End Rants

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Jul/Aug 2016

End Rant  |  No. 114

Just Start Over

by Larry Crane

I remember a session, 17 years ago, with the band Quasi, for the album Field Studies. We'd tracked a song, "Birds." I thought the initial take was fine, and I believe we'd started overdubbing on it....

Jan/Feb 2016

End Rant  |  No. 111

Don't Trust Your Microphones

by Larry Crane

While interviewing Andrija Tokic for this issue of Tape Op he told me, "Mics are nothing like ears. It's about learning how to get what you like out of a sound." I couldn't agree more. I'm...

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...

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