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Berkeley, California's Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) has a solid reputation for innovation in an industry sometimes known for releasing products that are often just another variation on a common...
 
I opened my commercial recording studio (Jackpot! Recording) in 1997, after years of simultaneously having a busy home studio while working day jobs to pay the rent. Making this leap to a full-time recording engineer/studio owner was terrifying. I...
 
Mark Ronson got his start as a young DJ in NYC before going on to work with Amy Winehouse, Nikka Costa, Lily Allen, Macy Gray, Saigon, Adele, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, and many others. Mark's...
 
It is truly remarkable to step back and examine the full societal impact that some recording engineers and mixers have had on American culture. During his 18-year tenure as Chief Engineer for Motown...
 
Rudy Van Gelder's legend looms large, yet he has avoided most interviews throughout his 50-plus years in the recording biz. He has never discussed his techniques, and even in the following...
 
There's a dark cloud over Memphis this week I guess. First John Hampton, and now John Fry passes away. Fry's Ardent Studios is one of the most important American studios ever. We all shall miss this gracious and brilliant man. Read our interview with...
 
Very sadly, long-time and industry-renowned Ardent Studios producer/engineer John Hampton just passed away. John began at Ardent in 1977, and since then has been awarded 23 gold and platinum records, several Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins....
 
I have been privileged twice now, while interviewing studio owners for this magazine, to have encountered true mavericks. People whose views on the current state of "The Music Industry" have been...
 
With the music biz shifting, daily talk amongst musicians mainly revolves around the subject of adaptability. As old doors close, others are opening, offering creative control, DIY tools, and...
 
Twenty years ago, there really wasn't much of a market for "plug-ins." Sure, there were some limited software tools for audio, but they were mostly proprietary to a specific editor. Very little...
 
 
 

Welcome to the Mar/Apr 1999 issue of Tape Op!

Many people seem to wonder what the TAPE OP agenda is all about. I get letters asking why there's not more articles on 4 track recording. Others want to know why it seems all the articles are on "studio guys." Well, the secret is that there is no planned agenda in what we cover. It's determined by what our many writers are interested in, what cool sounding CDs arrive in the mail, recording people who contact us, and many other factors. It's also important to note that many more interviews are discussed, executed and even finished than what you see in a current issue... we try to pick the cream of the crop and present a well-balanced magazine.

It's also important to remember that no matter what you are doing, it still ends up as a couple of tracks of audio in a playback system. We can spend all day talking about which mic will make a kick drum sound better, but in the end what really matters is if there's something fun to listen to. There is no right, there is no wrong, but there are lots of great albums out there to make.

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