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March 15, 2004


Fran Manzella: Studio Designer

by Jeff Touzeau

Fran Manzella, designer of East Hill Studios, Masterdisk, Sterling Sound, Stratosphere Studios and many, many others, learned studio design through his inquisitive nature and determination to...


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Taking Initiative

by Larry Crane

"I'm currently a junior in high school, and I have a lot of interest in recording and how a studio and the equipment in a studio works — I'd even like to open my own studio one day. There's only...


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by Professor Television  |  reviewed by Pete Weiss

Theremins. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. On the one hand, they're just ridiculously difficult to play in a musical way. On the other, as far as crazy noisemakers go, their cool-quotient...

Bluebird Microphone

by Blue  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I'll be right up front about the fact that I really like Blue mics. I own four of their mics and they all sound great -I mean good enough to stand next to vintage mics costing six times more- and they...

633A ?Salt Shaker? mic

by Altec  |  reviewed by Chris Garges

The Altec/Western Electric 633A is the classic microphone known as the "Salt Shaker," so named for its small cylindrical body with rounded edges and series of small holes across the top. It's an...

Voice Changer

by Power Gear  |  reviewed by Chris Garges

Whenever I get the chance, I like to cruise through toy stores to see what kind of oddball noise makers or noise manipulators I can find. During a recent hunt, I ran across what looked like a...

ISA 428 A/D option card

by Focusrite  |  reviewed by Scott Craggs

While I gave the mic preamps in the Focusrite ISA 428 a favorable review back in Tape Op #38, I wasn't able to check out the optional, eight-channel, 192k-capable A/D converter in time for that issue,...

PowerRack G4 rackmount chassis

by Marathon Computer  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

The enclosures for the various Mac G4 desktops- sure they're easy on the eyes, easy to pick up, and easy to open... but adding anything other than DIMM's and PCI cards is a hassle... and the cases are...

PR-20 Microphone

by Heil Sound  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Open letter to Jon Brion: At last year's TapeOpCon in Portland, OR, when asked what piece of gear you hate the most, you responded by saying that you hate the Shure SM57. "Why do we have to always use...

Model 3805 Karaoke Machine

by Fisher-Price  |  reviewed by Chris Garges

Another "toy hunt" led me to what has become one of my personal favorites: A 1984 Fisher-Price model 3805 Karaoke machine. This little eBay wonder cost me $9.99 plus shipping. This 6'' x 8'' x 2'' box...

Rosetta 800 A/D/A converter

by Apogee Digital  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

It's hard to write "reviews" of digital gear. First off, since there are so many specs it seems like half the review is repeating this info off the brochure. Second of all, depending on the...