Nov/Dec 2004

Welcome to issue #44 of Tape Op.


I've been visiting Amsterdam this past week, staying with some friends who live here. No, I won't regale you with any sordid tales of coffee shops and the Red Light District, but I did have a great time riding my rental bike all over town and drinking a fair share of witbier. One of the best things that happened was seeing my friends and clients Richmond Fontaine play at the Paradiso to an attentive audience. To get to see a band I've worked with on over three CDs winning over a crowd and selling copies of the albums we've made was a special experience. To witness this happening over 5000 miles from home is even more rewarding. It's good to know that all that time you put into making an album can sometimes catch the interest of listeners all over the globe. After the show we went out and drank too many beers, but that's another story...

Tot Straks!

PS: Visit

— Larry Crane, editor

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Depth of Field

by Larry Crane

In recording albums, editing Tape Op, being a fan of music and teaching recording information and techniques to groups of home recordists one thing has become clear to me. The biggest problem that...


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22 251 Microphone

by Peluso  |  reviewed by Henry Robinett

I was spoiled rotten a few months ago. I did a session with a wonderful jazz vocalist with a smoky, classic voice. In past sessions with her I had used ribbons like the RCA 77-DX and AEA 44C, which...

Ela M 14

by Telefunken North America  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Telefunken NA has been reissuing the classic line of Telefunken mics, like the Ela M 251 and U 47M, for the last few years (see our review of the 251 in issue #34). This mic, the Ela M 14, is the...

Bravo II Disc Publisher

by Primera  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

If you're a recording studio, mastering facility, record label, professional photographer, or production facility that sells or otherwise distributes CD's and DVD's that you author yourself, you need...

inMotion Portable Speaker System

by Altec Lansing  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Frequent travelers know the challenges of taking music on the road. Headphones can be fatiguing. And with luggage space at a premium, hauling a decent set of speakers is out of the question. Up to...

1968 Mercenary Edition

by Drawmer  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

The Drawmer 1968 Mercenary Edition is a 1RU version of Drawmer's popular 1969 compressor, without the mic pres. For me, the unit defines punch. It can also provide smooth leveling for the stereo buss,...

i-5 Dynamic Instrument Mic

by Audix  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

The i-5 is Audix's attempt to offer a mic as versatile and rugged as the ubiquitous Shure SM57. Given the number of 57's out there and the amount of use they receive, that's a tall order indeed. The...


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