Jan/Feb 2006

Welcome to issue #51 of Tape Op.


I hope everyone survived the holidays intact. You know, every year I ask Santa for a Flickinger console, but he never kicks down. Darn.

We will be putting on the fifth annual TapeOpCon in Tucson, June 16-18 this year — the theme is Camp Tape Op, as we'll be in a beautiful resort on the edge of town, along with field trips to the Fox Tucson Theatre and Club Congress. I'm hoping many of you can make it out to camp. After Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans we kept hoping that TapeOpCon could return to that city in 2006, but eventually we found out the Orpheum Theater suffered $3.5 million in damage and that the Fairmont Hotel would not reopen until November this year. We'll be doing this year's conference in Tucson, but the spirit of New Orleans has become very special to all of us.

On another note, the Tape Op Message Board has been up and active now for a few months. It looks like we've finally found a stable home for it, thanks to Ryan Abernathy and Hillary Johnson. Many thanks to our moderators: Tony San Filippo, Chris Garges, Hillary, Craig Schumacher, Joel Hamilton and Brian A. Roth. It has been a new twist to have moderators and more forums for specific topics — so far I think it's working real well. Please check it out — it's free and a great place to ask questions and discuss topics. Just go to www.tapeop.com.

Finally, as this issue goes to press, we're really close to finishing the production on the second Tape Op Book. Like the first book, this one reprints older mostly out of print issues of Tape Op. Book number two is issues 11-20 and this time we're self-publishing it! Tape Op subscribers will be the first know when the book is done and we're planning a specially priced package just for our loyal readers.

On a sad note, John Simonton, the founder of PaiA passed away in November 2005. Many of us have built PAiA kits over the years and learned much in the process (in fact, I still need to troubleshoot the sloppy job I did on my Theremin kit a few months back). We here at Tape Op send our condolences to his family, co-workers and friends.

Thanks so much for reading,

— Larry Crane, editor

In This Issue See more →

Hank Shocklee

by Philip Stevenson

Sometimes it's too bad Tape Op doesn't offer an audio version of the magazine. Whatever you might know or not know about Hank Shocklee, it's difficult without hearing him speak, to convey the...


Columns See more →

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Mix and Match!

by Steve Silverstein

While thinking about Trout Mask Replica today, I had this realization — so many people don't know who engineered timeless classics. No respect for fabulous labor, eh? To prove it...


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Le Synthé V3

by Pierre Couprie  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Here's a free virtual synthesizer for Mac OS X from France, where all the fine Arturia virtual emulations of classic synths like the Moog Modular, MiniMoog and Arp 2600 come from. Could it be the...

Fulltec EQ plug-in

by URS  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

From the folks at URS comes this cool plug-in that takes all of the Pultec EQ's ever made-EQP-1A, EQH-2, and midrange MEQ-5-and combines them into one plug- in with all of the parameters of all three...

Q-Clone plug-in

by Waves  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Q-Clone was the single most impressive thing I saw at the 2005 NAMM show last January. There's rarely any truly new technology at the audio trade shows, but mostly refinements of existing technology....

7602 mic preamp & EQ

by Chameleon Labs  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

A few weeks ago Engineer Robert Cheek and I went into the Hangar to do some listening tests on several hardware and software EQs: The URS Fulltec, Waves Q-Clone and the Chameleon Labs 7602. Rather...

Mbox 2

by Digidesign  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Digidesign's original Mbox was alternately praised for its portability, affordability, and sound quality and dismissed by some as an overpriced USB dongle. The Mbox 2 is an updated, 24-bit, 48 kHz...

Tube Tape Echo

by Fulltone  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

I remember borrowing a friend's Echoplex in 1983 in order to add echo sounds to the electronic recordings I was creating at home. I was in heaven to be able to create real tape regeneration and nice...

Spectral Shapers

by SoundHack  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

I absolutely love the original SoundHack sound design software, so I was excited to hear that Tom Erbe, designer of SoundHack, had released a new suite of plug- ins advancing some of the more esoteric...

Germanium mic preamp

by Chandler Limited  |  reviewed by Mike Caffrey

Have you noticed how some manufacturers consistently hit home runs with their gear designs? I think there are lots of things that manufacturers with this success rate have in common: high standards,...

C617SET omni mic

by Josephson  |  reviewed by Eddie Ciletti

Matching microphones with sound sources is kinda like transposing on a non-tempered keyboard; there are magical combinations and disastrous ones. I jumped at the chance to check out the new Josephson...


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