Tape Log

Blog posts by Geoff Stanfield

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!

Jan. 21, 2022

Explore the Ondioline!

by Geoff Stanfield

Wally De Backer (a.k.a. Gotye) has put together an extensive collection of information and photos about the Ondioline, a electronic musical instrument from the 1940's, on a new website www.ondioline.com! 

Nov. 28, 2021

Tape Op Staff Favs for 2021

by Geoff Stanfield

It's that time of year again where we go back through our digital listening histories or simply look over at the turntable to get a handle on just what we were enjoying this past year. There were a ton of great releases this year, many of them...

Sept. 10, 2021

King Gizzard Strikes Again

by Geoff Stanfield

For their eighth (!!!) release in three years, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard give the world Butterfly 3000. It is hard to know what to expect from this band of Aussies. They have spanned the genre spectrum with metal, garage-psychedelia,...

June 29, 2021

John Carroll Kirby - Septet

by Geoff Stanfield

John Caroll Kirby - Septet  It is a great time for music and recording. The pandemic drove many artists into their bedrooms and living spaces to make recordings and others figured out ways to get into studios safely. I get a load of new...

April 13, 2021

Tape Op Turns 25!

by Geoff Stanfield

April 15th marks the 25th anniversary of Tape Op Magazine! To mark the occasion, Tape Op founder and editor Larry Crane is making a series of short videos talking about the journey of the mag and some of the memories had along the...

March 12, 2021

New Gear Giveaways!

by Geoff Stanfield

Check out the latest gear giveaways from our advertisers and enter to win! Retro Intruments 500 Pre Giveaway! Enter to Win a 500PRE Here!   Audix Mics and Headphones Giveaway! Enter to Win Audix Mics and Headphones!   Baby...