Jan/Feb 2002

Welcome to issue #27 of Tape Op.


I hope everyone survived the holiday season intact. I think I did. Hey, this magazine is coming up on its 6th birthday, the Tape Op conference is happening this year (May 31-June 2)... so much is going on but you know what? My little studio, Jackpot!, is celebrating its 5th year of business! This might not seem like a big deal to some of you, but the fact that I've been able to support myself soley from recording music still amazes me. There have been some lean times lately, especially September when I worked about 8 days total, but I took any extra time I had to get a real sign made (finally), update the studio website, design and print brochures and business cards, and to fix gear and clean the studio. I'm just glad, on a daily basis, that I have a job that I enjoy (two actually, though Tape Op still hasn't bought me a mansion...) And I'm proud to know so many others that I've met through this magazine that are doing the same and making great new music in the process. Welcome to 2002 — hit record!

-Larry Crane

PS: See www.tapeop.com for info on the Tape Op conference. I'll see you there!

— Larry Crane, editor

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J Mascis

by Bryan Bingold

The Crystal Ballroom, in Portland, OR, suddenly fell silent as J Mascis, shuffled on stage in a parka and a purple scarf. After an extended lunch break, Mascis arrived to do the soundcheck before...


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RBL Ribbon Microphone

by Reslosound  |  reviewed by Martin Chittum

Reslo ribbon mics were really popular in the U.K. during the mid '60s. In some of the famous photos of the Beatles in their early years, you can see John and Paul singing through Reslo mics. Even...

C-1, C-3

by Studio Projects  |  reviewed by Ed Pettersen

You've probably heard something already about all the inexpensive mics being manufactured in China, with the idea being that they capture the magic and essence of the classic German mics at a fraction...

Model 101 microphone preamp

by Grace Design  |  reviewed by Martin Chittum

After building a formidable reputation with their Model 801 and 201 (8 and 2-channel, respectively) preamps, Grace Design now offers their venerable design in a single- channel that's priced for the...

2-610 Tube Mic Pre

by Universal Audio  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

This 2-channel tube mic pre is built by the Putnam Bros. [see Tape Op # 24] and is based on the Universal Audio 610 Console their father, Bill Putnam Sr., designed and built. Those consoles (and by...

CaiLube MCL

by CAIG  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Maybe Andy hasn't seen this one, but CaiLube MCL has saved my ass in recent years. It's a Moving Contact Lubricant for potentiometers, meaning faders, volume knobs and such. I picked it up hoping that...

DeoxIT D5, PreservIT P5

by CAIG  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

How often do you find yourself in the middle of a session, pulling cables in and out, wiggling connectors from side to side, or turning knobs back and forth, hoping to get rid of that intermittent but...

Multi-Z DI Box

by Little Labs  |  reviewed by Ed Pettersen

From the moment you receive your Little Labs Multi-Z DI, you'll realize it's obvious designer Jonathan Little has spent his share of time in recording studios as it is easily the most versatile and...


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