Who works for Tape Op?

Be aware that Tape Op is nobody's full time job. All of us own or work at recording studios, except for Laura whose husband has a nice home studio! 
Larry Crane: Editor/Writer 
John Baccigaluppi: Publisher/Design/Photography/Advertising Sales

Scott McChane: Gear Reviews Editor/Production Manager
Laura Thurmond: Advertising Sales
Marsha Vdovin: Advertising Sales & Social Media
Geoff Stanfield: Online Publisher
Anthony Sarti: CTO/Digital Director
Andy Hong: Senior Reviews Contributor at large   

Can I intern for Tape Op?

We generally never need interns but if you really want to do some menial office work, contact John at the San Rafael office.

Can I run an ad in Tape Op Magazine?

Of course! Please check out our Media Kit.

What issue was so-and-so in?

We have a search engine for this that will scour our entire back issue archive. Please use it!

Can I post a question to the Letters section of Tape Op?

Sure, but keep in mind the lead time in producing a magazine!

Can I run an ad on TapeOp.com?

Yes, please check out our Online Media Kit for all the relevant info.

Can I send our finished CD for review?

Sure, send one copy each to Larry and John:

Tape Op Editorial
Larry Crane
PO Box 86409
Portland, OR 97286

Tape Op Magazine
John Baccigaluppi
PO Box 151079
San Rafael, CA 94915

Realize that we review one or two CDs every two months and that we get sent about 20 per week. Do not make follow up calls or emails asking us if we've received it or if we will we write about it, as they will not be returned.

Can I send you my demo to critique the recording we've done?

You can send anything you want to Tape Op, just do not expect that we have the time or energy to listen to everything we get sent or personally reply to its sender.

Can I send you the new mic preamp, etc. that my company is selling to get reviewed?

Contact Scott McChane, our Gear Reviews Editor for more information.
Please be patient.

I'd like a subscription. How do I do that?

Free subscriptions are available in digital format to anyone in the world with a valid email address. All subscribers will receive each new issue of Tape Op directly in their email inbox in a protected PDF format, as well as be able to view all of their current and past delivered issues directly at tapeop.com. You will not be able to access issues from before the date your subscription started, you will need an archive subscription or box set for that.

If you live in the U.S., we will also send you a paper copy of each new issue via good ol' snail mail. Basic print subscriptions are indeed free, but not 100% guaranteed to arrive, or may arrive torn. However, 98% arrive just fine.

Check out our main subscriptions page for all of the above options.

Can I start my subscription with issue number___?

No. Subscriptions start with the next issue to be sent out, not with one that's already out.

The easiest way to access back issues is to purchase one of our online archive subscriptions, which gives you online access to all our back issues back to the year 1996. These are digital copies only, but they have the significant advantage of searchable access. Individual print back issues are available for purchase via Vompire. Browse all our individual issues here.

A recent issue didn't show up. Can you please send me a replacement copy?

We do not replace missed free subscriptions. It seems the postal service loses about 2% of them each issue, which is unfortunately a fair amount of magazines when you're mailing 35,000 copies. But hey, it is a free subscription and 98% of them get there just fine!

Back issues are available here.

If you had a FREE subscription and then stopped receiving issues, several things may have occurred. Subscription renewal is handled via an email to you, once a year. If you have changed your email address between signing up and renewal, then you will not receive this notice and your subscription will be cancelled. If your spam filter grabs it, you will not receive this notice of renewal. If you signed up long ago, before we required an email, then randomly you may be dropped from the mailing list as the list is purged of non-email addresses. In all of these cases, for a free subscription the easiest thing to do is sign up for a new subscription. If you do start receiving extra copies, email subscriptions@tapeop.com and give your address, name and email address used to sign up. 

Where do I change my address, renew my subscription, check my status, etc?

The best way to manage all aspects of your subscription is to log in with your provided email address (reset your password here if need be). Your name will appear in the upper right of the page once logged in - click/tap/headbutt your name to see all your account and subscription information.

If you're not sure what email address you gave us, search for your sub here. If all else fails, you can fill out our lost subscription form and we will look it up ourselves the old fashioned way and send you your information (please allow us some days to do this!)

I'm not sure if my address change went through. Can you check?

See above.

Where can I find a copy of Tape Op in my town?

We don't know. Our distributors send them to stores across the country and Canada, but we don't know what stores carry them for sure. Sorry!

What's your policy with renting your "free subscribers" information to advertisers?

As you know, Tape Op is a free magazine that's supported by our advertisers. That's how we can afford to print and mail it to you for free. This will include an occasional snail mail piece from some of our advertisers as well as these semi-regular e-zines. We'd like to be a bit more clear about how this works for those of you who are interested in this:

  • Anytime we rent our list, it is for a 'one-time' usage. You are not being added to anyone else's database. 
  • We usually send out our list to a bonded third party mailing house, which further prevents your data from being pirated. 
  • We will only rent out our list to our advertisers who are professional audio companies. You won't be getting anything from long distance companies or timeshared condos in Cabo San Lucas. 
  • Any e-mailed 'spam' will only come from us. We will not give out e-mail addresses to any third party, all e-mail will be forwarded to us and sent to you by us.

Can I put a link on your website?

If you have a link to an "educational resource" that isn't trying to sell us on gear, a studio, services or some band then contact Anthony. Non "educational resource" links are considered advertising. Contact John for ads.

Can I send Tape Op an idea for an article?

We are usually backlogged with too many articles we can't find room for, but contact Larry with your idea. Please make sure that it hasn't been done before by checking the archives and back issues. You'd be surprised how many readers haven't read all the back issues and books. Please make it clear if this is just an idea you are passing along or if you intend to write it yourself.

Can I write for Tape Op?

Drop Larry a line with what you'd like to write about and your qualifications to do so. Ask for the Writer's Guidelines too. Please be aware that we have a mass of articles already in motion and many on deck that need to run. There isn't enough space for all the articles we get. Also be aware that if you have never interviewed someone and transcribed three hours of talking and then edited it down that it is a lot of work. Many people have started interviews that they never finished. That sucks and makes Tape Op look lame. Don't be one of those people!

Can I write a column for Tape Op?

No. Notice there are no regular columns in Tape Op besides letters, gear reviews, table of contents and the end rant. This is because space is at a premium and we want to offer a variety of features. So the answer is no.

Who Started Tape Op?

Larry Crane founded Tape Op in April 1996. John Baccigaluppi and Larry became partners late 1999. Larry primarily is the editor and John the publisher, though they confer on most issues and John has input as to content.

All the gear reviews seem to be positive. How come I never read bad reviews in Tape Op?

We strive to review products that we think are relevant to our readers and often pass on reviewing products we think are less relevant or that we feel aren't something we would want to use ourselves. Space in the magazine is very limited and we almost always have far more editorial than we have space for. Our feeling is that we should write about products and gear that we think is worth buying and not waste space writing about things we think suck. These products will disappear soon enough anyway. As far as manufacturer input, when we've finished a review we send it to the manufacturer for a fact check. If we have written something in error, we will correct it. If the manufacturer strongly disagrees with something we've said, we'll sometimes add their comments into the review.

How come you don?t run product photos in the gear reviews section?

1. We'd rather run more interviews and content and these photos would just take up more space.  2. We also think gear photos are usually pretty boring.  3. This way we can run more reviews.  4. You can find photos of gear on numerous websites, so why waste space reprinting them in the magazine?

Sometimes I see an ad for a product that you review right next to the review. This seems biased to me and I don't trust the review to not be influenced by the ad.

Tape Op is a free magazine that is supported by advertising. When we know that we are going to run a review, we contact the manufacturer and let them know the opportunity exists for them to advertise that same product in the magazine and support the review. We are already going to run the review, so if they decide to buy an ad because of that it allows us to add more editorial to that issue. The more ads we have the more editorial we can run. If the ad has a photo of the product, and if our page layout allows us, we will often put the ad next to the review so that you can see a photo of the piece of gear being reviewed.