January 14th, 2009

Dub Music

tape delay

Dub is one of those things that you either can't get enough, or you just want it to stop. I'm into it, it's so stoney sounding. I had never done a dub song before, so decide to give it a shot.

First I took a really simple drum loop and ran it through Supatrigga, which mangled it beyond belief. I cut out the sections that were lame and left the rest. Then I took the sound of a car that wouldn't start; slowed it down and sampled it, and then used that as a part of the beat. I also used some other sounds that I sampled for the beat as well (a door and some bird call are the only things i can remember).

After that, i needed a vocal. Since I am not jamaican and my voice would sound dumb, i went to http://www.freesound.org/ and looked around for a cool acapella vocal. after awhile I found a field recording of a Turkish fisherman singing and talking. Perfect. I dropped that into the track, and then sliced it up and moved things around until it fit. Then I put a dub sounding bass line under it.


The mixing is where the fun stuff started. I ran the "drums" through Camel Crusher to dirty them up a bit, and some delay. On the vocal track I ran it through the TAL-Dub Delay. It's basically a digital model of an Echoplex. I automated the vocal delay so that it varied throughout the song. Then I ran some of the leftover Supatrigga parts I didn't use through a lot of delay and messed with the delay rate in automation. That's what a lot of the weird sounds you hear are.

The whole thing took me about an hour and a half, and now I can say that I've made a dub song. I call it "Turkish Boat Ride"