Jamie Lidell: Electro-Soul

by Larry Crane

British-born, Nashville-living Jamie Lidell is a singer, beatboxer, recordist, producer, engineer, songwriter, code writer, husband, and father. He has collaborated with Beck, Cristian Vogel (as Super...

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New Danger: Tulips by Maston

by John Phillips

Maston is the project of L.A.-based composer multi-instrumentalist Frank Maston, who also runs the studio and label, Phonoscope. I met Frank backstage at a Jacco Gardner [Tape Op #109] concert in July...

Jan. 17, 2019



by Larry Crane

SoundBetter Founders Shachar Gilad (Left) and Itamar Yunger (Right). In 2013 I met up with Shachar Gilad, the founder of SoundBetter, to talk about the new business he'd started, connecting people...


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Gear Geeking

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Let’s talk tape. In 2015, I wrote about my favorite “sort of sticky” tapes for labeling and repairing things [Tape Op #107]. Recently, I needed to measure the diameter of a mic, so I...


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ER Series Musician Earplugs

by Sensaphonics  |  reviewed by Jonathan Saxon

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders "musicians face nearly four times greater risk of developing hearing loss than the rest of the public." If you haven't...

Level-Or MK2 Limiter

by Standard Audio  |  reviewed by Joseph Branciforte

Standard Audio, a California-based manufacturer specializing in 500 Series designs, has released an update of their much-loved Level-Or limiter/distortion processor. The original Level-Or [Tape Op...

SurferEQ2 Plug-In

by Sound Radix  |  reviewed by Gus Berry

These days, we are constantly updated with new product announcements consisting of plug-in emulations of old products. While this may be good for our ever-changing industry, it seems that truly...

The Hot Holder & The Cheese

by Austin DIY Ribbon Mic Company  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

From the Department of "where the heck has this been all my life!" comes thee soldering accessory from Austin DIY Ribbon Microphones. It's a purple block of dense silicon that can hold components in...

AMBEO Smart Headset

by Sennheiser/Apogee  |  reviewed by Scott McDowell

Apogee and Sennheiser teamed up to make a smart in-ear headset/microphone combo. As a proud owner, I was eager to find out of this magical hybrid beast lived up to its potential. First, what is it?...

Chroma 500 Series Preamp

by Louder Than Liftoff  |  reviewed by Justin Mantooth

When describing equipment we love, we often use words like "weight," "character," or "glue." Many would argue that the analog domain is where these adjectives thrive – I would have to agree. In...

HEDD Quantum

by Crane Song  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

There are pieces of studio gear that are essential and there are color or flavor machines that enhance, adding personality to your recordings or mixes. There are very few that are both, but the Crane...

MC7.1 Monitor Controller

by Drawmer  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

Back in "ye olde days," when control rooms were built around a console, monitor control was generally handled in the master/center section of the desk where one could switch between multiple sets of...

MaraTapeCal iOS App

by Mara Machines  |  reviewed by Jason Ribadeneyra

As both a refurbisher and seller of pro tape machines, the name Mara is synonymous with tape. When I saw they were entering the iOS app world with their Mara tape calibration program, I was both...

Microwave Cleaner

by Angry Mama  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

If you have a studio, you have a microwave – odds are the inside of which looks and smells like a truck stop toilet apocalypse (or a Hertz rental car return from Burning Man). Interns would...

MTP-66 Motown Tube Preamp

by Acme Audio  |  reviewed by Dave Hidek

Acme Audio has been hitting home runs for the last few years with their Motown D.I. [Tape Op #116] and Opticom XLA-series tube compressors [#86], so when the MTP-66 Motown tube preamp recently popped...

Transatlantic Plate Reverb Plug-In

by Rare Signals  |  reviewed by Pete Weiss

Plug-in reverbs sure are handy at times, but most mix engineers will admit that the majority of these plug-ins are more convenient than actually good-sounding. I find myself using certain plug-in...

500CS Channel Strip

by LaChapell Audio  |  reviewed by Scott McDowell

My studio in San Francisco is built around an Avid control surface instead of an analog console. Because of that, I rely exclusively on outboard to get sounds before I leave the "infinite sample rate"...

Veeam Agent for MS Windows

by Veeam  |  reviewed by Mike Kosacek

While reading Tape Op #128, I came upon Larry Crane's review of Qdea's Synchronize! Pro X backup software. About half way through I came upon the dreaded phrase "for Mac OS only." No worries! I'm a...

Colares Vocal Condenser Mic

by Roswell Pro Audio  |  reviewed by Eli Crews, Adam Kagan

As engineers and studio owners, we all get excited (and check our cashflow) when a new microphone design hits the streets – especially when that microphone is built by an expert with a deep...

Multifan S4 USB Cooling Fan

by AC Infinity  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Along with failing solder joints and dust, overheating can be an equal opportunity menace to electronics. Previously, the solution for keeping the Mac mini, my UAD-2 Satellite [Tape Op #83], and a...

The Library Music Film

by Film  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

If you're not a crate digger, DJ, EDM track sampler, post production whiz, or music historian, you might not know what library music – also known as production or stock music – is, or why...