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In honor of Spoon's new release They Want My Soul (also: survival past the 20-year mark as a functioning rock band), we're making our full interview with them from 2002 available to all subscribers for a bit. Enjoy!
 
With 2014's Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs have made it onto most people's playlists. Frontman and producer extraordinaire Adam Granduciel was kind enough to take a break from touring to...
 
An Australian architecture student bumps into famous producer/engineer Flood while studying in Ireland, returns home to start playing in bands, and eventually moves to London and becomes an...
 
Bill Cheney and Jim Romney are the men responsible for keeping the amazing legacy of Spectra Sonics, a legendary, if criminally unheralded, pro-audio company alive.  
 
Lately we've been really appreciating companies who make simpler, more focused digital tools that concentrate on doing one thing really well, and Harrison's Mixbus definitely fits this bill. If you don't know Harrison, they are best known for their...
 
It was at a recent trade show, after a major DAW manufacturer cancelled our meeting, that I realized I was relieved to be off the hook. I always enjoy meeting with this person, and I use and like their products. But I was relieved to not hear...
 
Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, Poison, Mötley Crüe, Molly Hatchet, Twisted Sister. When pitching this article to Tape Op, it was not lost on me that many of the artists that Tom Werman signed...
 
For eighteen years, numerous albums, EPs, tribute tracks and even a four-CD box set of rarities, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow have shared a passion for creating recordings, as songwriters,...
 
What's the attraction of vintage consoles? There's no denying that a classic console will look incredible in your studio and make a great investment, too. But the real draw will always be the...
 
What is the attraction of vintage microphones? While we all may spend more hands-on studio time with our outboard gear, our console, and so on, there's undoubtedly a uniquely personal connection we...
 
 
 

Welcome to the Mar/Apr 2014 issue of Tape Op!

This issue marks the occasion of our 100th issue of Tape Op. As I sat on my front steps 18 years ago, spray painting photocopied magazine covers by hand, I never would've imagined that my crazy little idea would ever have carried on this long, found so many readers, or become such a huge part of my life. Over the years Tape Op has certainly changed. What started as a magazine mostly focused on creating and tracking what would become known as "indie rock" (hey, that was the world I mucked about in!), has become a forum about working with every style of music, from any era. While early issues featured ads from small record labels and independent book stores, the last 15 years have seen advertising for every kind of recording product one could imagine; even including Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, at one point.

But while there have been changes, I feel that the core values of this magazine remain the same, even if they're not always visible on the surface. Creativity, passion, beauty, excitement, and honesty remain an important backbone for what we discuss and promote in these pages. Pushing the art of recording forward, while always respecting the artist and the music, is key as well. Almost everyone involved in Tape Op records music, and most of us at the professional level. When we interview a recordist it is as a peer, not simply as a journalist or a fan (though we can wear those hats too). I think these things are just the tip of the iceberg as to what makes Tape Op different, as well as what draws our readers to the magazine.

For this issue I trawled through 100 old copies of this mag and found 100 corresponding quotes - one from each issue. I've always seen Tape Op as an extension of my own growth and learning when it comes to recording music, and many of these quotes are ones that have resonated with me for years. John La Grou, owner of Millennia Media and a fine recordist himself, has written up a piece for us on his thoughts about the future of music production - you may be surprised (or distraught) to learn where he thinks it is heading. Gerald Seligman of The National Recording Preservation Foundation discusses preserving historical recordings. Barry Cleveland illustrates many of Joe Meek's innovations in the studio.

There's far more about the future and the past of recording in this issue, so get to it. And get ready for another 100 issues of Tape Op!

Enjoy!

Larry Crane, Editor

PS: Many thanks and a raised glass of wine to my partner/publisher/friend John Baccigaluppi. Without him Tape Op probably would have disappeared into a fog of credit card debt and exhaustion 14 years ago. He believed in my vision, and took it up a big notch overnight. He is the backbone that lets this magazine flourish, and I don't think it could be what it is without his hard work and input. Also I owe a HUGE thanks to the many contributors and "staff" over the years. Many of you are my close friends and have helped guide the magazine. You know who you are. Thank you.  

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