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TOC Intro  |  No. 124

Intro / TOC #124

by Larry Crane

Sometimes I feel like maybe I've faked my way into the world of audio recording. I'll be talking to a group of engineers, usually peers around my age or younger, and they'll be rattling off classic,...

Jan/Feb 2018

TOC Intro  |  No. 123

Intro / TOC #123

by Larry Crane

Many years ago, I was the one onstage, performing songs I'd written with my friends in our band, and hoping that audiences would care about what we were doing. We traveled around the country, and...

Nov/Dec 2017

TOC Intro  |  No. 122

Intro / TOC #122

by Larry Crane

Years ago I was in a session when I suddenly turned around to my clients and asked, “What is it that you think you are paying me for right now?” They came up with a few answers relating to...

May/Jun 2017

TOC Intro  |  No. 119

Intro / TOC #119

by Larry Crane

“Despite recording studios being the place designed to capture musical ideas, in many of them it takes far too much effort to get those ideas down as they’re happening.”From...

Mar/Apr 2017

TOC Intro  |  No. 118

Intro / TOC #118

by Larry Crane

A lot of times during recording sessions people ask me if I'm able to listen to music outside the studio without being super critical of what I'm hearing. Usually this follows 30 minutes of using...

Jan/Feb 2017

TOC Intro  |  No. 117

Intro / TOC #117

by Larry Crane

Here’s one constant scenario I run into: A client comes to me with tracks to mix. They’ve recorded in a home studio, or some such modest setting. Their gear list is fairly limited, maybe...

Nov/Dec 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 116

Intro / TOC #116

by Larry Crane

A few months ago I saw an opening in my calendar. A colleague, Brent Rogers, who works across town at REX Production & Post, had offered to take me out to lunch and give me a tour of the place. It...

Sep/Oct 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 115

Intro / TOC #115

by Larry Crane

Looking back over the history of recorded music, one thing is for sure: the technology used is always in flux. When I’ve interviewed engineers from the ‘60s or ‘70s, there will...

Jul/Aug 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 114

Intro / TOC #114

by Larry Crane

I’ve always understood music to be a very pure thing. In my mind, the only reason one would play music and create albums was to make art. It wasn’t until I’d been immersed in the...

May/Jun 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 113

Intro / TOC #113

by Larry Crane

Many times the only obstacle to getting great recordings is simply us. We think before we listen. We convince ourselves that the right mic has been chosen, that the room doesn't sound that bad, and...

Mar/Apr 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 112

TOC 112

by Larry Crane

Right after this issue comes out, April 15th, 2016 will come around. What's the significance of this date? It marks 20 years of Tape Op Magazine. As the founder and editor of this humble mag, I am in...

Jan/Feb 2016

TOC Intro  |  No. 111

TOC Intro #111

by Larry Crane

There's a subtle, interesting thought that pops up several times in this issue. Dave Pensado mentions, "I hate it when I hear somebody trying to be clever." Andrija Tokic notes that his "least...

Nov/Dec 2015

TOC Intro  |  No. 110

TOC 110

by Larry Crane

I'll bet a lot of our readers know this feeling. You labor over a recording, working so hard, and eventually the music gets released into the world. You feel proud knowing something good has been...