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Nov. 17, 2020

Interviews

Jacquire King

by Geoff Stanfield

I first met Jacquire King in 1997 at Toast Studios in San Francisco when he was the second engineer on my band's record [Black Lab's Your Body Above Me], produced by David Bianco [Tape Op #104]. I...

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SixTen Monitor System

by Atomic Instrument  |  reviewed by Adam J. Monk

Occasionally, a piece of gear comes along that impresses me enough to reach out to Tape Op and make an effort to write a review. The Atomic SixTens have done just that. Founded in 2014 by Norman...

023 Bomblet FET Mic

by Soyuz  |  reviewed by Chris Koltay

Russian-made mics have been a healthy part of my recording life since the mid-'90s. Back in the days when the local six-string retail chain had an excess of Oktava mics and managers were armed with...

BT-Pro V2 Bluetooth Direct Box

by Radial Engineering  |  reviewed by Tom Fine

Radial Engineering, of Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, has built its business by designing clever solutions for stage and studio, including an extensive line of direct boxes. The BT-Pro V2 is their...

Electric Consumption Monitor

by Sense  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Every electrical device has a power consumption signature. If your service is a split-phase 120/240 V residential panel up to 200 A (and many studios are), a Sense is compatible. About the size of a...

AudioFuse Studio USB-C Interface

by Arturia  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Manufacturers are still pumping out recording interfaces during this global pandemic, but self-imposed isolation has many of us contemplating and planning how we might best move forward with audio...

ROOMS Stereo Reverberator

by Death By Audio  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

In Tape Op #104 we chatted with the fabulous Oliver Ackermann from the band A Place to Bury Strangers and the head of Death By Audio. His Death By Audio still makes some of the best stompboxes out...

Parallel Aggressor Plug-In

by BABY Audio  |  reviewed by Mike Kosacek

BABY Audio's new Parallel Aggressor combines elements of some of their other plug-ins to add punch or weight to a track or mix. But this isn't simply a straight rehash. According to the company, the...

Spectre Enhancer Plug-In

by Wavesfactory  |  reviewed by Dave Hidek

Wavesfactory's Spectre is a unique take on a saturation plug-in, coupling powerful distortion profiles with the familiarity of a parametric EQ. The thought is that you can add distortion or saturation...

Apollo Solo Interface

by Universal Audio  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Universal Audio has a reasonably broad audio interface offering within the Apollo range, including the Apollo Twin X and Apollo x4 series [Tape Op #136], which have been marketed as the "desktop"...

Comp II Two-Channel Compressor

by Daking  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Through my (now Virtual) Recording Workshops, I've spent a lot of time advising home recordists on how to track and mix for better results. One of the equipment choices I urge is to have an actual,...

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