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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 28

We began our version excursion with some principles about the most important aspect: (un)muting channels. 

MAKING DUB WITH COMPUTERS - CHAPTER 29: VERSION EXCURSION (2): DUB ECHOES AND REVERB

Basically, the main thing a Dub engineer does is (un)muting channels and emphasizing these (un)mutings with effects, the two obligatory ones being reverb and delay, or echo. That's something we're going to look at as we continue our version excursion. Just how and where reverb is placed, and different things you can do with delay.

Very common in Dub mixing is adding reverb to snare drum hits, like every 2nd or 4th. When the skanks play, hit one chord with a Reverb attack. Or unmute the skanks and hit the very first chord with a reverb attack. Or the last one, just before you mute. Use a pre-aux and put the volume slider of the drums close to zero while feeding the reverb device with the drums.

Echoes, or delay, can and should not be just a repeat of itself like in the previous chapter. You can change the sound of the echoes by adding reverb on them but also by applying (slight) EQ changes in the echo feed. Or both. You can let the echo run along with the drums while changing the EQ feed, or just make a long echo of let's say a horn hit and change that feed.

Again (un)muting is essential. Let the skanks play along with the drum and bass and mute them at an unexpected time. Or unmute the skanks every 4th or 8th hit. Mute the horns before the theme is over, or unmute the horn while the theme is already playing. Surprise. Shock. Do the unexpected. 

The following video contains all the elements described in the previous paragraph. You will see the Reverb device, the Echo and it's EQ plus the master mixing board. In fact, that's everything that's used in this mix. On top of the screen you'll see a few remarks about the mix. Press replay, pause, whatever. 

DUB ECHOES AND REVERB

Making Dub With Computers Video 05 Version Excursion (2) Dub Echoes And Reverb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytbOo0llCtE

Let's list the effects used in this mix:

  • Delay -> EQ: The delay receives a signal and sends it 1/3 of a bar later straight to an EQ device. Slightly changing the volume of certain frequencies instead of just changing the volume of the echo makes the echo more interesting. Changing the frequencies gives yet another interesting possibility.
  • Reverb 1: This is a long reverb with a post aux. It's used predominantly on the skanks and the snaredrum, even though it's used on the bass and other instruments as well. 
  • Reverb 2: This is a short reverb with a pre aux, intended to enhance the sound of the instrument. But it's used as Dub device as well, in the beginning of the track on the drums and during the dub on the guitar and clavinet. In both cases, the volume slider is all the way down while the aux out button is used to feed the reverb device. All you hear is the wet reverb, while the dry instrument is not present.

Just three? Yes. It sounds much more because of the heavy use of EQ and layering of effects, namely adding reverb to the echoes. 

EQ is very, very important. You can hear that the mix made for this chapter sounds much more like a more or less reasonable Dub and that's not just because of the use of Reverb. It's predominantly because of the EQ-ing of the echoes. In a way, changing EQ during a mix is like adding a phaser sound without actually using a phaser. 

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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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