Tape Op's original subtitle still probably says it best: The Creative Music Recording Magazine. Tape Op is about learning how to make great recordings with whatever tools you have access to. They interview engineers, producers and musicians who are making great recordings, sitting down and talk with them at length and then run long, in-depth interviews. The reader becomes, in essence, the "tape op" hanging out in the studio and learning the trade from the seasoned vets working in the studio.
Unlike most recording magazines, Tape Op's primary focus is not on reviewing equipment. They want to discuss making art.
The April/May 2022 issue includes chats with:
- Suzanne Ciani synthesist, composer, sound designer, Buchla
- Danny Elfman his Big Mess album, film scores, Oingo Boingo
- Beau Sorenson Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Mould, beaunoise
- Maryam Qudus spacemoth, SAD13, Tune-Yards, Zelma Stone
- Loma inside their recording process
- Blak Emoji Kelsey Warren on Electro
- Shoes Homemade '70s power Pop
- Gear Reviews