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Just Start Over

by Larry Crane

I remember a session, 17 years ago, with the band Quasi, for the album Field Studies. We'd tracked a song, "Birds." I thought the initial take was fine, and I believe we'd started overdubbing on it....

Gear Geeking

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...

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Great British Recording Studios (book)

by Howard Massey  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

I think a lot of Tape Op readers have been waiting years for a book like this. Howard Massey is the author of the Behind the Glass series and co-author of Geoff Emerick's Here, There and Everywhere...

DAW-specific Backlit Keyboard

by Editors Keys  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Last year, I was recording the upcoming album from Exit Verse (ex-members of Karate, Chisel, Brokeback) at MINBAL in Chicago. Most of the time, the band wanted to keep the lights off in the live room....

VTMP-2B Tube Preamp

by Demeter  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Name me any boutique, high-end, tube preamp that has been on the market for over 30 years. That's right, Demeter's VTMP is the only one that's been around that long. I remember using one in a local...

Lola Headphone

by Blue  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

In my review of the Blue Mo-Fi headphone [Tape Op #105] last year, I stated that it was the most innovative headphone I'd ever seen. Lola is the new, younger sibling of Mo-Fi. It shares the same...

AVAA C20 Active Bass Absorber

by PSI Audio  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

I don't know how many unicorns PSI Audio had to milk to fill up this 20'' tall box full of magic. Actually, it's not really a milk box; it's more like a wedge of Swiss cheese. Coincidentally, its...

WA-2A Tube Optical Compressor

by Warm Audio  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

Warm Audio continues to disrupt the pro audio world, this time with the WA-2A, a mono tube compressor based on the revered Teletronix LA-2A — a design that is now over 60 years old. The...

PhantomFocus eChair

by Carl Tatz Design  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Carl Tatz is an award-winning studio designer best known for his PhantomFocus System [Tape Op #82], a wholistic approach to optimizing all aspects of a monitoring system in order to achieve the best...

Trio6 Be Active Monitors

by Focal Professional  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

There are many important components of an audio chain. You save your pennies to get a nice mic, a new preamp, perhaps some different flavors of outboard gear; or if you work in-the-box, maybe you...

Stratus Broadband Ceiling Cloud

by Primacoustic  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

Primacoustic has been making high-quality sound-control products since 2000. I have owned a pair of Primacoustic Recoil Stabilizer speaker-isolation platforms [Tape Op #62] for many years now, and I...

ZAOR Studio Furniture

by Miza Griprack  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

ZAOR was founded in 2014 by Italian master piano-builder Michele Zullo. His company's product line of stylish, modular, studio furniture came to my attention just this year via Simon Côté...

535-LA 500-series Line Amp

by API  |  reviewed by Thom Monahan

The API 535-LA is a line-amp module based on the company's venerable 325 booster card. It utilizes the same AP2503 transformer, 2510 differential amp, and 2520 op-amp that have been the DNA building...

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