Tape Log

Blog posts about recording from our senior staff.

Sept. 29, 2014

U2's Songs of Innocence "Review"

by John Baccigaluppi

I'm not actually going to review the music on this record; it's free, just go get it and listen to it yourself. Instead, I'm a bit fascinated by the mechanics of the release itself. As my wife said when I told her I had the record, "Does anybody...

May 5, 2014

How Portable Head-Fi Can Help Save The Record Industry

by Allen Farmelo

head-fi: n, audiophile-grade headphone systems.portable: adj, able to be easily carried. The record industry is about twenty-five years into a massive devaluation of its products. This devaluation is not due to some invisible calculus the way, say,...

April 6, 2014

Could 192k Simply Make Good Common Sense?

by Allen Farmelo

As we exit the era of digital audio data compression and begin the ascent into higher sample rates for consumer consumption (via multiple platforms, though most popularly Neil Young's PONO system), we are finding ourselves as a community of...

Jan. 21, 2014

End Rant #99: It's the Little Things That Count

by Larry Crane

Years ago John Fischbach, a well-established and respected producer/engineer, came to my studio to record an album that our mutual friend, Luther Russell, was producing. [See Tape Op #21.] In those days my studio, Jackpot! Recording, was a diamond...

Dec. 2, 2013

"Evaluate My Recordings"

by Larry Crane

"I sent a package to you several months ago containing some music I asked you to evaluate for me. I respect your background and was hoping that you personally might allow for cutting out a spare hour to do me this favor. Since I never heard from you...

Nov. 15, 2013

End Rant #98: Welcome to the Service Industry

by Larry Crane

When I graduated from college, I dove headlong into restaurant work in order to survive. I had a degree in Visual Communications and a minor in Art from an un- prestigious college, but near the end of my studies I'd begun playing bass in a band...