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How to use VST Pianos in Dubstep

Dubstep VST

A lot of artists are looking to create new and exciting sounds within their Dubstep mixes. Sometimes you even want to make your own Dubstep Samples to use within your mixes and to have a few pre-mixed sounds on standby. A Dubstep sample of this caliber could be used as “fillers” that will allow you to transition to complete new sets.

How to use the VST Piano?

Firstly we need to understand the dynamics of a piano. The classical edge of the piano can create many different sounds. For instance if you were to add a slight echo to a grand piano and play minor progressions you’ll obtain a sweet yet eerie ambiance.

However play funk chords or blues chords you change the entire motif of the arrangement. Thus before you even think of “What type of Piano” you’ll be using you need to understand the type of song you’ll want to make. Do you want to add in the classical edge to your mix or do you want to make it a funky drum and bass mix? These are questions about motif that you should have clear before even starting to produce.

Obviously a lot of the song will evolve during the production phase but nonetheless it is good to have at the very minimal a basic idea of what it is you want to achieve. Based on this you’ll use the correct piano sound to complement the ultimate “feeling” you wish to induce on your listener.

Once you have decided…

Now that you know what it is you want to do with your song you choose the correct VST plugin whether it is a classical or a funk, harpsichord or what have you.

In terms of recording you have two approaches. The first would be to do “live recording” after you have run the plugin through your midi interphase. The second would be “looped recording” which is where you only take a specific section of the track and add in the specific loop for that section.

The second method is more precise but will take longer where the first method would create a more “live” feel to your track. Obviously you require some musical background when implementing the “Life recording” methodology. Live recording makes “irregularities” within the note sequences which is slightly off making it sound more natural since humans aren’t usually 100 on tempo whereas a machine never misses a beat.

For beginner musicians it is recommended to use the second approach to recording since you will have more control over the time selection, note arrangement and if you make a mistake you can always tweak the selection note for note.



Get variety

Whether you want to make a dubstep sample or a full on arrangement it’s always a good idea to have a wide variety of VSTs in order to have a bigger selection of sounds that will assist you in inducing the specific emotion behind your song.

Also it is good to experiment; remember that in music there are no mistakes, just experimentation. Push your own boundaries, search for new piano VSTs and listen to good music to find the inspiration needed to flesh out your own songs. In the end it comes out to having a great library in order to produce amazing songs!