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In this section you can find things that will assist you in your own computer-based musical productions. There's a lot of original Dubroom material which you can use, but also third party material. There's much more than "just" sampled material, as you can find some little pieces of software, presets and other things as well. Everything in this section is, like all stuff in the Dubroom by the way, legal and -a lot of times- absolutely free of charge. Definitely worth a visit, for novice to veteran.

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Messian Dread has been actively involved in the production of reggae music since the middle of the 1980's. His original reggae dub is widely spread all over the Internet, where he is considered a pioneer in Computer based Dub music ever since he started releasing online back in 1997. He has also given some "lessons in Dub" at a university in the United Kingdom for which he was invited.

ABOUT THIS CHAPTER

Portions of this chapter have been (re) written in September 2014.

MAKING DUB WITH COMPUTERS - CHAPTER 1: PREJUDICE

First, let me try to take away some prejudice that people have concerning the process of creating Dub with computers. 

Computers are no magical machines, and although there are programs such as "Band in a Box", supposedly creating tunes based on a few chord progressions, the computer will not make the music or the mix for ya. A computer is a machine, that you give commands to, and the machine does the commands. It will not be creative, it will not give you tips and tricks, and if it does, it is put there by another human. 

A second prejudice I have to take away, is the idea that the right software will lead you to the right musical productions. The same applies for soft- and hardware, it is neutral, it has a few things YOU can do, one is fast and the other is slow, but it doesn't carry any creativity in itself. 

Why do I start this introduction with taking away prejudice? Simple. If the start is wrong, then the result is also wrong. There are many people I know that seem to think that the right combination of soft- and hardware will enable them to "create" the greatest music. So they keep looking for the right software and the right computer. But then, after they spent lots of money getting what they want, they will find out that they have spend a lot of money for nothing at all. You can tell an artist to make art, but you can not tell the computer to make art. 

I also think, that when you want to make music "the easy way", and you think computers can do the work for you, you are seriously limiting the development of your own creativity. Music, regardless the used techniques to create it, will always be hard work. This is an essential part of music and people appreciate music because they know an artist puts his heart, soul, and sometimes even well-being in it. 

All these things I just mentioned are/were reason for many producers to disregard the computer as a serious tool in the studio. After all, the previous lines were written somewhere around the turn of the century and this line is written in 2014. So yes, while it is the case that the computer will not give you anything magical it can provide you with the means to create (DUB) Reggae music.

Many producers used to have the prejudice that computers pretended to give a magical thing, but things have changed a lot in these 14 years of this 21st century. The computer has become a major tool in most studio's, and productions created with just a computer have entered even the mainstream many years ago. Genres like Dubstep are even known to be predominantly created on laptops.

Still, essentially nothing much has changed when it comes to this tutorial. Reggae Music was created in studios in Jamaica in the 1960's somewhere, decades before computers entered the living rooms and studio's. Creating that kind of music with a computer requires a certain view on the computer and that view will stay the same, even when times come that there are virtual musicians in 3D that you can tell what to do.

Yes, the computer has turned out to be a very useful tool for the producer whose budget and space does not enable her or him to actually build a studio, hire musicians and what have you. The computer has enabled millions of people to create their own music, and there are literally thousands of online (DUB) Reggae producers all over the Internet releasing their computer-based music to an audience that likes to listen and feel to these heartical, non-industrial productions.

In the 1970's, 1980's when Reggae became the world wide favorite music of people all over the world, there was also a movement called Punk. This movement had many connections with Reggae but for this tutorial it's relevant to mention the mentality of the Punk. That mentality was and still is an inspiration to me. It's summarized in the following cartoon:

Now that I have set the tone for this section, I would like to invite you to read on to the next chapter, in which I will tell you a bit about how I see the computer.

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This tutorial is in an unfinished stage, but it does contain the basics to get yourself equipped to use just about any DAW or even hardware studio in order to make DUB from Reggae Music in the authentic and original way. When you have a question or comment you'd like to see addressed, feel free to use the Dubroom Contact pages or join YUKU.com and post your words publicly on the Studio Forum. Click here to read about the latest updates to this tutorial.

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