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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...
 
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...
 
 
 

Welcome to the Mar/Apr 2013 issue of Tape Op!

I spend a fair amount of time pondering what to write about for the End Rant of Tape Op. We are 94 issues in, and sometimes it's difficult to think of topics I haven't covered before. Being that I own a commercial recording studio, I frequently consider the way in which it's run. But I also wonder about the relevance of writing about owning a service business like this, and whether lessons learned there would be of interest to all of our readers. This issue I thought of a topic, something so obvious and right in front of me I feel there are aspects of this that would apply to anyone working in a creative field, and maybe - just maybe - I could drive home a point about recording that's been very important to me from the beginning. Check it out here.

At Tape Op we rarely have "themed" issues, but in 94 we go on a journey into the deepest heart of Texas. For a number of years I've made the springtime trek to the fine city of Austin for the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference. I love going to Texas, and visiting Austin - such a vibrant music town. If you’re down there I hope we see you at our Tape Op Party (Thursday, March 14th at the Lucky Lounge) – it’s always a blast. Enjoy!

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