Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

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Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby drwatts53 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:52 pm

Here are ten examples of the kind of thing I mean, with the first five being particularly strong imo:

1. Leonard Santic All Stars – Problems #2 [Horace Andy – Problems] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBA0LALJG7g
2. Fire From The Observer [Dennis Brown – Cassandra]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RKNgN4215E
3. Tubby’s Dub Song [Augustus Pablo – Pablo’s Theme Song] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWlFszxNFE8
4. [Pat Kelly] - Bosrah Dub Plate Mix [Prince Allah – Bosrah] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuq4s0J4srg from 2:59
5. Hardy Boys – Black Out [Interns – Nothing is Impossible]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY5T6nm4pcE

6. Aggrovators – Must Go Home Dub [Rico – Repatriation Remedy/ Errol Dunkley - Repatriation] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8cY5RZTXjQ
7. Aggrovators – Running Over [Johnny Clarke – You Keep On Running] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djGiehOoxtc
8. Rock A Bye Woman Version [Freddy McKay – Rock-A-Bye Woman] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtPiawfVn90
9. Version [Vivian Jackson & The Defenders – Love Thy Neighbours] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYVaVZzCrY0
10. A Social Version [Johnny Clarke – Jah Jah Bless Joshua] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nR4PZuVaZU.

Thanks in advance for any additional suggestions.
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby drwatts53 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:28 pm

Surprised there's been no response to this - surely there must be more examples of Tubby's Big Knob in full effect, or is it limited to just a handful of records (and dubplates?)?
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby Ranking Glasses » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:36 am

So what is the Big Knob effect? Is it where the bass line is dropped out and brought in again?
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby brigadierjc » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:23 am

I think drwatts53 is referring to the drastic filter used on the riddim tracks.
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby drwatts53 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:17 am

So what is the Big Knob effect? Is it where the bass line is dropped out and brought in again?


The 'big knob' is/was a high-pass filter, meaning that it lets high frequencies pass through, but cuts out other frequencies. But the effect I'm talking about comes from the big knob's filter having a variable slope rather than simply being on-off. It's the twiddling of the high frequencies that produces the effect I mean - on the best examples, I find it literally spine-tingling, which is why I'm looking for further examples.
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby Ranking Glasses » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:17 pm

Oh, I see (face palm).

Thanks!
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby drwatts53 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:40 pm

Just realised my link for no. 4 (Bosrah dub plate version) duplicated no. 3 (Tubby's Dub Song) - now corrected.
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby drwatts53 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:33 pm

A similar effect can be heard on this Lynford Anderson (aka Andy Capp) production from 1970: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8g0RPhYyxA . The missing link may be the mixing board Anderson used at Dynamic, which Bunny Lee is said to have acquired for Tubby when Dynamic upgraded their equipment.
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby capullo » Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:54 pm

rod taylor - don't give it up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioWUy5n1y1Q
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby drwatts53 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:47 pm

Especially the section starting around 5 minutes in? I'm not sure that was exactly what I was looking for, but thanks. Keep 'em coming!
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby capullo » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:13 pm

of course only the dub mix. tubby's doing the frequency sweep hard.
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby cry tuff » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:25 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naRDEtFAHEk

I heard this out at a dance the other week it got the biggest crowd reaction of the night, 40 years on

Here is a clip of a guy who has built his own ' Big Knob ' effect

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTaZFGwg2rY
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby drwatts53 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:42 pm

Great dub, up there with the Tubby/Glen Brown version(s) of the Arena rhythm (e.g. Version 78 Style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJxB2xIAN28 ). But on listening again to at least the first five examples I gave, the effect I'm talking about is when the big knob is twiddled back and forth with the bass cut out.

Al Breadwinner's someone else who has a similar device https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GekR5_Ck1k , as does Russ D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSLhnspXKtU and this guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIG53h58qi8&t=92s .
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby 99thfloor » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:10 pm

Here's Scientist twiddling the "big knob": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMGTh0As2R4
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Re: Best examples of Tubby's "big knob" in full effect?

Postby capullo » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:53 pm

the version of jah stitch's "pick your choice"
https://www.discogs.com/Jah-Stitch-Pick ... se/5667989
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