Welcome to my world !
By browsing this site you will discover my skills / experience as a musician, electronic designer, sound designer / plugins and my passion for Reggae Dub music.
I don't just make music! I am very interested in studio techniques, playing, instrument preparation, period equipment, their incredible creativity with limited resources ... The roots of reggae music!
At that time they didn't have access to the latest new stuff exclusively in the US, so they needed to use other tricks and old gear 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 of his own 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 that they could record live in the studio. Saving time = more money.
They had very high productivity! For example, 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 was then entrusted 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 to Tubby's MCI !
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, ie at the recording. I have never heard anything so good now.
I see 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 to Channel One, they used a 16/8/2 mixer, similar to API 2488 but with 16 tracks, 8 subgroups and 2 masters. Table entirely with transformer, passive EQ and discrete circuitry and large routing. A quality monster!
This mixer is one of the best ever and even now in 2021 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 sound textures specific to the brands.
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 is an Altec 9069 found in the King Tubby mixer (Big knob). So I decided to build a prototype, a DIY clone for me and my 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 for clones of this filter. The story of my new 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