Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording, Vol. 1 features interviews with recording engineers, producers and musicians from the pages of Tape Op Magazine, the world's most popular music recording magazine. Vol. 1 covers the beginning years of the periodical, 1996 to 1999, and discusses everything from making records on 4-track cassettes to working in world-renowned studios along with mastering, electronics and flying microphones. Interviews include Pavement, Elliott Smith, Mitchell Froom, Steve Albini, Don Zientara, and John Vanderslice.