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There's a dark cloud over Memphis this week I guess. First John Hampton, and now John Fry passes away. Fry's Ardent Studios is one of the most important American studios ever. We all shall miss this gracious and brilliant man. Read our interview with...
 
It only makes sense that with a renewed interest in analog synthesis, modular synths would make a comeback. However, rather than the hulking beasts Keith Emerson tortured on stage, or pampered...
 
Very sadly, long-time and industry-renowned Ardent Studios producer/engineer John Hampton just passed away. John began at Ardent in 1977, and since then has been awarded 23 gold and platinum records, several Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins....
 
I have been privileged twice now, while interviewing studio owners for this magazine, to have encountered true mavericks. People whose views on the current state of "The Music Industry" have been...
 
With the music biz shifting, daily talk amongst musicians mainly revolves around the subject of adaptability. As old doors close, others are opening, offering creative control, DIY tools, and...
 
Twenty years ago, there really wasn't much of a market for "plug-ins." Sure, there were some limited software tools for audio, but they were mostly proprietary to a specific editor. Very little...
 
Better known by the last name "Explosion," due to his rock group Doctor Explosion, Jorge Mu-oz-Cobo started Estudios Circo Perrotti in 2003 in his hometown of Gijon, located in Spain's northern...
 
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...
 
 
 

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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