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Cooking with Gas

by Larry Crane

Over the last few years I've gotten back into cooking at home. Partly this is because we moved from Portland, Oregon to a small town in the desert with few restaurants, but also it's a great "hobby"...

Gear Geeking

Gear Geeking #74

by Andy Hong

Cascade Microphones ( sent Tape Op a number of ribbon mics to evaluate, so when JB and his crew at The Hangar were asked to set up a remote studio for Devendra Banhart's new...


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V-Studio 100 portable music studio

by Cakewalk  |  reviewed by Alan Tubbs

One might think that Cakewalk's latest hardware collaboration with Roland is the little brother of the V-Studio 700 (Tape Op #72). After all, it comes with a new, "light" version of Cakewalk's...

Pop Filter 375 DS

by The Hook  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

A good pop filter for cutting vocals is one of those easily overlooked tools in the studio. Often an afterthought, a good one makes a great mic even better -and an average mic sound okay. A crappy pop...

DR-100 portable solid-state recorder

by TASCAM  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

TASCAM has a new entry into the increasingly crowded handheld recorder market -the DR-100. This new unit has a number of clear advantages over TASCAM's less expensive (and slightly less bulky) DR-07...

Single-coil guitar pickups

by Kinman  |  reviewed by Allen Farmelo

When people come to me to record, I always have guitars and amps that I know sound great mic'ed up and ready to go. Guitars have to have great tone, playability, solid intonation and -if I can achieve...


by ART  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

ART's Pro VLA (Tape Op #37) is one of the best compressors ever made at its price point. You can pick one up new for under $400. It's an electro-optical compressor with a 12AX7 tube gain stage. You...

Logic Pro 9

by Apple  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Dana Gumbiner and I both took on Logic Studio for this issue. Dana's opinion follows mine. -AH When Apple unveiled Logic Pro 8 (Tape Op #63), the high-performance audio engine that was the highlight...

sE4400a large-diaphragm condenser mic

by SE Electronics  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

I don't think I've ever started a mic review by introducing the accessories first. But given the innovative design of the shockmount included with the sE4400a, I can't help but get that out of the way...


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Remastered CDs (2009)

by The Beatles | reviewed by Jeff Slate

I received my copies of the new remasters of The Beatles' catalog in the midst of the media frenzy that was 9/9/09. After all the hubbub died down and I'd had time to think about it, I realized there...

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Throw Me Away

by The Mumlers | reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I was fortunate to work with The Mumlers on their last album, Thickets and Stitches, doing some pinch-hit vocal overdubs before frequent Tape Op contributor Thom Monahan mixed the record at The...