End Rants

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Nov/Dec 2015

End Rant  |  No. 110

Don't Give Up

by Larry Crane

I'm in front of the console, about one hour into a mixing session with a new client in attendance.  I've got too much on my mind, an issue of the magazine to write and edit, gear to upgrade...

Sep/Oct 2015

End Rant  |  No. 109

Negative Creeping

by Larry Crane

Last year I met up for beers with an audio engineer who was passing through town while doing front of house for a well-known artist on a sold out tour. While we were chatting about life and audio, he...

Jan/Feb 2015

End Rant  |  No. 105

All In

by Larry Crane

I opened my commercial recording studio (Jackpot! Recording) in 1997, after years of simultaneously having a busy home studio while working day jobs to pay the rent. Making this leap to a full-time...

Nov/Dec 2014

End Rant  |  No. 104

Food for Thought

by Larry Crane

I've pulled together a collection of recent thoughts I've had about the recording process. You can agree or not agree. The important thing is to use your ears, mind, and creativity to make great...

Jul/Aug 2014

End Rant  |  No. 102

Give Me a Hammer

by John Baccigaluppi

It was at a recent trade show, after a major DAW manufacturer cancelled our meeting, that I realized I was relieved to be off the hook. I always enjoy meeting with this person, and I use and like...

May/Jun 2014

End Rant  |  No. 101

Putting the Pieces Together

by Larry Crane

Last issue we ran John La Grou's article, "The Future of Audio Engineering." In John's look ahead we see a harrowing glimpse of a world where the audio engineer, composer, and musicians are possibly...

Mar/Apr 2014

End Rant  |  No. 100

The End of the Day

by Larry Crane

It's getting late. We've been working on this album off and on for months. We're nearing the end of the last mix, and it's sounding pretty good. It came together fairly easily, as we'd carefully...

Nov/Dec 2013

End Rant  |  No. 98

Welcome to the Service Industry

by Larry Crane

When I graduated from college, I dove headlong into restaurant work in order to survive. I had a degree in Visual Communications and a minor in Art from an un- prestigious college, but near the end of...