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Drumstep is a genre of electronic dance music often considered to be a fusion of Dubstep and Drum & Bass, with a halftime beat structure. Songs of this type are around 160 to 180 BPM, typically 170.

Halftime Drum and Bass can be found, generally, under 2 categories: "Halftime" and "Drumstep":

The main distinction between "Halftime" and "Drumstep" , although a fine one, would be that "Halftime" is the terminology used for the more experimental, underground and unconventional style, possessing influences ranging from hip hop all the way towards Neurofunk. Among the several artists who produce/produced halftime are Droptek, KUURO, Culprate, Clockvice, Vorso, Frequent and KOAN Sound.

The color associated with the genre before genre colors were phased out was: Pink (Hex: #F32188) (RGB: 243, 33, 136)


Melodic Drumstep: As the name would imply, the subgenre heavily places emphasis and relies on melodic structures, such as wide layered chords, to create ample, euphoric atmospheres, synth leads, and vocal chops, which can be commonly heard. The subgenre can borrow sound design from Brostep. Tracks in this genre can evoke many emotions, featuring a wide variety of styles, such as dramatic and uplifting.


Neurostep: The subgenre originated from the fusion of Neurofunk and Dubstep. Crunchy, distorted reeses (derived directly from Neurofunk) and filtered, sine compression basses are often employed. The atmospheres are often cold, robust, mechanical and dark in a different sense from Deathstep, featuring science-fiction influenced soundscapes and very deep sound design. Cymbal patterns, which can be hectic, accompany the heavy drums which are occasionally very syncopated. Reverb and delay are used in a psychedelic manner, and granular synthesis can play an important role in this subgenre. What can set Neurostep apart from Halftime could be the amount of syncopation and swing in the drum region, Halftime being more influenced by Hip Hop.

Liquid Drumstep: The subgenre is a lot more relaxed and calming in its atmosphere, featuring liberal use of reverb and reverb fills. It takes a more minimalistic approach to its structures and places heavy emphasis on a deep sub bass layer, supported by wide, ethereal plucks and ample pads. This subgenre is envisioned as very atmospheric. Cinematic pulsing rhythms can be supported by orchestral, choral, vocal and acoustic layers to create a vast, euphoric soundscape. Filtered reese-styled basses can also be occasionally heard.


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