If you heard a quiet tear falling as December 31 ushered in yet another stupid year, it might have been gear heads sobbing over the end of an era. At that auspicious moment, Quantegy, the last analog tape manufacturer in the United States, decided to decorate its gates with chains and lay off 250 of its workers. Perhaps the sight of analog stalwart Rick Rubin recording the new Slipknot album completely digitally -- because he didn't think the increase of fidelity was preferable to the convenience of recording directly onto a computer with Pro Tools -- was enough of a sign that... More >>>