Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Jul/Aug 2017

Gear Geeking  |  No. 120

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Years ago, I reviewed the Eclipse Tools 900-005 Cable Tie Gun [Tape Op #29]. If you’ve ever used a tool like this to tension and cut cable ties, you’ll never go back to using your fingers...

May/Jun 2017

Gear Geeking  |  No. 119

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Until recently, I’d been relying on my headphone system to talk to the band in the live room, or sometimes a PA speaker I’d place on the floor, instead of a permanent set of talkback...

Mar/Apr 2017

Gear Geeking  |  No. 118

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

As consumers of audio gear, we tend to dissertate ad nauseam on the subtle sonic differences between thing x and thing y. Meanwhile, many of us are working in suboptimal listening...

Jan/Feb 2017

Gear Geeking  |  No. 117

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Over the years, I've replaced most of the incandescent bulbs in my home and in my studio with LEDs. The incandescents ranged from 35 W low-voltage halogens, to 60 W standard "Edisons", to 75 W...

Nov/Dec 2016

Gear Geeking  |  No. 116

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

My laptop is a mid-2014 Toshiba Portégé Z30t touchscreen "ultrabook" with an Intel Core i7 processor and a 512 GB SSD. It's plenty powerful enough to run Pro Tools and Cubase; but these...

Nov/Dec 2016

End Rant  |  No. 116

You Can't Buy Loyalty

by Marc Golde

We’ve all been there. A band that you’re very excited about books time in your studio. They are also excited to work with you in your facility. It’s their first, or maybe second,...

Sep/Oct 2016

End Rant  |  No. 115

Give Me a Hammer, Part 2

by John Baccigaluppi

Several years ago, I wrote an End Rant [Tape Op #102] about my frustration with software upgrades, and how I wanted a stable recording platform. I received a surprising amount of positive emails...

Jul/Aug 2016

End Rant  |  No. 114

Just Start Over

by Larry Crane

I remember a session, 17 years ago, with the band Quasi, for the album Field Studies. We'd tracked a song, "Birds." I thought the initial take was fine, and I believe we'd started overdubbing on it....