by Tom Fine

In the Allen Sides interview in issue #106 of Tape Op, Allen mentioned owning a few Church mics and loving their sound. There's an interesting backstory to that microphone that I would like to...


Temples: UK Psyche Pop

by Alex Maiolo

Psych Pop has been enjoying a healthy resurgence. The loudest shots from the latest wave were fired by Tame Impala when they released Innerspeaker in 2010, soon becoming one of the biggest...

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Gear Geeking

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...


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Model 14B tube compressor

by Locomotive Audio  |  reviewed by Jesse Lauter

The AES Convention is one of the more entertaining and overwhelming events in our little universe of audio. I flew out to Los Angeles for the conference this past October and walked the convention...

Colour Box preamp/EQ pedal

by JHS Pedals  |  reviewed by Chris Koltay

The use of effect pedals at the mixing board is by no means a new thing. I remember studio owners thinking I was crazy in the '90s when I patched in a SansAmp Bass Driver DI or BOSS DM-2 Delay pedal...

CA-286 mic preamp

by Coil Audio  |  reviewed by Brad Williams

21st century perspective reveals that, in many ways, the advancement of recording technology has been chronologically non-linear. Rather than a tidy progression from primitive-to-sophisticated, we...

SONAR Platinum

by Cakewalk  |  reviewed by Alan Tubbs

The new SONAR that replaces SONAR X3 will be the last one ever — no more numbered editions according to Cakewalk. But that doesn't mean that this is the last release you'll ever need....

Splice MKII FET compressor

by Serpent Audio  |  reviewed by Dave Cerminara

The Splice MKII is an 1176-style FET compressor in a 2RU-height rackmount chassis. The original Splice, which is no longer available, was a 500-series module. The roomier faceplate of the MKII...

Electronics Concepts, Labs, & Projects

by Alden Hackmann  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Just nod your head and pretend like you know what they're talking about. "Of course it's the op amp, not the power supply!" But you really have no idea what they're talking about, do you? If you're...

H9 Harmonizer

by Eventide  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

At first glance, the H9 Harmonizer can be easily mistaken for a fancy guitar pedal adorned with pretty LEDs. Upon further study, it becomes clear that the H9 is so much more than a stompbox. It's hard...

VT1000 vacuum tube tester

by Orange Amplification  |  reviewed by Steve Silverstein

Several pieces of gear in my studio experienced vacuum tube failures. After I found myself spending money for maintenance and parts, I realized that I would benefit from learning more about tubes and...


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