Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.

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...

Jan/Feb 2013

TOC Intro  |  No. 93

TOC Intro #93

by Larry Crane

Imagine that you've become somewhat comfortable recording songwriters and bands in your very modest home studio. It's been fun; you've pushed the gear to its limits to get half-decent results, and...

Nov/Dec 2012

TOC Intro  |  No. 92

TOC Intro #92

by Larry Crane

How do we get better at the craft of recording music? For me, and from what I've gleaned over the years from other producers and engineers, there is one simple fact: I am never 100 percent happy with...

Sep/Oct 2012

TOC Intro  |  No. 91

TOC Intro #91

by Larry Crane

One topic of conversation I always have with fellow engineers centers around keeping up with new local music and how to go about getting recording gigs. Professional engineers can get locked away in...

Jul/Aug 2012

TOC Intro  |  No. 90

TOC Intro #90

by Larry Crane

I remember my first experiences of being captivated by actual studio creations; not simply drawn in by the songs as I had been before, but instead intrigued by the sound of the recorded music. It was...