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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 29

We've looked at ways to use echoes and reverb, and we took a primary look at EQ. 

MAKING DUB WITH COMPUTERS - CHAPTER 30: VERSION EXCURSION (3): USING EQ WITH SPACE ECHO AND REVERB

It's often said how in Dub, the mixing board turns into an instrument at the hand of the engineer. Like a keyboard player touches the keys, the guitar player the strings. True, true, true. Pressing the mute buttons, using the sliders, and not just on the mixing board. The effect devices are not safe from the hands of the Dub engineer. 

During my live performances when I dub a band live, it happens that I have to use the PA of the hall. As I count the drops of sweat on the head of the engineer as I'm telling him how I am going to use his mixing board, I hear him think: "there goes my setting". When I continue to tell him how I want the delay and other effects routed back to the mixing board via a channel input, I see him watch the aux-out buttons while in his head he hears the feedback. Yes, the mixing board becomes an instrument.

Where an engineer usually fine-tunes his mix and explodes whenever someone wants to change anything, a Dub engineer continually changes these settings. No, just by (un)muting channels and not just by knowing where to drop what kind of echo and how to transform the echo feed with EQ like we did in the previous chapters. Here's another general guideline: whatever you can change with EQ, change it!

In this next video, it's not just the simple Dub delay with it's EQ and the reverb. Remember, we've added a Space Echo at Aux 3. That's what we're going to use now and we are going to use the EQ settings of the reverb as well. Before you press play, though, just a little bit more info about the "Space Echo".

There are many soft- and hardware devices similar to the Space Echo. Even free VST effects that are perfect to use, but that's for another place. In a way, you can look at the Space echo as a combination of Delay, Reverb and EQ. Where I use a separate EQ with my Dub delay and layer it with reverb from the mixing board, the Space echo does all that in one device. 

Watch as the "decay" (length) buttons and the EQ on the blue devices change. The blue device at top is the Reverb at aux 2, the blue device below the mixing board is the Space Echo. Read the extra information as you watch just how EQ and other things are used:

USING EQ WITH SPACE ECHO AND REVERB

Making Dub With Computers Video 06: Version Excursion (3) - Using EQ With Space Echo And Reverb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtRODQPx4Ok

Yes, we call it EQ use. Others would call it outright EQ abuse, because EQ stands for equalization and that's exactly what we do not want to establish. We want to change the emphasized frequency range, sometime gradually to give a phaser-like effect and sometimes fast, for example just after the snaredrum hits he reverb. Exactly the same idea is done with the EQ of the Space Echo.

Just leaving the Reverb and/or Space Echo buttons open with the skanks, horns and accompanying instruments while (un) muting them and changing the EQ of the Reverb and/or Space Echo continually makes these instruments melt into each other. Especially when you mix the sound of the Reverb just a little louder then the instruments.  

I also showed in the video just what layering of effects can do. Let's call it the chapter bonus.

At a certain moment in the mix, all instruments are muted, except for the guitar and clavinet. They give a signal to the other Reverb device while it's channel slider is at zero. So you just hear the Reverb at channel 14. That Reverb then gives it signal to the other Reverb device (Aux 2, Channel 12), the Space Echo (Aux 3, Channel 13) and the Dub Echo (Aux 1, Channel 11). You'll hear an Echo of a Reverb and one skank hit drops in. The reverb of the clavinet and the guitar are now functioning as the Reverb of the skanks. It's a simple example of layering effects

Towards the end, I give a few tips as all instruments run through the Space Echo. I concluded these tips with the simple establishment that at that moment in the video, creativity meets technology. I hope that at that moment, you will also have gotten some ideas for yourself.

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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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