Mar/Apr 2022

Welcome to issue #148 of Tape Op.


Recording and creating music has been the center of my life since I was in my late teens. Initially, I was tracking my pals as we goofed around with silly songs and ideas. I also worked on experimental solo music [check out some of my just re-released early "music":], but after a few years, this music-making lead to forming the group Vomit Launch with a new set of friends I’d met via college and the radio station there. People who helped us in the studio were either friends we already had, like Greg Freeman [Tape Op #1], or soon became close friends and collaborators, like John Baccigaluppi who produced our last two albums, eventually becoming my partner in Tape Op Magazine. Even when I moved to Portland, Oregon, and began recording people in my basement, most sessions were with people I already knew and enjoyed being around, ones I would call friends.

Leah Dunn, Beau Sorenson, and Maryam Qudus
Leah Dunn, Beau Sorenson, and Maryam Qudus

In this issue, John interviews Suzanne Ciani, an amazing synthesist and composer who has become a close friend of his. He also talks to his pals Beau Sorenson and Maryam Qudus, who discuss how music and recording led to a rewarding relationship. I got to finally (virtually) meet the composer Danny Elfman, and we chatted about working with my late friend Elliott Smith [Tape Op #4, 11, 118] – another person I became close to while working with in the studio. But please see my End Rant this issue, for a remembrance of Tape Op contributor Rob Christensen, who became another amazing acquaintance over the years, and will be sorely missed. Music, collaborating, conferences, live shows, and all are so important to my life. But as I’ve noted before in these pages, it’s the friendships that we make along the way that really matter.

— Larry Crane, editor & Founder

Larry and Rob
Larry and Rob Jenna Crane

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Blak Emoji’s Future R&B

by Larry Crane

Blak Emoji is the project/band of producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Kelsey Warren. His recently released third album, Eclectro, is a fun and inventive listen, so I dropped him a line...

Shoes: Born in the Studio

by John Rau

Beginning in 1974, when bands needed label attention and access to a proper studio to get their music out and heard, visionary power-pop band Shoes created their own terms – building a home...


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HD 400 PRO Headphones

by Sennheiser  |  reviewed by Tom Fine

Sennheiser, a German business run today by the founder’s grandsons, took a new direction last year. A longtime player in consumer and professional headphones, microphones, and other technologies...


EQ52 500 Series EQ

by Ingram Engineering  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Calling the EQ52 from Ingram Engineering a plain old “EQ” is like calling a rocketship a paper airplane – not correct. You can’t just insert this module into your 500 Series...

Sub One Active Subwoofer

by Focal  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

It may be a rhetorical question, but when did it become necessary to integrate a subwoofer into our monitoring setups? I can remember a time in the early 2000s when subs seemed more of an inconvenient...

TAIP Tape Emulation Plug-In

by BABY Audio  |  reviewed by Dave Hidek

BABY Audio’s TAIP is a unique plug-in. Lately, we’ve been exposed to some fantastic tape machine plug-in emulations, but TAIP takes it one step further by offering an AI-powered emulation...

Rum Room Simulator Plug-in

by Klevgrand  |  reviewed by Dave Hidek

Rum (pronounced “room”) is an interesting effect from Klevgrand, a Swedish developer that’s been cranking out innovative plug-ins for the last handful of years. Rum provides room...

PSP InfiniStrip WIND Plug-In

by PSPaudioware  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

When digital audio workstations were in their infancy, third-party plug-ins were scarce. Even more rare were ones that sounded good. But in those early years, Poland’s PSPaudioware released a...

Galaxy 32 Synergy Core Interface

by Antelope Audio  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

The new Galaxy 32 Synergy Core 32-channel interface from Antelope Audio is something special. Advances in technology have made almost every converter on the market a viable option for professional...

Volt 276 USB-C Interface

by Universal Audio  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

This handsome little wood-sided box houses what is effectively Universal Audio’s first entry into the low-cost USB audio interface market, representing a bit of a paradigm shift for the...

P-414 Microphone

by Peluso Microphones  |  reviewed by Slater Swan

Modeled after the sought-after AKG C 414 EB from 1976, the Peluso Microphone Lab P-414 is reviving a cult classic with a few upgrades to help it thrive in the modern world of recording. Just as...

Clarett+ 8Pre Interface

by Focusrite  |  reviewed by Daniel Ryan Morse

I’ve been fiercely loyal to my older computer audio interfaces, ignoring the glut of new options over the years. Yes, I’ve had to buy a host of over-priced Apple connectors to keep my...


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