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by Andy Hong

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,...

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...

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....

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...

Sep/Oct 2022

Gear Geeking  |  No. 151

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

In my previous Gear Geeking roundup of true wireless earbuds [Tape Op #150], I mentioned how I prefer Google Pixel Buds A-Series for making calls and listening to news, since they’re very...

Jul/Aug 2022

Gear Geeking  |  No. 150

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

Ever since the first-generation Apple AirPods became widely available in 2017, “true wireless earbuds” (as the category is called) have become ubiquitous. Now, it seems rare to step into a...

May/Jun 2022

Gear Geeking  |  No. 149

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

F. Reid Shippen [Tape Op #125], Pete Lyman of Infrasonic Mastering, and I are breaking ground on a 15,000 sq ft media production and mastering facility in Nashville. One of the rooms in our complex...

Jan/Feb 2022

Gear Geeking  |  No. 147

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Explaining in the previous issue that I’ve returned to my pre-9/11 habit of always keeping an EDC tool (Leatherman Skeletool CX) in my pocket jogged memories of when I used to prefer cargo...

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