Gear Geeking

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

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...

Jul/Aug 2015

Gear Geeking  |  No. 108

Gear Geeking #108

by Andy Hong

I've mentioned before that one of the goals of Tape Op Gear Reviews is to educate our readers. In other words, we strive to publish reviews that are just as informative about recording techniques as...

May/Jun 2015

Gear Geeking  |  No. 107

Gear Geeking #107

by Andy Hong

Let's talk about tape — not the kind that you record on, but the kind that's sticky. Or actually, the kind that's sort of sticky — tape that's used to mount, attach, or repair things, but...

Mar/Apr 2015

Gear Geeking  |  No. 106

Gear Geeking #106

by Andy Hong

Allen Farmelo has been writing Tape Op gear reviews for a decade. His reviews are always engaging, educational, and importantly, inspirational. Allen always seems to find an arc up to a concept,...

Jan/Feb 2015

Gear Geeking  |  No. 105

Gear Geeking #105

by Andy Hong

When I saw Hüsker Dü and Soul Asylum perform at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston in 1986, the bands were loud enough to cause physical pain to my ears. The high frequencies were especially...

Nov/Dec 2014

Gear Geeking  |  No. 104

Gear Geeking #104

by Andy Hong

This past September, I attended the inaugural A3Exchange (www.a3exchange.com) in Boston and had one of the most enjoyable conference experiences in years. A small team of forward thinkers, under the...

Jul/Aug 2014

Gear Geeking  |  No. 102

Gear Geeking #102

by Andy Hong

I was amazed when I first witnessed radio-controlled airplane models flying through the air. But the complexity and maintenance requirements of fuel-based engines and analog radio systems scared me...

May/Jun 2014

Gear Geeking  |  No. 101

Gear Geeking #101

by Andy Hong

For those of you interested in how Tape Op gear reviews are produced, I'd like to relate what happened with a particular review published in the previous issue, and springboard to a summary of the...

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