Dub Mixing Overview using the Ds1 MIDI mixer w/ Clive Chin

In this video, legendary Jamaican reggae and ska producer Clive Chin demonstrates his approach to dub mixing using the Ds1 MIDI mixer and Ableton Live.

In this video, legendary Jamaican reggae and ska producer Clive Chin demonstrates his approach to dub mixing using the Ds1 MIDI mixer designed in a creative collaboration between Livid Instruments and Dubspot. Controlling Ableton Live with the Ds1, Clive shows us how he mixes analog stems from The Lost Archives of 17 North Parade and applies traditional dub mixing tools, such as dubplates and echo delays. Watch as Clive mixes vocals from “Ali Baba” by John Holt and other musical elements from Soul Syndicate.

Catch more of Clive Chin’s performance routine during his upcoming festival tour. See more details below.

Ds1 MIDI Mixer

The Ds1 MIDI mixer is a portable solution for computer-based mixing, production, and performance, constructed with only the highest quality parts and materials. The DS1 is a creative collaboration between Livid Instruments and Dubspot. This partnership was forged from a shared desire to bring classic audio mixer design to the digital world. Ds1 introduces MIDI control to the familiar layout of audio mixers and expands the creative possibilities of signal routing and sound processing using digital audio workstations. It’s your hands-on, dedicated controller for instant access to your mix, effects or instrument parameters.

The Ds1 simply works with any software that supports MIDI. Templates are available for popular digital audio workstations such as Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Logic, and more. Whether you are mixing in the studio, performing on stage, or traveling to a gig, the ds1 is designed to fit into your setup and lifestyle. Use the Ds1 Integration Guide for project templates, setup instructions, and other resources to get started with Ds1 and your favorite music production or DJ software.

Festival Schedule

March 6th-7th | Brazil – Sao Paulo and Curitiba
March 22nd | France – Strasbourg University and Mudd Club
March 23rd | Belgium – Antwerp –  De Kleine Hedonist
March 2th | Poland – Warsaw – Indeks Music Club
March 28th | Germany – Berlin – Yaam
March 29th | Austria – Vienna – Otto Wagner Pavillion
March 31st | Switzerland – Thun – Cafe-Bar Mokka
April 5th | Germany – Cologne – Zimmerman Beats Burger
April 6th | Germany – Hamburg – Kings & Queens Weekender
April 10th | Spain – Valencia – The Dub-Club
April 12th | Spain – Madrid – The Rock Palace
April 13th | Spain – Barcelona – Spanish Town

About Clive Chin

Prolific reggae producer Clive Chin ranks as one of Jamaican music’s greatest unsung heroes. While working at the family business, Randy’s Record Store and the crucial studio upstairs, Randy’s Studio 17, Chin oversaw seminal recordings by the ’70s top reggae performers and producers: the Wailers, Tommy McCook, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Lee Perry and Black Uhuru. From 1969, when it opened, Randy’s Studio 17 became a focal point of Jamaican music, with the studio booked non-stop.

Working with innovative engineer Errol Thompson, a teenaged Clive Chin laid down thick bass and drum rhythms which became a signature of the roots reggae, dub and rebel rock/rockers sounds. Music personnel flocked to Randy’s to get the rich bass sound and full sonic image on their songs. Rough Guide to Reggae author Steve Barrow put it this way, “You have to say that hands-down Randy’s was the studio from 1969-75 in Jamaica.” To back it up, Barrow has commissioned many reissues of material recording at Randy’s and under Clive Chin’s watch on the Blood and Fire label.

Clive Chin was at the eye of this hurricane of activity, producing many records and picking up tips from the likes of Lee “Scratch” Perry and Tommy McCook. Chin first rose to prominence by producing a record for a classmate Horace Swaby, a.k.a. Augustus Pablo. This record, Java, became a slow burning international sensation with its Eastern motif played on the melodica. LP’s followed, namely This Is Augustus Pablo and Java Java Dub, which elaborated on the rhythmic achievements of the single. Another of his biggest hits on the British National Chart was “Fatty Bum, Bum” by Carl Malcolm. Ultimately, these halcyon days came to an abrupt end in 1978, as the Chin family closed shop and relocated to New York, where the record operation was renamed V.P. Records, today, the largest reggae distributor in North America.

Distanced from the scene, Chin spent much of the ’80s helping the family to run a new business, a Jamaican restaurant in Queens. As of 1998, Clive Chin has begun to produce records again, and it will be refreshing to hear new work in the ’90s from this producing legend. Underappreciated, largely due to the longstanding unavailability stateside of even the milestone productions of Chin’s career, a spate of reissues has brought Chin’s productions to the light of day once again. Key among these are the compilations 17 North Parade (Pressure Sounds 17) and Forward the Bass (Blood and Fire) which features the Impact All Stars, a band including rhythm masters Aston “Family Man” Barret and Sly Dunbar.

More reissues from the golden period are on the way, promising releases of full length records by the Gladiators, Bob Marley & the Wailers and Dennis Brown. Perhaps the wrinkles of time will one day be ironed out and Chin given his due, but for the time being the truth remains in the grooves.

In this three-part series, Clive Chin takes us through The Lost Archives of 17 North Parade detailing the history and discovery of previously unknown and unreleased recordings by many of reggae’s greatest stars during the heyday of ska and early reggae.


Mixing and Mastering Program

Learn the well-kept industry secrets of EQ, compression, panning, level balancing, reverb and special effects and transform rough ideas and basic compositions into a commercial master. Investigate how to use key concepts and tools in your tracks, while paying special attention to techniques of metering and spectral analysis in order to apply science alongside the art.

What’s Included:

Mixing & Mastering Level 1: Mix
Mixing & Mastering Level 2: Modify
Mixing & Mastering Level 3: Master

“The videos were helpful and the chats were great. I expected a lot out of this course and I got it!” – Jon Yu, California

This program gives you everything you need to refine tracks into a clear commercial quality release, including special mixing and mastering techniques for dubstep, techno, house, trance, downtempo, hip-hop, and the gamut of electronically-produced music.

You will learn to mix and master your tracks using the same plugins that top industry engineers use every day, including plugins by Sonnox, Metric Halo, Altiverb, Soundtoys, Izotope, Waves, URS, and Abbey Road. Register today!

Click here for detailed information on this program, including start dates and payment plans.

Or if you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.


Open House
NYC and LA – 11am to 1pm

Ask questions. Watch demos. Test drive workstations.

Anyone who comes by will have the opportunity to ask our instructors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy, and watch live music production and DJ demos. You can even sit down at one of our workstations and take it for a test drive. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, we suggest you stop by one of our Open Houses to learn more about the school, understand what the learning process at Dubspot entails and help you decide what is best for you. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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