Columns

by Larry Crane

TOC Intro  |  No. 131

Intro / TOC #131

by Larry Crane

Since founding this magazine 23 years ago, it's been interesting to me the many ways Tape Op reflects my own journey through music and audio, but also the many facets in which it doesn't. Sure, I own...

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

TOC Intro  |  No. 129

Intro / TOC #129

by Larry Crane

When I first started getting obsessed with recorded music as a teenager, I saw the recorded music I enjoyed in a magical light. A tune on the radio was a beacon from beyond, like some special jewel...

Nov/Dec 2018

End Rant  |  No. 128

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...

Nov/Dec 2018

TOC Intro  |  No. 128

Intro / TOC #128

by Larry Crane

A songwriter recently asked me to advise him on what type of recording equipment he should buy. He was looking for "a decent interface and a program… that won't make my demos sound like shit,...

Sep/Oct 2018

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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...

Sep/Oct 2018

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Intro / TOC #127

by Larry Crane

"Organising is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." - A. A. Milne Very organized writing utensil space at Power Station. See interview...

May/Jun 2018

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Mistakes

by Larry Crane

It was 1992. The band I'd been in, Vomit Launch, had called it quits less than six months prior. I'd decided to take a road trip to the Northwest, with the faint concept of finding a new place to live...

Mar/Apr 2018

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Who’s Dropping By?

by Larry Crane

After 32 years of attending, visiting, and helming many studio recordings, I've come to recognize the impact that guests dropping by can have on a session. In Tape Op #73 I described my take on...

Mar/Apr 2018

TOC Intro  |  No. 124

Intro / TOC #124

by Larry Crane

Sometimes I feel like maybe I've faked my way into the world of audio recording. I'll be talking to a group of engineers, usually peers around my age or younger, and they'll be rattling off classic,...

Jan/Feb 2018

TOC Intro  |  No. 123

Intro / TOC #123

by Larry Crane

Many years ago, I was the one onstage, performing songs I'd written with my friends in our band, and hoping that audiences would care about what we were doing. We traveled around the country, and...

Nov/Dec 2017

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Set and Forget?

by Larry Crane

The art of recording music obviously involves the intersection of technical skills and creativity. It's certainly this juncture that fascinates many of us, and has lured us into a life of placing...

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