kind of hot outside. Inside, the temperature
is even hotter. Ventilators work overtime in
order to maintain a certain coolness. Some
work has to be done today!
The above could be a small description of
a day in a Reggae Studio. The musicians
enter the building, where the sound engineer
has allready set up the microphones and
thing, so that everything can be recorded
into the multitrack recorder.
It can also be a description of your
computer. As said before, the computer
merely simulates real situations, and even
expands on these situations. You could see
the sequencer and midi technology in this
context as well.
It's time to create a riddim, and midi is
the way to do it!
We allready spoke about the different
ways of Reggae Drumming, several ways to
look on the rhythm et cetera. All of this
information will now be neccesary as we will
construct a basic track.
Our purpose is to create DUB. But DUB is
basically a way of remixing (Reggae) Music.
DUB can also be seen as "the art of
removing", so we have to make something
before we can re-mix or remove it.
In reggae, a basic track is an absolute
must. These tracks are called
"riddims". It's what the Jamaican
Studio Musicians do for a living: they enter
the studio and start playing riddims.
After the riddim is recorded, singers and
Dub engineers take these recordings and do
their thing with it.
In order to make DUB, it is kind of
important that this particular situation is
more or less simulated in the computer. Just
like the Studio Band doesn't "play
Dub", your original riddim shouldn't be
a Dub either. It should be an instrumental
So let's make a riddim, now we know why.