Every type of Dubplate Imaginable

  • Here at Dub Studio we have the largest selection of dubplates in the world. We cover every size, format and layout you can imagine, from 12 inch acetates to 12cm transparent minidubs!

    Ordering dubplates is quick and easy with our simple 4-step process, and we offer help at every step of the way, so you don't need to be an expert to get the tracks you want onto disc.

    We have over ten years of experience cutting dubs for touring DJs, sound system operators, installation artists, record collectors and jukebox aficionados.

    No other studio has the range and experience we have here, and that's what makes Dub Studio the Definitive Dubplate Service.

  • Vinyl dubs are the next generation in dubplate technology. The system was designed from the ground up by a company in Germany to satisfy the demands of the professional DJ. These dubs last longer than acetates and are much easier to cue up. Perfect for even the most demanding performance environment.

    Over the last 10 years, we have slowly refined the cutting process, using some of the best mastering gear available, to the point where these dubs sound just as good as pressed vinyl records, but at a fraction of the set-up cost.

    So whether you are listening at home, or playing out on a big sound system, these dubs will fit right in.

  • Acetate dubplates are the ultimate analogue luxury. These are the discs that vinyl cutting engineers use as reference cuts before cutting the master lacquers.

    They may not last as long as vinyl dubs, but the weight, smell, noise floor and sound quality of these one-off discs is unsurpassed. Not even pressed vinyl sounds quite as good these.

    We stock the entire range of Apollo / Transco acetate dubplates, including the extremely rare 7 inches (large hole and small).

  • Dub Studio is best known for bringing vinyl dubplates to your decks, and behind the scenes we work tirelessly to get the best sound on wax. But over 10 years in the business has given us a unique insight into what works in the analogue domain, so we use this experience to master digital tracks as well.

    In 2015 we launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to build a new mastering studio in the centre of Bristol. We succeeded in raising the funds, and we are proud to announce that from April 2017 we will be handling all our mastering work via Higher Level Mastering.

    We use excellent monitors to audition each track, and process the tonal balance, dynamic range, loudness and character, using some of the finest audio processing tools in the world.

  • Sometimes one dub is just not enough! So we have a range of special offers to make cutting dublates even more cost effective.

    You may want a couple of identical plates for an upcoming battle routine, or you may want to share your music on an analoque format with a select number of people, without the hassle of pressing up a load of vinyl, and because we save time cutting duplicate dubs, we can pass the saving on to you.

    Also if you have a bunch of mastered tracks, and you plan well in advance, we offer a nice price dub cutting service. The same quality cuts at a price that's nice!

  • Coming soon!

    We will soon be launching our customisation service. We hope to offer a picture disc service, as well printed labels for your dubs, and even printed sleeves!

    Watch this space!

  • All our vinyl singles are now availabe in transparent!

    Just select the style you want from the "Colour & Thickness" dropdown.

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2015: Compa

Compa has been cutting plates with Dub Studio for the last five years. As a latecomer to the scene he rose to prominence in 2011/2012 with a bold remix of the classic DMZ cut Antiwar Dub and a reworking of Mavado's Dem a Talk. Where many other producers were leaving the roots of the genre behind and chasing new horizons, Compa stuck to a more purist dubstep sound and it still seems to be paying off. 2013 saw a Deep Medi release, followed by releases on Tuba and Boka Records, and in the wake of his latest self-released vinyl, we saw Compa passing through Bristol for a Teachings in Dub / Deep Medi showcase, and we thought what better time for an interview?

It was great to see you here at Teachings. How does it feel to be playing alongside such heavyweights?

Amazing, as always! It's an honour to be asked to share my music with so many receptive, appreciative people. It was such an incredible show. I'll never forget it.

You have made quite a name for yourself in the US recently. What’s it like playing there? What are the crowds like compared to here? Do you adapt your set for the US crowd?

America is an incredible place to play. They don't get the same line ups as here in England and in Europe where we have five, six, seven headliners at one show. So when one UK artist tours over there they're very grateful to have us, to share our music at their clubs and on their sound systems. The love for the music over there is obvious as the energy at the shows is incredible. I love America and can't wait to return.

What other gigs are you looking forward to this year?

I'm playing scattered UK and Europe shows all year, touring Canada in May, touring Asia in September and America in October. I love DJing and travelling.

Do you have specific gigs in mind when you create tracks for cutting to dub?

I try to write music almost every day when I'm not touring and when I can afford to I’ll try to cut my favourites in time for the next show. Although, with a show like Deep Medi vs Teachings In Dub, normally I'm asked to play a couple of months in advance, and if I feel like it's going to be a really special evening (Deep Medi shows always are) then that inspires me to write music with the show and sound system in mind. So I guess to answer your question; From time to time yes, but mostly no.

What criteria do you have for cutting dubs?

My main criteria is that I have to be 100% sure I'll play the track I'm cutting every set. I have to be really happy with the music and that I'll want to share it at every show I play for a while. I also have to make sure I'm not going to get bored of the track. So normally I wait at least two/three weeks before I cut something, whether it's my music or music I've been sent. Dub plates are too expensive to cut if I’m not going to play them for at least six months or longer.

What’s the hottest dub in your box right now?

This is a tough question. Really tough. It's between 'Rockers' by V.I.V.E.K, 'Sinker' by Goth-Trad or 'Bass Drum Version' by me. I play all of those every set. They always, always get a positive reaction in clubs. I can't choose between them.

What is your favourite format of dub? Why?

10" vinyl dub plates are my favourite format. 10" because of the price and I find they sound just as good as 12"s, and vinyl because I can't stand skips. Acetates are way too bumpy for me, especially with cueing. Not to mention the weight difference which helps when it comes to certain airlines (*cough* Ryanair).

Whose dubs are you cutting mostly?

To be honest, mostly my own as I'm trying to play 75% my own music in my sets. But I have recently cut music by District, V.I.V.E.K, Goth-Trad, Brunks, DJ Madd and Kloudmen.

What new producers are you into at the moment?

Kloudmen, definitely. They're from Belgium. I just cut something new by them called 'Abduction'. It's really dark, minimal. I love it.

Who is the most groundbreaking producer at the moment?

I can't name one producer as there are too many people making incredible music. Too many. Watch these labels; Deep Medi Musik, Lion Charge, ZamZam Sounds.

What releases have you got coming out next?

I've got a Lion Charge 12", a Deep Medi 12", a ZamZam Sounds 7" and a new Killa Sound 10" on the way. Hopefully they'll all make it out this year.

What about your own label? How is it running a vinyl label in 2015?

I love it. It's great. The last record I released was really well received. It sold out quickly. Vinyl is really healthy at the moment. People are starting to move back to records, they're appreciating having a physical product that time and effort has gone into producing, mastering, manufacturing and distributing. You don't get that with a digital product. Like V.I.V.E.K said "Vinyl's like life, it's hard work, but it's real".

You seem to be aiming for a purist dubstep sound, but at the same time, you have remixed some pretty unlikely tracks. What is your thinking behind that?

I make a lot of different types of music as I'm sure all producers do. Mainly what people hear me play is Dubstep and mainly the tracks I release are Dubstep, but as you say I've ventured out and experimented here and there. For example I did what I'd call an almost Techno-style mix of Insomnia by Faithless and I did a ‘Dub’ version of Exodus by Bob Marley. Originally I made them both just as exclusive intro tunes for my sets but they got a really good response so I decided to release them.

Coming from a small town was it hard to break into the scene?

Well, I moved to Manchester four years ago and everything began to happen at that point when I was meeting new people, meeting promoters and beginning to share my music. Before I moved nothing was happening there in my hometown and even though I ran a club night that drew in decent numbers, only half of the people really got deep into the music and cared about what was being played. Whilst the others where either just supporting me as a friend or just wanted to party. It's all about cities if you want to break through as an artist. You need to be where things are happening to meet like-minded people and share your art and grow from there.

How is the scene locally? What’s it like pushing your particular sound in Manchester?

Dubstep has slowed down in Manchester, as it has everywhere, now that the commercial hype has been and gone. One of the main nights that was pushing Dubstep doesn't anymore. They're booking more Drum & Bass, Hiphop and Bass/House now. We still have one strong regular Dubstep-only night called Just Skank who I'm a resident for. They had a Chestplate label takeover last month with Tunnidge, Distance and Cyrus and they have J:Kenzo, Youngsta and myself this month too. Those nights nearly always sell out too so the hunger for the music is definitely still present.

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How it All Works

  • Turnaround varies depending on how busy we are, and what sort of dub or mastering service you have ordered. At the moment, our turnaround is:

    • Regular dubs: 1 week
    • Nice Price dubs: 2-3 weeks
    • Mastering: about a week
  • The ordering system calculates the shipping cost for each order based on the weight and destination of the parcel. We ship most of our small parcels using Royal Mail, but sometimes larger orders are shipped using Parcel Force or UPS.

    As soon as we have prepared the packaging, we send the reference number to you. Then once the order has been completed and the parcel has been sent, you can use the reference number here.

  • Prices start from just £29 for a 7 inch vinyl single, and you can get your dubs even cheaper if you order online (see more prices). Prices vary depending on track count and layout, and we also offer an express service and some great nice-price deals.

    LayoutList PriceOrder OnlineTracks per side*Tracks per dub*Playing time (approx.)
    7" single £29 £24 1 2 2-4 min. per side
    10" single £35 £29 1 2 6-7 min. per side
    12" single £45 £34 1 2 8-9 min. per side
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  • Track times vary depending on the size and layout of the disc, and also the speed and loudness of the recording. The following table is just a rough guideline for the most common types of dub. See more info on track times here.

    Approx. Times (per side)7 inch10 inch12 inchSpeedLoudness
    LP n/a n/a 15-20 min 33 rpm normal
    EP n/a 8-10 min 10-15 min 45 rpm louder
    Single 2-4 min 6-7 min 8-9 min 45 rpm loudest
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Dub Studio Blog

Over the years we have had some amazingly talented people passing through the studio, and we thought there was no better way to document the work we do than talking to the people we do the work for!

DJ Joker, Pinch, Rob Smith (AKA RSD), Cyantific, Danny Byrd, Chris Goldfinger... just some of the artists we have interviewed since we started back in 2003.

Plus we have some great sound engineering advice in our Top Tips section, and some exclusive artist mixes on the way.

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