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Larry Crane

Larry Crane Larry Crane is an American editor/writer, recording/mixing engineer, musician, educator and archivist based in Portland, Oregon. More specifically, Crane is the editor and founder of Tape Op magazine, the owner of Portland's Jackpot! Recording Studio, a freelance engineer, and the archivist for musician Elliott Smith.

From 1994 to 1997, Crane ran Laundry Rules Recording, a home studio in his basement in Portland, where he recorded artists that include Versus, Stephen Malkmus and Cat Power. Since 1997, Crane has owned and run Jackpot! Recording Studio, Inc., a busy mid-sized studio in Portland, where he has worked with artists such as Sleater-Kinney, Jolie Holland, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Wooden Shjips, M. Ward, The Go-Betweens, Elliott Smith, She & Him, Stephen Malkmus, Quasi, The Portland Cello Project, and Richmond Fontaine. A close friend and collaborator of Elliot Smith's, he oversaw the remixing and release of Smith's posthumous album New Moon in 2007.

Tape Op began publishing in April 1996. Tape Op has the largest world-wide circulation of any magazine devoted to music recording, with free subscriptions in the US.Tape Op also publishes books of their back issues and other music recording topics.

As an educator, he's taken on many roles. For many years Larry has spoken on and moderated panels about recording and music for SXSW, NXNW, NARAS, TapeOpCon, and CMJ. He has been a guest lecturer at various colleges discussing the recording arts and music business. In conjunction with the Tape Op Book series, he's done book readings and sessions at Wordstock and Powell's Books, in Portland, OR.

Since 2003 Larry has hosted Jackpot! Recording Studio's Weekend Recording Workshops, where he runs a ten-person group through techniques and concepts about music recording. Students all reported that they gained a lot from this workshop. He's also presented workshops in other cities, including Montreal and Austin. He does one-on-one sessions with folks to discuss their recording and mixing skills and work on understanding shortcomings and improving their work.
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    Larry Crane, critically acclaimed record producer and founder of Tape Op magazine, describes his self-taught, largely trial-and-error path to success in the music industry.

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  • view course page for Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Mixing

    Larry Crane, producer behind albums by She & Him, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Jenny Lewis, The Go-Betweens, and Sleater-Kinney, shows you how to pull more life and energy out of your existing tracks.

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  • view course page for Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording

    Get a glimpse behind the studio curtain and see music recording secrets in action with the producer/engineer who's worked with She & Him, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Jenny Lewis, The Go-Betweens, and Sleater-Kinney.

    2h 21m
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