Tape Log

Blog posts about recording from our senior staff.



by Geoff Stanfield

By Pete Droge Recently, I unearthed a cassette tape from a box labeled "late 90s." The spine read "Warren Pash at Got Wheels." The tape contained two Pash originals I produced, engineered, and mixed: "Blue River" and "Bones & Stones."  ...

May 22, 2023

Surfing with Don Zientara

by Geoff Stanfield

By John BaccigaluppiPhotos by Cynthia Connolly If you haven't yet, check out Larry's review in this issue for some insight into the recently published book, The Inner Ear of Don Zientara. I hope you know who Don is. As Ted Nicely says in the book,...

April 16, 2023

Boston's Q Division Studios Is Back!

by Geoff Stanfield

After 20 years at the Davis Square location (and a previous 15 years on Albany Street), Boston’s Q Division Studios had to close its doors in July of 2021. Through the years, Q Division was host to a diverse group of artists, including Aimee...

Feb. 7, 2023

There's An App for That!

by Geoff Stanfield

Hello Friends, Yes the rumours are true! We are happy to announce the release of the Tape Op iPad app! And for those folks that are not Apple product users don't despair, there is an Andriod version coming soon.  You can log in using...

Dec. 14, 2022

The Rest of the Best List 2022

by Geoff Stanfield

Well friends, there were just too many great albums this year, and so here is the "Rest of the Best". Andy and John both had super extensive year end favorites lists and make up the bulk of this list. I will need a good chunk of 2023 to dig in to...

Dec. 4, 2022

Tape Op Staff Favorite Albums of 2022

by Geoff Stanfield

Hard to believe that 2022 is already coming to a close. As was true in 2021, it was obvious that as the world was on lock down, artists were busy using their time to be creative and the result was an incredible amount of fantastic releases across...

June 7, 2022

Remembering Dave Smith

by Geoff Stanfield

On May 31st, 2022 we lost synthesis pioneer Dave Smith. Tape Op contributor Alex Maiolo wrote this lovey tribute to remember him by.-GS Don Buchla, Robert Moog, Tom Oberheim, Delia Derbyshire, Peter Zinovieff, Roger Linn, Hiroaki Nishijima,...

May 11, 2022

Spring Studio Checklist

by Geoff Stanfield

Spring has sprung in the Northwest, which means it's still raining, and possibly snowing with a few stellar sunny days thrown in for good measure. The trees are leafing out and there is that lovely dusting of pollen and fallen cherry blossoms on...

May 11, 2022

It's Not What You Know...

by Geoff Stanfield

Berklee College of Music sponsored a recent Tape Op newsletter and it got me thinking about music schools. In terms of my personal recording path, I learned on my own through trial and error and via mentors. You can read a little bit about that...

March 23, 2022

Michael Belfer 1959-2022

by Geoff Stanfield

Guitarist Michael Belfer passed away March 20, 2022 from a series of compounding health issues. He was a friend and my bandmate in Black Lab back in the late ’90s. His unique playing and sound was an influence on players such as Sonic...

March 7, 2022

Red Panda BitMap Video Review

by Geoff Stanfield

Ivan Anderson reviewed the Red Panda BitMap 2 pedal in the latest issue of Tape Op, but he also makes great and highly entertaining videos for many of his reviews. Enjoy!