Enrique Tena Padilla

by John Dwyer

I met Enrique Tena Padilla when he, along with Eric Bauer, engineered, produced, and mixed the last two Oh Sees records (Orc and Smote Reverser) at Sonic Ranch [Tape Op #94], outside of El Paso,...

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Tough Love

by Larry Crane

Is there a fine line between naive encouragement and pessimistic, dour warnings of possible failure? (i.e. "Just do it! DIY!" vs. "Give up. It's impossible.") Over twenty years ago I was making plans...

Gear Geeking

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

For almost two decades now, a crucial component of my cross-platform file-sharing and backup strategies in my home and personal studio has been Network Attached Storage (NAS). My first NAS appliance...


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Emperor 500 Series Limiter

by Looptrotter  |  reviewed by Scott Evans

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to travel to Copenhagen to record an LP for the awesome band Town Portal. It was easily the best audio experience of my life, and, as a bonus, our basic tracks...

Arcade Loop Synthesizer Plug-In

by Output  |  reviewed by Will Severin

Arcade is a new cloud-based software instrument from Output that offers an ever-expanding subscription-based loop synthesizer, while also allowing you to use your own loops. The plug-in can be used...

510 Transwarmer

by Kludge Audio  |  reviewed by Justin Mantooth

Digital processing has come a long way. Within the modern DAW there are a plethora of tools that replicate our favorite real world classic gear, yet many engineers still reach for actual analog...

Hum Debugger / Hum Eliminator Pedal

by Electro-Harmonix  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

You all know the scenario. You're in the studio, the guitarist is getting sounds, and even though they may have a great tone, as a recording engineer all you hear is the obnoxious buzzing hum from...

Special Edition 2x6 I/O Module

by Apogee Digital  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

The new Special Edition 2×6 I/O Module for Symphony I/O Mk II offers the highest quality AD/DA in the Symphony line. The module can be added to existing Symphony Mk II audio interfaces [Tape Op...

Temblor T10 Subwoofer

by PreSonus  |  reviewed by Brandon Miller

I've run expensive professional studios, visited many friends' small home project studios, and at home I have what you might loosely call a studio. I've heard incredible music produced in home...

12-251 Mic Kit & VPS1 Power Supply Kit

by Micparts  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

Micparts is a DIY microphone mod/build company started by Matthew McGlynn, of the wonderful microphone resource website and Roswell Pro Audio. Matt started Micparts a few years ago...

500DT Dual Topology Preamp

by LaChapell Audio  |  reviewed by Dave Hidek

LaChapell's boutique tube preamps have earned a reputation for being some of the best around, so when they announced their ultra-affordable 500DT preamp earlier this year, my interest was piqued. The...

17455 Mini Drop Boom

by Ultimate Support  |  reviewed by Scott Evans

Andy reviewed the Ultimate MC-125, a tall boom stand, in Tape Op #91. He was right - they're great stands. Sharkbite Studios in Oakland has six or eight different big mic stands, and the only one...

Seventeen Compressor

by Black Lion Audio  |  reviewed by Kevin Friedrichsen

What!? Another Universal Audio 1176 clone? Well, not exactly. Black Lion Audio has been modifying entry-level gear [Tape Op #48], into top-notch studio grade equipment, while building outboard gear -...

Room Kit Package #2

by GIK Acoustics  |  reviewed by Gus Berry

After two grueling months of learning how to pour concrete, run electrical wire, frame walls, and hang sheetrock, I have just finished transforming my detached garage into a mixing suite. The end...

T5V & T7V Monitors

by ADAM Audio  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

Some of the best money spent on your studio is in your playback. Invest some of your hard-earned cash on a good monitoring setup, and your mixes and production choices will improve dramatically. ADAM...

Synchronize! Pro X Software

by Qdea  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Years ago I was wandering around London with several recording engineer/journalist types, when I made an offhand complaint about the interminable wait I was going through during hard drive backups at...

OX Amp Top Box

by Universal Audio  |  reviewed by Kevin Friedrichsen

My experience with Universal Audio's Ox Amp Top Box definitely cleared up any misconceptions or doubts I'd had about this device. More than just a reactive load box, power attenuator, and guitar...

Ocean Way Studios Plug-In

by Universal Audio  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

Universal Audio's Ocean Way Studios for their UAD platform is a room emulation; this is the most basic fact when trying to describe the plug-in. But this simple description does a huge disservice to...