Arturia Drumbrute Drum Synth Preview

Last month we got a shot of the Arturia Drumbrute.

Resident Rubadub Glasgow synth-head Aleks takes a look at the newest drum-machine in town, the Arturia Drumbrute in our latest demo video above.

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Marty’s Back room Boogie Experiments – Part 26

WAS IN THE SHOP THIS EVE, AT OUR ABDUL HAQQ SHOW, AND WAS ASKED FEW TIMES (CHEERS), WHEN I’D BE DOING ANOTHER BLOG… THAT I’D REMEMBER. I SAYS, WELL MAYBE I’LL JUST POST SOME OF THOSE NINETEEN UMPTEEN HALF WRITTEN DRAFTS THAT NEVER MADE THE POST BUTTON…UNTIL NOW. HERE’S ONE, FROM YEAR OR MORE AGO. .. WHICH INCLUDES SOME CHAT ABOUT SPIDERS.. AND OTHER SHITE.  Continue reading

The Real Marty’s Back room Boogie Experiments Pt.1

Been a while.. since actually posted one of these. Written hundreds of ¾ ones and not posted or forgotten about. I started one last week, but I canny see any saved drafts now.. either I’m bit of a computerer idiot, or they’ve been wiped by the “Shite Talkin Polis’. Maybe both. So.. as used to do, I just need to type something then post it. The main point of this blog is to share with anyone reading what I am actually listening to the here and now. I’m not saying these tunes are brilliant !!! .. or anything like that.. just that I’m listening to them right now, and if I type, then think good enough to bother typing about. You can decide if they are brilliant or not 🙂 Continue reading

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

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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.

Enter Stems. Continue reading

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