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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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A FEW TERMS

DAW?

A "DAW" is a Digital Audio Workstation. It's the general term for software that lets you produce music.

DUB?

Dub is the Art of remixing Reggae and also the founding musical form that precedes and influenced ALL forms of EDM.

EDM?

This term stands for "Electronic Dance Music". It can be used for all contemporary forms of Digital Dance Music.

RIDDIM?

A riddim is very much like a "beat" in EDM, it's the founding musical track for the final release which is a mix.
REASON 8.0: A Review For The Dub Community (Part One: Introduction)
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A Review For The DUB Community

It's more than fair to establish, how the last decade has seen a significant rise of computer based Dub productions. The Dubroom receives as many hits on it's pages on Dub production than on our free and legal MP3 reviews. Quite remarkable and surely gives an indication about something. We're talking thousands and thousands of people every week, looking for info of the creation of Dub. The hits come from everywhere in the world, even from places you wouldn't expect!

We're living in a time wherein many Dub producers trade in their hardware more and more because of the power of contemporary DAW's like Propellerhead's Reason and Ableton's Live. As more and more people are getting into the production of DUB Music with DAW's, the need for this review of Reason exclusively for the Dub community is self-evident. 

So here it is: an independent review, aimed at helping both the beginners and those who happened to start a bit earlier in time. It's the Dubroom's contribution to the online DUB producers community. When you make Dub and consider to get Reason, this review will provide you with an in-depth look at the software in sight and sound. It comes from the explicit perspective of an acknowledged computer based DUB engineer with an experience in this field dating back to the late 1980's, early 1990's and a desire to share things as soon as they're discovered.

Come mek wi Reason together!

A DUB Engineer's Perspective

Every Dub engineer and producer knows how important it is to be able to connect and use devices in that specific Dub set up. Standard options are no options. We want to know, how is the flexibility in Reason 8.0? This question is not as obvious as it may sound at first.

Check this: it can easily be established how Propellerhead (and others) have been instrumental in the creation of completely new musical computer-based genres. With such a successful enterprise, it's tempting to go and facilitate just the computer-based musical genres and forget about, well, Dub. You can't make Dubstep without a computer but you can make Dub without one. Dub is a form of music and technology that predates the computer. So yes. We ask: does Reason have the flexibility to function as a Dub studio on top of all the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) technologies incorporated in the software?

Most reviews on Reason 8.0 are written for and from the perspective of contemporary EDM producers. Usually, the software is reviewed on huge machines with a whole battery of hardware attached. That's not what we're going to do here. This review is especially for the (online) DUB artist community, for the world-wide Digital DUB massive even. A movement that is much larger then most people assume, a movement that depends on software like Reason because most of us are simply not able to finance a studio life time.

Does Propellerhead know about this? Yes, they do. We know for a fact that they very much welcome a review from the DUB perspective. After all, because of DUB the studio engineer turned into a musical artist which is the whole point of DAW's and EDM in the first place. DUB is very much part of the Roots of EDM, and Roots have their function. 

That function will be a main part of our focus.

The Configuration

For this review, we used a new model of a 64bit Windows 8 machine with 8 Gigabytes of RAM and Intel processors. That's quite a machine, in times where 32bit and 4 Gigabytes of RAM still form the norm. So the 32bit version was installed, with only 4 Gigabytes available. No external sound device was connected either, the internal Real-Tek audio card was used with a ASIO4ALL driver. MIDI keyboard? Nope. Mouse and computer keyboard.

A minimal configuration.

When Reason performs in this configuration, it will break all sound barriers in 64bit mode. 

The Installation Process

Reason 8.0 comes as a huge download. It's a zip file you can download straight from your account at the Propellerhead website. After unzipping everything to a folder, it's merely clicking the "Install Reason.exe" file. Unless you don't want the standard install options, that is. 

Installation goes quick, the computer will reset and when you launch Reason, you can log in with your account name and password or you can authorize your copy on the Propellerhead website and simply start the program without Internet connection. It's more difficult to read this than to actually do, by the way.

When you run a 64bit OS like Windows 8, Reason will install it's 64bit version by default. Adding /32 ("Install Reason.exe /32") will install it's 32bit version which you must do when you plan to use other 32bit software for plug-in's through Propellerhead's Rewire protocol. Everything is explained in the installation manual.

Talking about plug-in's, even though Propellerhead doesn't really like using that term for their "Rack Extensions": Reason 8.0 comes with a free Bass and Guitar Amp as well as a "Retro Transformer". You'll need to install them separately, but more about that later.

<<< BACK TO FIRST PAGE <<< REASON 8.0: A REVIEW FOR THE DUB COMMUNITY >>> PART TWO: FIRST STEPS >>>

Press "GET" to go to the product page at the Propellerhead Website. You'll have to register yourself and be logged in at PROPELLERHEAD.se in order to use the software the first time you run it. A free fully functional Demo is available too. 

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