RÜFÜS DU SOL say they were inspired by Output Thermal, Moog Grandmother and UDO Super 6 on new album Surrender

“We’re really keen to get our hands on the UDO Super 6…[it] just sounds like a fat-sounding machine.”

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RÜFÜS DU SOL have listed the synths and effects that inspired them on their new album, Surrender, and which synths they currently have on their wishlist.

“The Moog Grandmother looks sick”, James Hunt, one of the three members of RÜFÜS DU SOL, tells MusicTech. “It’s a semi-modular synth, so you can do some interesting patching without diving into the full-modular wormhole. It seems like a nice self-sufficient system in which to create interesting sounds.”

Speaking on another synth the band are eager to get their hands on, James adds: “We’re really keen to get our hands on is the UDO Super 6, which our good friend Cassian has. He’s an amazing mix engineer and producer who mixes all our music. It sounds amazing from what he describes.

“It’s got a pure stereo sound for each of the oscillators and just sounds like a really fat-sounding machine.”

Jon George, the band’s keyboardist, says that they used Output’s Thermal extensively throughout Surrender. Specifically, they used it to “beef up synths”, including a Korg MS-20, Sequential Prophet 6 and a Moog Minimoog Model D.

He added that the band’s go-to plug-ins include Valhalla reverb and delay plug-ins, XLN Audio’s RC-20 Retro Color, and some of Soundtoys’ plug-ins.

For vocals, Jon says that the band “routed a Flea-47 mic into a Neve preamp on Tyrone’s vocals with a Tube-Tech CL1B compressor to give his voice some warmth.”

Additionally, Tyrone, RÜFÜS DU SOL’s vocalist, says that “all guitar on the record is the Fender Jaguar with Humbucker pickups.”

According to the band, collecting new analogue synths and drum machines had a big impact on their sound and albums. “For Solace and Surrender, we set up several studio spaces where we could jam with each other on different instruments at the same time.

“We have the Sequential Prophet-6 and OB-6, and the Minimoog Model D, which were huge proponents of the sound of Solace, and we explored them further on Surrender.”

Surrender is available to buy and purchase now.


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