Big Fish Audio

If you’re expecting Burning Spear’s “Garvey’s Ghost”— the archetypal example of old school Jamaican dub — don’t. This is modern dub; sometimes psychedelic, sometimes verging on a slow dancehall vibe, with a healthy dose of electronics and a taste of hip-hop. Thankfully, it generally eschews the deep echo and other effects characteristic of dub, so you can apply effects as you see fit.

Contact: Big Fish Audio, www.bigfish
DVD-ROM with construction kits duplicated as Apple Loops and Acidized WAV files; 24-bit/44.1kHz
$99.95 list

This DVD-ROM has two folders of the same material, in Acidized WAV and Apple Loops versions. There are 28 sub-folders (27 for Apple Loops; I think they ran out of space on the DVD-ROM), each of which contains a construction kit that has a mixed file, individual files, and occasional “stems,” like all drums or all melodic instruments. They’re organized by tempo, although of course, both Acidized and Apple Loop formats are stretchable — except that the Acidization isn’t very good. You’ll need to tweak markers, and the nine lowest-tempo construction kits (65–85 BPM) aren’t acidized at all.

Still, those are technical complaints. Artistically, the loops are innovative, with a wide variety of parts (drums, percussion, guitars, synths, keys, etc.) that occupy a niche not found in other sample libraries. To hear what I mean, check out the audio example I threw together in about 30 minutes at It’s not your father’s reggae...