How to Make Dubstep With Pro Tools

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Pro Tools is one of the most powerful audio editing programs on the market today. Find out how to make dubstep with Pro Tools with help from an experienced audio engineer in this free video clip.

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What's going on, guys? My name is Joey Biagas and I'm an Audio Engineer and Musician of about seven years now. And today, I'm going to show you how to make a dubstep track using Pro Tools. So, let's do it. Woop, boop, boop! Alright, so let's go ahead and create a dubstep sound. Now, there's really just one component that you really need to focus on which is the sub base or a low end base that has a wobble effect to it. And I'm going to show you how to create that. So, what we got here within Pro Tools is I created a, a little rhythm pattern along with a baseline. So, first, let me go ahead and show you which, which base I am using. And within Pro Tools, I'm using a plug in called vacuum. That's this guy right here. This is vacuum. Vacuum actually comes with Pro Tools, so anyone with Pro Tools can, can create some dubstep sounds. Alright. So, to locate vacuum, let's just go back, backtrack a little bit; click on the insert section, go to multi-channel, go to instrument and cruise down to vacuum. Boom. But, I got my vacuum already opened here. But, anyway, I want to show you the preset that I'm using. So, click on the drop down menu here, go to base folder, cruise up to Juno-106 base, the seventh one. Now, you can use anyone of this bases, it doesn't really matter, but, I'm using this one 'cause this one had it more of a low end feel to it. Alright. Cool. So, let's, let's close this guy up, switch back over to our edit window and let me, let me play this for you guys so you can listen to it before I add in the wobble effect. So, this is just the, the sub-base. Okay. As you can see, it's, it's pretty boring, right? There's no, it's not cool yet. So, let, let's go ahead and make that cool. Now, to create the wobble effect, I'm actually going to be using the modulation wheel. Modulation wheel controls the low past filter cut off point. So, when you adjust it, adjust the modulation higher, the, the cut off goes higher and vice versa and so on and so on. So, I'm going to do a little bit of a back, back and forth motion with the modulation wheel to give it that wobble effect. Now, there's two ways to create this and if I didn't mention before, I said, we're creating an automation for this, for the, for the modulation wheel. So, there's two ways to go about that, which is physically riding the automation using a midi keyboard. And I have a physic, I physically have a midi keyboard and I'm using the, the oxium, an audio oxium midi keyboard, it's one of my favorites. And you can obviously, well not, maybe it's not obvious, but you can definitely select the pencil tool up here and write it in by hand. But, I do feel like the modulation wheel, like the physical modulation wheel is a little bit easier to control and, and, and get a better groove for it. You can get a groove for the feeling of the song and your baseline and, and all that good stuff. But, anyway, let's go ahead and set up what we need. So, first we're going to need to record enable our track, we got that going, okay. And then, we're going to cruise down to the automation, which is, I'm going to switch it to touch. We could do write, but ah, touch should be fine. Okay. So, we're going to need to drop down our sub track here and we're going to change this lasso, well excuse me, we don't need this midi data, we don't need lasso, we need controllers and mod wheel. Okay. Perfect. So, like I said, you can definitely write it in with the pencil tool and write your modulation automation, but I'm going to do it by hand and let it play and physically do that here with my controller. Alright. So, here we go. Let's do this. Okay. Not perfect, not perfect, but I think you do get the idea. Let's take one more listen to that. Pretty cool, a lot cooler right? This is basically it, I'm just giving you an example; of course on your track, you're going to want to find the groove and you know, maybe practice a little bit with the modulation wheel and definitely get creative with it. So, there you guys go. Pretty easy. So, that's how you make wob wobs within Pro Tools. So, if you do have any other questions, please let us know.

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