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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
Richard Kaplan, owner engineer of famed recording studio Indigo Ranch [Tape Op #103] is selling the remainder of his classic equipment collection.  It includes vintage and rare pieces by API, Aengus, Fairchild, Teletronix, Neumann and...
I'm not actually going to review the music on this record; it's free, just go get it and listen to it yourself. Instead, I'm a bit fascinated by the mechanics of the release itself. As my wife said when I told her I had the record, "Does anybody...
Just a quick note about the upcoming Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in Los Angeles. We have arranged for all Tape Op readers to receive a free Exhibits Plus Badge to the convention. This badge is good for the Exhibition PLUS all...
Legendary record producer Bill Szymczyk helped dial in sounds for The Eagles, Joe Walsh, The James Gang, The Who, Elvin Bishop, and The J. Geils Band. Many have argued that AOR...

Welcome to the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Tape Op!

While interviewing Bob Weston in 2000 for Tape Op #18, one of his comments took me by surprise. He told me, "Some bands just assume I won't record them. They assume I'm too busy, that I'm too expensive or that I only approach bands. When I hear that someone's afraid to call me, or assumes they can't call me, I can't even believe it." I'd always assumed since Bob worked on records that my friends and I bought and listened to that he was a hot commodity in the studio and that he was able to pick and choose projects to suit his taste and timeframe. The reality is that he was (gratefully) taking most any job that came down the pike in order to keep busy.

People's perceptions of how busy, inaccessible or picky a producer/engineer might be are often skewed. Most of us are easy to contact (see Vance Powell's, "People wonder how to find me and I say, 'Google me!'" in #82). Many folks are far more affordable than their

credits might lead you to believe. And everyone needs work; no matter how "cool" their job may appear. I recently talked to a good friend of mine who had a number of weeks work disappear overnight when a record label changed their mind on a band, and he's the kind of producer whom you might assume was always busy. We all live mostly day-to-day in this business (those of us crazy enough to attempt to make it a full time job) and what keeps clients coming our way is word of mouth, our back catalogs and musicians who wish to work with us. So to all the artists out there who admire the work of anyone on the other side of the glass, please consider that we might be much more available than you assume and that we'd be happy to work with you on any project.


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