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by Larry Crane

I own Jackpot!, a recording studio in Portland, Oregon. There are many other recording studios in this town, including Kung Fu Bakery, Supernatural Sound, Smegma, Type Foundry, Dead Aunt Thelma's,...


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Sonic Orbit stereo matrix

by Peter Engh  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Elsewhere in this issue is my review of the Groove Tubes MS encoder, which was designed to be an M/S to L/R encoder for recording with Mid/Side microphones. The Sonic Orbit accomplishes the same task,...

H4 Handy Recorder

by Zoom  |  reviewed by Mark Weissburg

This latest entry into the portable recording market tries to be all things to all people. The H4 is first and foremost a lightweight, field stereo recorder. Its built-in electret condenser mics are...

Recording The Beatles

by Kevin Ryan & Brian Kehew  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Subtitled The Studio Equipment and Techniques Used to Create Their Classic Albums, this 540-page hardbound book arrives in a pseudo EMI tape box and is heavier than a 2" reel of tape. It has three...

R92 ribbon mic

by AEA  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

When I first pulled the R92 out of the box, I was shocked at how light it was. In fact, my first reaction was disappointment because I have such a strong association with heavy being better. Once I...

Reflexion Filter

by SE Electronics  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Here's something that all of us could use-acoustic treatment that's portable, adjustable, affordable, and extremely easy to set up and use. The Reflexion is an arc-shaped acoustic filter that...

Signal Buffer2

by Red Iron Amps  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

Love 'em or hate 'em, digital guitar amp simulators and modeler plug-ins have become a big part of our lives. While we all love the convenience and versatility of amp simulators, none of us feel...

Advanced Pro Tools DVD: Volume II

by Secrets of the Pros  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

This DVD pretty much saved my ass on a recent Pro Tools project that required way more editing than actual mixing. Let's start by saying that I'm not really a fan of PT, despite being an ex-employee...

Germanium Tone Control EQ

by Chandler Limited  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

If gear design were a sport, I'd be calling for steroid testing of Wade Goeke, as he seems to hit a home run every time he's at bat. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say his Germanium Tone...

TrackPlug 5 and MultiDynamics 5

by Wave Arts  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

In last issue's "Gear Geeking" column, I mentioned how producer and Tape Op contributor Thom Monahan (Devendra, Vetiver, The Pernice Brothers, The Capital Years, etc.) turned me on to the plug-ins...

PR40 large-diaphragm dynamic mic

by Heil Sound  |  reviewed by Inverse Room

While appearing on a couple of radio shows at two different studios, I found myself amazed by the sound of my voice through two well-known broadcast mics: the Shure SM7 and Sennheiser MD 421. I'm a...


by iZ Technology  |  reviewed by Tony SanFilippo

For my next project on the RADAR V, I recorded local artist Backseat Radio at 192 kHz. We multitracked "Throat", a guitar-driven pop tune with Wurlitzer, Syndrums, additional guitars, and vocals...

A27M stereo mic adapter

by Shure  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

All I want is a stereo mic adapter that's solid, flexible, and reliable. There are some expensive ones out there, but I want one I can count on for live work or rowdy punk bands. I was going through...

MS Mid/Side encoder

by Groove Tubes  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

This past summer, I helped mix Nedelle's latest home-recorded album at JB's Hangar Studios through his Neve broadcast console onto tape. On the morning of the first day, John strapped a Thermionic...

R14 ribbon mic

by Peluso Microphones  |  reviewed by Henry Robinett

I've learned to really respect John Peluso-designed microphones. John Peluso too. He's taken the plunge into ribbons with his brand new R14. He's not new to ribbon technology however. He's been...

Modified Oktava MK-219

by OktavaMod  |  reviewed by Joel Hamilton

Let me start this rant of a review by saying that endeavors like this one warm my recording heart. I love it when I meet someone that loves recording as much as I do, and in this case, the expression...

SE-Pre1 mic preamp

by Sage Electronics  |  reviewed by Mark Rubel

Phillip Victor Bova, along with his wife Janet Kirby and their son, Philip Shaw Bova, have a recording studio called Bova Sound in Ottawa, Canada, and their company Sage Electronics makes wonderful...

BOB-32 breakout box

by RME  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

This is one of those "why didn't they think of this sooner?" devices. If you use any type of DB25 connections-analog or digital-in your studio, you need to check out the BOB-32. Personally, I hate...