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Several Ways to Make Dubstep Music

A type of music which is particularly not prescribed to the timid, since it sounds so supernatural and grandiose, devotees of electronic move music classifications, for example, daze, and house, concede that even those with an exceptionally pleasing sense of taste will most likely be unable to handle dubstep. All things considered, this classification appreciates a tremendous fan taking after everywhere throughout the world, and craftsmen like Skrillex, Skream, Seven Lions, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Flux Pavilion, and Bassnectar, are not new names. In the first place found in England toward the begin of this thousand years, this mainstream culture has advanced gradually and relentlessly, and we can credit Jamaican-style reggae, and UK carport music for their impacts in forming it.

The beauty of dubstep is that, what one truly needs to create this magic from his or her own bedroom, is merely a capable laptop, the right software, optionally some hardware, like a microphone, and/or a midi keyboard, and of course, an overwhelming passion towards making music.

Requirements to Make Dubstep Music

Although the base prerequisites to making music of this genre seem few, the specifics matter; the feasibility of using particular software, the availability of memory on your computer’s hard drive, and its speed, and the compatibility of your optional hardware with both your computer, and your music-making program, are very important before you set out to make music. Buzzle highlights your minimum requirements.

Laptop Requirements

Make Processor Memory OS Add. Req.
Apple Mac 1.8 GHz, Intel® Mac
(recommended) 2 – 4 GB
RAM Mac OS X 10.5
or higher DVD-ROM drive
Microsoft 2 GHz Pentium® 4
or
Celeron®,
(multi-core) 2 – 4 GB
RAM XP Home,
Pro or higher
(Vista, Windows 7) DVD-ROM drive,
Sound card
(ASIO driver),
QuickTime

Recommended Software
Any good digital audio workstation (DAW) can be used to record and produce dubstep music. Obviously learning to make the best of any software comes with practice and experimentation, so one shouldn’t expect to be able to produce dubstep like a maestro overnight. Some recommended DAWs are:

Ableton Live
Image-Line FL Studio (previously known as Fruity Loops)
Apple GarageBand
Cakewalk Sonar
Avid Pro Tools

Mostly, good-quality software to produce dubstep music are not free to download; however, while DAW software for beginners is not very expensive, the more professional versions (like Ableton Live Suite 9), with a lot of useful add-ons, could cost more than thousands of dollars. Apart from introductory-level software itself, it is a good idea for budding dubstep artists to get their hands on some sample packs as well, to make their task easier. Sample packs would contain drum samples, loops, bass hits, and other elements that could be implemented in a dubstep track.

Suggestions for Optional Hardware

Midi KeyboardYou can invest in a good synthesizer keyboard, or even a midi keyboard, especially if you have formal music training.
It is not necessary to actually know how to play an instrument to create outstanding dubstep music, but knowledge about music theory is a must, because one often encounters terms like “transpose”, “octave”, “sharp”, and the like, during the journey of producing electronic music.

Recording Microphone

A midi controller that contains faders, knobs and buttons can be used in collaboration with your DAW software to simplify the whole process, and also to add glamor to it, say, during a live performance. These controllers can be used to implement interesting effects, like launching clips, or entire tracks, triggering loops, mixing sounds, and a lot more.
A microphone is also a handy tool for music production. One can record raw vocals, without any EQ or compression, and add all the effects later. Nowadays, USB-connectable microphones are also available, which are even more convenient to use.

For midi controllers, launch pads, and keyboards, professionals recommend brands like Novation, Akai, M-Audio, Behringer and Alesis, while for microphones, Neumann, and Shure are reputed to be good options.

Basic Elements of A Dubstep Song

A dubstep track, like anything in this world, has a basic structure that it is built around. A typical song has an introduction, a couple of verses with a bridge between them, and an anti-climax, or an ‘outro’, to bring it to a close.

Tips and Tricks to Get Started

✐ While the verses and the bridge are likely to be more populated with notes, bass, beats, and effects, you could opt to design the beginning and the finale with a gradual build-up (or stripping away) of elements.

✐ While starting, you could break things down to the fundamentals, work on them separately, and later put them together. You could add the innovative effects that give your song its other-worldly feeling, as finishing touches to your work.

✐ It is always better to have a direction, so as to maintain focus, because otherwise, amongst aspirants who are new to this, there is a tendency to get lost in between, out of fascination for the absence of a limit to which one can experiment

✐ However, professional dubstep DJs suggest that one should go about this in a manner where you follow your inspiration, and that is why they largely favor software such as Ableton Live, that is said to be primarily intuitive.

✐ Do a lot of ‘research’. Listen to a lot of sample, and later popular tracks, and take note of how they are structured so that you will have a better idea, as a beginner, what your work should sound like when you are done.

The Beat

Dubstep music gets its identity solely from the uniqueness of the drum beats. The sparseness of it in the beginning of the track, and the slow buildup until the climax, followed by reverting to the basic, is characteristic of a dubstep song.

You can incorporate your favorite drum samples from your sample pack in your song, although the absolute basic requirement is a good kick, and snare beat.
When you begin, set your project’s tempo to 140 bpm. This is the ideal tempo to clock at, although some producers make music at a low 125 bpm, or increase it to a little higher value.

The true feel of dubstep comes with setting drum beats at half-time, and bass/musical notes at normal time. The various distinctive effects, like the wobble bass, glitch rhythms, and so on, are more suited to this format. This is why, while the tempo is so high, a typical dubstep song would have the drum kick and snare placed at beats one and three.
Your mission is to create a loop of beats that would repeat throughout the track. The number of steps in your loop could be as high as 32. As mentioned above, the kick and snare drum beats could be placed strategically at the right steps of the loop. Also, you can experiment with grace notes, duple beats, triple beats (the last two can be tried out at both 140 bpm and 70 bpm to keep things interesting), and even additional beat effects like cymbals, tambourines, etc.

Snares can be layered to elicit a deep, dynamic effect.
Different software have different tools that can help you create music better. For example, you can shuffle the entire beats of your pattern, on some. Try to get to know the full extent of what can be done with the software you are using.

The Melody

It is unnecessary to impress upon any would-be electronic dance music DJ, the importance of melody in the song he or she intends to play. Without a catchy tune, the plain rhythm of the song can hold the attention of the crowd for only so long. The bass and melody are meant to enhance the drum beats of the song, and carry listeners through to the end of it. However, in dubstep, the beats are the real hero, therefore it is important to have an uncomplicated basic melody.

Keep the synth regular, and simple.
You can try to experiment with the sound of different instruments, but do so within a limit, because even minimalistic sounds can work wonders with the beats when it all comes together, and too much may not sound the way it was intended to.
If you have a good library of samples, and sound kits, you can easily put together the melody you envisioned.
To figure out various notes, you can use additional hardware for DAWs, like your keyboard.

You could even add vocals to the track using your microphone. However, dubstep music and elaborate vocals do not generally go together. There is no harm in experimenting, but keep that in mind when you do.
Keep an ear out to make sure that you get your bass line correct, or the end product will be disastrous.

Once the tune of your melody is finalized, you can add additional effects. The wobble, or ‘wub’, is a common recurrence in a typical dubstep song, and beginners who really want to understand this in depth, can start by applying a low pass filter on the bass of their song.
Apart from the input from hardware, and software samples, one can also use Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins to generate the desired output, from instrumental sounds, to synth, and other effects.

What is ‘the Drop’?

✐ The characteristic of a dubstep song that sets it apart from other music, is the climax of the rhythm, after which, the beat just ‘drops’.

✐ The buildup that leads to the drop should have progressively increasing sound, and therefore, during the development of the song, aspiring artists can work along the lines of keeping the basic beats (kick + snare/layered snare) untouched in the beginning, and compounding the effects in the loops closer to the climax.

✐ After the drop, generally the song is broken down to its basic elements again. The artist can take the song in any direction, as per his or her taste, from this point on. Some artists come up with an electronic piece which could be considered the “guitar solo” of the song, where they retain the original beats, and add effects like wobbles, and wacky sound samples in a very freestyle manner. There are also others who like to round up the basic feel of the song in a minimalistic manner, like a synopsis, and build it up once again from fundamentals, leading to the next verse. It is truly up to you, to unleash your creativity at this point.

Additional Suggestions
The typical length of a dubstep song is 4 – 6 minutes. Any longer, and you may find it difficult to keep your audience’s interest.
A pair of good quality headphones will take you a long way, so it is wise to invest more in them, and less in more and more sample kits/hardware.
The ‘dark’ and eerie feeling that is associated with dubstep can be brought about by using more minor notes in your melody.
At the risk of repeating ourselves, we would like to stress that you should ALWAYS keep things simple. Whether it is drum beats, melodies, or the bass, never overcomplicate. With a distinctive base to build up on, one can create magic.
Listen, learn, and experiment. Listen to sub-genres of dubstep too, like, for example, brostep. Learn everything you need to about the software you are using, and also learn techniques of optimization, like equalization, noise reduction, filtering, limiting, and so on, as they can be very useful to make your song sound right. Experiment with new styles, with myriad influences to guide you.

We trust that with our layout of the considerable number of nuts and bolts that you have to furnish yourself with, keeping in mind the end goal to make dubstep music, we could give you more clarity, and the required push in the correct heading. In spite of the fact that dubstep can be genuinely testing to make, on the grounds that there are no unbending standards (despite the fact that melodies of this classification do have a constraining structure), the fulfillment of making something so awe-inspiring with one’s own inventiveness is motivator enough to need to remain spurred. Most importantly, one needs a ton of energy, and dreamlike persistence, to gain from all roads, to be fruitful at making dubstep music.

All about Singing Tips for Beginners

Make no mistake, singing tips aren’t something that are applicable only to beginners or youngsters or newcomers to singing. Music is one such field wherein a singer (as well as a musician) forever remains a student. The day a singer or a musician starts feeling or behaving like a ‘Mr. Knows-it-all’, that’s when he stops getting better at his art, and that’s also when his decline as an artiste begins.

On the basis of all that I’ve learned, heard, read, seen, and experienced as a singer, here are a few singing tips that newcomers must make a ‘note’ of. Please Note: By ‘beginners’, I do not necessarily mean just kids or children. The magic of melody is such, that it arouses interest in a person’s mind at any time of his life. So the following apply to people of all ages, right from a 10-year-old girl to a retired grandfather.

Listen, Listen, Listen!
A singer should always listen to different styles of music, or to be precise, different styles of singing. Of course, every singer has his or her own personal favorites when it comes to singers, musicians, and genres of music. However, broadening your horizon by listening to singers of different genres and from different regions of the world, is very important if you want to grow as a singer and develop a good ear for music. So regardless of what genre of singing you wish to specialize in, you should make it a point to listen to other genres as well. For example, even if it is Opera that you wish to pursue, spend some time listening to a bit of pop, country, blues, gospel, and even rock music.

Discipline
Sincerity and discipline are very, very important if you want to succeed as a singer. Today, the glamor quotient associated with the music industry is what is inspiring or ‘motivating’ many people to take an interest in this field. Becoming famous, being a celebrity, making truckloads of money, etc., is what is drawing people to music and showbiz. While all of that certainly makes for one side of the coin, what most people don’t realize is the tremendous hard work, determination, dedication, sincerity, and discipline that is required to reach that particular level.

Vocal Training
Vocal training is a must if you have serious aspirations of becoming a singer. Find a good vocal trainer in your area and begin with singing lessons and vocal training at the earliest. It makes you aware of how to use your vocal folds correctly, how to breathe while singing, how to tackle low notes and high notes, how to handle a microphone, etc. Voice culture is another type of vocal training which focuses on projection of voice, using your whole body as a musical instrument, making correct use of your diaphragm, voice modulation techniques, and much more.

Practice
Regular singing practice is a must, if you want to succeed as a singer. Singing is all about making correct use of your vocal folds, your breath, your diaphragm, and your whole body. Vocal folds are nothing but soft membranous tissues which are controlled by muscles of the larynx. Just as a table gathers dust if left unclean or unattended, similarly your vocal folds will also cease to function optimally if you do not engage them with regular singing practice. Even if you have a very busy schedule, you should make it a point to devote at least 30 minutes a day for vocal exercises, singing lessons, and general practice.

General Precautions
Always warm up your vocal folds before any serious singing session, concert, competition, or stage performance. Just as your body needs warming up before a gym workout, so do your vocal folds before a singing session. Directly jumping to high-pitched notes without warming up your vocal folds is very dangerous and can cause serious damage. Never sing in a way which puts undue strain on your throat and your vocal folds. The right way of singing is when your voice flows through smoothly and effortlessly. Of course, this is something that you can achieve only through proper training, knowledge of voice culture, and regular practice of different vocal exercises.

These were some very basic tips for those who are new to this art. Always remember, a good voice is a direct Gift from God. Very few people in the world are blessed with one. So how successful a singer you eventually become, will entirely depend on how well you use your voice, how thoroughly you practice, and how sincere you are about it.

You can Make a Catchy Advertising Jingle That is Too Good to Ignore

A powerful jingle is one of the best publicizing methodologies. Snappy lines that have a perky tune are effectively recollected. Individuals murmur these tunes, impart them to each other, and in some time, these tunes turn into a web sensation and get to be distinctly prominent with the masses, prompting to informal reputation of the product(s) they are made for. Along these lines, a snappy jingle manufactures a decent client base.

Due to elements such as rhyme, melody, a set pattern of words, or repeating phrases, a jingle is easily remembered. Didn’t we give tunes to plain sentences in order to be able to recall them easily during exams? That’s the method some of us used to mug up answers, didn’t we? The same principle applies to jingles. It is about giving a good tune to lyrical words, such that they become easy to remember. Obviously, having catchy and impactive words does help a lot.

As a jingle maker, you should be aware of this and have a basic sense of rhythm. You should be able to write well to come up with good words that can go together, be given a tune to, and best describe the product/service that the jingle is about. Making catchy jingles is indeed a smart way of advertising your product. And if your jingle has got that punch, you’ll be surprised to know that people love to hum it.

Tips to Make a Catchy Jingle
Understand Your Product
Know what you have to sell, its history, brand evolution, peculiarities of the brand, its uniqueness, and how it stands out. Stressing on words that will appeal to the masses is important. It boils down to your skills at song-writing and music. The same applies to making jingles for a service-based company. Understand what the company has to offer, what their business is, and what they specialize in. Build around something unique or special about the product or service.

Use the Right Words
As your first step, enlist adjectives that best describe the product. Identify the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of the product. You must tell the buyer why he should buy that product. If you give a personal touch to the words, chances are high that the masses will connect with your idea. Use words that will make an impact on the consumers and tell them about the product or service and what makes it different from the others in competition. End the jingle on a positive note.

Keep it Simple
The lyrics as well as the tune should be simple, so that it is easy to remember and hum. Choose words that are easy to understand. Going totally offbeat or using flowery words or jargon will not help, as they will make the jingle difficult to recite/sing. Strike a balance between being too creative and too simplistic.

Make it Easy to Sing
Use repetition of words. Use rhyme. This makes it easier for people to hum the jingle. The words should be such that it’s easy to recollect and recite the jingle. Also, the tune should be easy to recall. Great if it’s so impactive that people find it difficult to get it out of their heads.

Use Figures of Speech
Experiment with hyperbole (to exaggerate your idea to a small extent) and puns (to add a fun element). Use repetition to create an impact. Use similes for comparison. Try to make it different.

Consider the Competitors
Find the product’s competitors, study their advertising strategies, look at the jingles or slogans they use. Ensure that your jingle does not sound similar to theirs. Your jingle should not remind them of a product or service you do not intend to advertise. See that your jingle doesn’t confuse the buyer, or it might result in an increase in the sales of your competitors’ products. You don’t want that.

Incorporate the Brand’s Name
Make clever use of the product’s name, where possible. If the name is too long or if it does not fit well in the set rhythm or tune, use words that will remind people of the brand.

Tips to Choose Music
Choose the appropriate music and tempo, so that the jingle can be sung.
It should not be too long, for which the point has to be made crisply and quickly. A 30-second jingle should be enough.
If the company requires you to use the tune of an already existing song, be absolutely sure of the legal repercussions.
Identify your target audience, and choose a genre that appeals to them. Analyze what’s trending and what’s popular.

Hypothetical Examples
For a House-cleaning Agent ‘Mop-Aid’
With ‘Mop-Aid’ as your gun,
Dirt is on the run.
And cleaning is all fun!
For a Bug Spray ‘Kill-Bug’
Bugs Bugging you?
Stop them!
Bug your bugs,
With ‘Kill-Bug’

* The above-mentioned examples are of hypothetical products, and any resemblance with actual product names is a mere co-incidence.
Catchiest Jingles of All Time and Things to Learn from Them

Kit Kat
gimme a break
gimme a break
break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar

This one is really ingenious for using the USP of Kit Kat – a chocolate bar that you can break off easily, and making it synonymous with taking a break from your routine.
Fanta
Want a Fanta? Don’t you want a, want a Fanta?

This one has a clever use of phonetics of the product name. Fanta makes a fantastic entry in your minds. Simple yet effective, they’ve made a good use of repetition and rhyming words.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Get a bucket of chicken, have a barrel of fun.

The jingle reminds people of the bucket in which the food is served and makes having KFC chicken synonymous with having loads of fun. The rhyme makes the jingle easy to remember.
Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum
Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

It’s very simple. It endorses the product name and also equates it with pleasure and fun.
McDonalds
I’m Lovin’ it

They’ve used the slogan line in the jingle. It’s short and crisp, and makes a strong point. You know you love it. And they know it too.
Coke
I’d like to Buy the World a Coke

This one is a cleverly made jingle, which won praise from many. Its emotional quotient of inducing you to make the world come together with a bottle of coke, is certainly appealing.

An appealing jingle should be supported by a decent media scope, with the goal that it achieves the masses. The fortunate thing about jingles is that TV, radio, or the Internet can be utilized to make them well known. Jingles remain with the item everlastingly, now and then, even after its creation has ceased. In the event that a jingle is better than average, it jingles perpetually in our brains. A few jingles turn out to be more famous than even the most mainstream tunes, and wait in our souls for quite a long time.

About Undervalued Importance of Music in Movies

It is difficult to envision individuals sitting through a noiseless film with no unrecorded music to go with the scenes. From the very origin of films, the significance of music has been unmistakably settled. Music has dependably been perceived for its capacity to conjure feelings among the group of onlookers and set the temperament for particular scenes in motion pictures.

Quiet motion pictures constantly included unrecorded music, and it was initially utilized by the Lumière Brothers for support their initially anticipated film, Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory) on December 28, 1895. By 1910, theaters had started forever utilizing complete melodic outfits which, thusly, was supplanted by the theater organ. The period between 1910 – 1930 likewise depended intensely on photoplay music, which was composed music implied particularly for noiseless movies. This Buzzle article talks about the significance of music in motion pictures in further detail.

Noteworthy Film Score Examples

Max Steiner’s film score for the 1933 creature motion picture, ‘Ruler Kong’ is positioned as the thirteenth most noteworthy film score in the historical backdrop of American silver screen by the American Film Institute. From the spine-chilling nature of the drums that is played while a local young lady is going to be given as ceremonial give up to King Kong to the substantial instrumental music that takes after while King Kong breaks free and wreaks destruction in the city of Manhattan, the music in the motion picture had profoundly affected the way the gathering of people responded to each scene, the performers, and the film in itself. Without the mood melodies, King Kong would not have ended up being the epic it is today.

The film score for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 psychoanalytical thriller, “Psycho” was created by Bernard Herrmann. This film score frightened the jeepers creepers out of the group of onlookers and was not at all like anything heard some time recently! The music that went with the acclaimed shower blind scene, when Marion Crane is scrubbing down and is wounded to death by Norman Bates, is maybe one of the scariest film scores ever composed!

The film score by John Williams for the 1977 motion picture ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’ is still sung by his fans and that, in itself, is a noteworthy accomplishment for any performer! The blood-coagulating music for the 1975 shark motion picture “Jaws” by John Williams won him an Academy Award and was positioned as the 6th most prominent film score ever by the American Film Institute.

Music Conveys Emotions

Aside from passing on the sentiments through activities, discoursed, and outward appearances, the feelings of a character are additionally passed on through melodic prompts. The music playing out of sight can express sentiments of outrage, dread, satisfaction, and distress, contingent upon the scene being displayed and the feelings being instituted by the performers. Such prompts help the group of onlookers associate with the performing artists and identify with their feelings. For instance, the music played toward the end of ‘The Godfather Part III’ communicates profound sentiments of disappointment, distress, and lost love as Michael Corleone contemplates his perished little girl (Mary) and spouses (Apollonia and Kay). For example, a scene in which the lady of the hour to-be is strolling up the passageway to be at long last marry to the affection for her life, would as a rule be joined by Wagner’s “Wedding Chorus”, otherwise called “Here Comes the Bride”, which would provide the group of onlookers some insight that the female hero of the film is going to get hitched to the man she had always wanted!

Sets up the Theme and Mood

The class and rhythm of the music being played as ambient melodies can enlighten a considerable measure concerning the subject of the motion picture. The music created for the dream film ‘Master of the Rings’ by Howard Shore, utilizes many sorts of woodwinds, metal, fiddle instruments, and Celtic music and is, by a long shot, a standout amongst the most incredible motion picture scores ever to have been composed. Additionally, the sound of substantial drums and horns in a film score can without much of a stretch let the gathering of people realize that the topic of the scene depends on war. Something enthusiastic and light would lead the gathering of people to expect something amusing and energetic. The sound of critters and empty bass would set up the group of onlookers for something more evil. The sound of the Chinese mandolin (Liuqin) or Buddhist serenades alongside music would make the group of onlookers to trust that the subject of the motion picture is some way or another associated with the Asian culture.

Bring out Era or Time Period

The kind of melodic instruments utilized and the class picked by the music writer can reproduce the sound of an old time or day and age. For example, in the 1963 “Cleopatra” motion picture, the music score by Alex North involved numerous Egyptian tunes, which instantly rises above the gathering of people into an old and mysterious place that is known for mummies, Pharaohs, and pyramids. Just listening to the music in films, makes a visual picture and feel of such a time in the brain of the viewer. Another awesome case of music that was effective in transporting viewers to its proposed period was the 1997 film ‘Titanic’.

Underpins Association with Leitmotif

A specific tune that is associated with a particular rate or character in the film, might be rehashed as frequently as fundamental in the motion picture so that the gathering of people might have the capacity to correspond and interface with the leitmotif and its expectation. For instance, the signature melody “Going to Fly Now” is included in the 1977 film “Rough” and is played out of sight, as Rocky Balboa expands his stamina and figures out how to climb the means prompting to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a.k.a. ‘Rough Steps’. This signature tune keeps on rousing individuals right up ’til the present time!

Gives Backing to Musical Films

Music is a fundamental piece of melodic movies and goes about as a medium that adds feelings to the film, as well as keeps up the pace and beat of the motion picture. The best-known musicals on the planet, for example, ‘The Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and “Oil” would not be as popular if not for the superb ambient melodies going with the scenes and tunes.

There is no denying the way that the Dropkick Murphys track “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” from the 2006 motion picture ‘The Departed’ aced in holding the consideration of the gathering of people to the degree that everybody realized that the peak of the film had started!