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A dubplate is an acetate disc — usually 12 inches, 10 inches or 7 inches in diameter — used in mastering studios for quality control and test recordings before proceeding with the final master, and subsequent pressing of the record to be mass produced on vinyl. The name also refers to an exclusive, 'one-off' acetate disc recording pioneered by Jamaican sound systems but also used by drum and bass and other dance music artists, DJs and sound systems. In sound recording an acetate disc is a reference audio disc used during production of a gramophone record (e. ... Audio mastering is the process of preparing and transfering recorded audio to a medium for future duplication. ... The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967) as a 33 â…“ LP vinyl record A gramophone record (also phonograph record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove. ... In Jamaica, a Sound System is a popular type of nomadic outdoor concert/party. ... Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to DnB, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. ... Dance music is a style of popular music commonly played in dance music nightclubs, radio stations and shows and raves. ... A disc jockey scratching a record. ... A sound system is a group of DJs and engineers contributing and working together as one, often playing and producing one particular kind of music. ...


These dubplates will often be either unreleased recordings (which may or may not end up being made available to the general public) or exclusive versions or remixes of existing recordings. They are often used as a market research tool to assess the probable sales of a tune once it's released, as they are far cheaper to produce than a pressed vinyl. However, because they have a limited life-span they can only be used about fifty times. A remix is an alternate mix of a song different from the original version, made using the techniques of audio editing. ... The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967) as a 33 â…“ LP vinyl record A gramophone record (also phonograph record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove. ...


Vinyl dubplates are a recently-developed format which allow extremely durable recordings to be made (lasting 90% as long as pressed vinyl) and are more suited to cases where no release is imminent, or the release date is a long time away.


The name also lends itself to the term dubplate special which refers solely to an exclusive version of a piece of music, usually (re-)recorded by a reggae or dancehall artist for a (Jamaican) sound system. Reggae sound systems will often compete with each other to acquire the most imaginative or unusual dubplate specials in order to win sound clashes with their rivals. Although CD is the preferred format for these recordings today, the name dubplate has been kept. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A Sound Clash is a musical competition where crew members from opposing sounds systems pit theirs skills against each other. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...

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Dubplate special

A dubplate special is an exclusive version of a piece of music, usually (re-)recorded by a reggae or dancehall artist for a Jamaican sound system. Also known as just dubplates or specials these recordings are often used for competing in a sound clash. The exclusivity of the recording is made evident by changes to the usual lyrics to include the name of the sound system that has commissioned the recording, often remarking on the prowess of the sound system in question, and sometimes the weaknesses of the opposing sound system(s) in a given competition. The dubplate special gets its name from dubplate which is the traditional medium for storing and playing them, though today CDs are frequently used. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... In Jamaica, a Sound System is a popular type of nomadic outdoor concert/party. ... A Sound Clash is a musical competition where crew members from opposing sounds systems pit theirs skills against each other. ...


Dubplate specials are an essential tool in a soundclash - the more exclusive the better - but they also form an intrinsic part of the reggae industry. A notable example is the special of "No, No, No (You Don't Love Me)" recorded by Dawn Penn for a number of sound systems in the early nineties. The special recorded for Saxon sound system replaced the lyrics "No, no, no, you don't love me..." with "No, no, no, can't test Saxon", referring to the invincibility of the sound system. The song became an international hit, and Dawn Penn endorsed several other sound systems with the same lyrics and continued to do so for many years. Dawn Pickering (born 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica), better known as Dawn Penn, is a Jamaican reggae singer. ...

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External links

  • Vinyl Recording / Dubplate
  • BSL Presents Classic Original Dubplate by Russ D
  • Ten of the baddest Roots Dubplates of all time - by Jah Warrior
  • Dubplate Pressure - From Mixmag magazine
  • Audio examples dozens of dubplates from Itation Sound

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Dubplate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (322 words)
A dubplate is an acetate disc - usually 12 inches, 10 inches or 7 inches in diameter - used in mastering studios for quality control and test recordings before proceeding with the final master, and subsequent pressing.
These dubplates will often be either unreleased recordings (which may or may not end up being made available to the general public) or exclusive versions or remixes of existing recordings.
Vinyl dubplates are a recently-developed format which allow extremely durable recordings to be made (lasting 90% as long as pressed vinyl) and are more suited to cases where no release is imminent, or the release date is a long time away.
Dubplate special - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (279 words)
A dubplate special is an exclusive version of a piece of music, usually (re-)recorded by a reggae or dancehall artist for a Jamaican sound system.
The exclusivity of the recording is made evident by changes to the usual lyrics to include the name of the sound system that has commissioned the recording, often remarking on the prowess of the sound system in question, and sometimes the weaknesses of the opposing sound system(s) in a given competition.
Dubplate specials are an essential tool in a soundclash - the more exclusive the better - but they also form an intrinsic part of the reggae industry.
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