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by Andy Hong

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...

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...

Jul/Aug 2016

Gear Geeking  |  No. 114

Windows 10

by Andy Hong

The nascence of my music-technology career goes back to high school, when I wrote a 1-bit sampling drum-machine program for my Apple ][+, utilizing the computer's cassette-tape storage port as the A/D...

Jan/Feb 2016

Gear Geeking  |  No. 111

Audio Analysis Software

by Andy Hong

When I'm reviewing gear, audio analysis software like FuzzMeasure [this issue] gives me the ability to resolve differences in sound quality and consequently use objective language when conveying those...

Nov/Dec 2015

Gear Geeking  |  No. 110

An Ode to Ribbons

by Andy Hong

I can remember back in 2002, when I first joined the Tape Op team as Reviews Editor, ribbon mics were relatively rare, and even new ones, like the now ubiquitous Royer Labs R-12, weren't too often...

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