Sep/Oct 2003

Welcome to issue #37 of Tape Op.


This is the first intro I've written for the mag. This issue of Tape Op coincides with the AES show in New York City where Larry, Andy, Laura and I will be hanging out with other audio geeks preaching the gospel of Tape Op. This marks a milestone of sorts. Six years ago I was at the AES show in San Francisco passing out copies of Tape Op #10, a black and white zine with almost no advertising in it to any one who would look at it. I thought it was the coolest audio mag I'd ever seen, but almost nobody at the show seemed interested. Nonetheless, I asked Larry if I could help him broaden Tape Op's distribution because I thought more people should see the mag than the 200 or so subscribers at the time.

Now, six years later, we're tied with our friends at EQ as the third largest (in circulation) recording magazine in the world! And, of the 40,000 copies of Tape Op that we print, over 35,000 of them go out to subscribers. This brings me to the reason why I'm writing this intro and not Larry.

We recently took some criticism on the Internet and via emails for our efforts to renew our subscribers. First, let me explain that while I love magazines (as opposed to computer screens) I'd rather kill as few trees as possible. I'd also rather not pay the post office to deliver magazines to people who've moved or maybe just don't care about getting the magazine any longer. Secondly, although I think this should be obvious, Tape Op is an advertiser-supported publication. We send the magazine to you for free and our advertisers pay for this. The more ads there are, the more pages of editorial we can print. This is why we ask you to support our advertisers as they're the ones who make this all possible. This is how we choose to run our business. I feel that this allows us to put the magazine into as many people's hands as possible.

Here's why this works: Our advertisers want you to know about the products they make. Based on what we know about you, they think you'll be interested in what they're offering. Maybe you are and maybe you aren't. But, they're paying for you to get the magazine so they get to put ads in the magazine that they hope you'll look at. As part of our recent renewal efforts, we asked people for their email address. We were also up front about the fact that we have, and plan to in the future, rented our mailing list to some of our advertisers. Some people were upset by this. I'm not here to apologize for the way we run our business. I think we're on track in bringing a cool mag to a diverse and large group of people. I suppose we could have been less up front about our intentions, but we wanted to be honest about it. Whoever said, "You can't please all the people all the time," was right and I just don't know any other way to live my life or run a business.

So, for those of you who stuck with us, thanks for trusting us not to send you email spam from online mortgage brokers. We're excited about being able to communicate with you all via email and you can expect a mass communication from us soon, as well as facilitating future subscription renewals via email. You can expect our advertisers may want to communicate with you this way as well. Personally, I'm interested in what most of our advertisers are doing anyway, but let's just say for the sake of argument that they're all evil and you have no interest in what they have to say. Don't look at their ads. Delete their emails without reading them. That's the way it works. Feel free to send me an email. I may not have the time to respond, but I promise I'll at least read it before I delete it.

Your faithful publisher, John Baccigaluppi

— John Baccigaluppi, publisher

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Q-Mix HM-6

by Oz Audio  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I've had this headphone amp/mixer in my studio for over two years now and it's probably one of the best under $300 investments I've made. The Q-Mix is a 6 x 6 headphone mixer and amp with six inputs...


by Shaun Jackson Design  |  reviewed by Rick Van Benschoten

Once I realized I would be dragging my laptop with me nearly everywhere, the question became what to carry it in. My spacious messenger bag didn't offer the necessary protection. A nearby Staples...

TG1 Compressor

by Chandler Limited  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

Two word review: Holy shit! That's what I said after listening to the first tracks I ran though this compressor. It's also literally what the next four people who heard it said. The bad news-it costs...

ADM 465 Triple Tap Digital Delay

by Delta Lab  |  reviewed by Chris Garges

I am a HUGE fan of the Delta Lab Effectrons of yesteryear. I remember growing up in North Carolina, then moving to Florida, and it seemed like everywhere I went, there was one of those blue 1U delays...

Pro VLA compressor

by ART  |  reviewed by Craig Schumacher

Ok, I know that last issue I reviewed a really nice high-end compressor (and I still love those Geoff Dakings), but compressors to me are the equivalent of spices to a chef. Therefore, you need a lot...

AlphaSorb Fabric Wrapped Cloud

by Acoustical Solutions, Inc.  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

My control room has an open "A-Frame" ceiling with a single steel beam forming the horizontal element of the A. When we designed the room, not only did we choose to keep the ceiling open, but we...

MXL Pro Pac

by Marshall  |  reviewed by David Huber

Every once in a blue moon a deal on equipment comes along that grabs me by the neck and just says "I'm good, and I'm affordable...ya simply gotta buy me!" Recently, one of these little screamers took...

E47 condenser microphone

by Soundelux  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

First let's get one thing out of the way: I have never used a real Neumann/Telefunken U47. I wish-but it has never happened. I thought about renting or borrowing a vintage U47 to compare to the...

AT3060 tube microphone

by Audio-Technica  |  reviewed by Scott Craggs

The AT3060 is a large diaphragm tube mic that runs on 48V phantom; there's no external power supply. There's also no frills: it's cardioid only, there's no low cut, no pad, no nothing. Just mic. It...

A-51 Model A microphone

by ADK  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

ADK was one of the first companies to offer low-cost condenser microphones. Today they offer a wide range of microphones, including the affordable A-51 Model A. The A-51 is a sturdy, Class-A, cardioid...

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The Inbetween

by Highwater Rising | reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

This was recorded on a portable Pro Tools TDM system in various studios and the bands homes in the San Francisco bay area. I'm intrigued by recordings like this and I think this is a great way to make...

Music Reviews

Dengue Fever

by Dengue Fever | reviewed by Larry Crane

So I'm chatting with the guys from Radar Brothers after the Tape Op Conference and Senon Williams (their bassist) tells me he's coming back in a few weeks to Portland with his other band. We wandered...

Music Reviews

Electric Version

by The New Pornographers | reviewed by Larry Crane

Canada's favorite pop/rock groovy band is back for a second album. Recorded at The Factory and JC/DC Studios in Vancouver by Howard Redekopp and band member John Collins who also mixed. Some of Neko...

Music Reviews

Cyborgs Revisited

by Simply Saucer | reviewed by Larry Crane

I'm a sucker for retrospective compilations of pre-punk rock combos, so these tracks by Canada's SS from '74 to '78 fits my taste quite well. The main album represented here, Cyborgs Revisted, was...

Music Reviews

The Ham and its Lily

by Arm Of Roger | reviewed by Larry Crane

Everyone likes a little mystery, so maybe I won't tell you exactly what this is except that maybe it's Grandaddy making the dumbest music of their career in order to baffle the folks at V2 after the...

Music Reviews

Sing Me A Song

by The Hurricane Lamps | reviewed by Larry Crane

Eric Tischler is one of our contributors, and his rockin' Lamps combo played at Tape Op Con #1. Their previous CD, Tilting at Windmills, was a little undercooked in my opinion, so it's nice to hear...

Music Reviews

Hot Shit

by Quasi | reviewed by Larry Crane

Hell yes, the first Quasi record in years that I had absolutely no hand in recording. I can put on this record and enjoy it 100% - never recalling the recording process or having heard the songs "a...

Music Reviews

Magnetic Learning Center

by Teledubgnosis | reviewed by Larry Crane

We get way too many CDs sent to Tape Op - making it impossible to listen to the all or sift through them even. One day I randomly picked up this CD and decided to listen to it. It's great instrumental...

Music Reviews


by Death Cab For Cutie | reviewed by Larry Crane

Every week someone emails Tape Op to remind us that Chris Walla is a total genius. We know. Chris is in DCFC, and runs the Hall of Justice recording studio in Seattle (the space that used to be...



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