I love you but I’ve chosen Moog

Where would we all be without Moog?  Whether you enjoy salivating over pictures of enormous Modular synths or just arguing about how to pronounce the name, Moog Music provide about half the world’s electronic musicians with exceptional instruments and the other half with something to aim for.

They’ve been about for a fair old while now (even longer than us!) and they’re doing some nice things to celebrate the fact, the most potentially useful one, in these recession-laden, post-austerity, double-dip economic meltdown times, is giving you some dosh back when you buy a MoogerFooger processor.

Any UK customer purchasing any new Moog Moogerfooger pedal between November 14th and December 31st 2011 (who then returns the rebate form to Moog) will receive a cheque rebate of £30, sent directly to them from Source Distribution (Moog’s UK Distributor).

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Marty’s Back Room Boogie Experiments

Ok, I’ve been threatening to do this for some time now, so the time has come. It’s Friday night, it’s ten past Tennent’s, and it’s time to share some of the records that are rocking my back room tonight. I’m just going to talk some shite about about the records as they are spinning on the deck.. and maybe one or two of you will get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here goes.. 

New Numbers.. Goldffinch – Red Mask EP NMBRS18. Not just saying this cos some of the crew work in Rubadub, but the new Nmbrs is pretty hot. It’s youngsters beats for the more mature music listener. (I might repeat that line a few times over coming weeks/months/years) 

Omar.S.Detroit – High School Graffiti (Scion A/V) Double pack of coloured vinyl from everyone’s favourite ghetto mo-fo Omar.S.(Detroit isn’t really his surname, but they seem to have adopted it for this). I like it though.. Marty Paisley. Joey Essex. I digress, but this is pretty tasty for fans of Omar S, Detroit, Paisley and maybe even Essex.This will not be available for too long.. and will never be repressed. 

DF01. Don’t you just love coming across a wee white label in your work, taking it home with no clue what it is, and it turns out to be good. Or is that just me ? Turns out it’s from Etiku Records in St.Petersburg, and first release on their new label. That’s all I know at present, apart from it’s just good raw Techno grooves. 

Maurice Donovan – Call My Name. Every DJ’s box is made up of nuts and bolts. And tools that you put them together with. This is an ideal DJ tool, for the more mature selector, eg me, with it’s old school House sensibilities. In fact it’s done by Ramadamadamadaman, who’s actually playing at the ‘Numbers’ night at the Sub Club right about now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s playing this to the masses right about… now ! It’s 2.30am CGT ( Central Glasgow Time).  http://www.rubadub.co.uk/music/house/call-my-name

Talking of mature Techno.. maybe I wasn’t, but I am now, then look no further than Arne Weinberg’s Diametric label. New one.. Tangula – Eye of the Beholder (9-diam). I really loved a track on the last Tangula 12… I’m just going to try and find it right now.. 2 hours later… nope, not happening. I need to get my records alphabeticalised instead of doing this blog shite.. better change the record…

ooft. The unreleased, thus far, Sound Signature 12. SS-042. Typical rough lo-fi recording, but a Techno killer. Half of me hopes it never comes out, but of course the other half wants to import it, and sell it to my fellow music lovers. Theo’s new 12, SS-044 is shipping to us start of the week, and available from Thurs / Fri to buy.  http://www.rubadub.co.uk/music/house/s-t-f-u  I was also looking for my promo of that there, but it must be next to that Tangula record. 

Steve Summers – In the Mode for Love (L.I.E.S) Long been a fan of Mr Summers, or Jason Letkiewicz to be precise. The only man who can out Virgo Four Virgo Four. Also adds his own slant to the old Chicago House sound. http://www.rubadub.co.uk/music/house/in-the-mode-for-love-ep

Erik Travis – I think I’ll save how good he is for another blog. Or blog post.. whatever you call it.

Ok, that’s it for Marty’s first Back Room Boogie Experiments Blog. The TL is taking it’s toll, and I’m in danger of ranting even more shite. I have no clue how these blog things work, but I’ll be back.. maybe even next week, when I might even get my Kenny Rogers records out. 

Analogue Delay.Ay.Ay.Ay.YYYYY.Delay.Delay.D.D.D.D.D.Delay.Ay.

Analogue Delay.  Mmmmmm.  It might sometimes seem that we’re a bunch of retro obsessed, beardy,  wooly jumper wearing Analogue Anoraks constantly bleating on about how good stuff was in the “old days” and in fact, you’d mostly be right.  But there are some effects and things about Analogue gear that are just very hard to emulate in the Digital domain and Analogue Delay is one of them.

If you want to hear it at it’s best listen to pretty much any Dub Reggae (especially Augustus Pablo and Lee “Scratch” Perry) or the mind bending Techno classic, Kaoss, by Rythym is Rythym (the bit in the middle where the whole track sounds like it’s falling apart only to come together magically a few bars later).

There’s not that many Analogue Delays still on the market – the last one of note was the MoogerFooger MF-104 and that was discontinued early 2011 due to a severe shortage of the necessary components but Akai have done one of their occasional steps-to-the side/curve ball things that they do every now and then and launched a new range of Analogue Workshop Effects Pedals that include……..tah, dah!!!! 

Analogue Delay Pedal

I’ve seen mock ups at a couple of trade shows and the build quality is really good – the range is marketed at guitarists but these pedals can be used with pretty much any Instrument or a Send/Return on a mixer too.

The video shows the pedal to good effect but it’s really when you whack up the Repeat and then sweep up and down the Time knob that things start to go off kilter (in the best possible way) – it’s coming in at pocket money prices too – price is going to be around £69 in the UK!

For those of you fortunate enough to own one of the astounding Doepfer Dark Energy synthesisers you’ll be pleased to know that, courtesy of some dope flash programming, patch memory is now possible. Well, sort of. Check it out here.

Thanks have to go to our customer, Blair Cowan, for pointing this out and for those of you who fancy a bit of synth-mentalism you can check out our Dan’s patch above…

With the abundance of affordable, analogue clones of classic kit out there, a whole new generation of music-makers are able to get those classic sounds without having to get their mitts on expensive, hard-to-obtain, ridiculously over-priced and unreliable bits of so-called ‘classic’ hardware. Take the MFB-522 and Mode Machines x0xb0x for example. To get your hands on a ‘real’ TB303 and TR808 would be the best part of £4k and here we have a demonstration showing that you can have those sounds for a fraction of the cost. In fact, the figure that could be saved might be as large as £3,200 and we reckon that that’s where the smart money will go.

 

Everyone knows that if you like the good shit then Universal Audio are one of the brands you’ll be familiar with. They are also remarkably generous with their giveaways and this particular promotion is a biggie and no mistake. Basically, the deal is that when you buy a Universal Audio LA-610 mk2 channel strip (that’s a classic piece of studio hardware for anyone not in the know) then you’ll get either a UAD Satellite Duo or UAD PCI Duo totally free. Yep, that’s right, free as in gratis, de nada, hee-haw, you pay nothing! Couple that with the fact that you get a bundle of software free of charge with either the UAD Satellite or PCI accelerator cards if you register today and you have a Universal Audio mega-deal! Oh, and there’s also some more information on the deal at the UAD site here and you can buy the LA-610 right here.

Blawan & Pariah launch new label…

Blawan and Pariah, two UK producers who constantly push the boundaries of techno and bass music have started a new label series called  ‘Works The Long Nights’. The first limited release is out in November,comes on 180g stamped vinyl and is exclusively distributed by Rubadub. 

The debut releases comes from their collaborative project ‘Karenn’ and is now available to pre-order from Rubadub.

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