Jan/Feb 2018

Welcome to issue #123 of Tape Op.


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 played with all sorts of other groups – some of whom eventually became underground icons, and even household names. We had fans, and even had the honor of inspiring others at times; it was rewarding, for sure. But now I spend most of my time producing bands, songwriters, and mixing albums. I'm not the one onstage putting my art in front of others anymore.

But I do go see performances by many of the artists I work with. Living vicariously through their shows, I feel proud when I hear a song that I helped form in the studio performed for a crowd. I blush and say, "Aww, shucks," when I get a shout out from the stage for work well done, but inside I am always elated by the recognition. I love being part of the team, helping people take their art further in the studio, and presenting it to the world in the best ways I know how. And it's still the most rewarding work in my life.

— Larry Crane, editor

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Greg Wells: Save The Song

by John Baccigaluppi

I first met Greg Wells over the phone in 2004 when we were both working on a Team Sleep record, a band put together by Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno. Chino and the guys in the band at the time (Todd...


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Gear Geeking

Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

Joel Edinberg is a staff engineer at Q Division qdivisionstudios.com, one of the nicest studios in the Boston Area. He's also a gigging saxophonist, a music instructor, and the leader of gypsy-punk...


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A Life In Waves (film)

by Brett Whitcomb, director  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

One cannot mention Suzanne Ciani's name without following it up with the word "trailblazer." This documentary film follows Ciani as she creates a world that basically didn't exist before she came...

HA-872 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic

by Hammer Audio  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

As engineers and music producers, we have a special relationship with our microphones, as they are the lenses through which we hear the world. We desire a certain accurate sonic reproduction, but also...

Tube Mix 5-Channel Tube Mixer

by ART  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

It seems like most of us own or have owned a piece of ART gear at one time or another, and Tape Op has reviewed many of the company's recording products. The Tube Mix falls right in line with ART's...

TDP & TDA DI Boxes

by TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Who needs another DI box? A quick online search turns up dozens of models — from units under $20, to high-end tube DIs like the Tonecraft 363 [Tape Op #103] for $1,495. And now, TELEFUNKEN...

AudioFuse Desktop USB Interface

by Arturia  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Arturia has been building stellar hardware and software instruments for years now, and the AudioFuse is their first ingress into the competitive world of audio interfaces. I was a little uncertain at...

Shape 65 Active Monitor

by Focal Professional  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Buying speakers can be a daunting, deeply personal, and financially speculative venture. Many of us play the odds when choosing a playback system for our spaces. Perhaps we've demoed specific monitors...

DX-2 Dynamic Mic

by MXL  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Touted as "the world's first variable dual dynamic capsule microphone," this odd looking, half-cylindrical mic sports two phase-aligned dynamic mic elements, which are voiced differently, and a simple...

Physion Structural Effects Plug-In

by Eventide  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Way back in 1998, we interviewed Dan Rathbun [Tape Op #10]. One of his techniques for mixing was something he called "Split-Spectrum Compression." Simply put, this is the idea of using a crossover to...

U99 Large-Diaphragm Tube Mic

by Soundelux USA  |  reviewed by Thom Monahan

The boutique microphone landscape was very different 16 years ago, when I bought an original Soundelux Microphones U99 in 2001 — serial number 017. It was my first multipattern...

ATM230 Dynamic Mic

by Audio-Technica  |  reviewed by Scott McDowell

Audio-Technica has knocked it out of the park with this hypercardioid dynamic instrument mic. This is definitely my new go-to mic for toms and even kick drum. I tried out a three-pack of the ATM230 on...

S3V Active 3-Way Monitor

by ADAM Audio  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

German speaker manufacturer ADAM Audio recently introduced its S-series speakers, including the S2V, S3V, S3H, S5V, and S5H. These speakers represent the newest advances in technology from ADAM and...

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Music Reviews

All Melody

by Nils Frahm | reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

This is an album of beautifully composed, arranged and recorded chamber music mixing elements of electronic music with traditional orchestral instruments and arrangements but it's also a love letter...



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