productions are micro-editing beats. I’ve seen quite a few different approaches (follow actions, clever controller mapping, plug-ins like Live Cut and DBGlitch), but I’ve still haven’t found something that gives me the exact feel I’m after. Care to share any of your ideas in this realm?

Thanks again,

-jt

  • pdudeer
  • 9/9/2010

thanks dude, fucken rocken that shit ya.

  • Aaron
  • 9/9/2010

great tutorials, thanks

  • NATS
  • 9/9/2010

Cool tutorials! I’m also doing some new tutorials, maybe you like them! Tomorrow I’ll upload a new dubstep tutorial at http://dubsteptutor.com/

Greets,

NATS

  • NATS
  • 9/9/2010

Hi Steve,

You did a great job on doing this tutorial! I think we’d all learned a lot from it.
I’m busy on doing some ableton live tutorials myself which can be found here: http://dubsteptutor.com .
Please let me know what you think of my dubstep tutorials.

Greets,

NATS