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Don't Give Up

by Larry Crane

I'm in front of the console, about one hour into a mixing session with a new client in attendance.  I've got too much on my mind, an issue of the magazine to write and edit, gear to upgrade...

Gear Geeking

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...


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Mogaine ribbon mic pre-preamp

by Crimson Audio Transformers  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Many of us love ribbon mics. Arguably, they can be the best option for some sources. But even fans know how low the output level of ribbons can be. Active ribbon mics have appeared in recent years,...

X-15 stereo ribbon mic

by Cascade Microphones  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

The first ribbon microphone was co-invented by Walter H. Schottky and Erwin Gerlach in the 1920s, but the first "broadcast quality" ribbon mics were designed by Dr. Harry F. Olson for RCA. Prototypes...

Elements 500-series mic preamps

by Hairball Audio  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Seattle's DIY Wizards are at it again — this time with more preamps taking advantage of the 500-series format. The Elements line-up of preamps includes four models: Gold, Copper, Bronze, and...