Columns

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Mar/Apr 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 130

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Recently, I was recommending a soldering iron to a Tape Op contributor who was excited to start fixing cables on his own. I suggested the Weller WLC100 40Watt Soldering Station weller-tools.com....

Jan/Feb 2019

End Rant  |  No. 129

What’s Your Time Worth?

by Larry Crane

Not long after I first opened my recording studio, (some 20 years ago, when people actually booked time via a landline), I got a call one day about a booking request. Client: "Hi, we'd like to book...

Jan/Feb 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 129

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Let’s talk tape. In 2015, I wrote about my favorite “sort of sticky” tapes for labeling and repairing things [Tape Op #107]. Recently, I needed to measure the diameter of a mic, so I...

Nov/Dec 2018

Gear Geeking  |  No. 128

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

For almost two decades now, a crucial component of my cross-platform file-sharing and backup strategies in my home and personal studio has been Network Attached Storage (NAS). My first NAS appliance...

Nov/Dec 2018

End Rant  |  No. 128

Tough Love

by Larry Crane

Is there a fine line between naive encouragement and pessimistic, dour warnings of possible failure? (i.e. "Just do it! DIY!" vs. "Give up. It's impossible.") Over twenty years ago I was making plans...

Sep/Oct 2018

End Rant  |  No. 127

Set Yourself Apart

by Larry Crane

I'm worried about the current state of how people are learning recording. When I first started tracking myself (and others) out of my home studio, learning how to record on a budget was a difficult...

Sep/Oct 2018

Gear Geeking  |  No. 127

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

I recently received a product for review that included a USB cable in the box. The cable worked for charging, but it would not pass data. That got me thinking. Before there were standards for...

Jul/Aug 2018

Gear Geeking  |  No. 126

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

While attending the Summer NAMM Show, I ran into several friends who thought I had left Tape Op completely. I apologize if my “Gear Geeking” column in the previous issue wasn’t clear...

Jul/Aug 2018

End Rant  |  No. 126

An Endangered Species?

by John Baccigaluppi

If you're one of the folks doing all your music making in-the-box, with your DAW and plug-ins, then you can skip the rest of this rant. Consider yourself lucky, as this older analog gear is getting...

May/Jun 2018

End Rant  |  No. 125

Mistakes

by Larry Crane

It was 1992. The band I'd been in, Vomit Launch, had called it quits less than six months prior. I'd decided to take a road trip to the Northwest, with the faint concept of finding a new place to live...

May/Jun 2018

Gear Geeking  |  No. 125

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

16 years after first taking on my role here at Tape Op, I'm stepping aside, and starting with this issue, Scott McChane is the new Gear Reviews Editor. Scott has penned close to 50 reviews for the...

Mar/Apr 2018

Gear Geeking  |  No. 124

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

In 2012, I wrote about the P-touch PT-1290 label maker in “Gear Geeking” [Tape Op #90]. I've printed countless self-stick labels with the P-touch, using its mini QWERTY keyboard and...

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