Nov/Dec 2005

Welcome to issue #50 of Tape Op.


Did I just say fifty? I can't believe it, but we've made it to fifty issues of Tape Op, and in April 2006 it will be the ten-year anniversary of this magazine. Have there been changes along the way? Uh, yeah. I remember sneaking into a friend's workspace to make 400 or so copies of issue #1, then taking everything home where I spray painted (!) and stapled magazines with my pals (who were plied with free beer). There were no real (paid) ads then, and I had to drive around town to put them on consignment. There were no gear reviews either! The thought of having full-page ads or attending AES conferences was farthest from my mind. Doing interviews with people like Les Paul and Phil Ramone seemed fantastical at the time. And here we are, with some of the folks who helped create some of the best albums past and present. Many thanks to the people that believe in this magazine — you the readers. And thanks to the people who work so hard: John, Andy, Hillary, Laura, Garrett, AJ, and the many wonderful writers that have contributed for over nine years now. And last (but certainly not least), a special thanks to our advertisers that make it possible to send 40,000 copies to people for free — something I never could have imagined all those years ago.

Enjoy this issue. Fifty? I still can't believe it!

-Larry Crane, Editor

PS: Many thanks to the people who have helped and donated aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina. As of right now we have no idea what we will be doing regarding TapeOpCon 2006, which was slated to be held in New Orleans in June. We will let everyone know as soon as we can. Thanks for the understanding. Visit for details.

Hey Larry, Thanks for the opportunity to work on this mag! 40 issues later and I'm still stoked to work on Tape Op. And a special thanks to everybody who reads this mag. You folks are ultimately the ones who make this all possible. -John Baccigaluppi, Publisher

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Nick Raskulinecz

by Garrett Haines

While receiving the Grammy for best hard rock performance, Dave Grohl thanked Nick Raskulinecz, calling him the "greatest rock producer around." Coming from an artist who's worked with Tape Op...


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DT 40 multi-pattern tube mic

by Pearl Mic Laboratory  |  reviewed by Craig Schumacher

Many years ago, back when my studio WaveLab was called 7n7, I was prowling around our musician's mecca, The Chicago Store, with JD Foster, in search of odd things to augment the Green on Red record we...

Triwave Picogenerator

by 4ms Pedals  |  reviewed by J. Robert Lennon

The Triwave looks exactly like its name suggests: ludicrous. It's a customizable sound generator housed in a small metal box covered with lots of knobs-anywhere from ten to twenty of them-which stick...


by PAiA Electronics  |  reviewed by J. Robert Lennon

If there is a hip weird band in your town, it's highly probable that they either have a theremin or are saving up for one. The only instrument that you don't have to touch in order to play, the...

MP1-L3 mic preamp

by Old School Audio  |  reviewed by Craig Schumacher

By now, many of you are familiar with the MP1 series of mic preamps from OSA (see Tape Op #33). For those of you who are not, these preamps are based around the familiar API 500-series form factor and...

V6 Silicon Valve condenser mic

by MXL  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

The MXL V6 is a large-diaphragm, solid-state condenser designed to emulate the characteristics of a tube mic-specifically, the MXL V69 (their top-of-the- line tube condenser). In keeping with the MXL...

Phantom AE cardioid mic

by Brauner  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Dirk Brauner and company have been building handcrafted, boutique tube mics in Germany for a little over a decade. Their USA division has been steadily introducing these wonders to the stateside...


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