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by Larry Crane

Sep/Oct 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 139

Intro / TOC #139

by Larry Crane

To the average person, the recording studio can be one of the more confusing creative spaces to imagine, due to the daunting technological aspect of our trade. Most people can conjure up a mental...

Jul/Aug 2020

End Rant  |  No. 138

Equalizers and Equality

by Larry Crane

One of the cities in the United States that changed the face of popular music more than anywhere else has to be Memphis, Tennessee. It’s also a very important story of racial integration; of...

Jul/Aug 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 138

Intro / TOC #138

by Larry Crane

In one week, I'll be helming my first attended studio session in over three months. It's with one of my favorite long-time clients, and we're knocking out basic tracks for a single song; a short,...

May/Jun 2020

End Rant  |  No. 137

Future Collaboration

by Larry Crane

The history of humankind shows that only in recent centuries have we have become less social creatures. I've long advocated in the pages of Tape Op that we all need to find time to get together...

May/Jun 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 137

Intro / TOC #137

by Larry Crane

None of us exist in a vacuum. Building tracks, mixing, editing, and mastering can sometimes feel like a solitary existence, but it shouldn't always be so. As I write this, in April of 2020, the...

Mar/Apr 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 136

Intro / TOC #136

by Larry Crane

Dub. Even the word is a technical term from the studio, making a copy of a recording to another media. But what do we mean when we talk about dub music? Musique concrète, later works by The...

Jan/Feb 2020

End Rant  |  No. 135

What Makes a Great Recording?

by Larry Crane

I've listened to music critically for most of my life. First, as a teenage music fan, I would sit with headphones on poring over masterpieces by Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Yes, the Beach Boys, King...

Jan/Feb 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 135

Intro / TOC #135

by Larry Crane

I recently had the experience of listening to hundreds of new albums in a slightly disassociated context; many times I knew nothing about who the artists were or what style of music they were...

Nov/Dec 2019

End Rant  |  No. 134

The Guessing Game

by Larry Crane

In issue #133 of Tape Op, I interviewed Andrew Scheps. "I take everything personally. I curl up in a ball," Andrew told me when we discussed dealing with mix revisions from clients. I've been...

Sep/Oct 2019

TOC Intro  |  No. 133

Intro / TOC #133

by Larry Crane

Is there a simple answer to this? Does a quick proclamation that explains everything one needs to know about music recording in a nutshell exist? I keep deluding myself, thinking that I can somehow...

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

TOC Intro  |  No. 132

Intro / TOC #132

by Larry Crane

"How do we stay interested in the art of recording?" It's a question I was considering recently, and I feel fortunate that I remain excited about mixing songs, producing records, running a studio,...

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