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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...
 
It only makes sense that with a renewed interest in analog synthesis, modular synths would make a comeback. However, rather than the hulking beasts Keith Emerson tortured on stage, or pampered...
 
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...
 
Better known by the last name "Explosion," due to his rock group Doctor Explosion, Jorge Mu-oz-Cobo started Estudios Circo Perrotti in 2003 in his hometown of Gijon, located in Spain's northern...
 
In an industry that has become more and more digitized, Nashville's Welcome to 1979 and its owner, Chris Mara, are offering clients an opportunity to step back in time. With a recent purchase of a...
 
For me, the highlight of the inaugural A3E (Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange) event in Boston (September 23-24, 2014) was the closing keynote, which featured Dr. Richard Boulanger, Professor...
 
This past September, I attended the inaugural A3Exchange in Boston and had one of the most enjoyable conference experiences in years. A small team of forward thinkers, under the leadership of Paul Sitar, is putting together an "exchange" for...
 
 
 

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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