Sep/Oct 2004

Welcome to issue #43 of Tape Op.


With a major U.S. election coming up and all the events going on in this world Tape Op is urging people to vote. I emailed folks involved in the recording and music world about why people should vote and how it relates to our world. One thought I've had is that most of us are damn lucky to be able to focus on creating art and music as opposed to being in situations where we are struggling daily to get by, whether due to economics, wars or politics. Check out our last page, normally reserved for my End Rant Column, for some thoughts on the upcoming election.

This issue has some great interviews inlcuding the legendary Rudy Van Gelder. We've also got two articles on getting the most out of drums, one of the more difficult instruments to capture in pop music. Last issue we had a pair of articles on keyboards and guitars. With the proliferation of inexpensive recording gear, one of the skills and resources that can set any studio or engineer apart is having access to a variety of instruments and knowing how to get the most out of the gear in front of them. I've been accumulating drums, a baritone guitar, a sitar guitar and other instruments to go along with my Hammond organ and piano — giving my studio a selection of sounds to draw from. It only adds to the sessions!

And finally, I just got back from Tucson, AZ where I was hanging out at Wavelab studios with Craig Schumacher, Jon Kardon, Roger King and Jenna Sather making plans for TapeOpCon2005 in New Orleans on June 10. Look for more details next issue and on the conference web site:

— Larry Crane, editor

In This Issue See more →

John Tchicai

by John Baccigaluppi

I first met John Tchicai when I recorded his 1995 album, Love is Touching. I was several days into the project when I learned that, among others, he had played with John Lennon, Albert Ayler and...

Interpol: Attic recording

by Hillary Johnson

The debut album from New York's Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights, was one of the most successful independent rock albums in recent years. The band's brooding, atmospheric guitar rock has invited...


Columns See more →

End Rant

Why Should You Vote?

by Larry Crane

Think your one vote doesn't count for much? Around 500 votes in Florida swayed the 2000 presidential election — a margin of .03% of the state population — 1 in 3000! The American people...


Gear Reviews See more →

PMD670 Portable Solid State Recorder

by Marantz  |  reviewed by Rick Pepper

I'll just say this right up front, there's no doubt in my mind that the PMD670 is the next generation portable recorder. The PMD670 records directly to Compact Flash in WAV, Broadcast WAV, MP2 or MP3...

Vocal Eze Throat Spray

by Travel Wellness  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

The human throat, unlike many instruments in the studio, is usually the one that gets the least amount of care and can end up taking the most abuse. Many times I've seen people blow their throat out...


by Nautilus  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Attending the yearly Winter NAMM show in Anaheim is like walking into the largest music store in the world... times 10. The whole convention center is full of musical instruments, recording gear,...

TG Channel

by Chandler Limited  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

The TG Channel is yet another great piece in the Chandler TG series. It is a single channel, one rack space unit with the same mic pre found in the Chandler TG-2 pre, combined with a three-band EQ....

Liquid Channel

by Focusrite  |  reviewed by Joel Hamilton

I have to admit, I wanted to hate this unit. I realized that my prejudice came from my experience with a market that makes outrageous claims every day, and rarely does a unit come along that lives up...

ECM-50 mic

by Sony  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

This mic is a miniature condenser intended as a lapel mic for broadcasting. When I was a student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, there were a lot of these microphones floating around...

Kosmos Pro

by Peavey  |  reviewed by Oz Fritz

Just when you think that life couldn't get any sweeter, along comes Peavey to put the Pro into its groundbreaking Kosmos boom box, creating the next wave of over-the-top and under-the-bottom bass...

HD-650 Dynamic Headphones

by Sennheiser  |  reviewed by Stephen Murray

Until a couple of years ago, I did nearly all my mixing using headphones. My reason for this approach was almost entirely economics-driven; usually one to maximize the bang/buck equation, I, like many...

TCS Twin Compressor System

by ART  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

A few colleagues of mine had mentioned using the ART Pro VLA compressors for getting crunchy drum sounds, so when I heard ART had a new compressor coming out, I wanted to give it a review. This two-...

KMS 105 Microphone

by Neumann  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I first became interested in the KMS 105 condenser mic at TapeOpCon 2004 in New Orleans when both Ian MacKaye of Fugazi and The Evens along with Don Zientara of Inner Ear studios, mentioned it as one...

520DX ?Green Bullet? mic

by Shure  |  reviewed by Scott Craggs

The Green Bullet, as you likely know, is designed as a mic for harmonica players. You plug it into a guitar amp, and there's your classic blues harp sound. I don't play harmonica or even know anyone...


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