Steve Genewick: Carry That Torch

by Gus Berry

A few months back, I stumbled upon a documentary called The Art of Recording a Big Band [reviewed in Tape Op #118]. The film allows the audience an intimate experience of watching the late, great...

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July 13, 2022


Sound of Music’s John Morand

by James Toth

If the mark of a great recording studio is the versatility and breadth of its clientele, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than Richmond, Virginia’s Sound of Music. John...


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AL95 Ribbon Microphone

by SAMAR Audio Design  |  reviewed by Mike Kosacek

I love the sound of ribbon microphones, and I put one in front of a guitar amp nearly every time I record one. I ran across the Samar Audio Design AL95 online, and after reading about it, I had to...

Crystalline Reverb Plug-In

by BABY Audio  |  reviewed by Dave Hidek

BABY Audio is quickly developing a reputation for boiling plug-ins down to their essential components and reshaping them into concentrated, powerful production tools. With their newest release, a...

Really Good Rejects (film)

by Alice Gu (director)  |  reviewed by Gus Berry

Attention guitar nerds: A new documentary by Alice Gu premiered at SXSW this year that spotlights Reuben Cox, the man behind Old Style Guitar Shop in Los Angeles. Reuben is responsible for developing...

Blank Patch Bay Labels

by Trace Audio  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

If you have a single rack space 1/4-inch patchbay from the likes of dbx, Behringer, Samson, or Neutrik, you understand the challenge of marking things clearly. Nashville’s Trace Audio has an...

BiG SiX Mixer

by Solid State Logic  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

Solid State Logic, better known as SSL, boasts a four-decade history of producing leading products for commercial studios, broadcast facilities, and live sound. However, SSL has recently directed...

MS-Series Mic Slipcovers

by Mic Sentry  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

You know the scenario: You’ve mic’d up a whole band, did the first day of tracking, and are shutting down for the night, coming back tomorrow for more takes. There are over 25 microphones...

MagicVerb Reverb Plug-In

by DDMF/MagicDeathEye  |  reviewed by Dan Knobler

There is absolute magic contained in the plastered walls of classic studios’ echo chambers. I’ve been lucky enough to make many records at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, which has...

True Mid/Side Plug-In

by Raising Jake Studios  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Every stereo mix has a phantom center, or middle channel. This “mid,” includes any audio that is not panned (or recorded) exclusively to the right and left “side” channels, and...

Mic-Pre 4T 4-Channel Preamp

by Daking Audio  |  reviewed by Brendan Connors

I recently moved into a new control room, and because of this much of my gear, interface, monitoring, and general workflow changed drastically. My new mantra was to scale down the physical footprint...

520 De-Esser Dynamics Processor

by dbx  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

In our world of recording gear, there are plenty of “classics” when one thinks of compressors, mic preamps, or microphones. However, one particular piece of gear that usually isn’t...