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by Larry Crane

TOC Intro  |  No. 146

Intro / TOC #146

by Larry Crane

From a recent letter to Tape Op: “Would it be possible to do some interviews where the subject matter deals more with the technical side of equipment usage? I'm sure the experience and technical...

Nov/Dec 2021

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Advice That Really Matters

by Larry Crane

In 2016, Jason Hughes and his solo project, The Camera & Film, released an LP titled You & Me. As he’d recorded the record alone in his basement home studio (with mixing by our friend...

Sep/Oct 2021

TOC Intro  |  No. 145

Intro / TOC #145

by Larry Crane

It feels like we’ve all been in a cold, dark, chilling era for the past 18 months and I hope we get out of it soon. I spent most of 2020 and half of 2021 working unattended in the studio, only...

Jul/Aug 2021

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Learning How to Really Record

by Larry Crane

Do you want to know how to make better recordings? Start by making a lot of bad (or not-quite-perfect) recordings. Yeah, I know this may sound like some tired old adage, but it’s true. I know,...

Jul/Aug 2021

TOC Intro  |  No. 144

Intro / TOC #144

by Larry Crane

During the recording process, so much of what we do involves intense collaboration. I absolutely enjoy helping an artist achieve their vision in the studio, and that shared nod of the head when...

May/Jun 2021

TOC Intro  |  No. 143

Intro / TOC #143

by Larry Crane

One conversation that comes up occasionally in my life is the dichotomy of the two paths I’ve taken in audio. As a producer/engineer/mixer, is my doling out recording knowledge via Tape Op, my...

Mar/Apr 2021

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Keep Growing, Keep Learning

by Larry Crane

This last year, because of the pandemic, has been one of the most important times for learning how to pivot our skills, and to say yes to jobs that might have previously seemed outside our...

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

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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...

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