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End Rant  |  No. 157

Are You Being Lazy?

by Larry Crane

Somewhere along the line, when working on any recording project, there are points where the "real work" needs to be done. Real work, to me, is the time where intense listening skills are brought...

Sep/Oct 2023

Gear Geeking  |  No. 157

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

In 2022, I shared my opinions on several models of Bluetooth earbuds that I own [Tape Op #150, #151], with the conclusion that Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC) were my...

Jul/Aug 2023

Gear Geeking  |  No. 156

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

After completing multiple home, studio, and office moves in the past couple years, I’ve been frustrated by the challenge of finding tools and supplies after packing them away – not just...

Jul/Aug 2023

End Rant  |  No. 156

The DynoPopper X-10

by Larry Crane

Photo by Roman Sokal, courtesy of Audio Crowbar Dynamics. Having recently spent more time working on the Tape Op Gear Reviews section of this magazine, one thought keeps creeping into my mind and...

May/Jun 2023

Gear Geeking  |  No. 155

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

During my attendance of the NAMM Show in April 2023, I saw many new and unique products. Audiomovers showed me Inject, a plug-in for recording iPad virtual instruments directly into a DAW using only a...

Mar/Apr 2023

Gear Geeking  |  No. 154

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

When we lust over aspirational recording gear, what often comes to mind are vintage hunks of steel and vacuum tubes from the likes of Fairchild, Telefunken, Neumann, RCA, Pultec, Collins, and Altec....

Mar/Apr 2023

End Rant  |  No. 154

Open Minds, Open Ears

by Scott Anthony

"No drum machines were used on this album!" "No synthesizers!" These liner note proclamations were, for a time, a "cool" way to indicate a declaration of purity. But bands like Queen, who made these...

Jan/Feb 2023

Gear Geeking  |  No. 153

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

For quite a time surrounding the year 2000, I was known as “the guy who records Karate” — their de facto recording engineer. Following the completion of their third album, The Bed is...

Nov/Dec 2022

Gear Geeking  |  No. 152

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

I’m writing this just a couple weeks after the AES Show in New York City. This was the first major Pro Audio convention that I’ve attended since the Pandemic, and I very much enjoyed...

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