Towel Of HPF Filter
Custom Mixing Console @ Westfinga Studio
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Towel Of HPF Filter
By browsing this website you will discover my skills / experience as a musician, electronic designer, sound designer / plugins builder and my passion for Reggae Dub music.
I'm not just make music ! I am very interested in studio techniques, playing, instruments preparation, period equipment, creativity & experimentation ... The roots of reggae music!
Back in the day in Jamaica they didn't have access to the latest new stuff ( often exclusively in the US, ) so they needed to use other tricks and old gears to get sound ... and they did an amazing job!
My favorite studios were Channel One and King Tubby in Jamaica
Channel One Studio was created by JoJo Hoo Kim in 1972. Tubby decided to open a studio in Waterhouse in 1971.
We often forget to talk about musicians. These guys were playing music 24 hours a day every day. Their level was such crazy that they could record live in the studio. Saving time = more money.
They had very high productivity ! For example, in late 70's / early 80's at Channel One they could record on a 16 track Ampex MM1200 Tape (to mix it later) or directly on a 4 track Ampex 440. This tape with 4 monos tracks was then used to King Tubby or these assistants for the final mixing and Dub which always fascinates me with each listening.
This choice of tapes often depended on the producer. Personally I love the sound of the 4 tracks, you can call it "Guetto Sound". The musicians were not allowed to make mistakes and neither did the engineers who recorded. The sound should already be perfectly balanced before going at Tubby studio !
I am fortunate to own a few Channel One multitracks. Many believe that the sound is only coming from Tubby and its hardware. This is totally wrong, the sound was already there at the source of the tapes at the recording. I have never heard anything so good now in modern time.
I imagined Tubby's studio as a stems mastering studio. With the possibility of course of making Dub's with the classic effects that we all know now. (Spring reverb, analog delay, Filters, passive EQ etc ...)
To record at Channel One, they used a 16/8/2 mixer, similar to API 2488 but with 16 tracks, 8 subgroups and 2 tracks masters. The mixing desk builded with transformer, passive EQ and discrete circuitry and large routing. A quality monster! Cost of fortune on second hand market now .
This mixing desk was one of the best ever made !
Even now in 2022 ! we are still using the circuits they designated in the 60s ...! We can't do better in terms of sound. Of course we can also put some Neve, Electrodyne, MCI and many other brands that used a similar quality. With sonics textures specific to the brands off course .
All these processes have really intrigued me in the past, so I decided to find my own sound and start making my own material. Experimentation is the key! Training on the instruments too. There is no secret, you have to work hard every day.
My first electronic candidate was an Altec 9069 found in the King Tubby mixer (Big knob). So I decided to build a prototype with a friend. I was helped by this friend who introduced me to the electronic field. I thank him again every day :)
Suddenly, after a few videos posted on the internet, a lot of producers started asking me to make clones of this filter. The story of my futur work begins for me at that time! I let you discover my website!
I want to say a big thank you to all the people who support my work.
Seb "Westfinga" Bzy