Sunday, 13 March 2011

DIY Dub Delays

Here's a way that you can make your own dub delay.

1. Send a track to a new bus

2. Add a simple delay to the bus, choose your delay times to taste and make sure that no filters are doing anything to the audio.  For this to work you want to keep the feedback between 0% and 10% - we'll be adding our own feedback loop later on.

3. Now add a distortion effect after the delay and a filter after that (I like either high passing or low passing but you could even go for band passing if you want).

4. Now to create the feedback loop, send your dub delay bus to itself (so if I'm using bus 1 for the dub delay, I send bus 1 to bus 1).  I'd recommend putting a limiter on either the master or at the end of the dub delay channel to avoid damaging your speakers and your ears (my mate blew his by turning up the feedback on Logic's tape delay a little bit too much.

That's the basics of it, but you can get creative with this technique and add other kinds of effects to the delay chain.

Here's a couple of Audio Examples of me messing about with this technique.


  1. nice one, i'll be trying this later.

  2. Something I forgot to include: you can control the level of the dub delay bus by making the feedback loop pre fader instead of post fader (or move the volume of the delay bus up and down without fear of affecting the feedback levels of the bus).

    Also this only works on DAWs that allow feedback loops (I have heard FL doesn't, but I've never used it).

  3. more people need to learn this stuff, dub delays are the way forward.

  4. Word, ever since one of my lecturers showed us this technique I've hardly reached for a dub delay.

  5. I love making complex delays with this type of technique. Complex dubby delays. Nice one man, adding the distortion gives it a really good feel.