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by Larry Crane

Mar/Apr 2017

TOC Intro  |  No. 118

Intro / TOC #118

by Larry Crane

A lot of times during recording sessions people ask me if I'm able to listen to music outside the studio without being super critical of what I'm hearing. Usually this follows 30 minutes of using...

Jan/Feb 2017

TOC Intro  |  No. 117

Intro / TOC #117

by Larry Crane

Here’s one constant scenario I run into: A client comes to me with tracks to mix. They’ve recorded in a home studio, or some such modest setting. Their gear list is fairly limited, maybe...

Nov/Dec 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 116

Intro / TOC #116

by Larry Crane

A few months ago I saw an opening in my calendar. A colleague, Brent Rogers, who works across town at REX Production & Post, had offered to take me out to lunch and give me a tour of the place. It...

Sep/Oct 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 115

Intro / TOC #115

by Larry Crane

Looking back over the history of recorded music, one thing is for sure: the technology used is always in flux. When I’ve interviewed engineers from the ‘60s or ‘70s, there will...

Jul/Aug 2016

End Rant  |  No. 114

Just Start Over

by Larry Crane

I remember a session, 17 years ago, with the band Quasi, for the album Field Studies. We'd tracked a song, "Birds." I thought the initial take was fine, and I believe we'd started overdubbing on it....

Jul/Aug 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 114

Intro / TOC #114

by Larry Crane

I’ve always understood music to be a very pure thing. In my mind, the only reason one would play music and create albums was to make art. It wasn’t until I’d been immersed in the...

May/Jun 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 113

Intro / TOC #113

by Larry Crane

Many times the only obstacle to getting great recordings is simply us. We think before we listen. We convince ourselves that the right mic has been chosen, that the room doesn't sound that bad, and...

Mar/Apr 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 112

TOC 112

by Larry Crane

Right after this issue comes out, April 15th, 2016 will come around. What's the significance of this date? It marks 20 years of Tape Op Magazine. As the founder and editor of this humble mag, I am in...

Jan/Feb 2016

End Rant  |  No. 111

Don't Trust Your Microphones

by Larry Crane

While interviewing Andrija Tokic for this issue of Tape Op he told me, "Mics are nothing like ears. It's about learning how to get what you like out of a sound." I couldn't agree more. I'm...

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