Gear Geeking

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Jan/Feb 2017

Gear Geeking  |  No. 117

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Over the years, I've replaced most of the incandescent bulbs in my home and in my studio with LEDs. The incandescents ranged from 35 W low-voltage halogens, to 60 W standard "Edisons", to 75 W...

Nov/Dec 2016

Gear Geeking  |  No. 116

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

My laptop is a mid-2014 Toshiba Portégé Z30t touchscreen "ultrabook" with an Intel Core i7 processor and a 512 GB SSD. It's plenty powerful enough to run Pro Tools and Cubase; but these...

Jul/Aug 2016

Gear Geeking  |  No. 114

Windows 10

by Andy Hong

The nascence of my music-technology career goes back to high school, when I wrote a 1-bit sampling drum-machine program for my Apple ][+, utilizing the computer's cassette-tape storage port as the A/D...

Jan/Feb 2016

Gear Geeking  |  No. 111

Audio Analysis Software

by Andy Hong

When I'm reviewing gear, audio analysis software like FuzzMeasure [this issue] gives me the ability to resolve differences in sound quality and consequently use objective language when conveying those...

Nov/Dec 2015

Gear Geeking  |  No. 110

An Ode to Ribbons

by Andy Hong

I can remember back in 2002, when I first joined the Tape Op team as Reviews Editor, ribbon mics were relatively rare, and even new ones, like the now ubiquitous Royer Labs R-12, weren't too often...

Jul/Aug 2015

Gear Geeking  |  No. 108

Gear Geeking #108

by Andy Hong

I've mentioned before that one of the goals of Tape Op Gear Reviews is to educate our readers. In other words, we strive to publish reviews that are just as informative about recording techniques as...

May/Jun 2015

Gear Geeking  |  No. 107

Gear Geeking #107

by Andy Hong

Let's talk about tape — not the kind that you record on, but the kind that's sticky. Or actually, the kind that's sort of sticky — tape that's used to mount, attach, or repair things, but...

Mar/Apr 2015

Gear Geeking  |  No. 106

Gear Geeking #106

by Andy Hong

Allen Farmelo has been writing Tape Op gear reviews for a decade. His reviews are always engaging, educational, and importantly, inspirational. Allen always seems to find an arc up to a concept,...

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