Dub

Dub

Dub

From Rock Steady onwards, many Jamaican 45s (singles) contained an alternative version on the Bside. This ‘version’ would be a ‘dub’ recording, a remix of the A-side with the main vocal dubbed out and treated with special effects. Early dub was recorded on a two-track machine with the vocals on one channel and the band on the other. Dub was invented by record cutter , who began to cut out the band right after the introduction (leaving the vocals a capella), and then abruptly cutting out the vocals while simultaneously dropping the music back in, sometimes chopping off words or letting the tail end of a sentence echo into the distance. By the mid-1970s, companies had begun to release sneak previews of coming releases in dub form on acetates. These rare gems became known as ‘dubplates’.

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