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My Confession

by Larry Crane

Here's my ultimate confession: I'm finally getting knee deep in the world of digital recording. Yeah, I put it off for years, not wanting to have to learn about different platforms, hardware,...


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Holier Grail digital reverb pedal

by Electro-Harmonix  |  reviewed by Pete Weiss

I had tried a friend's EH Holy Grail pedal and was surprised at how realistic the spring reverb setting sounded through a guitar amp. Great pedal to have, especially if you're using a reverb-less amp....

ATR 700 2-track recorder

by Ampex  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I've had this deck for over 15 years, but it was only after hearing the archiving panel and Steve Albini at TapeOpCon2002 along with reading the article on IEC alignment in Tape Op # 29, did I drag it...

Mercury 1-12 Class-A guitar amplifier

by Carr Amplifiers  |  reviewed by Geoff Farina

The most noticeable aspect of the Mercury's pristine AC30-like tone is its focused low-end. This Deluxe-sized amplifier delivers a uniquely powerful and clear bottom even at low volumes. When run...

Cables, connectors, etc.

by Planet Waves  |  reviewed by Pete Weiss

It's a nice story. A few years ago Planet Waves was a modestly successful company that made good-looking guitar straps. Then the J. D'Addario string company acquired it. Instead of being chewed up and...


by RØDE  |  reviewed by David Barbe

The Rode NT1-A is another entry into the ever-growing field of affordable large-diaphragm condenser mics. It lists for $349, but I found $199 to be the common street price on the internet. Like others...

Bass PODxt

by Line 6  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I have to state right off the bat that I really like the Line 6 effects modelers and use them all the time in the studio, but I don't really like their flagship product, the POD, for guitar tones. The...

Classic Console EQs

by URS Plug-Ins  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

As digital audio gets more affordable and more people enter the world of digital recording, more and more people will never know the world of analog audio and only experience it through software...

Debrox Earwax Removal Aid

by GlaxoSmithKline  |  reviewed by Steve Silverstein

A doctor informed me that my ears had an unusual build-up of earwax. I have no idea if frequently wearing earplugs or even allergies might have contributed to this problem, and my doctor did not...

NYS-SPP-L 1/4?? patchbay

by Neutrik  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Because I started my studio on a tiny budget and without much professional experience, I never considered installing a TT (tiny telephone) patchbay, though sometimes I wish I had! Instead, I have 14...

M1290 microphone, M1244 microphone

by Audix  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

The Micros series from Audix are billed as the "world's smallest condenser microphones with integrated preamp and detachable cable." There are several variations on these small-diaphragm electret...


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Letting Go of Strings

by Gina Noëll | reviewed by Larry Crane

Gina's pal, Michael Cubbon, recorded this self-released dreamy pop record at their Dithering Heights home studio on Cubase VST32 v5.1 on a P4- 2.4 desktop computer loaded with two UAD-1 cards. Drum...

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Let It Be ...Naked

by The Beatles | reviewed by Larry Crane

An unfortunate title, this isn't the fabled Glyn Johns' version of Let It Be, but instead it is a new beast, mixed and produced at Abbey Road by Paul Hicks, Guy Massey and Allan Rouse. Songs were...

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Never Trust a Hippy

by Adrian Sherwood | reviewed by Larry Crane

Adrian, for years, has been the brains behind the Dub Syndicate "band" and On-U Sound label in the UK, but here is his first "solo" record. Are you looking for the future of rhythms, dub and studio...

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Foundation Rockers

by Twilight Circus Dub Sound System | reviewed by Larry Crane

You might remember Ryan Moore (the genius behind TCDSS) from issue #26. Here he breaks his formula of instrumental dub by building up tracks then bringing a portable recording rig around to some major...

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Rocket Redux

by Rocket From The Tombs | reviewed by Larry Crane

RFTT were a seminal Cleveland band that spawned Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys. Now they have (maybe briefly) banded back together for some touring and such, with Television's Richard Lloyd replacing the...

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Whale Rider

by Lisa Gerrard | reviewed by Larry Crane

This is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, which I haven't yet seen. I have to admit I've been a fan of Lisa's since I first heard her in Dead Can Dance 20 years ago. Her music is dreamy...

Music Reviews


by Trans Am | reviewed by Larry Crane

We interviewed these crazy boys in issue #25 about their National Recording Studio. In the world of Trans Am robots rock and New Order could have been a punk band. Political snippets get blended into...

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Sixteen Ssongs

by Don Zientara | reviewed by Larry Crane

Don is better known as the man behind Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA, and the guy that's produced many cool records for Fugazi, their Dischord Label, and many others (see interview in the Tape Op...

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Stumble Into Grace

by Emmylou Harris | reviewed by Larry Crane

Emmylou continues her collaborations with producer Malcolm Burn while delving further into her own songwriting. The record is sparse where it needs to be and is a beautiful listen. Dueling left/right...