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Tape Op Staff Favorites of 2020

by Geoff Stanfield

2020. What a year. Since very few of who reading this will have recently relocated from a nearby galaxy I won't get into the specifics, but we all know what kind of year it was and many of us are glad it's almost gone. It certainly will not be...

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A Look Back at Tape Op Holiday Cards

by Geoff Stanfield

Every year at about this time Tape Op Magazine sends out a holiday card to our writers and advertisers as a bit of cheer. This year, in thinking about those in our communities who are struggling, we have opted not to do a card and instead make a...

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Our Favorite Holiday Albums

by Geoff Stanfield

It's officially December, so go ahead and break out the holiday music! Here are a few favs getting spins in the Tape Op homes. Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You a Swingin' ChristmasListen on Spotify Trio West - Holiday...

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Dec. 3, 2020

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Tape Op Staff Favorites of 2020

by Geoff Stanfield

2020. What a year. Since very few of who reading this will have recently relocated from a nearby galaxy I won't get into the specifics, but we all know what kind of year it was and many of us are glad it's almost gone. It certainly will not be...

Dec. 8, 2020

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A Look Back at Tape Op Holiday Cards

by Geoff Stanfield

Every year at about this time Tape Op Magazine sends out a holiday card to our writers and advertisers as a bit of cheer. This year, in thinking about those in our communities who are struggling, we have opted not to do a card and instead make a...

Dec. 9, 2020

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Introducing DISCussion!

by Geoff Stanfield

During one of the many calls I have on a regular basis with my musician and audio professional friends, it dawned on me what a priveldge these conversations are and thought it might be a good idea to share them with a larger audience as a way to take...

Dec. 1, 2020

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Our Favorite Holiday Albums

by Geoff Stanfield

It's officially December, so go ahead and break out the holiday music! Here are a few favs getting spins in the Tape Op homes. Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You a Swingin' ChristmasListen on Spotify Trio West - Holiday...

Nov. 23, 2020

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Intro / TOC #140

by Larry Crane

As a music recording magazine, certainly one of the aspects of what we do involves recommending and mentioning the tools used in our craft. The variety of recording equipment and range of cost has...

Nov. 23, 2020

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Can You Hear What You're Doing?

by Larry Crane

One of the biggest weak spots in every recording chain is usually right in front of you, and it's a very obvious one – once you think about it. How are you monitoring the audio that you're...

Nov. 23, 2020

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Gear Geeking w/ Andy...

by Andy Hong

During this pandemic, I've been listening to a lot more podcasts than in the past — whether I want to catch up on news, learn something new, or simply be entertained. As with anything online,...

Nov. 16, 2020

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Music for People That Like Cats

by Geoff Stanfield

A few months back while on a call with Tape Op publisher John Baccigaluppi, he mentioned that he was working on an album project where the majority of the sounds were generated by his cat Raspy. That is not to say that Raspy actually sat down...

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DIY Diffusors

by Brad Williams

While hardly a glamorous concept, room acoustics represent a critical link in the recording or playback chain. While comprehensive room design is a complex cocktail of science, math and chance...

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Build Your Own Spring Reverb

by Scott Hampton

I have been a big fan of spring and plate reverbs for decades, and over the past three years I have spent a significant amount of time diving into the wormhole of designing and building them,...

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DIY Reverb

by Nicolas Collins

In the disembodied world of today's computer-based multitrack mixing, one can spend a lot of time crafting a unifying sense of "space." Despite the dozens of reverb plug-ins and rack devices...

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