Studio Mag top 5 - poll


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Feb 10, 2001
Name your favorite mags in order of preference add why if the mood grabs ya!

1) EQ - more bias towards alt rock and 'youth' music
2) Sound On Sound - learn stuff / news
3) Tape Op - Mad layout makes it last a (good) while 'cause it is so damn hard to read!!!!
4) Mix
5) Audio Media (europe edition is all I can get)

I burn through em all!

One extra question: do you belive interviewed engineers are always truthfull when they describe the techniques they use?



Apr 14, 2001
1 - S.O.S. - a nice balance of "hi" and "lo-fi"... and I've actually seen a bad review or 2 of gear here... go figure
2 - EQ - same here too
3 - TapeOp - well, you gotta love Tape-Op
4 - Studio Sound - actually I don't know why...
5 - Mix - cool, but sometimes too much pretentious and "corporate" drivel

1 xtra answer: I don't really know... but just yesterday I stumbled on an old interview w/ Flood about recording drums for U2's POP. He went on about "3 mics this" and "mono that." So I popped in the cd to check it out... 3 mics my ass!

Martin Trum


1 Studio Sound--the most literate and well-researched (by far); credibility+plus
2 Mix--comprehensive, ambitious coverage
3 Pro Sound News--in-depth articles on topics not found elsewhere
4 EQ--competent, usually interesting (but unambitious)
5 Electronic Musician--not, strictly speaking, an audio mag, but has incisive reviews relevant to audio pros


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Feb 12, 2001
Bloomington, IL
1. Tape Op- a real "in the trenches" record making magazine.
2. EQ- really good interviews and columns Mr Bonzai and Al Kooper are great
3. Mix- I get is free and it has a lot on info each month.
4. Recording- I haven't read it in a while, but have gotten a lot out of it in the past (beside they have Scott Dorsey!)
5. Pro Audio Review- just what it says a review/geek mag.

I think people tell the truth in interviews, but there are most likely more details left out by the interviewer/interviewee/editor.


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Jan 3, 2001
#1 Studio Sound - no contest
#2 TapeOp - with a grain of salt
#3 Audio Media - but I'm not happy with the multiple versions for specific geographic locations, I liked the old format better
#4 Mix - just because the 400lb gorilla of the magazine world has so many more pages, there is bound to be some useful info
#5 EQ by default - only because Recording has sunk so low into digital noise

But I have been spending some time at the downtown branch of the LA public library recently and I have read thru many back issues of DB and REP, and also the AES Journal. The downward slide has been remarkable. A 1978 issue of DB or REP contains more solid info (as opposed to manufacturer's press releases) than one year's worth of current rags. Maybe that's why they are both long gone......



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Feb 10, 2001
"I have read thru many back issues of DB and REP, and also the AES Journal. The downward slide has been remarkable. A 1978 issue of DB or REP contains more solid info (as opposed to manufacturer's press releases) than one year's worth of current rags."
- hollywood_steve

Man! I LOVED Recording Engineer Producer, those engineer/ producer interviews were so detailed had diagrams the whole nine yards! Remember the one with the article on NS10's and different brands of toilet paper?


1. Mix
2. ProSound News
3. Studio Sound, European ed.
4. Tape Disc Business
5a. Uncut
5b. Musiker Magasinet (Swedish mag.)


Predrag Trpkov

1) Studio Sound - the highest nutrition value,
the least amount of BS
2) Audio Media - similar to above
3) Keys (Germany) - informative in a practical
sense (CD audio/ROM with
equipment tests, demos etc.)




1. Audiomedia
2. Pro Audio Review
3. Tape Op
4. Mix...

...93. EQ: Prostitutes to the gear manufacturers, not of much value.


I only subscribe to 2 magazines....

1-Tape Op (its FREE! but I would pay for it)
2-Mac Addict, silly Apple rag

The rest are tied for third.
Barely Legal-Computer Music-No Depression-
Punk Planet
I page through all of the audio mags at the local Barnes and Noble, but rarely find anything that makes me want to buy them. MIX? I surely don't need to know what they are using at 'skywalker sound'.


Jul 2, 2001
1) Sound On Sound - not available where I live, but from what I've seen, is OK, with limited manufacturer ass-kissing
2) EQ - Craig Anderton is an awesome guy, and an extremely useful resource, but the mag is an advertiser's wet-dream: some substance, but rare
3) Mix - yet another whore to their advertisers, but one can almost always find something of use within the 250+ pages of ads, and corporate BS.
4) Recording - cool for a few techniques, but low-end for achieving quality: seems targeted for home-studio owners wanting to play with the big leagues.
5) Tape-Op - again, not available here ('tho if I wanted to subscribe for $69, they'd ship it int'l)

my jaded .02 cents

Question: When did audio magazines cease to be truthful? I don't recall one review in the last 3 years that didn't recommend you go out and buy this particular piece of shite right away! Where has the truth gone, and will it ever come back?

PlugHead Productions

Bear's Gone Fission

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Jan 4, 2001
Love Tape-Op. Yeah, sometimes a grain of salt is necessary, sometime the whole shaker, but I get someone else's modus operandi from a Tape-Op article, which is better than any other rag usually gives.

Recording is hit or miss. Dorsey and Rivers articles are good, I place stock in Dave Martin's gear reviews (loved the mini lesson he gave in micing technique w/ the Soundelux reviews). A lot is dreck, and it's more computer centric than I am, so of limited use to me.

With the exception of most of Eddie Cilleti's columns, I hate Mix. Doesn't do a thing for me, as I'm not running with the crowd that have golden shovels hanging from chains at their necks.

The other recording mags I don't find worth of mention, though I only really know the US ones.