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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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ABOUT CHAPTER 12

As a riddim is a basic track, and these riddims were originally played by the studio bands in the Jamaican studio's, we've seen how to discern the different elements which alltogether form a full Reggae band.

LOOPS?

Some people prefer not to create their own riddims through midi. They would rather have real recordings: loops. In this tutorial, we will make use of real recordings too. But first we will create our very own riddim.

MAKING DUB WITH COMPUTERS - CHAPTER 13: MIDI (4) - SETTING UP THE SEQUENCER

Before a band can record music, the studio has to be set up. Microphones have to be placed over the drum kit, the bassguitar has to plugged into the amp and the amp has to be plugged into the mixing table. 

In our situation, we have to set up our sequencer software for what we want as well. You can -more or less- use any kind of sequencer. The description in this tutorial can be applied to most serious sequencers, as we will make use of normal MIDI functions.

We've seen how the MIDI protocol makes use of midi channels which enables one instrument to play several different instruments in the same time, and ports which enable a sequencer to control several devices.

We first have to assign midi channels to different instruments. As a sequencer can have a lot of different tracks, all these tracks have to be assigned to a port and a channel. But since we will only use a sound card in this tutorial, the ports won't be used. And we will have enough available midi channels for our tutorial.

Are you ready?

Then start your sequencer and create a new empty file. Then assign 10 tracks to 10 different MIDI channels. 

In the previous chapter, we've made a few sections: DRUMS, BASS, RIDDIM, THEMES, and ACCOMPANYING ELEMENTS. This is the standard set-up for a Reggae band. Of course you can use your own ideas, "break the rules", but for this tutorial we'll keep it principally.

For most soundcards, MIDI Channel 10 is pre-assigned to the drums. So we'll start with channel 1. 

Take a look at the following list, and please set up your sequencer accordingly:

CHN

 INSTRUMENT
  DRUMS 
10 Drums
  BASS SECTION 
1 Bass
  ACCOMPANYING ELEMENTS 
2 Muted Guitar
3 Clavinet
  RIDDIM SECTION 
4 Piano
5 Guitar
6 (Hammond) Organ
  THEME SECTION 
7 Trumpet
8 Sax
9 Trombone
11 ---
12 ---
13 ---
14 ---
15 ---
16 ---

Done? 

Then we can now start our first riddim. Time to make some music!

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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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