Greg Wells: Save The Song

by John Baccigaluppi

I first met Greg Wells over the phone in 2004 when we were both working on a Team Sleep record, a band put together by Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno. Chino and the guys in the band at the time (Todd...

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Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Joel Edinberg is a staff engineer at Q Division, one of the nicest studios in the Boston Area. He's also a gigging saxophonist, a music instructor, and the leader of gypsy-punk...


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A Life In Waves (film)

by Brett Whitcomb, director  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

One cannot mention Suzanne Ciani's name without following it up with the word "trailblazer." This documentary film follows Ciani as she creates a world that basically didn't exist before she came...

HA-872 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic

by Hammer Audio  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

As engineers and music producers, we have a special relationship with our microphones, as they are the lenses through which we hear the world. We desire a certain accurate sonic reproduction, but also...

Tube Mix 5-Channel Tube Mixer

by ART  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

It seems like most of us own or have owned a piece of ART gear at one time or another, and Tape Op has reviewed many of the company's recording products. The Tube Mix falls right in line with ART's...

TDP & TDA DI Boxes

by TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Who needs another DI box? A quick online search turns up dozens of models — from units under $20, to high-end tube DIs like the Tonecraft 363 [Tape Op #103] for $1,495. And now, TELEFUNKEN...

AudioFuse Desktop USB Interface

by Arturia  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Arturia has been building stellar hardware and software instruments for years now, and the AudioFuse is their first ingress into the competitive world of audio interfaces. I was a little uncertain at...

Shape 65 Active Monitor

by Focal Professional  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Buying speakers can be a daunting, deeply personal, and financially speculative venture. Many of us play the odds when choosing a playback system for our spaces. Perhaps we've demoed specific monitors...

DX-2 Dynamic Mic

by MXL  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Touted as "the world's first variable dual dynamic capsule microphone," this odd looking, half-cylindrical mic sports two phase-aligned dynamic mic elements, which are voiced differently, and a simple...

Physion Structural Effects Plug-In

by Eventide  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Way back in 1998, we interviewed Dan Rathbun [Tape Op #10]. One of his techniques for mixing was something he called "Split-Spectrum Compression." Simply put, this is the idea of using a crossover to...

U99 Large-Diaphragm Tube Mic

by Soundelux USA  |  reviewed by Thom Monahan

The boutique microphone landscape was very different 16 years ago, when I bought an original Soundelux Microphones U99 in 2001 — serial number 017. It was my first multipattern...

ATM230 Dynamic Mic

by Audio-Technica  |  reviewed by Scott McDowell

Audio-Technica has knocked it out of the park with this hypercardioid dynamic instrument mic. This is definitely my new go-to mic for toms and even kick drum. I tried out a three-pack of the ATM230 on...

S3V Active 3-Way Monitor

by ADAM Audio  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

German speaker manufacturer ADAM Audio recently introduced its S-series speakers, including the S2V, S3V, S3H, S5V, and S5H. These speakers represent the newest advances in technology from ADAM and...


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Music Reviews

All Melody

by Nils Frahm | reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

This is an album of beautifully composed, arranged and recorded chamber music mixing elements of electronic music with traditional orchestral instruments and arrangements but it's also a love letter...