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Phill Brown has had a 30 year long career as an engineer, something most of us are barely even capable of imagining. And not only has he been working for a long while, he's worked with some of the...
 
We just released the audiobook version of Phill Brown's amazing studio memoir -- Are We Still Rolling? -- which has stories about recording Hendrix, the Stones, Zeppelin, and countless other music icons. We've been releasing one story a day to...
 
We interviewed Phill Brown in issue number 12 of Tape Op. Over the years he's worked with some of the greatest artists ever, like Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Traffic, Spooky Tooth, Jeff Beck, Led...
 
We just released the audiobook version of Phill Brown's amazing studio memoir -- Are We Still Rolling? -- which has stories about recording Hendrix, the Stones, Zeppelin, and countless other music icons. This week, we'll be releasing one story a day...
 
We just released the audiobook version of Phill Brown's amazing studio memoir -- Are We Still Rolling? -- which has stories about recording Hendrix, the Stones, Zeppelin, and countless other music icons.  This week, we'll be releasing one story...
 
Jon Brion is well known as a session musician, record producer, solo artist and now, with the work he did for Magnolia, a scorer of films. In his world, all of this is equally important and...
 
Here is Arturia's affordable and highly desirable analog synth, the MicroBrute. The little brother to their MiniBrute synth, the monophonic MicroBrute has a new modulation matrix with control-voltage...
 
For the past 11 years, Greg Wilkinson has recorded the Bay Area's crustiest punk/hardcore/grindcore/death metal/doom/black metal at Earhammer, his warehouse studio in West Oakland. He's also played...
 
Master clocks are a near necessity if you own multiple digital audio devices that are interconnected. Sure, you can forgo a master clock and just chain one digital device to the next, each...
 
I caught up with David J. Haskins, a member of the influential bands Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, during a book tour for his new memoir, Who Killed Mr....
 
 
 

Welcome to the Mar/Apr 2015 issue of Tape Op!

As we move through life, and add a few years to our experiences, it's only natural that we start losing friends along the way. We are all merely mortal. The last several months have been brutal. We lost Memphis'Ardent Studios stalwarts John Hampton and John Fry within a week of each other in December. Renowned Seedy Underbelly Studio owner, John Kuker, had just begun renovating Minnesota's legendary Pachyderm Studio before his unfortunate passing in February. On a note closer to home for me, Bill Gladfelter, one of my best intern/assistants ever (and later to become an ATR Services employee), passed away in November last year at 35 years old. All of this leaves me with a dark cloud hovering above, no matter how well other aspects of my life may be going. I'm not getting any younger either...

But one of the saddest losses was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Ian Patrick McLagan, known to most as "Mac," was the keyboardist for the Small Faces, Faces, the Rolling Stones (notably on "Miss You"), Bonnie Raitt, and Billy Bragg. He also led his super fun Bump Band for years in Austin, Texas. When Laura Thurmond (our trusty ad rep) and I threw the first Tape Op Party during SXSW (an event since mothballed), one of our guests was an ebullient Mac. "I love Tape Op," he exclaimed, while seemingly bouncing off the walls with some sort of magical, music-fueled energy. Over the years we'd meet up during SXSW, both of us with too many things to do at once; but he was always smiling, happy, and ready with a hilarious comment. Thanks to this magazine, I have met many of my idols and it's always a pleasure, though sometimes a bitter surprise. The music business has a way of grinding people down if they let it. To meet one of your favorite musicians, and to find out how creative and positive they still are, is very special. Everyone that met Mac along the way knew he was someone to treasure. We miss you, my friend.

We are lucky to meet, love, share, and collaborate with others along the journey that life offers us. Don't take it for granted. 

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