Tape Log

Blog posts about recording from our senior staff.

May 5, 2014

How Portable Head-Fi Can Help Save The Record Industry

by Allen Farmelo

head-fi: n, audiophile-grade headphone systems.portable: adj, able to be easily carried. The record industry is about twenty-five years into a massive devaluation of its products. This devaluation is not due to some invisible calculus the way, say,...

April 6, 2014

Could 192k Simply Make Good Common Sense?

by Allen Farmelo

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...

Jan. 21, 2014

End Rant #99: It's the Little Things That Count

by Larry Crane

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...

Dec. 2, 2013

"Evaluate My Recordings"

by Larry Crane

"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...

Nov. 15, 2013

End Rant #98: Welcome to the Service Industry

by Larry Crane

When I graduated from college, I dove headlong into restaurant work in order to survive. I had a degree in Visual Communications and a minor in Art from an un- prestigious college, but near the end of my studies I'd begun playing bass in a band...

Oct. 21, 2013

Great Acoustics Video

by Garrett Haines

Many of us appreciate the need for acoustic treatments, but few really understand some of the reasons behind it all.   The problem is acoustics is a discipline of physics, and physics is often enshrouded in math, complex calculations, and...

Sept. 16, 2013

End Rant #97: Ease of Use

by Larry Crane

CASE ONE: Many years ago I was sent a very complex piece of recording equipment to review. It basically performed one simple function; but its inherent design was the concept that every parameter could be adjusted. Some similar devices I already...