Jan/Feb 2012

Welcome to issue #87 of Tape Op.


I've been taking on a lot of recording and mixing sessions this year. In between these sessions I work on this magazine. That doesn't leave much room for the rest of my life. I'm lucky to have an awesome wife, and she thankfully has my back when I'm too busy to wash my own dishes, feed the cat or deal with laundry. But sometimes I feel the time just slipping away. Friends wait patiently for an opening in order to hang out. Finding a hole in my schedule to fix things around the house or return phone calls and emails seems impossible.

And, almost as bad, I haven't had a chance to work on any of my own music or play in a band in years. Why did I build a studio in the first place? Oh, yeah! I'm hoping to get back to doing some music soon. It's great working on other folks' records, but it'd be fun to pick up the bass again!

Making time. We all have to make allowances in our schedules to create music, as well as to find the space to work with others on projects. It's rewarding. It's why we're here doing this crazy music stuff! I'm going to continue to strive to include all the things I love to do. Thanks for taking
a moment to read our magazine, and hopefully you will find time to do projects that make you happy.

-Larry Crane, Editor
"I do not count the time, for who knows where the time goes?" -Sandy Denny

— Larry Crane, editor

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MA-300 large-diaphragm tube mic

by Mojave Audio  |  reviewed by Craig Schumacher

Mojave mics have quickly become a favorite of many studio owners and engineers. They are well designed and affordable, and they sound really good. The MA-200 (Tape Op #55) has been out for three years...

Symphony I/O

by Apogee Electronics  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

I have to confess that when I saw the early ads marketing Symphony I/O with its sleek Scandinavian hi-fi aesthetic and big rubber feet, it looked to me like something built for audiophiles or home...

731R dual short-ribbon mic

by Cascade Microphones  |  reviewed by Alex Maiolo

Olympia, Washington's Cascade is probably best known for bringing affordable ribbon mics to the masses. Sure, they offer condensers too, but a quick scan of their website quickly reveals their niche....

Pegasus tube mic

by Ronin Applied Sciences  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

As I mentioned in the previous issue's "Gear Geeking" (Tape Op #86), the Pegasus was one the most exciting products to be unveiled at the AES Convention. Unlike most tube mics on the market...

CMS 40 compact powered monitor

by Focal Professional  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

The first time I ran music through a pair of these tiny speakers, I had to double check to make sure I wasn’t listening to my larger ADAM P11A monitors (Tape Op #33). Bass extension in...

Space multi-effects stompbox

by Eventide  |  reviewed by Eli Crews

I admit to having been quite skeptical when Eventide’s most recent stompbox, Space, arrived at my doorstep. In the first place, I’m the kind of guy whose favorite pedals have a maximum of...

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