Tape Op is a bi-monthly American recording magazine that focuses on creative recording techniques. Subtitled, The Creative Music Recording Magazine, Tape Op is independently published and was founded by Larry Crane in 1996.
The first magazines were published by photocopying, hand-stapling and spray painting the covers. In 1999, Crane added John Baccigaluppi, who assumed publishing duties and also served as Graphic Design Director. In 2004, the magazine expanded (under the business name Tape Op Magazine Limited) into the UK and Continental Europe, when publishers Alexander Lawson and Nadia Osta assumed publishing duties.
Tape Op Magazine is mainly a volunteer effort, with a majority of the writers working in full or part-time engineering positions. Regular Contributors, called Senior Contributors, include: Jijith Assar, Mike Caffrey, Brendan Davies, Scott Evans, Geoff Farina, Allen Farmelo, Garrett Haines, Mike Jasper, Scott McChane (Assistant Gear Reviews Editor), Neil Mclellan, F. Reid Shippen, Kirt Shearer, Brian T. Silak, Steve Silverstein, Thom Monahan, Joel Hamilton, Andy Hong (Gear Reviews Editor), Hillary Johnson (Web Mistress), Alex Maiolo, Dana Gumbiner and Pete Weiss.
The magazine is free to subscribers in the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK); as of May 2012, paid subscriptions were available in the US, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia and other nations through distributors (as of May 2012, digital subscriptions are in development).
For a period from 2003 to 2008 Tape Op held Annual Conventions.
Tape Op published 2 books.
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- Wentz, Joshua. "Tape Op magazine is a free and invaluable resource." Examiner.com Chicago Edition. December 9, 2009.
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- Staff and users (31 May 2012). "Tape Op Message Board". Tape Op Magazine. Tape Op Magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- Bianchi, Marc. From The Desk Of Her Space Holiday’s Marc Bianchi: “Tape Op” Magazine. Magnet Magazine. August 16, 2011. url = http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2011/08/16/from-the-desk-of-her-space-holidays-marc-bianchi-tape-op-magazine/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MagnetMagazine+(Magnet+Magazine) accessdate = 11 October 2011. "Tape Op started off as a humble little photocopied ‘zine that primarily focused on independent producers and bands that recorded themselves."
- Crane, Larry. "Hellow and welcome to Tape Op #82." Tape Op Magazine. No. 82. March / April 2011. P. 7.
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- ."Larry Crane founded Tape Op in April 1996. John Baccigaluppi and Larry became partners late 1999. Larry primarily is the editor and John the publisher, though they confer on most issues and John has input as to content." Staff. "Product Review: Tape Op Magazine" May/June 2011. 555 Music Company. web:http://www.555music.com.au/brands/tape-op-magazine.html
- Company Data Rex (UK). web: http://www.cdrex.com/tape-op-magazine-limited-3561288.html
- Form 288C. Companies House. "DIRECTOR'S CHANGE OF PARTICULARS / ALEXANDER LAWSON / 15/10/2007" Filing date: 26 March 2008. Web:http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/9bc05007452706e8ddb1b104aac69dba/wcprodorder?ft=1
- Music Producers' Guild. MPG News. 30 August 2007. web: http://www.mpg.org.uk/news_stories/13
- "Masthead." Tape Op Magazine. No. 82. March / April 2011. P. 10.
- Stovicek, John. "Best guide to music production:Tape Op Magazine." Cool Tools. September 7, 2007.
- Staff. "SUBSCRIPTIONS". Tape Op Magazine. Tape Op Magazine. Retrieved 31 May 2012.