How does a newbie learn the secret handshake of the recording community and master the tricks that make the pros sound so professional? Larry Crane's new video courses on lynda.com can...
 
 
What happens when a band, Washington, D.C.'s eclectic post-rock Beauty Pill, is commissioned to record their latest album over two weeks in a public arts center and become a live exhibit for patrons?...
 
THE "DRUG STORE TRUCK-DRIVING MAN" From Tape Op issue #2! Here's a true story from an engineer that was there: On the condition of anonymity, here's what happened, as best as I remember it... keep...
 
I recently had the chance to interview one of my favorite musician/studio owners, Peter Gabriel. The situation involved me and three other writers sitting in a wooden shed with an SSL at one end, in...
 
Sometimes recordists (and musicians, more broadly) have to ship a piece of gear - either to the manufacturer for repairs, or to the retailer as a return or exchange. Just as recording is more than...
 
Written by A. B. Daniels · Sept. 24, 2008
Soon after finishing a technical engineering degree, Tom Bugs completed and sold his first batch of Weevils. While working out how to give life to what would become BugBrand, Tom helped out at the...
 
Talk a little about your Lucas equipment. I started about '89 or '90. Really what inspired it was two things: It was always difficult recording guitars, because a lot of what I did experimenting on...
 
What exactly is/are "trombone-propelled electronics?" The backwards guitar pieces were fun to watch because of all those "horny guitars" (as my wife dubbed the highly pronged pawnshop specials that...
 
Hey, wait a minute - weren't all the great records supposed to be recorded in somebody's bedroom by now? By people in their twenties, on cheap software, with consumer-level gear? Wasn't there supposed...
 
Written by Allen Farmelo · June 18, 2007
What would be a typical framework for how you go about producing, from having met the artist to a finished record? Normally, when I first meet the artist we spend some time together, and then if it...
 
Written by Eric Furlong · Jan. 8, 2007
When I found out that I would be moving to Minneapolis, my friend Peter Holmstrom gave me Ed Ackerson's number. He told me Ed was a guy that I would have a lot in common with. In Portland, I had...