Jul/Aug 2001

Welcome to issue #24 of Tape Op.

 

Sit down for a minute, I've got something on my mind. I think I finally have an idea of what it is that makes the people we talk to in TAPE OP tick. It's passion. Whether it's Eddie Kramer pushing the limits of recording student's endurance, Steve Albini busting his ass to make Neurosis (As seen above) sound as amazing on record as live, or Plaid searching for new sounds — it's something that drives you to put in long days and overcome technology in order to make a work of art. Passion. Now that I've determined that, feel free to kick my ass if this magazine is ever devoid of passion, okay? I mean it. Thanks!

-Larry Crane

— Larry Crane, editor

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Plaid: Beyond Techno?

by The FezGuys

Plaid might be most well-known for their many remixes, especially those for Bjork and their own earlier trio, Black Dog. But it's the current duo's unique approach to the "techno" genre that sets them...

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On Top Of The World

by Larry Crane

I was at a large music conference when, after being introduced to a fellow engineer who's work I greatly admired, I found him asking me if there were any "world-class" studios in Portland, Oregon. I...

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Seek Wah effect pedal

by Z-Vex  |  reviewed by Pete Weiss

All right, this thing is really cool. Sadly, it's also very expensive and is an extreme example of a "one trick pony." But what a trick, man! The Seek Wah sends your signal through a series of...

MX-60 Front End One

by Drawmer  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I've had this in my studio for a few months now but didn't have much chance to use it until recently. To be honest, one of the reasons I didn't use it much is because I have several other mic...

Evil Twin model 90 tube direct box

by Eclair Engineering  |  reviewed by Henry Robinett

I've been a fan of the Evil Twin for several years. This is a great, warm tube direct box. You might wonder about the questionable extravagance of an $850 direct box. Well if you think of it as merely...

E-A-R Earmuff

by Peltor  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Quicker than inserting earplugs (and waiting for them to expand). Bright red and big - they're hard to lose. Put them on like headphones and walk into any tracking session without fear of blowing your...

MK 219

by Oktava  |  reviewed by Martin Chittum

Russian microphone manufacturer Oktava has been around since the 1950s. The MK 219 (a.k.a. MC 219) has been one of their most known and respected models for quite some time now, and is considered a...

Refillable Duster

by ReAir  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Instead of paying big bucks for prepackaged air check out the ReAir refillable air sprayer. With about ten strokes of a standard bicycle pump, you've got a canister full of compressed air to blow crap...

Platinum MixMaster

by Focusrite  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

In my living room studio, I mix on a Sony DMX-R100 digital console feeding my 24-bit Alesis Masterlink via a digital link. Therefore, I don't have much of a need for an analog mixdown processor....

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Music Reviews

F CD

by Fontanelle | reviewed by Roman Sokal

Former Jessamine cohorts Andy Brown and Rex Ritter and friends step up the flow of their liquid space jazz funk to the next level. Whereas their debut was doused with the textural jams of Miles Davis,...

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Wild Horse CD

by Torrez | reviewed by Roman Sokal

Led by the spiritual struggling-for-peace vocals of Kim Torres, this New Hampshire four-piece beautifully characterizes the sounds of damaged loneliness, abuse, autism and stillness. The surreal...

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SGNL05 CD

by ISIS | reviewed by Roman Sokal

ISIS blend minimalist-dub, music concrete and heavy churning tribal psychedelic drone to create a hypnotically intense listening experience. Recorded at the Outpost in Stoughton, MA, as well as...

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Stratosfear CD

by Unisex | reviewed by William Bernhard

British band Unisex was formed in 1996 as a collaboration between members of the seminal shoegazing band the Telescopes - Stephen Lawrie and Jo Loland with Nick Hemming. Since then the group has...

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Lateralus CD/LP

by Tool | reviewed by Roman Sokal

Between the months of October 2000 and January 2001, producer/engineer David Bottrill (see issue #19) sonically conducted and committed a musical masterpiece to tape: Tool's Lateralus. The 79 minute...

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