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Blog posts by Larry Crane

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by Larry Crane

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...

Nov. 21, 2014

End Rant #104: Food for Thought

by Larry Crane

I've pulled together a collection of recent thoughts I've had about the recording process. You can agree or not agree. The important thing is to use your ears, mind, and creativity to make great recordings. Recording equipment...

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...

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...

July 2, 2013

You Don't Have a Clue How Records are Made Do You?

by Larry Crane

A year ago I read this quote from self-proclaimed expert music biz blogger, Bob Lefsetz:  "We live in a lo-fi era. You can focus on sound quality, but most people can't hear it. There's a chance hi-fi is coming back, but do you really have...

May 14, 2013

End Rant # 95: Recording as a Career?

by Larry Crane

Here's a recent email I received: "I am interested in what you do and how you do it. I guess I am not the average person looking to get into audio engineering. I am 44 and I am an anesthesiologist looking for a second career. I am an audiophile,...

May 9, 2013

Moscozzi Studio Construction Blog

by Larry Crane

Michael Cozzi (Guitarist/Producer Shriekback, Sky Cries Mary etc... ) dropped us a line about his newly built Moscozzi Studio in Seattle. he says, "I was able to complete it on a shoestring budget using largely re-salvaged materials." Luckily for...