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We added all the effects necessary for finalizing our set up. We've also seen the two different types of effects when it comes to production of Dub.  

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CLICK HERE for a Zipfile (about 15 Mb) carrying the Refills, FX Presets and post soundcheck setup of the track. It also has the actual soundcheck in RNS format should you want to take a closer look. 

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MAKING DUB WITH COMPUTERS - CHAPTER 27: CREATING A SET UP (5): FINALIZING THE SET UP WITH A SOUNDCHECK

We have our instruments set up in proper sub mixes, we've added the effects for dubbing and for enhancement of the instrument's sounds, now it's time to actually enhance these sound and make a reasonable mix. We're going to do that in this chapter in word, sight and sound. Actually, this is pretty much the same as a live soundcheck just before a live performance by a band. 

Truth be told: I did a little bit of preparation by using some specific settings on both reverbs. In short, I use a longer, heavier reverb for the Dub mixing (the one at aux 2), and a short one for the instrument enhancement (aux 4). I've also set the Space Echo as a Space echo (aux 3) but we're not going to use that in the soundcheck itself. 

We'll start that soundcheck with the drums. It gets some extra EQ-ing, and a little bit of reverb. The bass is next, gets some extra EQ-ing as well. Then the skanks and the horns. Both submixes have their own phaser, and they are put in action. The balance between the instruments is made in the submix, and then the skanks and the horns are balance with the bass and drums. The last part is for the accompanying elements: the guitar and the clavinet. While you could also add a phaser to that submix, for this tutorial we'll leave it at that. 

I've made three temporal midi tracks for the horns, to make them play the theme all over again. After all, we have to make a setting. After the soundcheck, I reinstated to original horns track. 

This is the sound check, live and direct.

SOUND CHECKING FOR THE FIRST DUB SESSION

Making Dub With Computers Video 03: Sound Checking For The First Dub Session

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qs5jv6qqVE

Now, you can -and should- do much more getting the right sound. Use compressors and more EQ for the drums and the bass, for example. For the purpose of this tutorial at this place, though, let's just leave it at that. After all, we're almost at the point where we will take our first steps in Dub mixing.

Before we do that, though, let me shortly summarize and conclude this part of the tutorial, where we've made the music and the right set up in our (virtual) studio and in principal are ready for Dub.

  • We've created an instrumental Reggae track with MIDI, but you could also skip the whole "How to create Reggae" part and simply use loops. There are even Reggae construction kits available for free and commercially. What you do in that case is, you don't use drum computers and samplers but loop players. Still you will be able to use the set up proposed in this chapter. Use separate channels for Drums, Bass, Skanks, Themes and Accompanying elements.
  • In a scale from 0 (silence) to 100 (loudest), a general guideline to balance instruments in Reggae would be this:
    99 bassdrum 
    90 bass
    85 drums
    80 skanks
    70-90 themes
    40 accompanying elements
  • Whatever you do, make your your master output does not clip. It should never go in the red. Use normalize in the mastering process.
  • Use your ear when you do the soundcheck. It's better to do it in more than the 5 or so minutes of the video in this chapter. The more you pay ear to the detail, the better it will sound. 

Soundcheck Done!

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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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