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March 15, 2011


A Good Ear?

by David Payette

I had arrived. Led by my ego, I waltzed into the recording studio and began to warm up. A jazz pianist about to study at conservatory, I prided myself on my ability to hear what others could not. I...


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Bad Investments???

by Larry Crane

A reader in our letters section [Tape Op #75] recently bemoaned the fact that a virtual instrument plug-in he had purchased was no longer functioning properly and that he had received no support from...

Gear Geeking

Gear Geeking #82

by Andy Hong

Larry's review of Wings of Nature Organic Health Bars (Tape Op #81), in which he discussed healthy, in-studio snacking, inspired me to comment on another important means of staying happier and...


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Portico II channel

by Rupert Neve Designs  |  reviewed by Alan Tubbs

Somebody likes the Portico II. I had to wait a week for RND to cook up a fresh batch when the review unit they were supposed to send was bought instead of returned. It arrived welcomed, if late....


by Avid  |  reviewed by Allen Farmelo

I don't need to spell out the fact that countless recordists who work on digital systems are on the quest to get a warmer sound. Nor do I need to delve into the 10,000 tools, tricks, and techniques...

PRO 900 S-Logic headphones

by Ultrasone  |  reviewed by Jeff Elbel

With a broad line designed for both home audio and professional use, German designer Ultrasone knows headphones. The PRO 900 headphones advance many features included in 2007's HFI2200 model, a...


by Cakewalk  |  reviewed by Alan Tubbs

In the beginning, Twelve Tone Systems begat Cakewalk MIDI Sequencer for DOS, and Cakewalk begat Pro Audio, which begat SONAR, which begat SONAR X1. Just as SONAR kept much of Pro Audio’s...

PhantomFocus System

by Carl Tatz Design  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

For over seven years, Carl Tatz, studio designer and former owner of Recording Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, has installed his proprietary PhantomFocus monitoring systems in studios around the world...

1073LB 500-series mic preamp

by AMS Neve  |  reviewed by Eli Crews

Doubtless the most famous microphone preamplifier in history, the Neve 1073 has spawned countless imitations — from cheap knockoffs to component-precise replicas. The sincerest flattery has been...

Mastering Backbone

by Manley Laboratories  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Manley Laboratories had been building custom mastering consoles on a case-by-case basis, but the waiting list grew too long to manage. (I know - I've been on it.) In a nutshell, it takes a long...

Vienna Ensemble Pro

by Vienna Symphonic Library  |  reviewed by Will Severin

When you find a product that streamlines your workflow simply and unobtrusively, you wonder, "Hey, how come nobody thought of this sooner?" Vienna Ensemble Pro is one of those products. So, what...

Alchemy Soft Synth

by Camel Audio  |  reviewed by Alan Tubbs

There are many jobs for which hardware still rules the music roost. But there are some that software does better - synths, for example. Though no software will replace my analog Minimoog, many...


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Music Reviews

We Live in Rented Rooms

by East River Pipe | reviewed by Larry Crane

When I started Tape Op Magazine, one of the thoughts I hoped to impart (as noted in my intro this issue) was that great music could be recorded far outside of a professional studio. I would look at...