Tape Log

Blog posts about recording from our senior staff.

Aug. 11, 2020

Review Retraction: Buff Multifunctional Headwear

by Geoff Stanfield

I wrote a review of the Buff Multifunctional Headwear for issue #138 of Tape Op, but based on a study done at Duke University and reported on by the Washington Post today, I am retracting that review and recommending that you do NOT use the Buff...

July 7, 2020

Dub Starter Kit Playlist

by Geoff Stanfield

If you are a Tape Op reader, you know our recent issue #136 had a focus on Dub Reggae. But beyond King Tubby, Lee Perry and Scientist, many people wonder where they should start with their listening to explore the genre. I asked recent interviewee...

June 2, 2020

June 1st, 2020

by Geoff Stanfield

Dear Tape Op Readers, We are feeling overwhelmed and deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd. Unfortunately this is far from an isolated incident.  Our voices and collective action have never been more needed than right now.  Human...

April 29, 2020

RIP Hal Willner 1956-2020

by Geoff Stanfield

Eric Liljestrand remembers his friend and working partner Hal Willner Hal and I spent countless hours, days, weeks, months in dark rooms all over creating some of the most original albums and film scores the world will ever hear. A solid third of...

April 27, 2020

Need Gear? Buy It Here and Help Keep Tape Op Free!

by Geoff Stanfield

Gear is not the answer to all your problems, but you are going to need it to record! When you buy it from one of our advertiser retailers via the Tape Op website or our social media channels, Tape Op receives a small commission, which, like our...

April 21, 2020

Great Reads on Recording and Music

by Geoff Stanfield

Here is a list of some of the books on recording and music that we have added to the reading (or re-reading!) queue recently.  Are We Still Rolling?by Phill BrownGreat studio session stories about The Rolling Stones, Talk Talk, Hendrix, Led...

April 7, 2020

The Origin of Tape Op Magazine

by Geoff Stanfield

by Larry Crane In 1996 my life changed. A few years earlier, I had been in a busy band (Vomit Launch, a precursor to what became indie rock) putting out albums and touring for almost eight years. In late 1992 we called it quits. I’d moved...

April 4, 2020

Resources for Artists During COVID-19 Pandemic

by Geoff Stanfield

Art is Alive is a solidarity effort aimed at providing resources, spreading awareness and building connectedness within the artistic and creative freelance communities impacted by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Created by artist Rhiannon Giddens, and...

April 2, 2020

Tape Op Staff Heavy Rotation Quarantine Listening

by Geoff Stanfield

Amidst all the bad news and chaos in the world, there are a few silver linings. One of them is having a bit of extra time for listening. Whether it's while you are working from home, maniacally crafting or cooking that 57th batch of cookies, it...

March 19, 2020

A Note from Tape Op’s Editor and Founder

by Geoff Stanfield

The worldwide COVID-19 situation is affecting us all at this moment. Years ago I was a gigging musician and restaurant worker, and I feel I essentially still live a gig economy life - depending on Tape Op and studio bookings for personal income....