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I've pulled together a collection of recent thoughts I've had about the recording process. You can agree or not agree. The important thing is to use your ears, mind, and creativity to make great recordings. Recording equipment...
What do Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, LL Cool J, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, U2, Mick Jagger, AC/DC, The Damned, The Posies, and Rage Against the Machine all have in common? They all...
BreakTweaker is a fantastic new rhythm/drum-sequencing plug-in from iZotope and Grammy-nominated musician, producer, and all-around genius Brian Transeau (better known as BT). Their previous...
Somehow, a strap-on keyboard can pass as dorky/cool, especially with the rise of "nerdcore." But IMHO, a synth guitar is just... well... dorky, and always will be. Just check YouTube for shredders...
Don Zientara is a name I became familiar with simply by seeing it over and over again on record, and then CD, liner notes. From his Inner Ear Studios, he's been engineering and producing...
Our pal and Tape Op contributor Ryan Hewitt told us he's hosting another one of his Studio Prodigy Master Class sessions in Valencia, CA on November 8 and 9 with Jim Scott. We interviewed Jim in Tape Op #75 and we speak from experience when we...
I've tried a lot of different iOS software synthesizers, but this app is probably the most enjoyable and best sounding soft synth I've used to date — on an iPad or a computer — and it has...
As we pack our bags and prepare to head down to Los Angeles for the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (here is how the thing began in 1948), we thought we'd drop you a line and let you know what we'll be up to once we get there. Come...
We are missing the departed Lou Whitney today. Here's Vance Powell's fantastic interview with him from Tape Op #98 for everyone to read. - LC

Welcome to the Mar/Apr 2011 issue of Tape Op!

When an aspiring engineer/producer/musician asks me how they should get their start, I always tell them that the most important aspect for me early on was being part of a community, and not necessarily one based on where I lived. This issue of Tape Op illustrates that quite well. Jack White III and Brendan Benson originally hailed from Michigan, and now live in Nashville, Tennessee. Besides their collaboration in The Raconteurs, Brendan's excellent solo career and Jack's groups The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and his Third Man record label have had far-reaching effects with others all over the world. Producer/engineer Vance Powell grew up in Missouri, but now also living in Nashville he's worked extensively with Jack in the studio - the career trajectory he's taken is filled with collaboration, hard work and friendships. Dungen might hail from Sweden, but they have recently cut a single for Third Man, with Jack producing and Vance engineering.

It all ties together through a shared love of music.

It was 15 years ago that the first issue of Tape Op made its debut. I photocopied all the sheets, spray- painted the covers and hand-stapled the pages together. My goal was to learn more about music recording, to note that it could frequently happen outside of a proper studio and to celebrate that making records is truly an art and not simply a technical process.

In my heart I still know the most important aspect of creative music recording is the fact that this is art we're dealing with. Creating works that resonate with listeners and communicating through music and sound is our goal. Recording equipment is necessary, but gear is only part of the tools that we use. If anything, the changing face of audio production technology only proves that it is the music and creative recording process that matters, and not merely the equipment.

Over the years thousands of readers have joined us for the ride and many have become contributors. My partner, John Baccigaluppi, deserves half of any praise due. A few years into Tape Op, he took my raw ideas and helped turn a tiny magazine into a leader in its field - something I could've never imagined in 1996. I gratefully thank John, our Tape Op staff, all of our wonderful contributors and, of course, our faithful readers. I also thank my beautiful wife Jenna, who has literally been with me since the beginning of this journey.

There are a million ways to create and record music. There always will be. Keep your minds and hearts open, use and improve your skills and bring more music into the world.

Our own Tape Op Books is extremely proud to announce that we have published Phill Brown's Are We Still Rolling? In Tape Op #12 Chris Eckman and I interviewed Phill, and in issues 16 to 32 we ran excerpts from his then unpublished book. An amazing story, this is one of the finest memoirs of classic studio sessions one will ever read, with Phill's own personal story setting an arc across the music of the '60s to the current day. Many readers have asked us when this book would come out, so we did it ourselves. You can find Are We Still Rolling? wherever books are sold, so grab a copy today!

We're also excited to show off the magazine's new website. Dave Middleton, Hillary Johnson, AJ Wilhelm and the gang have been hard at work rebuilding and redesigning our site and filling it with more content than ever. Look for online bonus articles with each new issue, search our past gear reviews and enjoy videos and other new online content at tapeop.com.


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