DUB WITH REASON
isn't the only "Virtual Studio",
even though they've set the standard. And
there are things that Reason can't really
do, like recording several different audio
tracks. Yes, there is a possibility to sync
Reason with an audio sequencer such as
Cubase, or Cakewalk, or even to an external
multi-track recorder by using the MIDI SYNC
Some people would consider this to be the
very weak spot of Reason. They would argue,
that because of this Reason couldn't
possibly be a studio. After all, what is a
studio without the possibility of recording
complete sessions of musicians playing their
instruments? And they would have a point,
there. But it's not unusual these days to
find only electronic devices and a computer
with sequencing software to play the
hardware in studios that produce very catchy
tunes. And for the purpose of creating DUB,
this isn't the biggest worry either.
This will become clearer when we realize,
how the computer is only a simulator.
Software is merely the instruction for a
computer to simulate a real life situation.
Like a text editor actually is a simulation
of a typewriter. And Reason is a simulator
of a studio.
To re-create or simulate the DUB studio,
it's not necessary to know all the gadgets
of the Masters of DUB. The Art is the Art,
and when you are an Artist, you will develop
your Art. Others will inspire you, but you
will not have to know every trick in their
book in order to make your own Art. But
knowing a few principals never hurts.
Reggae originated in the Jamaican
Studio's. Only when it was popularized
throughout the world, did live concerts of
complete bands become a part of a global
Reggae culture. However, the music remains
predominantly a Studio Music.
Now, there were two kinds of studios on
Jamaica. For example, there was CHANNEL ONE.
This Studio recorded the works of the
musicians. These musicians formed the Studio
Band. The Aggrovators, The Revolutionaries,
and later the Roots Radics. They played the
instrumental riddims into the multitrack
recorder in the control room.
However, when you say DUB, you say KING
TUBBY. He had his own studio too, where he
mixed his Dubs. This is where the riddims on
the multitrack were transformed into the
mono/stereo tracks we love so much.
if you want to translate this back into our
"Virtual Reality", you could say
that audio sequencers such as Cubase or
Cakewalk are like Channel One, and Reason is
like King Tubby's Studio. Reason will give
you much more possibilities then Cubase or
Cakewalk, when it comes to serious DUB
mixing. And like King Tubby received his
riddims from Channel One and other studio's,
so can you import other people's material
into Reason and DUB IT.
Let's take a look in your future Studio,
all ye computer based DUB producers.