Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

Mar/Apr 2015

TOC Intro  |  No. 106

TOC Intro #106

by Larry Crane

As we move through life, and add a few years to our experiences, it's only natural that we start losing friends along the way. We are all merely mortal. The last several months have been brutal. We...

Jan/Feb 2015

TOC Intro  |  No. 105

TOC Intro #105

by Larry Crane

When we're recording music, it always feels like there's never enough time. Whenever I finish a mix, or an entire album, I always think, "But what if we'd had more time?" We could explore more...

Nov/Dec 2014

TOC Intro  |  No. 104

TOC Intro #104

by Larry Crane

Every two months I have to pull myself out of the studio and take some time to put together an issue of Tape Op. In many ways it's a nice break from constant sessions, plus poring over the interviews...

Jul/Aug 2014

TOC Intro  |  No. 102

TOC Intro #102

by Larry Crane

Why is it these days that people (especially mainstream media) constantly refer to musicians being able to record at home as if it's a recent development? Home recording has been happening nearly as...

Jan/Feb 2014

TOC Intro  |  No. 99

TOC Intro #99

by Larry Crane

Why record? It's always good to remember that music recording isn't only about the making of albums and songs to send into the commercial marketplace. Sometimes we simply need to capture a unique...

Nov/Dec 2013

TOC Intro  |  No. 98

TOC Intro #98

by Larry Crane

In this issue we're proud to feature one of the most compelling articles I think we've ever run: the documenting of Manny Nieto's journey to China and Southeast Asia, culled from years of email...

Sep/Oct 2013

TOC Intro  |  No. 97

TOC Intro #97

by Larry Crane

As I was putting this issue together I noticed a bit of a common thread... education. My interview with Jim Anderson illustrates how a recording engineer became a professor, and won some Grammy Awards...

Jul/Aug 2013

TOC Intro  |  No. 96

TOC Intro #96

by Larry Crane

While preparing to interview Ken Caillat for this issue, and reading his book, Making Rumours (about his time engineering and producing Fleetwood Mac's Rumours), I decided to ask him if he felt there...

May/Jun 2013

TOC Intro  |  No. 95

TOC Intro #95

by Larry Crane

Are you recording local artists? Are you a musician? Are you a fan of music? Are you a fan of great recordings? Does a vibrant live music scene mean a lot to you? I'll bet you answered "yes" to more...

Mar/Apr 2013

TOC Intro  |  No. 94

TOC Intro #94

by Larry Crane

I spend a fair amount of time pondering what to write about for the End Rant of Tape Op. We are 94 issues in, and sometimes it's difficult to think of topics I haven't covered before. Being that I own...