Gear Geeking

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Mar/Apr 2013

Gear Geeking  |  No. 94

Gear Geeking #94

by Andy Hong

When an aspiring producer expressed her goal to remain in the analog/tape domain as much as possible, I played her a song I had recorded some years ago — "You Know" by Nedelle & Thom from...

Jan/Feb 2013

Gear Geeking  |  No. 93

Gear Geeking #93

by Andy Hong

With the purchase of several Radial Workhorse 500-series frames [Tape Op #85, #92], I decided to add a new rack as well as rewire one of my four Audio Accessories 96-point TT patchbays...

Nov/Dec 2012

Gear Geeking  |  No. 92

Gear Geeking #92

by Andy Hong

I've always had my DAW computers in a rack at the rear corner of my control room, which is farther from the video monitor than the DVI spec recommends for maximum cable length for standard copper....

Sep/Oct 2012

Gear Geeking  |  No. 91

Gear Geeking #91

by Andy Hong

SM's review of Scott Colburn's Practical Studio Construction DVD in this issue got me thinking about the difficulties of studio construction. On one hand, you need a room that is acoustically isolated...

Jul/Aug 2012

Gear Geeking  |  No. 90

Gear Geeking #90

by Andy Hong

Why is it that pretty much every studio I've visited that doesn't employ a full-time receptionist also lacks a working doorbell? Without a doorbell to ring, I usually have to call the mobile phone of...

May/Jun 2012

Gear Geeking  |  No. 89

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

After reading Brad Kelly's review of the Flents Flitemate earplugs (Tape Op #86), I ordered a pair for myself. I tried them in several different applications, but I wasn't excited as Brad was; in my...

Mar/Apr 2012

Gear Geeking  |  No. 88

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

In the previous installment of this column, I discussed my current favorite computer mouse, the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX ($50 street;, which I use both at my desk and while I'm...

Jan/Feb 2012

Gear Geeking  |  No. 87

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

In Tape Op #82, I wrote about my favorite way of staying hydrated without fear of spilling water on my gear — the Bite Valve-equipped Camelbak Better Bottle ( Luck would have...

Nov/Dec 2011

Gear Geeking  |  No. 86

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

In mid-October, a bunch of us from Tape Op attended the new-products exhibition at the AES Convention. I'll mention some of the items on display that captivated me the most. ••• New to...

Sep/Oct 2011

Gear Geeking  |  No. 85

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

While recommending various hand tools for maintaining studio wiring in the previous issue, I thought of also covering flashlights, but being the tool geek that I am, I realized I wouldn't have enough...

Jul/Aug 2011

Gear Geeking  |  No. 84

Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

If you are a budding studio owner or engineer, realize that at many points during your career, you will need to fix problems with wiring — be it a broken wire inside a guitar or a...

May/Jun 2011

Gear Geeking  |  No. 83

Gear Geeking #83

by Andy Hong

Back in Tape Op #69, I reviewed two products from CruzTOOLS - the GrooveTech T-Handle Drum Key and the Guitar Player Tech Kit — and I was impressed with the quality and engineering evident in...