End Rants

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

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...

Sep/Oct 2013

End Rant  |  No. 97

Ease of Use

by Larry Crane

CASE ONE: Many years ago I was sent a very complex piece of recording equipment to review. It basically performed one simple function; but its inherent design was the concept that every parameter...

Jul/Aug 2013

End Rant  |  No. 96

Getting Serious

by Larry Crane

I remember the day clearly. It was when everything that I thought was fun about recording got turned on its head. Until that point I'd enjoyed mucking about with tape decks as a way to document my own...

May/Jun 2013

End Rant  |  No. 95

Recording as a Career?

by Larry Crane

Here's a recent email I received: "I am interested in what you do and how you do it. I guess I am not the average person looking to get into audio engineering. I am 44 and I am an anesthesiologist...

Mar/Apr 2013

End Rant  |  No. 94

Reaching Out

by Larry Crane

A couple of years ago I purchased a download package that a friend's band, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, was offering up. It was a generous offer, proceeds went towards a good cause, and the band is...