Nov/Dec 1997

Welcome to issue #7 of Tape Op.


My studio (Jackpot!) is right next to another recording studio (Rex).  It's kinda funny that it should be this way, but we share the same landlord, who was the only person that seemed to be remotely sympathetic to our idea of running a studio out of his building.  Anyway, this studio next door has a ton of gear, nice engineers, and mostly what they do is make ads.  I was sitting in their #1 control room one night, editing some stuff on their ProTools setup since I don't have a single computer in my place, and the engineer told me they charge $120 per hour for the room during the day.  Then he told me that they had been trying to get into a new building, closer to downtown, so they could have a fancier place and charge more.  And the scary thing was, even though they charge almost 6 times as much per hour as I do they still had no money to work with.  It kind of put my desperate financial situation in perspective!

The other day we were tracking some real loud bass overdubs on a weekday with John from the Maroons.  I like to get a good amp sound, and mic it up with a D112 and a 57.  Needless to say, you can't do that at low levels.  I found out later that Cindy Williams (of Laverne and Shirley) was tracking vocals for a talking book next door and we had kind of disrupted the session.  Ooops!  Sorry.

So it seems that people like the new look of Tape Op.  The print job sure looks a lot better to me than photocopying, and not having to collate and staple 1000 issues is a godsend.  We got a bunch of new distributors, something I'd been neglecting to work on, and now I've just got to get some of the older ones to pay up.  It seems that the mag just about breaks even at this point and I can't tell you how glad I am!

We have a website now!  Even though I hate the internet (except for e-mail) it's nice to have a place people can look up info on the studio and Tape Op.  There's little color pictures of all the back issues that look so cute.  

Check it out at:

Bob Toevs and Rob Christensen (not of Eggs) have taken on the tasks of reviewing 7" singles and cassettes, respectively.  I thank them for taking the burden off of me.  Feel free to send your home-recorded tapes to us now, but realize that if there's no semblance of real packaging (like an insert and printed label) or a return address on the cassette somewhere we may just bag it.  And I already warned Rob that I won't run every review he sends me!  I'm just that way.

Okay.  Enjoy Tape Op number 7.  It looks like #8 will have some big articles on Don Dixon and Studio .45.  Look out!   Also, if anyone reads a review of Tape Op anywhere could you drop me a copy?  I never seem to see any but I hear about them sometimes.  Anyway, thanks for reading.  I love you all!

- Larry Crane, Editor and stuff...

— Larry Crane, editor

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Reading Material

by Larry Crane

WHY I HATE RECORDING & EQ      So, there's only really a handful of publications that deal with the wild world of putting music to tape.  You all know them I'm...

Don Depew

by Larry Crane

When I moved into Cleveland a little over a year ago, I had a limited knowledge of the current music scene.  Most of the local music I picked up was the usual crap you'd find in any other...

Four Track School (part two)

by Curtis Settino

In the spring of 1983, a friend and I purchased a reel-to-reel four track.  Up to that point, we had been doing multi-track recording by bouncing back and forth between a cassette deck and a boom...


Columns See more →

End Rant


by Larry Crane

From the mouth of Peter Jefferies: "I've devised a method of bouncing down... the original tracks (usually 1 to 3 tracks) are on the 4 track.  They go from there, through a graphic equaliser, to...


Music Reviews See more →

Music Reviews

Ten Small Paces

by IDA | reviewed by Adam Selzer

Its always exhilarating to hear a record that actually escorts you on a 45 minute journey- with attention to dynamics, moods, instrumentation, and recording aesthetics from one track to the...

Music Reviews


by CALEXICO | reviewed by Adam Selzer

Spoke appears to be more of a sketch pad for musical inspirations rather than a complete project which in turn makes it come across as unassuming and inviting.  Calexico is mainly John Convertino...

Music Reviews

Moonflower Plastic

by TOBIN SPROUT | reviewed by Larry Crane

I know I also reviewed a Tobin Sprout CD just a few issues back but here's a new one.  If leaving the Guided By Voices fold means he'll be able to make more of these little masterpieces then I'm...

Music Reviews

The Swerving Corpse

by LENOLA | reviewed by Larry Crane

This is the second Lenola CD to be reviewed in these pages, and there's a reason why.  These boys do everything themselves, from recording on their home 8 track and putting out their own records,...

Music Reviews


by COLIN NEWMAN | reviewed by Larry Crane

First of all, Colin Newman was in Wire, and if you don't understand their greatness I pity you.  Second of all, most of his solo albums are damn good.  Third of all, he's into electronics,...

Music Reviews


by SUPERETTE | reviewed by Larry Crane

Why is it I always dig these New Zealand bands so much?  This is David Mulcahy (from the underrated JPS Experience) with his snazzy power trio.  Anyway, you've got to love a band that's not...



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