TapeOp is a bit of a weird mix. It can be brutally honest, but it can
also be painfully egotistical. Lots of indie work is spotlighted where
the people are just too cool for their own good but really aren't any
good at all. For a long time there was that pervading attitude across
the magazine of "if it hasn't passed through tubes it's gotta be crap"
and "if it's passed through a computer then that's not real recording"
-- however in the past year or so they've started to come around a bit.
I still find the actual meat of the content somewhat hit and miss, but
still read it regularly for the variety of opinions and ideas. I don't
have to agree with everything I read.
I appreciate it being less
glossy and advertiser-driven than some of the other rags.
David Das / Nashville, TN
david@d... / www.daviddas.com
actually my biggest beef with TapeOp is the layout - it feels like it
was laid out (fonts, etc.) by an amateur and it really hurts my eyes
(and head) to read it. The content for the most part is fairly
informative and interesting, but I know what you mean about sometimes
being "too cool" for it's own good. And what's with the anti-Steely Dan
Well I'm sure no one really cares what either of us thinks about Steely Dan.
That wasn't my point. These guys had previously been known to listen to Steely
Dan without becoming ill. Suddenly, out of the blue, they hated them. Now I
They were only able to switch from their 1/2" Otari 8 track to Nuendo only when
it became clear the TapeOp allowed the use of computers.
I think TapeOp is fine, taken with a grain of salt.
I really do not see this as a trashing at all. The rest of the related threads (about 20 or so) are people saying how great Tape Op is. Hardly something to start a war over...