Building A Deep & Dark Dubstep Drop – PART 1

This is part one of the second tutorial in a series of tutorials covering my process of writing tunes.

This month we focus on the parts for the drop;

I walk you through slicing a drumloop and programming a temporary beat to work with, and then we create a reese using serum. I then demonstrate a few different ways to create midrange basses and write some bassline ideas.

All files including the end result Ableton project file and all sounds/samples used are included.

Course Features

  • Videos 9
  • Skill level All levels
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With a career spanning 22 years and a backlog of releases, Leon has been busy to say the least.Stemming from a musical background, leon specialised in lead guitar as his first instrument and spent most of his teenage years in various bands performing anything from Heavy metal to 60's-70's Rock'n'Roll.He first started programming music in 1992 and then bought his first studio setup in 1998, soon to follow was his debut release in 2001 on Unkut Recordings.2002 saw the birth of Defcom Records along with the partnership of Kryptic Minds, and a massive passion for deep dark Drum and Bass. With releases on imprints such as MetalHeadz, Frequency, Freak, Monitor and Penetration to name just a few, he had recorded and remixed for some of the scenes true pioneers and then 2007 was to see his debut Album 'Lost all Faith'.2008/9 and a change of tempo and name, pushed him into the limelight. Now writing under the Kryptic Minds moniker, the 'One of us' album was released on Swamp81 and the international touring started. Reaching places as far as New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong and then out to places such as Moscow, Siberia, Ukraine, but not forgetting nearly all of europe in his home times...The releases continued on imprints such as Tectonic and Osiris Music Uk and then Black Box released the 'Cant Sleep' Album in 2011. 2013 and Hollywoods motion picture 'Elysium' features his track 'Six Degrees' at a pinacle moment in the film and then The 'Namaste EP' got released and saw the long awaited 'Badman VIP' hit the shelves.2014 saw Leon branch out on his own again and imediately sign to the legendary Distance's imprint Chestplate, with his debut tracks Deadlock and Persepolisia, alongside his long awaited 'Leon Switch Presents Deep, Dark Dubstep' sample pack for Loopmasters.2016 and his secound release on Chestplate - Intrepid backed with Overlook, and then he released his 'Leon Switch Sample Series Vol 1', with accompanying tutorial series videos.2017 'Leon Switch - Construction Kits' is released, and then Leon's album 'War Trax' which was written and produced as the soundtrack for R8Games ltd. Fusion Formula, the AG racing game of 2017.Leon has several collaborations on the go with many artists and companies, including:Italian composer, arranger , producer and guitarist Eraldo Bernocchi, in an album project called Rotor.Endorsed by More Superior Wear Clothing company and working alongside Subpac.
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    Shvpeshifter
    10th December 2018

    thank you for this series! much love!

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      Leon Switch
      13th December 2018

      I’m glad you enjoyed the tutorial! I hope it opened a few new avenues of thought!

  2. pdxpch
    10th December 2018

    This was an excellent series! The workflow makes so much sense to me now…very useful. Thanks for doing these.

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      Leon Switch
      13th December 2018

      I’m stoked you are finding this series insightful! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  3. latenightdubz
    13th December 2018

    i wish every tutorial had Leon Switch’s “niiiiice” catchphrase

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      Leon Switch
      15th December 2018

      🤣😂🤣😂🤣 Thank you!

  4. blaise76
    4th January 2019

    This entire series has done wonders for me. Thank you for sharing so much knowledge. Question, is there a similar workaround for the bass portion (covered in videos 3 and 4) if I don’t have Kontakt?

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      Leon Switch
      6th January 2019

      I will have a play and find out but I’m pretty sure you would get a similar effect using any 3 band eq. As long as you have random modulation happening with two boosted bands and one cut, thats all that is happening here… The only problem i could foresee is that kontakt would maybe deal with the process more smoothly as its all inside the plugin(?)…

      I will have a play and maybe do a little tutorial/video on the process of trying it out…

      • blaise76
        7th January 2019

        Thank you for the reply. I will fiddle around with the 3 band eq and see what I can get going.

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    brightwing
    6th January 2019

    THANK YOU SOOOO DAMN MUCH! I’ve been wanting to know what you were doing in kontakt from your youtube tutorial but couldnt see the details due to the camera being so far away. This is EXACTLY what I needed man! BIG BIG UPS!
    THANKS ALL OF YOU AT E&B! So glad I subscribed to this! <3

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      Leon Switch
      6th January 2019

      So happy you have found this insightful! much love and thanks for the feedback 🙂

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