This week we're looking into dub, the low end heavy genre that grew out of reggae.
Ever since its inception in Jamaica, Dub has reinvented itself constantly. Currently it’s has reached another climax, but the distinctive sounds of dub samples have been inspiration to musicians for over half a century.
Started by people like King Tubby and Lee Scratch Perry, this style of music heavily influenced current genres like dubstep and techno dub, just to name a few. Even if you’re not producing dub or the newest spin-off genres, you will most likely find that you can incorporate some dub samples into your style of production.
For all its shapeshifting, it’s kinda hard to pin down what exactly dub is. It’s hypnotic repetitions, sound collages, atmosphere sounds, improvisation, variation and much more. It’s heavy use of vintage reverb units and tape delays.
The following packs are all featuring pro-quality and royalty-free samples. You heard that right! No catch, just download the sounds for free and use in your commercial tracks!
Dub Samples. Download.
The samples are split across four construction kits, each of which contains drum, bass, guitar, keyboard and other loops, plus a selection of drum hits.
Dub Drums Samples. Download.
Here’s a big collection dub drum loops that will rock your tracks! Most of them are run through classic spring reverbs and tape echoes to give them that authentic dub feel. The layered drums were sampled from three different acoustic drum kits. The dub samples are clearly labelled and organised into four different tempos: 85, 105, 120 and 130bpm.
Deep Dub Samples. Download.
Let’s be honest, dub isn’t perceived as happy music and this pack is not out to change this. Download a dope sample pack full of atmospheres, beats, FX and bass loops, that are dark and brooding.
Dark Dub Samples. Download.
Dark Dub is another spinoff from the original dub genre. It blends hard electronica and classic dub reggae production techniques into one sinister package. This pack of dark dub samples includes many loops that you can repurpose to to create your own grooves. They are organized into beats, bass, keys’n’synths and percussion folders. The loops run in three speeds: 125, 130 and 135bpm.
All the samples are supplied as 24-bit WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they’re royalty-free, you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like. The samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!