Columns

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

May/Jun 2024

Gear Geeking  |  No. 161

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

As we all know, aging ears and sustained exposure to high SPL (sound pressure level) can lead to permanent hearing loss, chronic tinnitus, or both. I’m at the point in my music-making endeavors...

Mar/Apr 2024

Gear Geeking  |  No. 160

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

In 2023, I sold my Boston studio to Brian Charles, whose Zippah Recording facility was destroyed in a 2021 fire. Brian shared Zippah for many years with longtime Tape Op contributor Pete Weiss [Tape...

Mar/Apr 2024

End Rant  |  No. 160

One Degree

by John Baccigaluppi

I’ve been fairly obsessed with Promises, an album by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, and the London Symphony Orchestra that came out in 2021. Maybe "obsessed" is a strong word, but I put it on...

Jan/Feb 2024

Gear Geeking  |  No. 159

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

I've written here before that I own dozens of cordless power tools from Bosch, Milwaukee, and Ryobi for the never-ending list of projects around the house, inside the garage, out on the dock, and of...

Nov/Dec 2023

Gear Geeking  |  No. 158

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

I bet most Tape Op readers who own a soldering iron also have a digital multimeter (DMM), and they've learned at least the basics of diagnosing misbehaving instruments, amps, pedals, preamps,...

Nov/Dec 2023

End Rant  |  No. 158

When is a Mix Done?

by Larry Crane

I sat down to try and write an End Rant describing how to know when a mix is done, and then I became stuck. Everyone’s experience with this can be different, so I dropped a line to some...

Sep/Oct 2023

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...

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