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by Larry Crane

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...

Jan/Feb 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 111

TOC Intro #111

by Larry Crane

There's a subtle, interesting thought that pops up several times in this issue. Dave Pensado mentions, "I hate it when I hear somebody trying to be clever." Andrija Tokic notes that his "least...

Nov/Dec 2015

End Rant  |  No. 110

Don't Give Up

by Larry Crane

I'm in front of the console, about one hour into a mixing session with a new client in attendance.  I've got too much on my mind, an issue of the magazine to write and edit, gear to upgrade...

Nov/Dec 2015

TOC Intro  |  No. 110

TOC 110

by Larry Crane

I'll bet a lot of our readers know this feeling. You labor over a recording, working so hard, and eventually the music gets released into the world. You feel proud knowing something good has been...

Sep/Oct 2015

End Rant  |  No. 109

Negative Creeping

by Larry Crane

Last year I met up for beers with an audio engineer who was passing through town while doing front of house for a well-known artist on a sold out tour. While we were chatting about life and audio, he...

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