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ROLAND Rubix44 £195 STREET

Who knew Roland makes audio interfaces? Andy Jones tests the company’s top-of-the-range Rubix44. It should’ve been cubed-shaped, though, surely?

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Roland, let’s be honest, is more famous for its synths than its interfaces. The company produced keyboards that defined much of 80s synth pop, and then (rather accidentally) defined dance music with its 303 Bass Line, which was designed more as a bass accompaniment than a squealing acid-music backdrop. Then there are the company’s drum machines and, again, the TR-808 and 909 still provide most of the beats and backbone to dance and have done for three decades. So, indeed, who knew that the company makes interfaces? However, not only is the company’s latest interface, the Rubix44, a well-spec’d and sturdy unit, it comes in at a shade under 200 quid street price, putting it firmly within reach of most of us. So exactly how good is it?

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The first issue of MusicTech of 2019 is on sale now! This issue we’ve compiled the very best advice, insight, tips and general music making wisdom from our archive of interviewees to arm you with all the knowledge you need to enhance your compositions this year. We’ve also got the first part of a massive guide to scoring and orchestration, interviews with The Streets’ keyboardist Mike Patrick and industry innovators Aston Microphones, a huge review of Cubase Pro 10 and our usual mountain of tutorials, tips and guides. Enjoy the issue!