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What I wanted to do with this track is having a tempo change that is not too obvious. The best way to go about this, is to get a rhythm that sounds the same in both tempos. Turns out, you can calculate what would work.
The rhythm of the main synthy here is a 16th note every three 16ths. That's at 140 bpm. This rhythm will be the same, if you play 8ths at 93,33 bpm. This makes for a surprising yet smooth tempo change.

Pro tip: If you start at 150bpm, you can change into 100bpm, which looks even better on paper. I didn't do it, because I wanted a more natural dubstep tempo. And I still found something that works at 93,33 bpm, I believe.

You can even explore other rhythms than the 16ths one I used. If you playTriplets at a very fast tempo, for example in a DnB track, you might want these Triplets to turn into 8ths at a slower tempo and vice versa.

This makes for nice transitions.

Check out Yanntek, he's expertly pulling it off every single time. You can easily find him on soundcloud or youtube.

also, this track is also at:


Jesus, the strong use of sidechain is so perfect in this. The eerie ambient vibe you're clearly going for magnifies it. If you continue this feel, keep doing it, because this method is working for you, mate. <3

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Obelion responds:

Hey, frizzyo, thank you for your feedback. The sidechain in this particular track is as strong as it is for a very specific reason: The main wobble bass is not synced to the tempo, it's actually a tiny bit too fast. Hence the title. With this, I tried to create a groove, where the drum beat is steady, but still feels like every hit takes you by surprise. The strong side chain is used to mask that a little bit, so that the out of sync-wobble doesn't seem out of place. The wobble with the beat would just sound flat out wrong and misplaced, if it wasn't for the side chain!
Now that I was forced to have strong side chain set up, I abused that by making a lot of things that would sound messy without a super obvious side chain: a gigantic reverb and delay on a darkish bass plus a choiry pad layered on top of that right in the main parts. The side chain cleans that mess up and makes it sound good.
With that said, I'm really glad you enjoyed my track! I'll try to make creative use of side chain in the future again!

This is really awesome!

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4.90 / 5.00

Oct 31, 2016
3:41 AM EDT
File Info
14.8 MB
6 min 28 sec

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