End Rants

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

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...

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...

Mar/Apr 2023

End Rant  |  No. 154

Open Minds, Open Ears

by Scott Anthony

"No drum machines were used on this album!" "No synthesizers!" These liner note proclamations were, for a time, a "cool" way to indicate a declaration of purity. But bands like Queen, who made these...

May/Jun 2022

End Rant  |  No. 149

Sorting it Out

by Larry Crane

Recently, I was helping out a client via one of my Virtual Recording Workshops. In his single song session, there were almost 100 guitar tracks, with multiple amps and mics for every part and...

Jan/Feb 2022

End Rant  |  No. 147

Learning Through History

by Larry Crane

Until recently, I’d never really listened to many podcasts. I know that I help our online publisher, Geoff Stanfield, with the Tape Op Podcast, but I hadn’t really found the time or the...