Larry Crane is the editor and founder of Tape Op Magazine, owner of Portland's Jackpot! Recording Studio, a freelance engineer (sessions in Seattle, Tucson, Brooklyn, Sacramento, Montreal and New Orleans) and archivist for the Estate of Elliott Smith. Tape Op Magazine started in 1996, and has 45,000 readers in the US and 10,000 in the EU and the UK. From 1994 to 1997 he ran Laundry Rules Recording, a home studio in Portland, and recorded artists like Versus, Stephen Malkmus and Cat Power in a basement studio. Since 1997 he's owned and run Jackpot! Recording Studio, Inc., a busy studio in Portland, Oregon, where he's worked with artists like Sleater-Kinney, Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, Go-Betweens, Jason Lytle, She & Him, 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 employee, freelance music journalist, band manager and bass player (in bands since 1984, including Elephant Factory, Vomit Launch, Sunbirds, Foggy Notion and Flaming Box of Ants.) Recent sessions include: She & Him, Jason Lytle, Heligoats, Cirque du Soleil, System & Station, Dolorean and The Robinsons. Larry is currently open for all sorts of sessions, especially mixing! - and his rates are far lower than you might expect so please drop a line.
Immensely passionate about music and endlessly curious about the creative process of recording, in 1999 Kendra moved to Florida to study audio engineering. While in school at Full Sail she held an internship at Trans Con Studio and upon graduating was hired as the assistant tech under chief studio tech Niels Kastor. In 2004 Kendra made it to Portland and has since had the great honor of being studio manager of Jackpot! In 2007, when Jackpot! moved to its current location, Kendra helped design and build the new and improved studio. Over the years she has developed her skills as an engineer, learning daily while fostering her craft in the art of making records. Kendra creates a relaxed working environment because of her extensive knowledge of the Jackpot! room and gear, and is glad to guide those who are new to the recording process by helping them explore the potential of the studio. She loves the challenge of understanding what an artist envisions for a song and is proud to be able to translate those ideas to a tangible medium of expression. Kendra finds great satisfaction in twisting the listener's ear into experiencing the emotional intent of a song, and relishes the opportunity to creatively contribute to the sonic landscape of an album. Kendra has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of artists including Heroes and Villains, Gill Landry, Nick Jaina, Mr. Gnome, Holcombe Waller and the Healers, The Gossip, The Portland Cello Project, Corin Tucker, Eddie Vedder, She & Him, Spoon, Richmond Fontaine, The Breeders, Quasi, Wild Flag, The Thermals, Yacht, Blouse, and Blue Cranes. For a list of records Kendra has contributed to, a partial discography is available at www.kendra-lynn.com.
Jackpot! Recording Studio was designed with freelance engineers in mind. It's a logically laid out studio, with fully functioning equipment and many well-known models and brands of gear. We're always happy to hear from engineers and producers that wish to work here, and we can get them up to speed really fast. For artists looking for someone to work with, we are also very happy to recommend producers and engineers that can help make your project the best it can be. Drop our studio manager Kendra a line with any questions regarding working at Jackpot!