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The name Jim Scott has graced many excellent albums since he made his debut as first engineer on Sting's The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Artists as varied as the Dixie Chicks, Wilco, John Fogerty, the...
 
Soundtoys Decapitator has been around for a while now, and it's one of my favorite plug-ins. I was surprised when Andy Hong asked if I wanted to review it — oddly, it had never been reviewed in...
 
The legendary TG12345 consoles made by EMI are very rare and scattered around the world, from England to Brazil. If you have scratched the surface of recording history, you know the impact that EMI...
 
Sometimes, it's right in front of your face, and you just don't see it. You're working with your preconceptions and past experiences — and it takes a little time, a flat out mistake, or just...
 
Carol Kaye is one of the most recorded bass players of all time, with 10,000 sessions and 40,000 songs under her belt, including a staggering list of hits for Ray Charles, The Righteous Brothers,...
 
You kids today and your audio interfaces. Back in my day, we had to trudge five miles uphill in the snow by foot to a dilapidated brick and mortar music shop, then find the one crusty, bitter employee...
 
This is the most innovative headphone I've ever seen, and it sounds great. Its low-frequency reproduction is especially impressive — better than any headphone in my collection. But before we...
 
Any one of Les Paul's amazing careers would make him remarkable. His wide-ranging excellence (and longevity) make him a legend and a living treasure. He is in the hall of fame for songwriting,...
 
When Roland's AIRA line was announced at NAMM last year, it was the buzz of the show, mainly for the new instruments inspired by the classic TR-808, TB-303 and SH-101. The VT-3 seemed a bit like the...
 
When Mike Rutherford steps in to his hotel lobby from the busy New York City streets, there's barely a stir. Though tall and remarkably unchanged from his days as the guitarist in Genesis and...
 
 
 

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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