Gear Geeking

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Mar/Apr 2020

Gear Geeking  |  No. 136

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

In 2014, I wrote about Li-ion batteries and brushless motors revolutionizing the cordless power tool industry, and I mentioned a few of my favorite tools from Bosch, Ryobi, and Milwaukee [Tape Op...

Jan/Feb 2020

Gear Geeking  |  No. 135

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

In 2014, I attended the inaugural Advanced Audio + Application Exchange (A3E) conference and wrote about it in the TapeOp.com blog. A3E has continued to grow, and A3E events now run tangentially with...

Nov/Dec 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 134

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Ever since I reviewed a silent, ionizing air purifier almost 20years ago [Tape Op #25], I've received countless requests to recommend an air cleaner for studio use. Just last month, I was asked this...

Sep/Oct 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 133

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

A few nights before sitting down to write this column, I had a fascinating discussion about speaker design and acoustics with Eric Blackmer, son of the late David Blackmer (whose initials are in dbx)....

Jul/Aug 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 132

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

After reading Tom Fine's informative review of the Mini Maglite Pro [Tape Op #130], I realized that it's been a while since I've talked about flashlights. My favorite task light is the Bosch FL12 Max...

May/Jun 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 131

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Recently, a reader asked me to recommend a cable tester, and that got me thinking about what would be appropriate for today’s needs — with networked audio being as ubiquitous as...

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

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...

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