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Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

End Rant  |  No. 133

Zip it Up

by John Baccigaluppi

It was a simple thing, really. Just a short one-page lease agreement I'd helped broker between a beekeeper and my adjacent neighbors, whose property I help manage. I had sent two copies of the...

Sep/Oct 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 133

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

A few nights before sitting down to write this column, I had a fascinating discussion about speaker design and acoustics with Eric Blackmer, son of the late David Blackmer (whose initials are in dbx)....

Jul/Aug 2019

End Rant  |  No. 132

Letting the Process Happen

by Larry Crane

I don't remember a time while growing up when there wasn't clay, glaze, and kilns in my house. My mother had studied art when I was a baby, and she began producing a series of decorative and useful...

Jul/Aug 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 132

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

After reading Tom Fine's informative review of the Mini Maglite Pro [Tape Op #130], I realized that it's been a while since I've talked about flashlights. My favorite task light is the Bosch FL12 Max...

May/Jun 2019

End Rant  |  No. 131

Think Like Tape

by Tony SanFilippo

A while back, Larry Crane – Tape Op's editor – tweeted an observation implying that many producers, engineers, and artists fill up their productions with tons of tracks simply because the...

May/Jun 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 131

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Recently, a reader asked me to recommend a cable tester, and that got me thinking about what would be appropriate for today’s needs — with networked audio being as ubiquitous as...

Mar/Apr 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 130

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Recently, I was recommending a soldering iron to a Tape Op contributor who was excited to start fixing cables on his own. I suggested the Weller WLC100 40Watt Soldering Station weller-tools.com....

Mar/Apr 2019

End Rant  |  No. 130

At the Feet of the Masters

by Larry Crane

Last year I bought The Beatles’ super deluxe 50th anniversary box set edition of The BEATLES (commonly known as “The White Album”). The new mixes that Giles Martin [Tape Op #103]...

Jan/Feb 2019

End Rant  |  No. 129

What’s Your Time Worth?

by Larry Crane

Not long after I first opened my recording studio, (some 20 years ago, when people actually booked time via a landline), I got a call one day about a booking request. Client: "Hi, we'd like to book...

Jan/Feb 2019

Gear Geeking  |  No. 129

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Let’s talk tape. In 2015, I wrote about my favorite “sort of sticky” tapes for labeling and repairing things [Tape Op #107]. Recently, I needed to measure the diameter of a mic, so I...

Nov/Dec 2018

Gear Geeking  |  No. 128

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

For almost two decades now, a crucial component of my cross-platform file-sharing and backup strategies in my home and personal studio has been Network Attached Storage (NAS). My first NAS appliance...

Nov/Dec 2018

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Tough Love

by Larry Crane

Is there a fine line between naive encouragement and pessimistic, dour warnings of possible failure? (i.e. "Just do it! DIY!" vs. "Give up. It's impossible.") Over twenty years ago I was making plans...

Sep/Oct 2018

End Rant  |  No. 127

Set Yourself Apart

by Larry Crane

I'm worried about the current state of how people are learning recording. When I first started tracking myself (and others) out of my home studio, learning how to record on a budget was a difficult...

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