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Nov. 15, 2008


Arnie Acosta

by Sasha Zand

Arnie Acosta is a man who always plays an integral part when and where his efforts are put to use. He was established as a part of the hit factory that was A&M Records in the label's heyday,...


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Gear Geeking

Gear Geeking #68

by Andy Hong

Here's a roundup of some of the products I saw at the annual AES show that piqued my interest. Digidesign unveiled the Beta version of Pro Tools 8. Earlier this year, I sent my contacts at the company...


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AE6100 & ATM650 mics

by Audio Technica  |  reviewed by Bryan Cord

As a radio station primarily interested in close-mic'ed, live-in-the-studio recording (and also a radio station on a budget), WMBR relies heavily on inexpensive, durable dynamic microphones. While the...

m101 single-channel mic preamp

by Grace Design  |  reviewed by

Prepare to be impressed with a single word-transimpedance. What the hell does that mean? I think it's best explained by Michael Grace; refer to "Behind the Gear" in Tape Op #61 (also available on...

Juggernaut 500-series mic preamp

by Atlas Pro Audio  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

In my personal studio, I rely heavily on outboard preamps: Brent Averill-racked vintage Neve 1272; BA-racked vintage API 312 (in 500-series form), two with original AP2622 input transformers and six...

m902 Headphone Amplifier

by Grace Design  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Before considering any gear, I like to poke around the web for reviews, articles, and forum activity. I found very little talk of the m902's performance for pro audio applications. Most of the...

Oxford Limiter plug-in

by Sonnox  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

When Sony Oxford released the OXF-R3 in the 1990s, it was one of the most ambitious digital consoles ever. It featured programs so advanced that the company had to fabricate custom DSP chips to run...

Mini Massive equalizer

by Langevin  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

I had a Manley Massive Passive. But the tracking guys "borrowed it" for a session. That was over a year ago. I don't think I am getting it back. So, I was excited when I heard Manley released the Mini...

SE4 small-diaphragm condenser mic

by SE Electronics  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

The SE2200A large-diaphragm condenser (Tape Op #48) is one of my favorite mics. At $300 street, it's easily one of the best deals in pro audio. Up until recently, I also had in my cabinet a matched...

Chromium Series K-Stereo plug-in

by Algorithmix  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Algorithmix, in conjunction with Bob Katz, has released a software incarnation of Digital Domain K-Stereo, a patented process that can extract ambience and depth from existing recordings, allowing for...


V14 EQ

by Arsenal Audio  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

The Arsenal line is the new range of gear from API that is more affordably-priced than the legacy API gear. I am always interested in new EQs, so I asked the folks at API to send me a pair of the V14s...

Nuendo 4.2 & Cubase 4.5

by Steinberg  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

I'm afraid that this is an unwieldily long review, and even at its length, I'm only touching on a few of the countless points worth discussing if you are considering Nuendo or its near-identical...


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Music Reviews

Object 47

by Wire | reviewed by Larry Crane

At under 35 minutes, Wire's usual economy shines as they deliver tight little packages of streamlined post punk on what appears to be their 11th album (depends how you count them). Now stripped down...

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Shotgun Singer

by Kris Delmhorst | reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I meant to review this CD last issue along with some of the other reader submitted CDs I reviewed. It's probably a good thing that I missed it however as Shotgun Singer is in a class of it's own....

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Cold Fact

by Rodriguez | reviewed by Larry Crane

Released in 1970, this is one of those "lost classics" type albums that vinyl collectors freak over and I wait for reissues of. Rodriguez was/is a tough-ass, who comes off like an angry,...

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Patriarch’s Blues

by Victor Krummenacher | reviewed by Larry Crane

Recorded live off the floor in two days (with minimal overdubs) at Fantasy Studios [Berkeley], this is Victor's "musical wake" for the passing of his father and stepfather. Imagine gathering your...