Originally used in the 70's by dub sound system
s in London
a dub plate
is the name given to a special recording of a vinyl
record that has had the vocal
s removed so that only the backing track remains. These version
s would be used by the sound systems to mix with special effects and to allow the amplification
of the bass
through separate amplifier
s in order to create a new, heavier sound.
Dub plates these days are often used in reference to special mixes of dance music records, sometimes with the vocals or without and sometimes using special manufacturing methods to ensure better play of sound in clubs and when used to scratch.