How to make jungle music for the first time (track breakdown)

What do PinkPantheress, Playboi Carti, and the Devil May Cry soundtrack have in common?

The answer is they all draw influences from dance music—more specifically, jungle and drum and bass. In the tutorial video above, veteran hip hop producer and beat maker Isaac Duarte showcases his first attempt at making a jungle / drum and bass track. Watch along to see how he pitches and processes a vocal sample, lays down a smooth chord progression using Lounge Lizard and V Collection, arranges a bassline with a dedicated jungle preset in Serum, and adds effects and accents to drum breaks from Splice Sounds that tie the whole track together.

“I hope you get a lot of gems from this video,” Duarte says. “And I hope you like the track—it’s my first time making a dance record, so let me know what you think and what else you’d like to see.”

Keep learning

Whether it’s exploring a style of music that you don’t have experience with or trying unfamiliar production techniques, finding opportunities to step out of your comfort zone is imperative for developing your chops and expanding your sonic toolkit. For more ways to switch things up, check out our 12 music production challenges below:

And for an even more detailed look into drum and bass production, watch HLZ of Metalheadz and Dispatch walk through his project in Bitwig:

Go forth and make your own jungle music

And there you have it! What other genres would you like to see Duarte dive into next? Do you have tips for producing jungle music of your own that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments section of the video, and subscribe to the Splice YouTube channel for more producer-led tips, tutorials, and insights.

Kick off your next track with a jungle drum break:

June 14, 2024

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.