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Rubadub meets Snazzy FX

Modular Synths are getting a LOT of interest at the moment and one of the nicest thing about the whole movement is that unlike the mainstream manufacturers, it’s usually fairly easy to contact and speak to the actual designer of the equipment you are using, the person who did the graphics, the person who packs the boxes and the person who runs the company. In fact it’s most often all the same person.

You only have to look at a Snazzy FX module to know that you’re dealing with a person or people who are a little bit off the beaten track. With their tripped out graphics and company strapline of “Travel At Your Own Peril” you can tell you’re going to get something a bit different here… Continue reading

Stems: a new audio format from Native Instruments


Native Instruments are always looking to push the art of DJing forward. They were among the first to allow control of digital sound files via timecoded vinyl with their Final Scratch package, and since then have provided a myriad of other controllers, giving DJs an increasingly wide range of instruments on which to perform their music and hopefully come up with some next-level sets.

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The essential headphones: Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

The humble Sennheiser HD 25-1 II.

Sound-engineers, DJs, musicians and audio-enthusiasts worldwide love these headphones. At Rubadub it’s probably one of our favourite bits of equipment. They are insanely durable, every part is user-replaceable, they provide almost unparalleled isolation from outside noise and they sound tremendous. Almost all of the Rubadub staff own a pair, which speaks volumes, and if you only ever want to buy one pair of headphones for mixing records, for production, for the daily commute or, well, whatever really, then you need to own a pair of these. Continue reading

Focus on Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and 2i4

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio interface, and its bigger brother the  Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, are a great way into Focusrite-quality sound recording at an affordable price.

These little boxes are truly portable USB audio interfaces. They take their power from the USB cable so in theory you could take one and your laptop on battery power and record anywhere. In practice you’ll probably  want to plug your laptop to the mains so that you don’t lose power mid-take but at least it’s one less plug in your setup to worry about.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Both models come with Focusrite microphone preamps, +48v switches to power condenser microphones and a direct monitor function. What that means is you’ll capture a great sound through the preamp as you record, you’ll be able to use a decent condenser microphone without having to carry another power supply for it, and when you are recording you’ll hear the sound you’re making directly in your headphones without that annoying time lag that can happen when recording to computer. Continue reading

The cans that can, and the cans that cannot

If it’s time to replace your headphones; those faithful friends have given up their last dying whimpers and have gone to meet their maker; then what should you replace them with?

It can be a bit of a jungle out there with a massive range in price and all sorts of claims over what each model can do.

The older among you will remember there used to be one headphone for monitoring: the Beyer Dynamic DT-100. Close your eyes, think of any classic photo of a recording session and there they are in all their teutonic beige ugliness.

What they’re recommending over on the ableton forum

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