The Petti Test – Pt 2: Reverse Engineering La Roux ‘In for the Kill’ Skream Remix

In this new video tutorial series The Petti Test, Dubspot Electronic Music Production Instructor, Propellerhead Reason course designer, sound design and sound programmer-extraordinaire Chris Petti will put any sound to test! Petti will be deciphering and reverse-engineering sounds and recordings submitted by anyone from anywhere! If you want to put a sound to the Petti Test, email

The Petti Test – Pt 2: Recreating “In for the Kill” Bass – Skream, La Roux

In the second installment of The Petti Test, Chris breaks down the magic in Skream’s chart-topping remix of La Roux’s “In For The Kill.” This song set the pace for dubstep remixes and is a sound that many people continue to try and recreate. In this tutorial Chris Petti explains and demonstrates how to create this sound in a step by step process.

In this installment of The Petti Test, I will be dissecting a bass sound that we hear in a number of current electronic styles. This example is taken from the Skream remix of La Roux’s “In For the Kill.” It’s a very deep and pulsating bass, most likely sampled from an analog synthesizer. The sound has been described to me as a bass like you would hear on a Drum and Bass tune. In this video I will break the sound down and recreate it on a MiniMoog Voyager. I will then complete the picture by sampling it, as was done with most DnB productions, and create the subtle volume pulsations. I hope that you all enjoy!

- Chris Petti, Dubspot EMP Instructor and Sound Designer

Master Reason & Record with our complete program of courses culminating in a four track EP ready for release.  In addition to achieving a complete overview of the composition process in Reason & Record you’ll also earn the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Reason & Record. After completing this program, you will leave with a new EP, a remix entered in an active remix contest, a Refill ready to share, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Reason & Record.

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