End Rants

Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

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...

Jan/Feb 2013

End Rant  |  No. 93

Embrace the Chaos

by John Baccigaluppi

After reading Larry's "Eliminate Variables" End Rant from last issue, I was compelled to write a response. Don't get me wrong, I agree completely with everything he said; so before you read any...

Nov/Dec 2012

End Rant  |  No. 92

Eliminate Variables

by Larry Crane

I finally figured out what makes for a successful tracking session: simply eliminate the variables. On one level this could be seen as pre-production combined with concise decision making. Certainly...

Sep/Oct 2012

End Rant  |  No. 91

Tell the Truth

by Larry Crane

A while back I had an interesting session recording auditions and providing camera audio feed over the course of three days for 24 instrumental and vocal performers, all of whom were hoping to get on...

Jul/Aug 2012

End Rant  |  No. 90

You Have a Credit Problem

by Anu Kirk

Your magazine was not the first place I'd seen Count's "I Have a Credit Problem" essay [Tape Op #89], but I feel compelled to respond. I agree with his general ideas — credits should be shown,...