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Yesterday, electronic musician, producer, educator, and all around tech-forward-woman-in-audio, Erin Barra, is releasing "Dear John," the single from her upcoming EP, Undefined. Barra, however, is taking a much more literal approach to the term -...
 
Everyone has been talking about Dave Grohl's new documentary Sound City a lot lately. That's cool; it's a fun romp of a movie, even if Dave can't decide whether he's making a film about a Neve console, a dying studio, a rock star jam session or an...
 
With news of Neil Young pushing to get studio quality audio out to the consumer, it occurred to me that it would be good to get some perspective on how we go about comparing audio quality.  One of the most problematic issues surrounding audio...
 
As we exit the era of digital audio data compression and begin the ascent into higher sample rates for consumer consumption (via multiple platforms, though most popularly Neil Young's PONO system), we are finding ourselves as a community of...
 
With news of Neil Young pushing to get studio quality audio out to the consumer, it occurred to me that it would be good to get some perspective on how we go about comparing audio quality.  One of the most problematic issues surrounding audio...
 
Creating Community - A Regional Audio Industry Gathering On Saturday March 5, Recording Arts & Technology (RAT) @ Cuyahoga Community College will host a Regional Audio Recording Industry Gathering and Open House from 4-10pm at the new...
 
Subconscious Auditory Effects (SAE) is a term I have cobbled together to encapsulate a broad range of phenomena in this barely-studied field of inquiry.  An SAE is any measurable effect on a person caused by a sound, or change in sound, that is...
 
In a fascinating and really open Facebook debate initiated by fellow producer, cycling enthuiasist, and coffee-drinking pal, Eric Ambel (www.ericambel.com), I was alerted to what was finally a clear insight into how and why Spotify could possibly...
 
In a fascinating and really open Facebook debate initiated by fellow producer, cycling enthuiasist, and coffee-drinking pal, Eric Ambel (www.ericambel.com), I was alerted to what was finally a clear insight into how and why Spotify could possibly...
 
As recording continues to become a predominantly freelance profession and as more artists decide to operate without the aid of record labels, setting our various agreements into writing is even more important. These days there are fewer standard...
 
I'm about to write something that at first will seem like another gray-beard waxing nostalgic for a by-gone analog era. But, stick with me, because I think the tables are turning to where going analog might be as forward-thinking as it gets. Let's...
 
Everyone has been talking about Dave Grohl's new documentary Sound City a lot lately. That's cool; it's a fun romp of a movie, even if Dave can't decide whether he's making a film about a Neve console, a dying studio, a rock star jam session or an...
 
"...from what I have seen, the industry is fatally flawed. Everyone seems to want something for nothing and few are willing to pay for what something is actually worth. Plus, there are thousands of graduates flooding recording studios each year...
 
Over the last few years we've seen an explosion of online music services. Pandora, iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Soundcloud and dozens of other platforms are touted as groundbreaking ways to deliver music to listeners. But this success is on the...
 
Dear Tape Op Reader, We wanted to let you, the folks we make this magazine for, aware of a fundamental change in our business.  Short version: We are cutting our ad rates nearly in half. Why? Here's the long version: Tape Op is an...
 
    Issue 99 of Tape Op is now available! In this issue we have: - Brad Wood on the Idful Music Corporation and making Liz Phair's Exile In Guysville - Tim Palmer on coming up as an engineer in late 70's London scene and the mixing...
 
After reading Larry's "Eliminate Variables" End Rant from last issue, I was compelled to write a response. Don't get me wrong, I agree completely with everything he said; so before you read any further, revisit the back page of issue #92. I...
 
So for quite a while now we've been trying to figure out how to best bring the full Tape Op print magazine into the digital era, and we've think we've settled on some sort of mobile app..but we'd really like your input before committing to one...
 
Years ago John Fischbach, a well-established and respected producer/engineer, came to my studio to record an album that our mutual friend, Luther Russell, was producing. [See Tape Op #21.] In those days my studio, Jackpot! Recording, was a diamond...
 
A reader just informed me that APPLE's recent Logic Pro X includes "Drummer", a virtual drummer plug-in. One of the virtual drummers is named "aidan", who apparently cannot find the CAPS key on his virtual MacBook. In Aidan's "Portland Kit" we...
 
A reader just informed me that APPLE's recent Logic Pro X includes "Drummer", a virtual drummer plug-in. One of the virtual drummers is named "aidan", who apparently cannot find the CAPS key on his virtual MacBook. In Aidan's "Portland Kit" we...
 
"I sent a package to you several months ago containing some music I asked you to evaluate for me. I respect your background and was hoping that you personally might allow for cutting out a spare hour to do me this favor. Since I never heard from you...
 
Dear Tape Op Reader, We wanted to let you, the folks we make this magazine for, aware of a fundamental change in our business.  Short version: We are cutting our ad rates nearly in half. Why? Here's the long version: Tape Op is an...
 
I don't want to explore this concept with as many words as I might for a Tape Op "End Rant", but I had to dump this shit out of my mind immediately. Someone dropped me a line recently; "I'd like you to hear this record I worked on. We didn't use EQ,...
 
Due to some abrupt and unexpected events with our mobile app developers, we are making some big changes to the ways our readers can digitally access our magazine. We think it will be way better for everybody - including our current iPad app readers -...
 
This is a fascinating article about a brand new study in human auditory perception that is showing that there have been "naive" applications of mathematical formulas onto our understanding of human auditory perception. I cannot claim to...
 
Wall Street PR reports on the woes of Avid, the company behind Pro Tools. What does the future hold? I'm just terrified of having to learn a new platform, buying more gear and software, and there not being a de facto DAW standard for professional...
 
    Issue 98 of Tape Op Magazine is out now! In this issue: - Ed Stasium recounts decades of making records with everyone from Gladys Knight to the Ramones to Living Colour - Manny Nieto puts a L.A. recording career on hold to spend...
 
I don't want to explore this concept with as many words as I might for a Tape Op "End Rant", but I had to dump this shit out of my mind immediately. Someone dropped me a line recently; "I'd like you to hear this record I worked on. We didn't use EQ,...
 
Over the last few years we've seen an explosion of online music services. Pandora, iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Soundcloud and dozens of other platforms are touted as groundbreaking ways to deliver music to listeners. But this success is on the...
 
 

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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