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Meeting Recap - June 21, 2011

AES Chicago Section Meeting Notice

TOPIC: Larry Crane: A Life of Recording Gear Mistrust (and Lust)...

PRESENTER: Larry Crane

DATE: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

TIME: 7:30pm; dinner (optional) at 6:30pm

LOCATION: Shure Incorporated, 5800 W. Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714

Larry Crane will discuss his relationship to recording equipment through the years. Many times he has perceived this gear as a necessary evil, a burden, a coveted desire, and at points something that bores him to tears to talk about. Equipment has let him down and also performed miracles. Thoughts about how different recording setups enhanced or detracted from the recording experience will be presented. Various pieces of recording equipment will be considered with the songs recorded on them heard. It’s all about his journey capturing music with the gear at hand, slowly finding out what gear sounds better and learning what really matters when setting out to make quality recordings.


Larry Crane is the editor and founder of Tape Op Magazine (founded 1996), owner of Jackpot! Recording Studio (started in 1997), a freelance engineer who has worked across the US and internationally, and an archivist for the Estate of Elliott Smith. Tape Op Magazine is currently the largest circulation recording magazine in the world and is published in the US and UK. Jackpot! Recording Studio, Inc. is a busy studio in Portland, Oregon, where he's worked with artists like Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, Go-Betweens, Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus, Quasi, Richmond Fontaine and more. He's spoken on and moderated panels about recording for TapeOpCon, SXSW, NXNW, NARAS, and CMJ. He has worked in the past as a record label owner, radio station music director, DJ, record distributor sales, freelance music journalist and bass player. For more information, please click on the following links: