Women in Audio

Features on Women in Audio Engineering and Production!

Sept. 13, 2023  |  No. 157

SASAMI: Conjuring the Space

by Meredith Hobbs Coons

SASAMI, born Sasami Ashworth, has been a sought-after “jack of all trades” in the indie music world since returning to her hometown of Los Angeles following graduation from classical...

Sept. 13, 2023  |  No. 157

Arooj Aftab: Making Music for Everybody

by Lisa Machac

A compelling Brooklyn-based Pakistani composer, vocalist, and producer, Arooj Aftab's 2021 album, Vulture Prince, brought her voice and music a lot of attention, as well as a Grammy for Best Global...

May 10, 2023  |  No. 155

Hill Kourkoutis: Thriving & Growing

by Lisa Machac

A songwriter, producer, mixer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, director, and actress, Hill Kourkoutis is based in Barrie, a small town outside of Toronto, Canada. In addition to her recording and...

March 14, 2023  |  No. 154

Gina Birch: She Plays Her Bass Loud

by Larry Crane

Along with Ana da Silva, Gina Birch led The Raincoats from 1977 to 1984 in England, reforming in 1993, and still collaborating to this day. Their unique approach to music inspired many, including...

March 14, 2023  |  No. 154

Julie Last: The Technical With The Emotional


With a start at New York City's Record Plant in the mid-'70s, Julie Last continued with her career at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles. Now living in Woodstock, NY, she runs her own Cold Brook...

Jan. 11, 2023  |  No. 153

Marta Salogni: Having that Knowledge

by Larry Crane

A pure obsession with sound drove a young woman from her rural Italian home to the UK and into London’s recording studios. A relentless drive to learn how everything in audio works then set her...

Jan. 11, 2023  |  No. 153

Isabelle Banos: Opening the Door

by Lisa Machac

A producer, songwriter, and a founding member of the alternative pop band Caveboy, Isabelle Banos is based in Montreal, Canada. Her passion for empowerment through education has led her to become a...

Nov. 15, 2022  |  No. 152

Gaelynn Lea Tressler

by Ian Brennan

Gaelynn Lea is one of the most original musicians and songwriters working today. She also happens, by chance, to be a wheelchair user. Incredibly prolific, she has released three solo albums, as well...

Sept. 15, 2022  |  No. 151

Suzy Shinn: Soaking Up the Sun

by Sadie Dupuis

Suzy Shinn was just a little kid in Wichita, Kansas, when she began exhibiting the instincts that have since made her a rising star producer and songwriter. “I forced all my friends to be in...

May 14, 2022  |  No. 149

Sami Perez: Breaking the Rules

by Avinash Mittur

Many folks who work in the studio straddle the line between musician and engineer on any given day. Sami Perez has kept her feet in both worlds since her teenage years. The result is a sparkling body...

March 8, 2022  |  No. 148

Beau Sorenson & Maryam Qudus

by John Baccigaluppi

I’ve known Beau Sorenson for close to ten years now, and around two years ago I met his wife, Maryam Qudus. They are recording engineers and producers, and both create their own music. They work...

Jan. 12, 2022  |  No. 147

Sandy Stone: A Life of Purpose

by Jane Chiles

A multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, educator, programmer, and author, Sandy Stone’s lived a full enough life to fill several books. With a list of credits that includes Jimi Hendrix,...

Jan. 21, 2022  |  No. 147

Esperanza Spalding: Leaning Into It

by Larry Crane

With her eighth album, Songwrights Apothecary Lab, vocalist, bassist, and fearless explorer Esperanza Spalding blends input from various disciplines and asks the question, “What do we need a...

Sept. 14, 2021  |  No. 145

NOVA WAV: Believing in Magic

by Lisa Machac

Brittany "Chi" Coney and Denisia "Blu June" Andrews have been working together as the songwriting and producing duo NOVA WAV for over a decade. Based in Los Angeles, the Grammy-winning pair has...

July 7, 2021  |  No. 144

Julie McLarnon: A Truly Analogue Cat

by Larry Crane

In Northern Ireland, in a certain region of the countryside, you can find Analogue Catalogue Recording Studios. This residential studio is run by Julie McLarnon, an engineer/producer with a...

March 15, 2021  |  No. 142

Sadie Dupuis: In the Details

by Larry Crane

Who is Sadie Dupuis? A writer, singer, and guitar player in the band Speedy Ortiz. Producer, writer, and collaborator behind Sad13. Label owner of Wax Nine Records. A writer, with a book of poetry...

Jan. 19, 2021  |  No. 141

Piper Payne: Respect For the Craft

by Ian Brennan

A drummer turned mastering engineer, Piper Payne is a Bay Area audio professional who I’ve long admired. She has worked with the likes of The Go-Go’s, Shannon & the Clams, Third Eye...

Nov. 17, 2020  |  No. 140

Sarah Jarosz: Transition & Growth

by Geoff Stanfield

At 29, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sarah Jarosz has already had a lifetime's worth of musical accomplishments. Signing her first deal at 16 with Sugar Hill Records, she has since released...

Nov. 17, 2020  |  No. 140

Anne Gauthier of La La Land Studios

by Dawn Landes

Anne Gauthier is a producer, engineer, and drummer who cut her teeth in the Montreal punk scene, touring with bands like TR/ST and The Frenetics. In 2015 she relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, and...

Sept. 15, 2020  |  No. 139

Heba Kadry: Building Community

by Geoff Stanfield

What do Björk, Beach House, Slowdive, Liturgy, !!!, The Mars Volta, Deerhunter, Explosions in the Sky, serpentwithfeet, and Ryuichi Sakamoto all have in common? Mastering and mixing engineer...

May 24, 2020  |  No. 137

Emily Wells: Just Use Your Ears

by Larry Crane

I met Emily Wells years ago and we immediately hit it off, talking about gear and careers. She's released a number of albums of her unique compositions and excellent musicianship (her violin playing...

March 22, 2020  |  No. 136

Amy King: Versatile... Dedicated.

by Roman Sokal

Grant Avenue Studio, based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is a prestigious, fabled, and legendary studio originally built by the brothers Bob and Daniel Lanois [Tape Op #37, #127]. In 1985, musician...

Jan. 18, 2020  |  No. 135

Ebonie Smith: Keeping the Flow

by Angelica Tavella

Last year I had the opportunity to pay a visit to Atlantic Records, right off of Times Square in New York City, to have a conversation with their Senior Engineer, Ebonie Smith. We talked about her...

May 16, 2019  |  No. 131

Catherine Vericolli: A Sense of Wonder

by Larry Crane

Since 2006 Catherine Vericolli has run her Fivethirteen Recording in Tempe, outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Along with long-time engineer Dominic Armstrong, she's kept the studio busy and growing in a...

Nov. 17, 2018  |  No. 128

SassyBlack: Cathartic and Spiritual

by Larry Crane

Her bio states, "SassyBlack is a space aged singer, songwriter & producer," and that is a great starting point in digging into her career, one that also includes the titles of freelance writer,...

March 18, 2018  |  No. 124

Christina Kubisch: The Hidden Sounds

by Larry Crane

German composer and performance artist Christina Kubisch has created electronic and acoustic music for installations since the '70s. Her work focuses on finding sounds where no one expects, and her...

Jan. 18, 2017  |  No. 117

Susan Rogers: From Prince to Ph.D.

by Larry Crane

Not only is Susan Rogers a record producer, engineer, mixer, and audio electronics technician, she has a doctorate in psychology (having studied music cognition and psychoacoustics) from McGill...

March 15, 2013  |  No. 94

Linda Gerard: She's Fabulous

by Larry Crane, Jenna Zine

Some time back I was given the interesting job of restoring tapes and 7-inch singles on a unique project for the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs. I enlisted the aid of Jamie Howarth and his...

March 15, 2012  |  No. 88

Merrill Garbus: of tUnE-yArDs

by Eli Crews

Merrill Garbus is the founder and central figure of tUnE-yArDs, an extraordinary band that I have had the honor of traveling with over the past year in support of their fantastic album w h o k i l...

Nov. 15, 2010  |  No. 80

Dawn Landes

by Larry Crane

Years ago I met a young woman who was assisting at several studios and working with music people around New York City. She hooked Tape Op up with an interesting interview with stomp box designer John...

Nov. 15, 2009  |  No. 74

Working with Leslie Ann Jones

by Richard Barone

Going into the studio as an artist, there's nothing I look for more than magic. When producing someone else's music I get deep into the mechanics of "how", but when it's my own tune, voice and guitar,...

Sept. 15, 2001  |  No. 25

Meg Lee Chin: & her portable studio

by Julian Standen

Meg Lee Chin has been recording since her college days in San Francisco, when she recorded Faith No More's first ever recording on her 4-track, and the vocalist was one Ms Courtney Love! An...

Jan. 15, 2001  |  No. 21

Wendy Schneider: Coney Island Studio

by Larry Crane

Wendy Schneider started Coney Island Studio in Madison, Wisconsin, over two years ago, after doing audio/visual post production, doing live sound, interning at the local famous studio (Smart) and...

March 15, 1997  |  No. 4

Hillary Johnson

by Larry Crane

Hillary first came to Tape Op's attention when she e-mailed us, from New York, with some hot "snapple-micing" tips (see the letters in issue #3).  I was impressed with her rockin'...