Gear Geeking

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Jul/Aug 2021

Gear Geeking  |  No. 144

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

The LED indicators on my Cherry SPOS G86-61410 USB keyboard [Tape Op #56] cherryamericas.com are stuck in forever-blinking mode. Reflashing its firmware didn’t expunge the gremlins, so I decided...

May/Jun 2021

Gear Geeking  |  No. 143

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

During the pandemic, I upgraded my home office, as I’m sure many of you did. To improve the audio quality of my videoconferences, I chose an Audio-Technica AT2020USB+V mic...

Mar/Apr 2021

Gear Geeking  |  No. 142

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

I still use the generic wire stripper that came in a $10 Radio Shack soldering kit that I purchased while in grade school. It consists of two rectangles of stamped steel, hinged together, with a...

Jan/Feb 2021

Gear Geeking  |  No. 141

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

With the recent releases of M1 MacBook laptops and the M1 Mac mini desktop, Apple has finally begun an all-encompassing transition to its own ARM64 CPUs. In response, I’ve had a number of...

Nov/Dec 2020

Gear Geeking  |  No. 140

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

During this pandemic, I've been listening to a lot more podcasts than in the past — whether I want to catch up on news, learn something new, or simply be entertained. As with anything online,...

Sep/Oct 2020

Gear Geeking  |  No. 139

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Last month, I purchased my own HEDDphone Air Motion Transformer headphone hedd.audio after I received a tmesis-laden email from Heba Kadry [see this issue]. “Absolutely ---king amazing”...

Jul/Aug 2020

Gear Geeking  |  No. 138

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

I imagine many of you have utilized extra shelter-in-place hours to work on DIY projects in the studio or home. I certainly have, and despite all the hours I've dedicated to these tasks, my fixit list...

May/Jun 2020

Gear Geeking  |  No. 137

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

A few weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, JB sent an email to the Tape Op staff: "As studios are hopefully able to re-open in a few months, what will the cleaning protocols be? The SARS-CoV-2 virus...

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)....

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