Decoder is prob one of my favs. which I have come to know as one of the oldskool daddys. As I came on the dnb scene back in 2000 or maybe 2001 I just missed the hayday of the real hardstep/techstep era. I've since found out some of the bigboys of the time such as decoder and virus, older stakka and skynet, metalheadz etc, though I am sure I still do not know of many so others who are more clued up on that era please also give me recs. Anyway here is a tune by decoder- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW9Btr_Pihs Could you guys give me tips on what techniques I would want to use to produce similar sounds. That is, sterile, minimal, militant type tunes. I like the minimalist nature of this era, it really does seem to be the epitome of drum and bass to me, ie nothing but the drum and bass. Someone on youtube said that ed eush and and optical had a formula which said only drums bass and atmospherics- that is very loose paraphrasing and I'm not sure if they said it or he was just saying that is he thought made a good techstep track but w/e! So please give me some tips. For me I'm most interested in getting the most minimal hard break to drive the track along while really spending my time nurturing a beautiful bass. Anyhow decoder's track pretty much sums up what direction I want to go so please break that tune down into it's elements so I can go about trying those techniques out myself. In terms of software I currently use cubase, massive, kontakt and battery. I imagine this should suffice but feel free to add recs for added plugins if nec too. thanks.