Andrew Marcinkowski

by Alex McKenzie

Andrew Marcinkowski has been working as an engineer in some of NYC's best known studios for ten years. In house stints at Chung King Recording Studios and Mission Sound have gotten him a great...

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Sept. 15, 2009


Remix or Remake?

by Larry Crane

So Matt Frost turns in his fine article here on Jackson Analogue and then Jim Homes emails me to say, "We are doing a lot of remixing these days, but they are all recorded entirely again (keeping only...


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Gear Geeking

Gear Geeking #73

by Andy Hong

Every now and then, I have to merge a stereo recording that's split into separate L and R files (like a Pro Tools stereo track) into a single, interleaved stereo file. There are plenty of ways to do...


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5088 Analogue Mixer

by Rupert Neve Designs  |  reviewed by Larry Crane, Doug McBride

To begin this review, I first must admit that this is the most expensive piece of recording equipment we have yet reviewed in Tape Op. It is also, outside of my home, the most expensive purchase I...

RPQ mic preamp

by AEA  |  reviewed by Thom Monahan

Using a ribbon microphone can be a tricky bit of business. Unlike dynamics that can take anything thrown at them or condensers that can provide whisper quiet operation, ribbons take a bit more care...

2Control stereo monitor controller

by SPL  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

I've got problems. Since building my project studio last fall, I haven't been able to nail down a monitoring setup that "feels" right, and my mixes are not referencing as well as I'd like. I was sure...

FreeLoader guitar pickup load controller

by Sarno Music Solutions  |  reviewed by Pete Weiss

This is a great, handy device that tames the resonant peak of your guitar pickup. Electronically and ergonomically designed specifically for pedal steel players -there's a handy clip for attaching it...

Master 4 x 10 Tool-Kit

by 3 Zigma Audio  |  reviewed by Mike Jasper

A few months ago, Blue Rock studios in Wimberley, Texas hosted a shootout of several microphones geared toward lead vocals. The high-dollar microphones were judged by such local luminaries as David...

1023 mic preamp & EQ

by BAE  |  reviewed by Allen Farmelo

Brent Averill Enterprises, simply known as BAE these days, is perhaps the best-known builder of Neve-style preamps, and for good reason as their designs indeed capture the behavior, tone, and...


by Audio Ease  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Although I am a huge fan of Audio Ease's Altiverb convolution reverb plug-in, I have to confess that I initially dismissed this plug-in as something a bit gimmicky and easily replicated with a good...


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Music Reviews


by The Pepper Pots | reviewed by Larry Crane

Okay, so maybe a group of three cute, young ladies fronting a band of dudes in sharp suits and playing music inspired by Motown and Stax with a tinge of sixties ska might not be what you'd expect...

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by Mark Isham & Kate Ceberano | reviewed by Larry Crane

Jazz trumpet player, well-known film composer and electronic music artist Mark met Australian vocalist Kate Ceberano and they created this jazz album, Bittersweet, covers of jazz standards about...

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Mister Pop

by The Clean | reviewed by Larry Crane

New Zealand's The Clean have been a casually wonderful band since the late '70s, with their wonderful pop songs, ragged approach and a minimal number of tracks needed or used in the studio. Guitarist...