Nick Lowe: Bashing it out Live

by Pete Weiss

Not many in our field can make the claim of composing a bona fide alternative anthem with "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," producing a handful of the century's most...

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Nov. 15, 2011


Jack Miller (bonus)

by Larry Crane

Known as the "Father of Audio" in Arizona, Jack Miller has had a long history in the recording world that includes hit-making, late-'50s sessions in Phoenix with Duane Eddy and Lee Hazlewood and a...


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RN17 condenser mic

by sE Electronics  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

 sE Electronics recently teamed up with Rupert Neve to produce a new series of microphones, including the RNR1 active ribbon (Tape Op #85) and the RN17 small-diaphragm condenser. The principle...

CV4 large-diaphragm tube mic

by Miktek  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

The CV4 comes from Miktek in Nashville, and it combines modern construction with classic tube mic design and componentry. Right off the bat, the mic gets your attention with its chrome head, brushed...

AR-51 tube condenser mic

by Telefunken  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Okay, let me be as clear and concise as possible: the Telefunken AR-51 is the best condenser microphone I’ve ever tested for this mag (and I’ve tested a few). This mic utilizes circuit...

Voodoo VR2 active ribbon mic

by SE Electronics  |  reviewed by Craig Schumacher

I have to say that as an engineer and producer, I’ve been blessed with being able to work with many talented singer/songwriters. The one thing I’ve discovered is that the best performances...

Opticom XLA-3 limiter

by Acme  |  reviewed by Steve Silverstein

The Opticom XLA-3 uses a photocell-based detection circuit coupled with tube make-up gain. The first famous compressor with this topology, of course, is the Teletronix LA-2A; its rich and dark tone...

Opal active nearfield monitor

by Event Electronics  |  reviewed by Brandon Miller

Fairly young and becoming something of an instant legend, the Event Opal is getting tons of attention. It’s not often that a company scales a rather diverse monitor range down to a single...

FliteMates earplugs

by Flents  |  reviewed by Brad Kelly

Are your ears being damaged? Do you attend loud concerts? Set up mics on fidgety drummers? Rehearse in a small room? Ride the subway? I don’t think that most of my friends are aware of the...

Comp.One tube compressor

by Rockruepel  |  reviewed by Allen Farmelo

 RockruepelWith so much amazing boutique gear available these days, I have to confess that I don’t get all that excited when I hear about yet another expensive tube compressor being made in...

OTB16 16 Channel Summer

by Tonelux  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

Tonelux was one of the first companies to design and build summing amps, and as the field continues to grow, Tonelux has released their newest offering, the OTB16, a 16-channel summing amp designed by...

PortaGig 62 portable RAID

by Glyph  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Glyph Production Technologies recently released a new member to its line of professional drives. Called the PortaGig 62, it packs the full features of a Glyph in a space that fits in the palm of your...


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Legs of My Own

by The Throwdowns | reviewed by Larry Crane

Forming a band in Hawaii and shooting for national recognition must be a difficult undertaking. Even to tour around your home state requires flights or travel by sea, and living in a tourist-based...

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Our Blood

by Richard Buckner | reviewed by Larry Crane

I've known Richard since the '80s when we both played in bands in California. Sometime in 2001 or so, Richard, J.D. Foster [Tape Op #34] and I began what was to be his sixth album. It was never...

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by Crock | reviewed by Larry Crane

Crock is Sam Coomes of Quasi [Tape Op #2] and Spencer Seim of Hella. Those rock credentials should indicate that the music might not be laid back or easy listening. Much of the album was initiated by...