Tape Op

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Tape Op
Cover of Tape Op Issue 79 Sep-Oct 2010.jpg
EditorLarry Crane
CountryUnited States
Based inPortland, Oregon

Tape Op is a bi-monthly[1] American recording magazine that focuses on creative recording techniques. Subtitled The Creative Music Recording Magazine,[2] Tape Op is independently published and was founded[3] by Larry Crane in 1996.[4] The magazine is based in Portland, Oregon.[5]

Tape Op also runs a message board commonly referred to as the "TOMB" ("Tape Op Message Board").[6]


Tape Op was initiated as a zine in 1996.[7] The first magazines were published by photocopying,[8] hand-stapling and spray painting the covers.[9] In 1999, Crane[10] added John Baccigaluppi, who assumed publishing duties[11] and also served as Graphic Design Director. In 2004, the magazine expanded (under the business name Tape Op Magazine Limited)[12] into the UK and Continental Europe, when publishers Alexander Lawson[13] and Nadia Osta assumed publishing duties.


Tape Op is mainly a volunteer effort, with a majority of the writers working in full or part-time engineering positions.[14] Contributors include: Scott Evans, 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), Alex Maiolo, Richard Barone, Dana Gumbiner and Pete Weiss.[15]


For a period from 2003 to 2008 Tape Op held Annual Conventions.

Other publications[edit]

Tape Op published 2 books.

  • Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording[16] (2001)
  • Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording Vol. 2[17] (2010)


  1. ^ Jonathan Sterne (4 May 2000). "Tape Op Magazine". Bad Subjects. Bad Subjects. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  2. ^ Wentz, Joshua. "Tape Op magazine is a free and invaluable resource." Examiner.com Chicago Edition. December 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Wiegand, Mike. "Music Interview: Producer Larry Crane talks Elliott Smith." The Weekly Geek. 3 May 2007. Web:"Music Interview: Producer Larry Crane talks Elliott Smith - Video Game Podcast and Geek Culture Blog | the Weekly Geek". Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  4. ^ Chris Baldwin (17 May 2001). "Sultan of Sound". Chico News & Review.
  5. ^ "Tape Op Magazine". Vortex. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "Tape Op Message Board". Tape Op Magazine. Tape Op Magazine. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Media Kit". Tape Op. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Bianchi, Marc. From The Desk Of Her Space Holiday’s Marc Bianchi: “Tape Op” Magazine. Magnet Magazine. 16 August 2011. url = http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2011/08/16/from-the-desk-of-her-space-holidays-marc-bianchi-tape-op-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."
  9. ^ Crane, Larry. "Hellow and welcome to Tape Op #82." Tape Op Magazine. No. 82. March / April 2011. P. 7.
  10. ^ Brown, Jake. "Elliott Smith's Archives: The GLONO Interview with Larry Crane" Glorious Noise. March 30, 2009. web: http://gloriousnoise.com/post/elliott_smith_archives_larry_c
  11. ^ ."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:"555 Music Co : Brands - Tape Op Magazine". Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  12. ^ Company Data Rex (UK). web: http://www.cdrex.com/tape-op-magazine-limited-3561288.html
  13. ^ Form 288C. Companies House. "Director's change of particulars. Alexander Lawson. October 15, 2007" Filing date: 26 March 2008. Web:http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/9bc05007452706e8ddb1b104aac69dba/wcprodorder?ft=1
  14. ^ Music Producers' Guild. MPG News. 30 August 2007. web: "Music Producers Guild - News - Tape Op Magazine - now available in the UK". Archived from the original on 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  15. ^ "Masthead." Tape Op Magazine. No. 82. March / April 2011. P. 10.
  16. ^ Crane, Larry (January 26, 2001). Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording (First ed.). Boston: Feral House. p. 320. ISBN 978-0922915606.
  17. ^ Crane, Larry (January 1, 2010). Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording Vol. 2 (First ed.). Hal Leonard. p. 272. ISBN 978-0977990306.

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