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THE MIXING BOARDS

Who says "DUB", says "Re-Mix". Is it therefore a coincidence, that Reason's Main Mixing Board is called the reMIX? As with all devices in Reason, it's possible to create several Mixing Boards to create complex set-ups for your DUB Studio. But for this review, we've only created one.

 

Actually, there are two different mixing boards in Reason 3.0, a novelty. There's an auxiliary board too, which we, for now, simply mention.

First we deal with the Main Board. The reMIX VIRTUAL TEC MX 28-4-14.

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It's a 14 channel stereo board, with a two band EQ per channel. There are no gain buttons. Perhaps a tip for Reason 3.5? There are four stereo FX outputs. One can be assigned "pre "or "post". When you select "post", the output will work independently from the fader at the bottom of each channel. Oh yes, there are four returns too. But in a DUB set-up, these returns are of little use.

Take the typical DUB echo, for example. Many think that a long echo in a DUB means, that some pre-set is used with a long decay of the echoes. However, this is one of the biggest misunderstandings. In Reason, it's easy to connect and set the Delay devices according to that standard DUB setting.

CHECK REASON NOWThe reMIX is a powerful board, especially because it enables you to connect any device in any way you want. Without being hindered by standard procedures which so many software developers program into their software like the ten commandments: unchangeable rules: take it or leave it. And as you know, there isn't a single DUB producer that doesn't break at least one of the Ten Commandments of Music Production.

The way we've connected our Delays in Reason, is as follows: Aux output 1 goes to the input of the Digital Delay, and the output of the Delay goes into channel 11. The Digital Delay is set to "Wet", so that the original signal will not come back at the mixing table, creating the Doubler Effect so to speak. Also, feedback is set to zero. So when a signal is sent to the Digital Delay, the device will give the delayed signal back to the mixing table.

Opening aux button 1 on channel 11 will subsequently enable you to create echoes as long as you like. It's easy to find the right setting for Aux 1 on Channel 11, by the way. Just play a bit with the slider and the aux button until you found the right balance. Putting the slide up will then give you more echo, putting it down makes the echo fade away just nicely.

Most programs won't let you do the above, and yet it's the only way to connect the Digital Delay. The mixing board, and what you do on it, decides the sound of the echo. Not the Digital Delay itself. Even with a real Tape Echo it's done this way.

The Reason Mixing Board enables you to create several layers of effects, as said earlier in this review. The combinations are endless, and with a little bit of smart thinking you can easily develope many special effects.

Reason also comes with some extra gadgets to help you create a more complex set-up. For example, when you want to use a lot of different effects and you want to have the possibility to create any combination at any time during the mix, you must come up with a smart set up.

Reason comes with a smaller mixing board too, which will let you mix 6 different channels, and has one auxiliary output and return. A smart little toy that will enable you to create a sub-mix in just a few seconds.

CHECK REASON NOWFor an even more primitive mixing board, Reason has the "Spider Audio Merger And Splitter", where you can simply make one signal from several inputs or vice versa. Possibilities enough.

The effects are High Quality, the Mixing Board is good enough, and finally enables the computer based DUB producer to create an authentic DUB set up. When you know that you can use samples to create the sound of your instruments, you can imagine that Reason will surely do the technical aspect for you.

It's a matter of talent, and development. Skillful DUB doesn't come instantly, even with Reason. Software that promises you instant success or result, won't deliver. Reason isn't that kind of software, and still, because of its quality and functionability, you will be working on your first DUB in no time. And now that we've established this, let's take a deep dive into the Sounds and the Instruments that play them.

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