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Negative Creeping

by Larry Crane

Last year I met up for beers with an audio engineer who was passing through town while doing front of house for a well-known artist on a sold out tour. While we were chatting about life and audio, he...


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Stinger mic & instrument preamp

by Aurora Audio  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Though I can't remember ever having used any Aurora Audio gear, I have heard of Geoff Tanner, the brilliant tech who left Neve to pursue his own Class A preamp designs. Fellow friend and engineer...

MPDI-4 mic preamp/DI

by UnderTone Audio  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

UnderTone Audio (UTA) is a relative newcomer to the world of boutique gear, the brainchild of producer/engineer Eric Valentine and electronic designer Larry Jasper, both mad geniuses in their own...

Mini K47 condenser mic

by Roswell Pro Audio  |  reviewed by Tony SanFilippo

I received an email from Matt McGlynn of, asking if I'd like to try the mic his new company was releasing. I am never going to say "No" to a new mic. A week or so later, a pair of...

Micro Clock MkIII

by Black Lion Audio  |  reviewed by Allen Farmelo

I've writing about clocks in Tape Op for close to ten years now, and I can sum up my opinion on the often-ridiculously-touchy subject like this: Clocks matter. They make a difference in sound; and...

Real Reverb D

by Demeter  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Back in 2001, I reviewed the Demeter RV-1 Real Spring Reverb. I'm a big fan of electromechanical, non-digital, spatial effects — plates, springs, tape delays, and bucket-brigade delays rule my...

N8 active ribbon mic

by AEA  |  reviewed by Chris Koltay

One of the many things I love about owning a studio and making records is the bonding we do with our clients during the intense collaborations we call record-making. I've been extremely fortunate...

The Rock MkII active monitors

by Unity Audio  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

Studio reference monitors. There is no definitive design or one size that fits all. Level of listening experience, room size/shape, speaker location, two-way, three-way, coaxial, ribbon, paper,...


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Instrumentals 2015

by Flying Saucer Attack | reviewed by Larry Crane

Dave Pearce's first album in 15 years consists of processed electric guitar performances recorded at home, live to tape and CD-R. Textures abound, sometimes jarring or noisy, but more often sedate and...

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Songs To Play

by Robert Forster | reviewed by Larry Crane

Unlike the late Grant McLennan, his former partner in the Go-Betweens, Robert Forster [Tape Op #14], has never been the most prolific of songwriters. But for us dedicated fans of his unique work,...