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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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