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DUB DELAY

 

Let me start with a Dub trick. In fact Dub is more a mix engineering art than a musicians art: the whole mix is used to be created in real time by the sound engineer adding and muting channels. Another essence of a dub song are the FX and their real time use, the weirder the better. This makes it a good starting point for musicians that want to learn more about what stuff can be done in reason if you have no fear to experiment.

For a short history of Dub techniques have a look at this nice site : The Dub Scrolls.


Reason has no complex multiFX processors so you need to build them your own. Lets start with the most recognisable dub fx: The Dub delay.
A Dub delay is most often a chain of FX added to the back of a stereo delay. Also the delay signal is often rerouted again to the delay input to create feedback/distortion "explosions". The creativity has free room, add filters, LFO modulations, stereo panning, distortion, phasers. The Dub FX are usually used as send FX, the send amount on the mixer is then varied in real time over the one or more instruments.

The following extract is by Tage and posted here with his kind permission :

My favourite dub delay set-up in Reason goes like this:
Aux out - Compressor - Delay - 2 band EQ - return channel (not aux return)

I have the following settings:
Compressor: Use it as a limiter to take away unwanted spikes
Delay: Whatever timing you want. As a side note, Mad Professor didn't like tempo synced delays suchs as 3/16s, but I usually use just that.
EQ: The EQ is used to add character to the delay sound. I usually set a narrow filter with quite heavy gain, and here's the trick - route a slow LFO CV from any synth in the rack to the EQs frequency input. When the delay feedback goes into the eq, different frequencies will be boosted since it will be sweeping up and down. It creates a rich sound and helps against runaway feedback.
Return channel: Cut both a little treble and most of the bass. Use the aux send on the channel to control the amount of feedback. Be careful.

Tage's demo rns (click to download) : a demo illustrating above instructions

Ollies demo rns (click to download) : a short demo based on below template song

Ollies dubdelay template (click to download) : a template with two dub echoes on fx send 1 and 2 of the main mixer

Joachims tape echo template (click to download) : a nice and authentic template by joachim

 

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