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Sept. 15, 2005


Ethan Johns

by Larry Crane

An eye-catching and imposing centerpiece of Ethan Johns' studio is the unique wraparound console he inherited from his father, Glyn Johns. We sat marveling at the console and picked Ethan's brain...

Sept. 15, 2005


Analog Summing

by J.J. Wiesler

Recently, we've seen an influx of analog summing mixers on the pro audio scene. Products like the Dangerous Music 2-BUS, Chandler Limited Mini Rack Mixer, Audient Sumo, and Folcrom RMS216 are examples...

Sept. 15, 2005


Spring Reverb

by Garrett Haines

Plate reverbs, with their large tensioned metal plate and transducers, were one of the first electronic ambience simulators used in the recording studio. A variation on the plate reverb concept is the...


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LA-3A Audio Leveler (reissue)

by Universal Audio  |  reviewed by Craig Schumacher

Sound the trumpets; Universal Audio has done it again! With the reissue of the LA-3A, UA has brought back one of the best, solid-state, optical compressors ever built. Originally designed as a...

Lil FrEQ

by Empirical Labs  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Empirical Labs is a company that seems content to offer a few outstanding pieces of gear rather than a wide array of average products. You won't see them rushing to push out new devices every six...

Portico 5012 dual mic preamp

by Rupert Neve Designs  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

I'll start this review by reading your mind. I can tell you're thinking two questions. The answers are: the 5012 sounds great; and yes, you should buy one. If it's still at the introductory price of...

AT4031 cardioid condenser mic

by Audio-Technica  |  reviewed by Chris Garges

The discontinued AT4031 was an early microphone in Audio-Technica's extremely popular 40 Series. It is a small- diaphragm, end-firing microphone that was eventually replaced by the AT4041. It is...

Mini Rack Mixer

by Chandler Limited  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

A rack mixer wasn't initially on the Chandler design agenda, but designer Wade Goecke ("Behind the Gear," Tape Op # 46) got so many calls saying, "There are a lot of summing boxes out there, but I...

Active Snare Dampening System

by Remo  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

$25 bucks to a better snare sound right this way... A couple of months ago, I produced an album with Omar Hakim on drums, and he turned me on to the Remo Active Snare Dampening System. In most cases,...

Alphabet Soup

by Oz Music Code  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

I haven't had this much fun with audio software in a long time. Imagine an application window that displays a graphic representation of a computer keyboard. Onto each key you can drag-and-drop any...

PEQ1R New Revision ?A?

by Wunder Audio  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

I wrote a pretty positive review of the Wunder Audio PEQ1 preamp/EQ in Tape Op #41. At that time, the unit was available as either a replacement module for some vintage consoles or in a custom rack...

G5 Vertical Rackmount

by Redco Audio  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

I hate how the Mac G5 is too big to mount in a 19'' rack sideways unless you cut off its handles. And no one seems to make a rackmount case that you can fill with the parts of a gutted G5 like you can...

AT2020 cardioid condenser mic

by Audio-Technica  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

With inexpensive mics seemingly as common as guitar picks, one must ask, "Does the world need another cheap mic?" But after testing the AT2020, my answer is a resounding, "Yes!" Because the AT2020 is...

Pacifica 2-ch mic preamp

by A-Designs Audio  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

The Pacifica by A-Designs is a two-channel, solid-state, transformer-balanced mic preamp. Its front panel is simple-each channel has a DI input, phantom-power switch, 20 dB pad, polarity switch, and a...

Machinedrum SPS-1

by Elektron  |  reviewed by Inverse Room

Drum machines get a bad rap. And why not? Much of what comes out of them is sterile, repetitive, and mechanistic. In some cases, it's the machine's fault. Most of them aren't very versatile, pumping...