Mew: Copenhagen's Finest

by Alex Maiolo

Formed 20 years ago in a suburb of Copenhagen, Mew was first in a wave of indie bands to come out of Denmark. While their earliest recordings may hint at more challenging music to come, nobody could...

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Aug. 14, 2015


All About Wall Warts

by Garrett Haines

I was reading a review in another recording magazine in which the writer opened up complaining about a device's external wall wart power supply. He went on and on about how irritating wall warts...


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Gear Geeking

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...


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ADR Compex F760X-RS dynamics processor

by Q2 Audio  |  reviewed by Chris Koltay

I've been thinking a lot lately about how we evolve as engineers, and in a way, it's my favorite part of the job. You wake up one day and realize you are doing something totally differently, like the...

U 47 fet condenser mic (reissue)

by Neumann  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

The U 47 fet reissue from Neumann is a faithful recreation of the solid-state version of the U 47 manufactured from 1972 to 1986. It has a fixed cardioid polar pattern and employs a K 47 capsule and...

StereoMonoizer software

by Soundizers  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

One of my biggest frustrations as a mixer is importing audio files from a client and finding 160 stereo audio tracks have been created in my DAW. Most of the time, I'll figure out that the bulk of the...

Two18 studio monitors

by Amphion Loudspeakers  |  reviewed by Tom Fine

A few months ago, I took on a project that pushed me into the dreaded realm of needing new studio monitors. After about ten years of using a pair of Behringer Truth B2031A passive monitors (don't turn...

Cassette tape splicing block

by RG-Recording  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Many of us remember the days of cassette-based 4-track machines. Likewise, we can recall the days of receiving mixtapes on actual cassette tapes, not over email. I have found that the problem with...

SM9 active studio monitor

by Focal Professional  |  reviewed by Eli Crews

The quest for the right studio monitor can be long and frustrating. Or, the first pair you audition can instantly become the pair you know and trust, allowing you to do your best work right from the...

Lineage 8-channel mic preamp

by Harrison  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

I haven't spent any time on a Harrison console, but I do know that many important albums and films were recorded or mixed on Harrison consoles over the decades, and company founder Dave Harrison...

ATH-R70x open-back reference headphone

by Audio-Technica  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

I love this new model from Audio-Technica's growing line of professional studio headphones. It features open-back earcups housing proprietary 45 mm drivers, and a unique headband with spring-loaded...


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