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The Tape Op Magazine interview with Larry Crane and John Baccigaluppi

December 21st, 2009 | 21 Comments   « Previous  |  Episode 14  |  Next »

Some fans of the show like the recording tips or gear reviews best, but one my favorite parts of the show is highlighting the people behind the scenes of the things we all love in the world of recording.

Started as an alternative to publications like Mix Magazine, EQ, Sound on Sound and Recording Magazine, Larry Crane started Tape Op as a photocopied fanzine, and then with the help of John Baccigaluppi grew it into a loved, respected and successful Magazine. Larry and John came by my LA studio to eat Ethiopian Food and chat about the story behind Tape Op.

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  1. Ian

    awesome episode! tape op rules.

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  2. sonictimbo

    Tape Op is definitely the best – I get ‘em all EQ, Mix, Sound On Sound. Tape Op is even read by my wife, and she doesn’t even record!

    Love you too Ronan!

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  3. Gregory Galfo

    Fantastic show, Ronan! It was great to hear Larry and John discuss my favorite mag. Thanks very much for another thrilling episode.
    What was that large black mic?
    Cheers

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  4. Ronan

    What was that large black mic?

    Gregory, the large black mic is a Pearlman TM-1. I was flying by the seat of my pants as I am really not equipped to do interviews and such, so I just stuck the pearlman in the middle of us in omni mode and hoped for the best. The Pearlman actually and great mic and sounds way better than you can hear on the show, but it being really sensitive and in omni it also got lots of air conditioner noise, computer noise, etc so I did a bunch of processing on the sound to make it less noisy and that killed the vibe of the mic. – Ronan

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  5. forgotten g

    Great interview. Tape Op is truly my favorite. I love how they approach the diversity of creativity and stress whatever works. People are so dogmatic some times of how you “Have” to do things. It is refreshing to read Tape OP.

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  6. Kern

    How true that is about the musicians now getting the control and power over the buisness. Good bye to the man. I have thought about the home recording nut that does not even need a cd dupe company, a label, an advance that they can never give back, and thanks to the web, no need for labels. Are we getting close to that?

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  7. Kern

    Kern, sure, we are there already. Not sure it’s any better for music, but that’s immaterial…

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  8. Steve Channell

    My two favorite!!! Tape op and Ronan! awesome!

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  9. Tyler

    Very cool to see the faces behind Tape Op! Great show!

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  10. Steve Chiasson

    It might sound odd, but it took me awhile to learn to read Tape Op. Journalistically, Larry was coming from an angle I’d seldom experienced, and certainly didn’t expect from a recording mag (having been a longtime subscriber to Mix, EM, EQ, etc). But I have to say I totally get it now. I don’t toss my copy of Mix in the trash when it arrives, but neither do I gnaw every article to the bone like I do with Tape Op. If these guys ever stop publishing, I might just show up on their doorstep like Oliver Twist – “Please, sir… May I have some more?” Thanks, guys.

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  11. Jeff

    Hey is that a Pearlman TM 1 Pearlman TM Local mic?

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  12. Jeff

    Wow the spelling is waaaay off….VOCAL mic…..(-;

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  13. Ronan

    Yes Jeff. Its a Pearlman TM-1. I have the stock version with the American tube. Its good vocal and “local” mic ;-)

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  14. NYMorningstar

    Great show Ronan. John and Larry are a hoot! Hope you guys had some good fun with this.

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  15. Shane O'Connor

    that was totally awesome! I immediately emailed larry and thanked him for doing such a bang up job with Tape Op. It was like a little christmas when Tape Op would come in the mail when I was in high school. It still is.

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  16. Muller

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with John at “The Hanger” in Sacremento. It’s really a magical place. Such good people and gear and the room!

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  17. Perry Grinn

    Love the show Ronan.

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  18. Rick

    I have learned more from reading Tape Op (and re-reading and re-reading) than I could ever have imagined. It has been the most inspiring force in my musical adventure. It makes me want to make music and be creative with my recording ideas. My advice to anyone thinking about starting to record their own music or others is to buy every back issue you can. Try tapeop.com or ebay, the wealth of information is incredible.

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  19. ford

    Great site! much appreciated.

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  20. Jon Rowell

    I love Tape-Op! Great interview, BTW, is that your MOTM modular synth in the opening of your videos?

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  21. Ronan

    is that your MOTM modular synth in the opening of your videos?


    No. Shot that while I was doing some work at Saint Clair Recording in Kentucky.

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