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In an industry that has become more and more digitized, Nashville's Welcome to 1979 and its owner, Chris Mara, are offering clients an opportunity to step back in time. With a recent purchase of a...
 
For me, the highlight of the inaugural A3E (Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange) event in Boston (September 23-24, 2014) was the closing keynote, which featured Dr. Richard Boulanger, Professor...
 
This past September, I attended the inaugural A3Exchange in Boston and had one of the most enjoyable conference experiences in years. A small team of forward thinkers, under the leadership of Paul Sitar, is putting together an "exchange" for...
 
I've pulled together a collection of recent thoughts I've had about the recording process. You can agree or not agree. The important thing is to use your ears, mind, and creativity to make great recordings. Recording equipment...
 
What do Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, LL Cool J, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, U2, Mick Jagger, AC/DC, The Damned, The Posies, and Rage Against the Machine all have in common? They all...
 
 
BreakTweaker is a fantastic new rhythm/drum-sequencing plug-in from iZotope and Grammy-nominated musician, producer, and all-around genius Brian Transeau (better known as BT). Their previous...
 
Somehow, a strap-on keyboard can pass as dorky/cool, especially with the rise of "nerdcore." But IMHO, a synth guitar is just... well... dorky, and always will be. Just check YouTube for shredders...
 
Don Zientara is a name I became familiar with simply by seeing it over and over again on record, and then CD, liner notes. From his Inner Ear Studios, he's been engineering and producing...
 
Our pal and Tape Op contributor Ryan Hewitt told us he's hosting another one of his Studio Prodigy Master Class sessions in Valencia, CA on November 8 and 9 with Jim Scott. We interviewed Jim in Tape Op #75 and we speak from experience when we...
 
 
 

Welcome to the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Tape Op!

Every two months I have to pull myself out of the studio and take some time to put together an issue of Tape Op. In many ways it's a nice break from constant sessions, plus poring over the interviews and gear reviews for an upcoming magazine makes me excited to return to the studio. The burnout factor in the recording world is real. I've considered, many times, running an article where we only interview folks who have decided to quit music recording as a career, if only as a cautionary tale for the rest of us. For myself having this variety is key, and I find that many "lifers" in this business end up with parallel career paths. In this issue Oliver Ackermann exemplifies this lifestyle, running a stompbox company (Death By Audio), recording bands, in addition to performing and touring with A Place to Bury Strangers. Chris Mara runs a Nashville studio that also features vinyl mastering, rebuilds analog tape decks, and puts on many events. Jorge Explosion produces sessions at his studio in Spain and fronts his band, Doctor Explosion. I'm convinced that everyone wears several hats in this biz. I'm sure of it.

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