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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 2007 issue of Tape Op!

When you open this issue I'll be knee deep in a studio move. After ten years of Jackpot! Recording Studio existing in the same location, we're moving into a newly constructed building courtesy of our new landlords, Hamptone - the people that make those cool pro audio kits. The move was prompted by the owner of the Morrison Street property, Wayne Lund (who has been one of the coolest landlords I've ever worked with), selling the lot we're on. He moved his business to a new property and I assume needed the capital to do so. It looks like the new owners want to build condominiums on the corner there. So say goodbye to Jackpot!'s old site, and also sadly to our (understanding and supportive) REX Recording neighbors who will be losing their studio of over 50 years.

I'm excited for the new Jackpot! location. The building will feature higher ceilings, better isolation booths, central heating and air conditioning (finally), access to Hamptone's large recording space, a picnic area out back and even a fire bowl! The gear stays mostly the same, with our recent Pro Tools HD system, but we're adding a 16-track 2" deck, EMT 140 Plate Reverb, tt pachbays and more. I'm also really excited about the neighborhood: there are restaurants, bars, Trade Up Music, wine shops, bakeries, Stumptown Coffee and more all around us - even a Plaid Pantry, open 24 hours for snack runs.

It's going to be a lot of work and we hope to be ready for business in early May, but we're damn excited to see what the next ten years bring atJackpot!

Visit http://www.hamptone.com/2824divison.htm to see the building in progress.

Planning is ramping up for the sixth annual TapeOpCon, June 8-10 in Tucson, AZ. This will be a memorable event. Come down and hang with us - the waterslide is waiting...

This year Tape Op is also expanding its global coverage. This issue will be the first edition available in the UK and EU - and for free. Thanks are due to our new partner, Al Lawson, in the UK who's helping this all happen. Tell your friends overseas to sign up. We're excited to bring a lot of new readers aboard and to expand our coverage of creative recording all over the world! And look for us wandering around AES Vienna in May.

Alright, now can I take a vacation?

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