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Re: Tape Op Magazine Take 3

Greg House wrote:

> --- Andre LaFosse <altruist@altruistmusic.com> wrote:
> > http://tapeop.com/subscription.php
> >
> > It'll take one minute to fill out the form,
> ...and then several months before they actually figure out that you did
> and start sending you the magazines. Guess I shouldn't complain, since
> it IS free.
> > It's the music magazine equivalent of a really cool independent
> > record store that always has interesting stuff to check out.
> Good analogy. The indie record shop will have great music that you
> can't (or wouldn't) find anywhere else, and it'll probably also have a
> bunch of stuff that you don't care for. TapeOp is like that for me.
> I like the vibe of the thing, and there's good practical stuff in it,
> but it seems to want to glorify the "lofi" aspect of recording. Perhaps
> that's to encourage people that anyone can get in and get their feet
> wet, but it appears to depreciate want a really _good_ recording studio
> has to offer.
> Don't get me wrong, I love home recording and I think anyone who wants
> to do it should give it a try. It's great when people can produce a
> great record on a small budget, but it would be stupid to think that a
> warehouse somewhere with a couple of ADATs and Mackie can somehow
> produce the same results as the Record Plant, or that a $500 Rode mic
> really sounds as good as a U67. Now, depending on what you're doing,
> you might not NEED the sound quality of a U67 or Studio A at Ocean Way
> (especially true in the experimental music realm many of you live in),
> but really nothing compares.
> Greg

not to start a tapeop debate here, but i don't see larry crane's editorial
viewpoint arguing for adats/mackie somehow equivalent to SSL's and
studers. there may be articles written from a lo-fi viewpoint, but i think
the magazine is fairly balanced in that respect- if anything it's gotten a
lot more oriented toward higher-end gear as of late. for example, i wish i
could afford to travel around with several dozen channels of summit
preamps, like featured engineer bryan carlstrom in the latest issue
does...or have all the wonderful analog synthesis capabilities of john
mcintire's soma studio at my disposal...i think the focus is more on the
debate about how much control/creativity/intelligence can be brought to
the recording experience without succumbing to the status quo of places
like the record plant, which, god love it, probably doesn't have the time
or interest to try out some of the more novel approaches one typically
finds in the pages of tapeop...

lance g.