Welcome to issue #33 of Tape Op.
Well, the results are in. After my asking about the ratio of reviews to interviews last issue, I'd have to say a vast majority of our readers would like us to keep the reviews section at the length it has been in the past, unlike issue #32 which had an unusually large amount. It's also given us a glimpse into how our readers use Tape Op. Many folks pointed out that they like the interviews because that is where they get tips, tricks and ideas to apply to their own recording sessions, and that they feel inspired by the people we talk to. Readers seem split on what they'd like to see us run reviews of. Some people want more coverage of older, esoteric gear. A few wanted us to only focus on new, inexpensive gear which anyone could afford. One mentioned that the "high-priced" reviews gave them gear to strive for. Others were worried that if we reviewed more older gear we'd drive up the price of such items. We're planning to keep moving ahead, with a mix of "high-ticket" and affordable new gear, some older curiosities, and occasional items (like the books and CD-R pen this issue) that can help educate us or make our jobs easier. Andy Hong is doing a great job as our resident "gear geek" reviews editor, and has many surprises in store for us down the road, but don't expect to see the reviews section "take over" Tape Op - we'll always have plenty of interviews with interesting, creative folks, and I'm working on more articles that cover subjects relevant to our readership. Don't forget to also mark your calendar and purchase your entry to the upcoming Tape Op Conference, May 30th, here in my hometown of Portland. Check www.tapeopcon.com for details.
We're heading into year number seven, full steam ahead! -Larry Crane
PS. If you're wondering where our interview with Mixerman is, hold tight as it should be in the next issue. He's a hard man to track down!