The ISM Studio specializes in ruff analog dub with a big bass sound and maximum dynamic range. High quality pre-amps and mics available.
Mixing and mastering is done in Cubase and Ableton Live. All digital processing in at least 32 bit floating point. Masters in 24 bit / 44.1 kHz resolution.
Separated drums and bass tracks are crucial for a good dub sound: separated stems are needed for at least kick, snare, hihat and bass. Preferred format for stems is 16 bit wav at 44.1 kHz.
The hardware effects listed below are used to create a vintage dub sound.
Tape Echo and BBD Echo
Various vintage Korg and Roland tape echo machines, Boss DM-100, various Doepfer BBD modules.
Lots of spring reverb flavors: from Accutronics to lo-fi.
Shin-ei Mutebox, Sherman Filterbank, Polivoks, EMS, Moog, Steiner Vactrol, MS20, SSM, Wasp etc.
Phasers & Flangers
Mu-Tron Bi-Phase, Moogerfooger phaser, Doepfer modular vactrol phaser, Ibanez AD-230 etc.
Ring Modulators & Xtreme effects
Moogerfooger Ring Modulator, Vermona RM1, Ken Stone's Real Ring Modulator, digital shredders, bit reducers, harmonizers, Lexicon digital reverb and delay, analog waveshapers, PLL's, frequency shifters etc.
On the Dubbhism blog, Tony Dubshot has written some sound design tutorials and reviews of dub equipment.
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