Adrian Sherwood: Pay It All Back

by Larry Crane

I remember the first time I heard the Dub Syndicate album, Tunesfrom the Missing Channel, in 1984. I was used to reggae being somethingearthy and warm, but here was a record that sizzled and popped...

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Kyle Crane: Bigger Achievements

by Dave Middleton

I first met Kyle Crane at the airport in Austin before a barrage of SXSW showcases in 2012, when the band I was playing with flew him in from L.A. to be our drummer for the week. Eight years later,...


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Journey Into Dub

by Geoff Stanfield

Lee "Scratch" Perry The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, 2019. by GS. Our heroes are flawed. Our gods will let us down. But there is no substitute for music that resonates with the soul when the listener...

Gear Geeking

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

In 2014, I wrote about Li-ion batteries and brushless motors revolutionizing the cordless power tool industry, and I mentioned a few of my favorite tools from Bosch, Ryobi, and Milwaukee [Tape Op...


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560EQ 500 Series Inductor EQ

by Chameleon Labs  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Chameleon Labs has been around since the early 2000s, when they made their mark with their popular inexpensive British-style mic preamp and EQ, the 7602 [Tape Op #51]. John Baccigaluppi reported in...


by Solid State Logic  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

Ten plus years ago I was the proud owner of a Neve 5104 console. I admit, it's a far cry from a vintage Neve sporting 1073 modules, but it's what I could afford at the time and I liked its sound. But...

Pro Metronome App

by EUMLab  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Not everyone needs a click track, but even the best of musicians can struggle at slower tempos on a Tuesday morning in an unfamiliar environment with headphones strapped on. If the band is tight, I...

UR22C USB 3 Interface

by Steinberg  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

A few weeks ago at the airport, I noticed a Best Buy vending machine ready to dispense various electronic goodies like laptop chargers, headphones, lightning cables, and an audio interface. I'm sure...

True Iron Plug-In

by Kazrog  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

I'm sure you've read countless interviews and reviews in Tape Op mentioning how analog gear can impart "depth," "weight," "sheen," or that elusive "glue" to a track or a mix. Much of the time, these...

AudioFuse 8Pre Interface

by Arturia  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Arturia expands its AudioFuse line of USB audio interfaces with the 8Pre, a versatile single rack space unit eight input preamp/audio interface that has up to eight channels of ADAT I/O, plus USB-C...

FX80 Coaxial Powered Monitors

by Fluid Audio  |  reviewed by Mike Kosacek

I've been using the same nearfield studio monitors for almost ten years now. My main pair is no longer in production, and my alternate pair is from a company that shut down – and I've been...

BG-1 Stereo "Re-Issue" Compressor

by Highland Dynamics  |  reviewed by Brian Bender

I first met Bryce Gonzales about five years ago through our mutual friend and pillar of the Los Angeles music community, Jonathan Larroquette. Jonathan is a longtime manager, fixer, and fixture at...

Pedal Crush (Book)

by Kim Bjorn & Scott Harper  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

This book, subtitled Stompbox Effects for Creative Music Making, is a welcome guide to how the conversation around instrument pedals and recording has evolved over the past few years, especially with...

RMX16 500 Series Digital Reverb

by AMS Neve  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

The decade that had the most impact on my musical growth and development was the '80s; it was a ripe and fertile time for new recording technologies and techniques. Many artists seemed quite intent on...

Acoustic Foam Panels

by GIK Acoustics  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

GIK Acoustics is known for its beautiful, effective, professional room treatment solutions, so you may be asking why an acoustics manufacturer of their stature would bother to offer foam panels at...

Satin Plug-In

by u-he  |  reviewed by Vince Chiarito

u-he's Satin is a "tape simulation" plug-in unlike any other that I have used. It's not an exhaustive emulation of a specific analog machine, nor is it a simplified saturation box. Instead, Satin aims...

MC77 FET Limiting Amplifier

by Purple Audio  |  reviewed by Scott Evans

Andrew Roberts started Purple Audio and came out with the MC76 limiting amplifier in 1997. Informed by Andrew's years as a tech, the MC76 implemented the classic UREI 1176 Revision E compression...