Working Happy

by Justin Douglas

When I was an assistant engineer at a prominent studio – back when those two things existed – I worked a short stint with a well-known rock producer. After a long first day that featured...

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Nov. 21, 2019


Mark Hornsby: Serving the Song

by Jeff Touzeau

When you're young and picking a career, everyone always tells you to "do what you love." In the music industry however, sometimes such lofty platitudes aren't enough to pay the bills – even if...

Nov. 21, 2019


Jim Heath is Reverend Horton Heat

by Larry Crane

Reverend Horton Heat has been pushing the rockabilly envelope since 1985. Lead singer and guitarist Jim Heath is certainly the focal point, but his pal, Jimbo Wallace, has been slapping the upright...


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The Guessing Game

by Larry Crane

In issue #133 of Tape Op, I interviewed Andrew Scheps. "I take everything personally. I curl up in a ball," Andrew told me when we discussed dealing with mix revisions from clients. I've been...

Gear Geeking

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Ever since I reviewed a silent, ionizing air purifier almost 20years ago [Tape Op #25], I've received countless requests to recommend an air cleaner for studio use. Just last month, I was asked this...


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June-60 analog chorus pedal

by TC Electronic  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Anyone familiar with the iconic Roland Juno-6 or 60, will know and love the analog bucket brigade (BBD) chorus effect that is part of that instrument. Now that classic effect is available as part of a...

FlexBase25 Subwoofer System

by Amphion  |  reviewed by Lars Fox

If you really think about it, choosing studio monitors is strange – they shouldn't sound like anything. They need to be capable blank slates. We base most of our decisions on monitors, but if...

Livemix Personal Monitor System

by Digital Audio Labs  |  reviewed by Eli Crews

I reviewed the Aviom A320 & A360 Personal Mixer system [Tape Op #108] (quite glowingly) on these pages four years back, have been happily using that system ever since, and have been recommending...

Successor Stereo Bus Compressor

by Heritage Audio  |  reviewed by Eamonn Aiken

Admission: I was first drawn to Heritage Audio's new Successor stereo compressor because at first glance everything about it screams "Neve" – metal knobbed 33609 and 32264a models are among my...

Brush Panel

by Networx  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Many of you have run into this situation. You have audio cables that need to connect to jacks on the rear of gear and out to the front of a rack. I've drilled holes in blank panels, filed the sharp...

551 500 Series Inductor EQ

by Rupert Neve Designs  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

Ah, Neve EQ... the stuff dreams are made of. Famous for the 1073 and 1081. Fixed EQ points and basic controls. Warmth, silky smoothness, robust and solid lows. What if you could have all this in a...

FLEA 12 Tube Condenser Mic

by FLEA Microphones  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

We had this mic at Jackpot! Recording Studio for a while before I got a chance to try it out, so I dropped a line to our manager and Tape Op contributor, Gus Berry, to ask him what his impressions...

RedNet X2P Interface

by Focusrite Pro  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

If you've been to Focusrite's website lately, you may have noticed that under the "Products" navigation menu, there is a "Focusrite Pro" tab. This tab brings you to into the realm of their RedNet...

Capitol Chambers Plug-In

by Universal Audio  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

The eight reverb chambers built under the parking lot of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles are some of the most highly revered, and closely guarded, environments for generating natural...

TF51 Tube Microphone

by Telefunken USA  |  reviewed by Brad Allen Williams

In any discussion of large-diaphragm tube condenser mics, five models seem to get mentioned more than all others combined: the Neumann U 47, U 67, and M 49, the AKG C12, and the Telefunken ELA M 251....

APB-16 Analog Processing Box

by McDSP  |  reviewed by Scott McDowell

The most remarkable thing about McDSP's APB-16 is just how simple it is to use. One of their ads says, "The Future is Here," and they're not wrong! It really feels like Colin McDowell and his team has...

Apogee Native FX Plug-Ins

by Apogee Digital  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Hey, look! Unique low-latency plug-ins from Apogee Digital, the same folks that have brought us such stellar hardware interfaces over the years. Though it may strike some as a late entry into a...