If you want to make drum and bass and are just getting started, you’ll get some crucial information in this post, so stay tuned!
1 DAW (FL Studio, Ableton)
The most important of all is to have a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). It’s like a workbench for making music. Of course you could make it without it, but it’s easier to do it with one and keeps the workflow going on.
What DAW you pick usually depends on your preferences. Some have more VST’s than other and the other have more functionality.
Virtual Studio Technology (VST) is a software interface that integrates software audiosynthesizer and effectplugins with audio editors and recording systems. VST and similar technologies use digital signal processing to simulate traditional recording studio hardware in software – Wikipedia
Massive is a neat vst made by Native Instruments.
It’s the first choice of a lot of Bass/ Electro- Music Producers. The concept of Massive is based on analog synthesizers and the “community” (YouTube) offers a lot of tutorials on how to use it. Once you got into it, you’ll love it and you’ll use it for leads and bass.
Massive contains over 1300 sounds crafted by musicians, but it’s a lot more fun to make your own presets!
Described by reFX as a “next generation ROM synthesizer-plug-in” (ie ROMpler), this beast of a plug in can be found in the project files of the vast majority of Beatport top 100s tracks. It offers a huge amount of nice customisable presets and an easy to use Interface.
The Hardware is everything, that’s not inside your pc. Seems logic, right? 😛
What’s the matter in making music, if not to let it other people enjoy. You want the Junglist Massive to feel the vibe of the music you make! But you need to see how it sounds, too. Using studio monitors will give you the possibility to see your results.
Monkey Banana Turbo 8 are recommended by a lot of people around me. They are from a small German company. So check them out.
Before you can release your song to the wide public, you have to make it. And make it clean! A good mixing is really important, or else the track will be a bit busy and messy. But you want a clean song, so you need high quality headphones, to listen to every detail and mix it right.
MIDI- Keyboard/ MIDI Instruments/ Etc… (Optional)
Every producer has his own way to make music. But chances are, if you play the piano, that you’ll most likely want to work with a piano on your songs, too. So don’t you get yourself a nice midi- Keyboard to hook up on your PC/ DAW.
Also there are lots of other fun instruments, like the Maschine by Traktor.
4 EQ (Equalizer)
Another important piece of Software is the EQ. You’ll need this one at least one time on every track on your mixer. Even if it’s just to cut out the low and high frequencies. A clean mix will help your song sound better. And by cutting out frequencies and pushing others (carefull with pushing!) you’ll get a better quality.
Very important for the Drums!
You want your drums to be crisp and crunchy? You want them to hit you hard? You’ll need to work with a compressor. A lot of people tend to use hardware Compressors, where others use software Compressors. It’s up to you, but I think if you’re starting new in the “business” a software compression will do.