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In this section, we're predominantly if not stricktly focusing on the producer of (DUB) Reggae Music. You'll find in-depth reviews of buyable software and loops/samples necessary for the construction of (DUB) Reggae music in a digital environment. For reviews of free downloadable software and sounds, go to the Download page at Studio Dubroom.

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MAD PROFESSOR - REEL TO REEL REGGAE
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WWW, June 2014 - Those who have been listening to the first Dubroom productions in the new 2014 sound, have been recognizing very familiar elements. At least, to those who know their (DUB) Reggae music. Yes, there were two releases carrying horns that unmistakably came from Mad Professor's ARIWA SOUND Studio's. So, what was the case? Yes, they were the result of a purchase of Mad Professor's REEL 2 REEL REGGAE, a loops and sample pack that gives you enough material to fill several albums.

Take a Listen and pay attention to the horns:

   

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and this one, now pay attention to the skank/riddim section as well:

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These two different horn themes are taken directly from REEL 2 REEL REGGAE, the first -but hopefully not last- Soundware Pack for producers coming straight from Mad Professor's Ariwa studio's. Even though these two tracks are unmistakably Dubroom productions, the horns and -in the second track- skanks or riddim section are kind of very much identifiable as well. They add a touch and feel to the original Dubroom music that kind of speaks of itself.

Presented in both WAV and dr REX Format, the horn themes are very flexible. A little bit of moving slices and changing pitch and tempo in your REX Loop player will give you many different possibilities of creating your own themes on your own riddims in your own favorite chord progressions. In fact, that is what was done in the first track presented in this review. Definitely a reason to check out the Sample Pack, but that's by far not the only interesting stuff that comes in the 515 mB Zip File.

There's something for everything, in fact.

Whether you're looking for dry instruments or (extremely) wet, looking for loops or one-shot hits, guitar, drum, bass, percussion, it doesn't really matter since everything is there, nicely presented and organized. There's even a folder with patches for Soft Synths like Reason's NNXT and TRAKTOR, to give you an instant start even though the niceness is in the editing and tweaking of the 24 bits audio files.

But first, let's grab a few REX Loops that seem to match, delete and change some slices and run them through one simple delay, the filters on de Rex Player and one simple standard reverb in Reason 3.0, shall we? Listen to the following track, created from scratch without regard to any correct leveling and balanced dub mixing. This is just a "plug and play" thingy, that does not represent the works of Mad Professor or anyone else but a little bit of playing with loops at a most basic level. A bit of limiting and normalizing, encoding into MP3 and this is the result:

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One sub-bass loop, one drum loop, two REX slices of a horn theme and one loop with chords with just a little change in the chord progression by simply cutting and pasting the right chords in the right bars to follow the bass. Just a simple delay/EQ and a standard RV7000 Reverb in Reason 3.0 plus some sliding on the filters. Nothing much, and already quite a sound. 

Definitely inspiring to add your own things, but you can also go much deeper and re-construct parts of Ariwa tracks and intro's that will sound very familiar indeed. Don't go look for full construction kits, though. This is not a "click-your-mad-professor-dub-here", because the harder you work the more satisfying the result.

When you're looking for sounds and inspirational loops or foundations for your tracks, REEL TO REEL REGGAE is definitely a must-have in your sound-library. There are enough chords and horns to create ten's of track and with a little more work, even more than that.

Click HERE to check out the Sample Pack or download a demo that you can use for your non-commercial productions, for free. Or check out the three musical tracks produced only with material from Reel to Reel Reggae Parts One and Two (with the exception of the vocal parts).

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