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Sporadic and regular articles from our contributors.


TOC Intro  |  No. 140

Intro / TOC #140

by Larry Crane

As a music recording magazine, certainly one of the aspects of what we do involves recommending and mentioning the tools used in our craft. The variety of recording equipment and range of cost has...

Sep/Oct 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 139

Intro / TOC #139

by Larry Crane

To the average person, the recording studio can be one of the more confusing creative spaces to imagine, due to the daunting technological aspect of our trade. Most people can conjure up a mental...

Jul/Aug 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 138

Intro / TOC #138

by Larry Crane

In one week, I'll be helming my first attended studio session in over three months. It's with one of my favorite long-time clients, and we're knocking out basic tracks for a single song; a short,...

May/Jun 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 137

Intro / TOC #137

by Larry Crane

None of us exist in a vacuum. Building tracks, mixing, editing, and mastering can sometimes feel like a solitary existence, but it shouldn't always be so. As I write this, in April of 2020, the...

Mar/Apr 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 136

Intro / TOC #136

by Larry Crane

Dub. Even the word is a technical term from the studio, making a copy of a recording to another media. But what do we mean when we talk about dub music? Musique concrète, later works by The...

Jan/Feb 2020

TOC Intro  |  No. 135

Intro / TOC #135

by Larry Crane

I recently had the experience of listening to hundreds of new albums in a slightly disassociated context; many times I knew nothing about who the artists were or what style of music they were...

Sep/Oct 2019

TOC Intro  |  No. 133

Intro / TOC #133

by Larry Crane

Is there a simple answer to this? Does a quick proclamation that explains everything one needs to know about music recording in a nutshell exist? I keep deluding myself, thinking that I can somehow...

Jul/Aug 2019

TOC Intro  |  No. 132

Intro / TOC #132

by Larry Crane

"How do we stay interested in the art of recording?" It's a question I was considering recently, and I feel fortunate that I remain excited about mixing songs, producing records, running a studio,...

May/Jun 2019

TOC Intro  |  No. 131

Intro / TOC #131

by Larry Crane

Since founding this magazine 23 years ago, it's been interesting to me the many ways Tape Op reflects my own journey through music and audio, but also the many facets in which it doesn't. Sure, I own...

Mar/Apr 2019

TOC Intro  |  No. 130

Intro / TOC #130

by John Baccigaluppi

Photo: Chambers, courtesy of Alvin Lucier. See his interview here. I'm John Baccigaluppi, the other guy at Tape Op and this issue I'm writing the intro that Larry, our editor, usually writes....

Jan/Feb 2019

TOC Intro  |  No. 129

Intro / TOC #129

by Larry Crane

When I first started getting obsessed with recorded music as a teenager, I saw the recorded music I enjoyed in a magical light. A tune on the radio was a beacon from beyond, like some special jewel...

Nov/Dec 2018

TOC Intro  |  No. 128

Intro / TOC #128

by Larry Crane

A songwriter recently asked me to advise him on what type of recording equipment he should buy. He was looking for "a decent interface and a program… that won't make my demos sound like shit,...