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I want to start making dubtsep - where do I start? Software, equipment etc...

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    So as in the title, I'm really floundering around, I dont know what software to use or just how to get started. I have all these ideas in my head for songs, and I've recorded the basics on guitar, but I want software with virtual instruments and loops and all sorts. I dont have a lot of money, and a free trial would be best to make sure I can get to grips with it before buying. I have a mic, a samsung CO1U I think. Please help, cheers.

    BTW I have asked this question on dedicated forums but the responses are too technical for me, if I dont understand something I kind of panic a bit - I dont want to invest in something and find out that actually its no good for what I want to do, or I cant get to grips with it
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    You should get a hearing test first!
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    (Original post by SpiggyTopes)
    You should get a hearing test first!
    huh?

    Oh wait, you dont like dubstep silly me
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    (Original post by lilahnurave)
    huh?
    It sounds awful!
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    Run into things at a Terminator: Rise of the machines convention.
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    Fl studio 10 if you're on windows or try Logic if you're on Mac. These are very expensive software, but don't feel obliged to pay, if you know what I mean...
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    (Original post by pinda.college)
    Run into things at a Terminator: Rise of the machines convention.
    Very good

    Any genuine advice?
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    FL Studio. Dubstep is basically dead now tho
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    You just need a couple of 58k modems
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    Turn on a washing machine.
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    Well. I'm going to talk about Midi-based software. These basically work where you can either draw in notes onto the computer or use a Midi-instrument to play the notes normally. On top of this, all of the following softwares allow you to import your own recorded sounds.


    Fruity loops. (for pc only)
    Ableton
    Reason
    Cubcase
    Logic. (for mac only)
    Pro tools.


    Do a bit of research on all of these. I use Reason and love it.

    All of them are professional. All have their own built in instruments and allow 'external plugins' (third party intruments) Reason has it's own system of this. It's sells the cheapest Plugins, but has the fewest to choose from.

    Just quote me for anymore questions. I'll go into alot more depth if you want. Ps i'm biased towards Reason!
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    (Original post by JCC-MGS)
    FL Studio. Dubstep is basically dead now tho
    Y'think? Well I'll take my chances, two friends have just been signed, and its massive in brighton so...
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    You'll need some kind of digital multi-track software; Fruity Loops is probably better for you (as a beginner) rather than the more professional Logic/Pro-tools interfaces. Even so, fruity loops has still got quite a lot to it!
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    (Original post by adamjay)
    You'll need some kind of digital multi-track software; Fruity Loops is probably better for you (as a beginner) rather than the more professional Logic/Pro-tools interfaces. Even so, fruity loops has still got quite a lot to it!
    Great advice thanks... um, sorry but do I have to pay for it? I'm always being told to torrent things and stuff but I dont really have any idea how, everytime I try it doesnt work
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    (Original post by lilahnurave)
    So as in the title, I'm really floundering around, I dont know what software to use or just how to get started. I have all these ideas in my head for songs, and I've recorded the basics on guitar, but I want software with virtual instruments and loops and all sorts. I dont have a lot of money, and a free trial would be best to make sure I can get to grips with it before buying. I have a mic, a samsung CO1U I think. Please help, cheers.

    BTW I have asked this question on dedicated forums but the responses are too technical for me, if I dont understand something I kind of panic a bit - I dont want to invest in something and find out that actually its no good for what I want to do, or I cant get to grips with it
    Try this, it's free.
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    (Original post by Hopple)
    Try this, it's free.
    Haha thats awesome
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    (Original post by lilahnurave)
    Great advice thanks... um, sorry but do I have to pay for it? I'm always being told to torrent things and stuff but I dont really have any idea how, everytime I try it doesnt work
    Me and a few of my mates in school are actually amateur artists on soundcloud. I'd be happy to get you up and running.
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    (Original post by SpiggyTopes)
    It sounds awful!
    Wub wub wub
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    (Original post by Dubstep Prince)
    Me and a few of my mates in school are actually amateur artists on soundcloud. I'd be happy to get you up and running.
    That would be amazing, thank you
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    (Original post by lilahnurave)
    That would be amazing, thank you
    No problem
    Do you have a soundcloud account? If yes PM me your account name

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