Columns

by Larry Crane

Mar/Apr 2021

TOC Intro  |  No. 142

Intro / TOC #142

by Larry Crane

This April marks 25 years of Tape Op Magazine. I cannot believe the little photocopied ‘zine-like-thing that I began in 1996 is still around, let alone now reaching so many people. Our focus has...

Jan/Feb 2021

TOC Intro  |  No. 141

Intro / TOC #141

by Larry Crane

As we watch technology change and the world shift around us, one aspect of making music appears to be moving in a very obvious way; the writing and recording of music is becoming one in the same. Many...

Nov/Dec 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 140

Intro / TOC #140

by Larry Crane

As a music recording magazine, certainly one of the aspects of what we do involves recommending and mentioning the tools used in our craft. The variety of recording equipment and range of cost has...

Sep/Oct 2020

End Rant  |  No. 139

Forest for the Trees

by Larry Crane

What would be the most important concept I would explain to someone just starting out recording music? There’re a lot of things I’d like to say, but one of the most salient is,...

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...

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