Columns

by Andy Hong

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...

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...

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...

Jan/Feb 2018

Gear Geeking  |  No. 123

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Joel Edinberg is a staff engineer at Q Division qdivisionstudios.com, one of the nicest studios in the Boston Area. He's also a gigging saxophonist, a music instructor, and the leader of gypsy-punk...

Nov/Dec 2017

Gear Geeking  |  No. 122

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

It's timely that you'll find a review of the Yamaha TF1 digital mixer in this issue. The TF1 is a 32-channel console featuring 16+1 motorized faders, with 16 fader and “OMNI Out” channels...

Sep/Oct 2017

Gear Geeking  |  No. 121

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

If you've been making music for as long as I have, I bet that some of the headphones relegated to your "box of broken cans" are in there not because they stopped working, but because their earpads are...

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...

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