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'''Dubstep''' is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. It emerged in the late 1990s as a development within a lineage of related styles such as 2-step garage, broken beat, drum and bass, jungle, dub and reggae. In the UK, the origins of the genre can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s The music generally features syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies, as well as shuffled or incorporating tuplets. The tempo is nearly always in the range of 140–150 beats per minute (however, there can be exceptions, such as Forever by Reach [130 bpm] , The Vale by Trivecta featuring Miyoki, in the last drop [100 bpm] ), with a clap or snare usually inserted every third beat in a bar, providing the characteristic half-time "feel", essentially halving the tempo ''of the drums only, ''inducing the sentiment that the songs are slower than they actually are.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep Wikipedia]</ref>
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'''Dubstep''' is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. It emerged in the late 1990s as a development within a lineage of related styles such as [[Garage|''2-Step Garage'']], ''[[Breaks|Breakbeat]]'', ''[[Drum and Bass]]'', Jungle, Dub and Reggae. In the UK, the origins of the genre can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s The music generally features syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies, as well as shuffled or incorporating tuplets. The tempo is nearly always in the range of 140–150 beats per minute (however, there can be exceptions, such as "''[[Forever|'''Forever''']]''" by ''[[Reach]]'' [130 BPM] , "'''''[[Dream In Color]]'''''", by ''[[HALIENE]] ''[132 BPM], "'''''[[PLAY]]'''''" by ''[[Tokyo Machine]] ''[128 BPM - in a transition], "'''''[[The Vale]]'''''" by ''[[Trivecta]]'', featuring ''[[Miyoki]]'', in the last drop [100 BPM] ), with a clap or snare usually inserted every third beat in a bar, providing the characteristic half-time "feel", essentially halving the tempo ''of the drums only, ''inducing the sentiment that the songs are slower than they actually are.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep Wikipedia]</ref>
   
One characteristic of certain strands of dubstep is the wobble bass, often referred to as the "wub", where an extended bass note is manipulated rhythmically. This style of bass is typically produced by using a low-frequency oscillator to manipulate certain parameters of a synthesiser such as volume, distortion or filter cutoff. The resulting sound is a timbre that is punctuated by rhythmic variations in volume, filter cutoff, or distortion. This style of bass is a driving factor in some variations of dubstep, particularly at the more club-friendly end of the spectrum.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep Wikipedia]</ref>
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One characteristic of certain strands of dubstep is the filter modulated bass, often referred to as the "wub", where an extended bass note is manipulated rhythmically. This style of bass is typically produced by using a low-frequency oscillator to manipulate certain parameters of a synthesiser such as volume, distortion or filter cutoff. The resulting sound is a timbre that is punctuated by rhythmic variations in volume, filter cutoff, or distortion. This style of bass is a driving factor in some variations of dubstep, particularly at the more club-friendly end of the spectrum.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep Wikipedia]</ref>
   
 
Dubstep is associated with a purple/violet color on Monstercat. It is important to note that for labeling purposes, Monstercat also includes the following '''subgenres''' under the 'Dubstep' umbrella:
 
Dubstep is associated with a purple/violet color on Monstercat. It is important to note that for labeling purposes, Monstercat also includes the following '''subgenres''' under the 'Dubstep' umbrella:
   
 
== Commonly Referenced Subgenres: ==
 
== Commonly Referenced Subgenres: ==
* '''Brostep: '''A subgenre of Dubstep commonly associated with “plain noise", using no real melody, screeches, growls, and "wubs" are commonly used in this subgenre. Short, hard kicks and a booming, heavy snare are used as well as heavy use of sub-bass, with a consistent bassline.
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* '''Brostep: '''a subgenre of Dubstep pioneered / brought to popularity by the likes of Zomboy, Eptic and Skrillex; it features intricate basslines consisting of interlaced bass chains produced with characteristic, diverse, gritty, heavily processed (multiband compression being the order of the day - granting a widely known compressor of this type - "OTT" - (Over-the-top - originating from an Ableton Live compressor preset, turned into a standalone third party plugin by Xfer Records) - "meme" status) "growl"-styled synths, possessing formant quality (a vocal-styled timbre - hence the nickname "growl") , created with active filtering motion; this subgenre took off in the American scene and is still popular to this day; Heavy emphasis is placed on a deep sub bass; Heavy, sharp transient / attack, '''halftime '''(one snare per bar)''' '''drums establish a steady rhythm; the drum pattern can deviate from the standard "Kick on beat one, snare on beat 3" and can feature varying amounts of syncopation; The snares are usually designed with relatively long white noise / reverb tails, and sidechain ducking is an important factor in maintaining space for the drums and as a stylistical effect, to reinforce the aggression-factor of the subgenre; it transitioned from a 140-bpm dominant period into a 150 bpm one, speeding up in the process; simple triad supersaw chords can be used as fills, while off beat chants, accompanied by off beat chords (mainly supersaws, organs or guitars) could often be heard; the subgenre has also been heavily influenced by dub reggae at its beginnings, borrowing "ragga"-styled vocals; acoustic instruments can be heard, such as the guitar, piano and violin; another influence the subgenre took from is video game music / chiptune; iconic elements such the Reso bass, formant basses and high pitched, screechy Crookers / Pressure Cooker FM-styled synths were often heard; ample drop atmospheres are created with crowd chanting noises and background arps, designed to fill space.''<nowiki/>''
* '''Chillstep: (Not to be confused with Liquid Dubstep & Melodic Dubstep) '''''<nowiki/>''A subgenre that uses very minimal sound design in its main lead and generally the whole song. It has become less popular in recent years, due to the Brostep and Riddim revolution. This subgenre is commonly identified by heavy basswork and a minimal snare sound with more melodic leads and synths.
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* '''Deathstep: '''the main characteristic of this genre are its very dark, ominous, evil, impending doom atmospheres which are established through very heavy distortion / saturation and significant amounts of compression; this goal is also accomplished through the use of ample choral sections, off beat minor choral chords, wide, dark orchestral sections accompanied by frightful vocal samples; a renowned feature of this genre are triplet, heavily percussive basslines that are usually not as intricate or diverse as in Brostep, supported by dissonant melodies; very heavy drums are sometimes layered to confer them a metallic / odd harmonic resonance; heavily processed growl fills are used, together with dark background elements; this subgenre is produced exclusively with a minor key in mind.
* '''Deathstep: '''Usually begin with ominous-sounding guitar riffs, with lots of choir. The drums usually consist of a very solid and hard kick, and a very heavy ‘pan’ snare with a lot of riff. The basses are, contrary to popular belief, very different from the ‘normal’ dubstep basses. As opposed to the generic reese ‘wobbles’, Deathstep has machine gun basses, usually in triplets, along with more heavily distorted growls and screeches.
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* '''Liquid Dubstep: '''the polar opposite of brostep, a lot more relaxed, calming, euphoric in its atmosphere, features liberal use of reverb and reverb fills; the subgenre 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.
* '''Freeform Bass: '''a newly-formed microgenre of Dubstep and is usually experimental.
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* '''Early Dubstep''' / '''"UK" Dubstep''' / '''Deep Dubstep''': as a descendant of ''[[Garage|2-Step Garage]]'' and Dub Reggae, this genre features less of an emphasis on abrasiveness and aggressiveness than the Brostep of today, instead focusing on very deep atmospheres
* '''Liquid Dubstep: (Not to be confused with Chillstep & Melodic Dubstep): '''Liquid Dubstep is a subgenre of Dubstep that uses a typical heavy dubstep snare and kick drum, but none of the screeches or growls associated with heavy Brostep or plain old Dubstep. Heavy bass and syncopated hat patterns are commonly used as well, usually synths are absent in this genre making the leads virtually nonexistent besides some commonly used plucks and bass noises.
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* '''Melodic Dubstep: '''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, "Sync" (from the "Sync" warp mode in Xfer Serum - gradually increasing in pitch then descending, through the use of an LFO) or otherwise styled leads, which can be the driving force of a Melodic Dubstep track 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.
* '''Melodic Dubstep: (Not to be confused with Chillstep & Liquid Dubstep): '''Melodic Dubstep is a very common subgenre of Dubstep, using euphoric lead sounds, a slappy snare, and a very hard kick. Use of excessive white noise is also used in this style, making for a more atmospheric song. Secondary percussion is usually very minimal in this style of Dubstep as well, rather than the heavy shakers commonly used in Dubstep. The lead sound can variate in how it sounds, but is usually something similar to a synth to create a melody in the song often using supersaws as a stuttery lead. The off drop is focused on as well, trying to sound inviting and uplifting in the song itself.
 
 
* '''Metalstep: '''As the name implies, this genre is a combination of Metal and Dubstep. This genre usually has a typical Metal song with Dubstep features in it.''<nowiki/>'''''<nowiki/>'''
 
* '''Metalstep: '''As the name implies, this genre is a combination of Metal and Dubstep. This genre usually has a typical Metal song with Dubstep features in it.''<nowiki/>'''''<nowiki/>'''
* '''Neurostep: '''Neurostep is a self-explaining genre of Dubstep, using a buzzy neuro bass as its main source of a lead sound, short kicks, usually a very fast Drum and Bass esque hat pattern, and a heavy sub-bass pattern of low frequency to high frequency dependent on the pitch of the neuro bass used. The snare is carefully selected as well, needing to be a heavy snare focused on a punch of high sound.
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* '''Neurostep: '''originated from the fusion of ''[[Drum and Bass|Neurofunk Drum and Bass]]'' and Dubstep; crunchy, distorted reeses (derived directly from ''[[Drum and Bass|Neurofunk]]''), 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.
* '''Riddim: '''A subgenre that became popular in late 2016, Dubstep’s Raggaeton essentially, characterized by the swing in the bassline, the triplet drum pattern, and the claps or slap snares layered to the kick on beat 3. It generally uses more wet wubs and and screeches as the leads, with heavy use of Trap styled hat patterns, generally between 140-150 bpm.
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* '''Riddim: '''a more minimalistic subgenre founded on simple two-sided "swing" (although the patterns can become more varied), repetitive rhythms formed from usually wide, sometimes percussive, detuned, metallic-styled basses, designed with the use of "reverb" filters, phasers / phaser filters, flanger filters and comb filters; in the drum pattern region, it's very common for the snares on beat 3 to be replaced with a kick layered with a clap; with time, modern riddim has developed to intake influences from brostep, blurring the lines between the previously named genres and the fusion; the drum patterns are usually straight and feature little syncopation; it can feature a wide use of reverb, triplet bass patterns and off beat chants
* '''Tearout: '''A genre that was extremely popular during the liquid dubstep/chillstep era between 2009-2013, as it was regular dubstep’s heavier response to chillstep, with violent screeches and growls that were almost designed to make the listener uncomfortable, however with the empty and simple percussion and synths liquid dubstep and chillstep were known for at the time.
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* '''Tearout: '''a''' '''dark, early, more bare / rudimentary, less intricate subgenre of dubstep; its main features are simple, very distorted (similar to industrial) basses created from standard waveforms (such as the sawtooth, triangle, square or sine wave) through processes such as frequency modulation; it is structured similarily to brostep within its rhythm sections and bass chains. The subgenre can be very violent / aggressive.
 
* '''Vomitstep: '''featuring guttural bass gurgles, crushing 808s and synthesizers.
 
* '''Vomitstep: '''featuring guttural bass gurgles, crushing 808s and synthesizers.
 
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Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. It emerged in the late 1990s as a development within a lineage of related styles such as 2-Step Garage, Breakbeat, Drum and Bass, Jungle, Dub and Reggae. In the UK, the origins of the genre can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s The music generally features syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies, as well as shuffled or incorporating tuplets. The tempo is nearly always in the range of 140–150 beats per minute (however, there can be exceptions, such as "Forever" by Reach [130 BPM] , "Dream In Color", by HALIENE [132 BPM], "PLAY" by Tokyo Machine [128 BPM - in a transition], "The Vale" by Trivecta, featuring Miyoki, in the last drop [100 BPM] ), with a clap or snare usually inserted every third beat in a bar, providing the characteristic half-time "feel", essentially halving the tempo of the drums only, inducing the sentiment that the songs are slower than they actually are.[1]

One characteristic of certain strands of dubstep is the filter modulated bass, often referred to as the "wub", where an extended bass note is manipulated rhythmically. This style of bass is typically produced by using a low-frequency oscillator to manipulate certain parameters of a synthesiser such as volume, distortion or filter cutoff. The resulting sound is a timbre that is punctuated by rhythmic variations in volume, filter cutoff, or distortion. This style of bass is a driving factor in some variations of dubstep, particularly at the more club-friendly end of the spectrum.[2]

Dubstep is associated with a purple/violet color on Monstercat. It is important to note that for labeling purposes, Monstercat also includes the following subgenres under the 'Dubstep' umbrella:

Commonly Referenced Subgenres:

  • Brostep: a subgenre of Dubstep pioneered / brought to popularity by the likes of Zomboy, Eptic and Skrillex; it features intricate basslines consisting of interlaced bass chains produced with characteristic, diverse, gritty, heavily processed (multiband compression being the order of the day - granting a widely known compressor of this type - "OTT" - (Over-the-top - originating from an Ableton Live compressor preset, turned into a standalone third party plugin by Xfer Records) - "meme" status) "growl"-styled synths, possessing formant quality (a vocal-styled timbre - hence the nickname "growl") , created with active filtering motion; this subgenre took off in the American scene and is still popular to this day; Heavy emphasis is placed on a deep sub bass; Heavy, sharp transient / attack, halftime (one snare per bar) drums establish a steady rhythm; the drum pattern can deviate from the standard "Kick on beat one, snare on beat 3" and can feature varying amounts of syncopation; The snares are usually designed with relatively long white noise / reverb tails, and sidechain ducking is an important factor in maintaining space for the drums and as a stylistical effect, to reinforce the aggression-factor of the subgenre; it transitioned from a 140-bpm dominant period into a 150 bpm one, speeding up in the process; simple triad supersaw chords can be used as fills, while off beat chants, accompanied by off beat chords (mainly supersaws, organs or guitars) could often be heard; the subgenre has also been heavily influenced by dub reggae at its beginnings, borrowing "ragga"-styled vocals; acoustic instruments can be heard, such as the guitar, piano and violin; another influence the subgenre took from is video game music / chiptune; iconic elements such the Reso bass, formant basses and high pitched, screechy Crookers / Pressure Cooker FM-styled synths were often heard; ample drop atmospheres are created with crowd chanting noises and background arps, designed to fill space.
  • Deathstep: the main characteristic of this genre are its very dark, ominous, evil, impending doom atmospheres which are established through very heavy distortion / saturation and significant amounts of compression; this goal is also accomplished through the use of ample choral sections, off beat minor choral chords, wide, dark orchestral sections accompanied by frightful vocal samples; a renowned feature of this genre are triplet, heavily percussive basslines that are usually not as intricate or diverse as in Brostep, supported by dissonant melodies; very heavy drums are sometimes layered to confer them a metallic / odd harmonic resonance; heavily processed growl fills are used, together with dark background elements; this subgenre is produced exclusively with a minor key in mind.
  • Liquid Dubstep: the polar opposite of brostep, a lot more relaxed, calming, euphoric in its atmosphere, features liberal use of reverb and reverb fills; the subgenre 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.
  • Early Dubstep / "UK" Dubstep / Deep Dubstep: as a descendant of 2-Step Garage and Dub Reggae, this genre features less of an emphasis on abrasiveness and aggressiveness than the Brostep of today, instead focusing on very deep atmospheres
  • Melodic Dubstep: 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, "Sync" (from the "Sync" warp mode in Xfer Serum - gradually increasing in pitch then descending, through the use of an LFO) or otherwise styled leads, which can be the driving force of a Melodic Dubstep track 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.
  • Metalstep: As the name implies, this genre is a combination of Metal and Dubstep. This genre usually has a typical Metal song with Dubstep features in it.
  • Neurostep: originated from the fusion of Neurofunk Drum and Bass and Dubstep; crunchy, distorted reeses (derived directly from Neurofunk), 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.
  • Riddim: a more minimalistic subgenre founded on simple two-sided "swing" (although the patterns can become more varied), repetitive rhythms formed from usually wide, sometimes percussive, detuned, metallic-styled basses, designed with the use of "reverb" filters, phasers / phaser filters, flanger filters and comb filters; in the drum pattern region, it's very common for the snares on beat 3 to be replaced with a kick layered with a clap; with time, modern riddim has developed to intake influences from brostep, blurring the lines between the previously named genres and the fusion; the drum patterns are usually straight and feature little syncopation; it can feature a wide use of reverb, triplet bass patterns and off beat chants
  • Tearout: a dark, early, more bare / rudimentary, less intricate subgenre of dubstep; its main features are simple, very distorted (similar to industrial) basses created from standard waveforms (such as the sawtooth, triangle, square or sine wave) through processes such as frequency modulation; it is structured similarily to brostep within its rhythm sections and bass chains. The subgenre can be very violent / aggressive.
  • Vomitstep: featuring guttural bass gurgles, crushing 808s and synthesizers.
[ vte ] Alphabetical List of Dubstep Songs (Genre)
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