by John Baccigaluppi, Andy Hong

When John and I first started making plans to attend the May 2007 AES Show in Vienna, Austria, we talked about taking advantage of cheap intra-Europe flights and touring other countries. Having...

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Smells Clean: Is Clean: Chris Mara

by Chris Mara

We all have theories about the best way to do things in the studio, whether it be how to mic up a snare drum, or how to pull a great performance out of a singer who's having a bit of an off day....


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by Larry Crane

Over the years I've heard artists all tell me the same damn lies during the course of a session. Note that the people in question might just believe they are speaking the truth. It's some odd form of...


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Germanium Compressor

by Chandler Limited  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

The Chandler Germanium Compressor is yet another amazing piece from designer Wade Goeke, and "Chandler Germanium" continues to be synonymous with innovation. The Germanium Compressor is unlike any...


by Dangerous Music  |  reviewed by Thom Monahan

Hey kid, wanna make a record? Lord knows how you're going to do it. At home on a laptop, in some studio doing basics, probably to a computer, but maybe you're using tape. Your session changes...

GearBox Plug-in Gold Bundle

by Line 6  |  reviewed by

This is a plug-in bundle with a hardware front-end which doubles as a copy-protect dongle. As a plug-in suite for Mac OS X or WinXP, GearBox Gold is a home run! But, if you only want to use the...

M 88 dynamic mic

by Beyerdynamic  |  reviewed by Steve Silverstein

The M 88 is an easy microphone to overlook. It lacks the instantly-recognizable visual profile of its closest competitors, the Electro-Voice RE20/PL20 and the Shure SM7, and it cannot rival the RE20...

Green Glue

by Green Glue Co.  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

I wish I had known about this stuff years ago. It would have saved me time and money. It's a construction adhesive that turns regular drywall into one of the best sound-control building materials you...

K6 phantom-powered ribbon mic

by Karma Audio  |  reviewed by GH & Chris Moore

Karma is one of the newer microphone companies out there. They specialize in mics with unique sounds and designs at very affordable prices. We've been working with Karma on the beta versions of the K6...

Sub6 Be active subwoofer

by Focal  |  reviewed by Allen Farmelo

In Tape Op #60, I gave a glowing review of the Focal Solo6 Be studio monitors, and now I turn to the Sub6 Be, a mighty subwoofer especially designed for use with Focal's 6-range speakers. The Sub6...

High Speed Microphone Preamp

by Audio Upgrades  |  reviewed by Mike Jasper

Jim Williams has been making his Audio Upgrades High Speed Microphone Preamp since 1994, but largely on the down low-no advertising, no reviews, just a page on his website. The first...

XLogic Alpha Channel

by Solid State Logic  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

If you primarily record to DAW and you're in need of a high-quality recording channel, take a look at SSL's XLogic Alpha Channel. It streets for $1695, which is $50 less than the Rupert Neve Portico...

SCM20SL monitors

by ATC  |  reviewed by Craig Schumacher

Quick question... What is the most important piece of equipment in your studio? The obvious answer is you and your ears. Back in the day, the quality of the monitoring is what separated good rooms...

TLM 49 large-diaphragm condenser mic

by Neumann  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

When a representative from Neumann sent me this mic months ago, I was told that it was a killer vocal mic. So I did what I think many Tape Op geeks would have done; I tried it on everything else but...

Portico 5014 Stereo Field Editor

by Rupert Neve Designs  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Readers who are familiar with my reviews know that I do a lot of sum-difference processing. In other words, I convert stereo Left/Right signals to Mid/Side, process the M/S, and reconvert back to L/R....

dfh EZdrummer

by Toontrack  |  reviewed by Josh Peck

The $179 price for EZdrummer is well worth the investment if you are looking for a virtual drummer with great-sounding, multi-mic'ed, live drums. EZdrummer comes with two excellent sounding kits with...