I was speaking to Pawan from ID about a month back and was requesting him to get me in touch with someone who owns a Cajon, as I had an acoustic gig coming up. To my surprise Pawan introduced me to the Dube, which he described as relatively similar to the Cajon. I didn’t have much time on me and the additional XLR out, caught my attention, as to what this mysterious percussive instrument could be? or how it worked.
I sat down with it for a couple of hours, playing like a monkey, before taking it for a jam. The Dube has many playable sides to it much like a Cajon but each side has a completely different and unique tone to it. It fits easily on the lap and even on a stand, which is supplied from Dube. The wood on it isn’t hard to play on but is sensitive to the kind of attack you place on it, be it fingers or the palm. It’s way more accessible than the Cajon in terms of playability and that’s a definite plus point for guys who are always on the move, considering it’s portable nature, not to mention the super awesome metal carry handle on the top which screams “solid hardware” and the kickass carry bag for storage!
So, since I was kicked out of my brains, I ran to a jampad and plugged it in the PA. The amplification of the Dube is more of a volume increment rather than a varied acoustic enhancement, of it’s characteristics. The interesting part was when I dialled up the FX return faders and starting playing around with the EQ. You can tweak the sound to a large extent. In my opinion, the Dube can be very easily accommodated in an Ambient rock project or if one’s interested in Looping stations / Dubstep.
The Dube was invented by Dion Dublin a few years back. As a percussion instrument the Dube has slowly gained popularity over the years. This is a cube-shaped percussion instrument which has different tonal properties on each of the sides. It is generally likened to a Cajon but with a better low end and a much better tone overall. Dion Dublin has showcased the Dube at the London Drum Show and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
I’m still exploring it and hopefully with time will be able to see how it blends into my band’s music as a core percussive instrument!0 Like this Post ?