by Larry Crane

TOC Intro  |  No. 158

Intro / TOC #158

by Larry Crane

Every issue of Tape Op comes together in slightly different ways. John Baccigaluppi and I will juggle different interviews to run, looking for some magical balance of genres, styles of recording, and...

Nov/Dec 2023

End Rant  |  No. 158

When is a Mix Done?

by Larry Crane

I sat down to try and write an End Rant describing how to know when a mix is done, and then I became stuck. Everyone’s experience with this can be different, so I dropped a line to some...

Sep/Oct 2023

End Rant  |  No. 157

Are You Being Lazy?

by Larry Crane

Somewhere along the line, when working on any recording project, there are points where the "real work" needs to be done. Real work, to me, is the time where intense listening skills are brought...

Sep/Oct 2023

TOC Intro  |  No. 157

Intro / TOC #157

by Larry Crane

In this issue, we were lucky to speak with friends, family, and bandmates of the late Mark Linkous, aka Sparklehorse, about his recently released posthumous album, Bird Machine. In 1999, we...

Jul/Aug 2023

End Rant  |  No. 156

The DynoPopper X-10

by Larry Crane

Photo by Roman Sokal, courtesy of Audio Crowbar Dynamics. Having recently spent more time working on the Tape Op Gear Reviews section of this magazine, one thought keeps creeping into my mind and...

Jul/Aug 2023

TOC Intro  |  No. 156

Intro / TOC #156

by Larry Crane

As an adjunct to the End Rant this issue, I should explain something about myself and how I work in the studio; something that will likely seem incongruous with my position as Tape Op's founder and...

May/Jun 2023

TOC Intro  |  No. 155

Intro / TOC #155

by Larry Crane

While brainstorming the "Not So Oblique Strategies" End Rant for this issue, I was reminded of a very simple, but truthful (and not so oblique), thought I've been trying to convey via Tape Op for...

Mar/Apr 2023

TOC Intro  |  No. 154

Intro / TOC #154

by Larry Crane

In 1996, not long before I opened the doors at Jackpot! Recording Studio, I had to decide what format we would track to. I had been using a Tascam 8-track tape deck for the previous couple of years...

Jan/Feb 2023

TOC Intro  |  No. 153

Intro / TOC #153

by Larry Crane

This issue’s guest End Rant, “Industry Standard,” by my pal Garrett Haines, led me to recall a session and album from nearly two decades ago. John Vecchiarelli was a busy, gigging...

Nov/Dec 2022

TOC Intro  |  No. 152

Intro / TOC #152

by Larry Crane

Over the last 15 years, my studio career has leaned more and more towards the mixing process. I'm still involved in producing many tracking and overdubbing sessions, but even long before the...