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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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Reason In Studio Dubroom
Studio Dubroom has a special section for owners of Reason. Find sounds, settings, stuff. It's there because the Dubroom shamelessly promotes the possibility of making Dub just with computers and Reason does the job very well!

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Messian Dread mixes 8 audio tracks into a heavy DUB using all six FX outputs on Reason's console. A report in sight and sound.
REASON 8.0: A Review For The Dub Community (Part Five: Conclusion)
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The Work-Flow

Reason offers more than enough devices and features to ensure that all necessary ingredients for a good Dub mix can either be imported or created in the program itself. We've got a crucial console, a whole contingent of instruments and effects where the utilities make sure everything is connected and working properly. 

We've seen a browser that significantly helps to find the right thing pretty quick, too. That browser is broadly announced by Propellerhead as significantly increasing the quality of the work-flow. In fact, the word "work-flow" itself seems to be the key word for this release, at least where Propellerhead is concerned.

Setting up the devices and the sequencer, creating a riddim, making a Dub: three different phases, each one requiring another way to work with the DAW. Yes, the browser plays a huge role and we've established how indeed it is a true joy setting up sounds and devices through the browser. For a nice work flow, though, there are more things to consider.

Options and preferences, for example.

Some would like to hear tones when they are created in the piano roll, others don't. Some would like to hear sounds in the browser, others don't. Or perhaps they do, but not in every situation. Some want tracks automatically armed for automation, others don't. Reason 8.0 give the use many options and preferences, in several menu's at several places. There's a Tool Menu and on-screen music keyboard for quick editing or auditing, while the sequencer and devices have different levels of entry.

Reason comes with a set of standard settings. Probably they will suit the needs of the beginners very well. The real work flow is the work flow that you feel comfortable in. Options and preferences as well as overall responsiveness of the program enables you to create your own flow as you discover the program deeper and deeper. No problems should be expected there anytime soon.

A Final Dub

There's nothing better than to hear and see Reason 8.0 in action for yourself. For this, a third Dub Mix was made. Again, a riddim was built from scratch with some of the new effects and instruments incorporated. Again, the Dub was mixed completely from the console with the exception of some tweaking on "The Echo" and an automation loop on a filter's frequency range for a bass effect.

A sample was taken from Ras Kitchen's Rasta Vocal Sample Pack that you can download for free from the Dubroom, for the drums open source samples were used that you can also find at studio.dubroom.org. Ras Kitchen's vocal sample is run through the Neptune device with a Vocoder-like result. A horn loop from Mad Professor's Reel 2 Reel Reggae (reviewed in the Dubroom) goes through the Dr. Octorex, the bass goes through the bass amp and the guitars through two different guitar amps. 

For the effects, "The Echo" was used, a phaser and a filter, two RV 7000's and one Audiomatic.  

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REASON 8.0 REVIEWED VIDEO 4: A Final Dub

Reason Eight Straight Out...

Here's the $450 question: Should you buy Reason for Dub production? The answer would definitely be Yes. Prices may vary, but in Propellerhead's Press Release about Reason 8 they suggest a price of $495 or EUR 405. That's for people who do not own any previous version of Reason. When you do not own Reason yet, and you want to make Dub with your computer: get it! Without apology.

We can ask the same question for 129 dollars or euros, too. That's the price for an upgrade from any version of Reason (including 1.0). Since any version between Reason 3.0 and this version 8.0 fell outside of the Dubroom's scope, the answer could be less definitive. The console was introduced in version 6, so everyone owning Reason 1-5 should upgrade as soon as they can afford the 130 euros/dollars. 

People who bought Reason 7 on or after July 1 2014 get a free upgrade to Reason 8, so that leaves pre-July 2014 buyers of Reason 7 and owners of Reason 6. Hopefully, our review of the main features has given you enough insight to make a decision for yourself. If not, feel free to comment on our blog or forum or write us an email and we'll do our best to find the answer for you.

It took well over a week to complete this review. Two brand new original riddims were created, which is a creative process and therefore requires inspiration. This inspiration came and the way Reason is constructed with the Console, Rack, Sequencer and Browser played part in that, too. Just taking the ID8 out of the browser into the rack for the first time, then hit a chord on the piano, for example. The superb sound that comes out of the little sound module is illustrative for the enormous quality of instruments and surely played another part in the inspiration for the two original riddims.

It takes much longer then a week to discover the deeper Dub realms of Reason, though. Something that's done in studio.dubroom.org/reason.htm, where you'll find that following our tutorial on making Dub with computers goes much better when your choice of DAW is that of the Dubroom: Reason 8.0, without apology.

One Love,
Messian Dread (WWW, October 16 2014)

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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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