Tape Op Aug/Sep 2022 No. 150

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though we will continue to pack and ship round the clock. We recommend ordering 2022 planners by Dec. 22 to have them in time for January 1st!

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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.

This milestone 150th issue includes pieces on:

  • The Band, Leonard Cohen, and Simon & Garfunkel by John Simon
  • Eurythmics, Ebony McQueen, Joss Stone by Dave Stewart
  • Erasure, Kazoo, Depeche Mode by Vince Clarke
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Dirty Knobs by Mike Campbell
  • The National, Taylor Swift, road recording by Bella Blasko
  • ...and much more!

From Larry Crane, Editor and Founder:

"When we hit milestones (such as 150 issues of this magazine!), I always pause and think about what it all means. This magazine is named Tape Op for a reason. What is a tape op? Well, as we get further and further into a digitally-dominated music recording landscape, it’s important to recall that a tape op was originally the person who acted as a human tape deck remote – sometimes even in an adjacent space to the control room – where they would stop, start, rewind, and punch in as needed. When the lead engineers were given actual electronic remotes to control the decks, the tape op became more of a second assistant engineer – someone who was learning by watching, and likely asking questions of the higher-up assistant during downtime. They were essential to the recording process, all while building up the skills to become engineers and producers themselves."

"After 150 issues of Tape Op there is still more to discuss and cover, and my compatriots at the magazine and myself will excitedly keep at it as we discover great music and amazing people to talk about the art of recording music with."