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TOC Intro  |  No. 145

Intro / TOC #145

by Larry Crane

It feels like we’ve all been in a cold, dark, chilling era for the past 18 months and I hope we get out of it soon. I spent most of 2020 and half of 2021 working unattended in the studio, only...

Jul/Aug 2021

TOC Intro  |  No. 144

Intro / TOC #144

by Larry Crane

During the recording process, so much of what we do involves intense collaboration. I absolutely enjoy helping an artist achieve their vision in the studio, and that shared nod of the head when...

May/Jun 2021

TOC Intro  |  No. 143

Intro / TOC #143

by Larry Crane

One conversation that comes up occasionally in my life is the dichotomy of the two paths I’ve taken in audio. As a producer/engineer/mixer, is my doling out recording knowledge via Tape Op, my...

Mar/Apr 2021

TOC Intro  |  No. 142

Intro / TOC #142

by Larry Crane

This April marks 25 years of Tape Op Magazine. I cannot believe the little photocopied ‘zine-like-thing that I began in 1996 is still around, let alone now reaching so many people. Our focus has...

Jan/Feb 2021

TOC Intro  |  No. 141

Intro / TOC #141

by Larry Crane

As we watch technology change and the world shift around us, one aspect of making music appears to be moving in a very obvious way; the writing and recording of music is becoming one in the same. Many...

Nov/Dec 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 140

Intro / TOC #140

by Larry Crane

As a music recording magazine, certainly one of the aspects of what we do involves recommending and mentioning the tools used in our craft. The variety of recording equipment and range of cost has...

Sep/Oct 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 139

Intro / TOC #139

by Larry Crane

To the average person, the recording studio can be one of the more confusing creative spaces to imagine, due to the daunting technological aspect of our trade. Most people can conjure up a mental...

Jul/Aug 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 138

Intro / TOC #138

by Larry Crane

In one week, I'll be helming my first attended studio session in over three months. It's with one of my favorite long-time clients, and we're knocking out basic tracks for a single song; a short,...

May/Jun 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 137

Intro / TOC #137

by Larry Crane

None of us exist in a vacuum. Building tracks, mixing, editing, and mastering can sometimes feel like a solitary existence, but it shouldn't always be so. As I write this, in April of 2020, the...

Mar/Apr 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 136

Intro / TOC #136

by Larry Crane

Dub. Even the word is a technical term from the studio, making a copy of a recording to another media. But what do we mean when we talk about dub music? Musique concrète, later works by The...

Jan/Feb 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 135

Intro / TOC #135

by Larry Crane

I recently had the experience of listening to hundreds of new albums in a slightly disassociated context; many times I knew nothing about who the artists were or what style of music they were...

Nov/Dec 2019

TOC Intro  |  No. 134

Intro / TOC #134

by John Baccigaluppi

Larry is Tape Op's editor and founder; and his duties also include overseeing all the editorial for this magazine. But although I'm known as the "publisher," we always confer about what interviews we...

Sep/Oct 2019

TOC Intro  |  No. 133

Intro / TOC #133

by Larry Crane

Is there a simple answer to this? Does a quick proclamation that explains everything one needs to know about music recording in a nutshell exist? I keep deluding myself, thinking that I can somehow...