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Jacob Eli:
I happen to be a huge Wilco fan and I was just curious to see if anyone here knows anything about the production/equipment/techniques that they have used on their last couple of records (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot/A Ghost Is Born), which I enjoy the most.  (Also, perhaps any information on other recordings affiliated with Wilco like Loose Fur, Jim O'Rourke, etc.) I'm just curious to hear about mic placements/pre's used, etc. because I love the sounds of both records.  They feel very natural and real sounding opposed to most of the records coming out today with processed and fake sounds.  Any information would keep me quite interested!

Thank you all!

Jake

j.hall:
there is a DVD out that documents certain portions of YFH

i'm not a big fan, so some one else will have to point you in the right direction.

NelsonL:
Jacob Eli wrote on Mon, 24 April 2006 13:19
I happen to be a huge Wilco fan and I was just curious to see if anyone here knows anything about the production/equipment/techniques that they have used on their last couple of records (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot/A Ghost Is Born), which I enjoy the most.  (Also, perhaps any information on other recordings affiliated with Wilco like Loose Fur, Jim O'Rourke, etc.) I'm just curious to hear about mic placements/pre's used, etc. because I love the sounds of both records.  They feel very natural and real sounding opposed to most of the records coming out today with processed and fake sounds.  Any information would keep me quite interested!

Thank you all!

Jake


The Wilco DVD isn't super revealing from a recording standpoint -- if you're a big fan you've probably seen it anyway.

You do get to see them tracking and can make out a few mics etc. Basically it's the band tracking to 2" in their loft. The mix session in the movie is at CRC before they hand the reins over to Jim O'Rourke-- so not what you hear on the album.

On another note-- if you rent the documentary "Grizzly Man" make sure to check out the extras. There's studio footage from the making of the soundtrack with Jim O'Rourke on several tracks.

Jacob Eli:
Cool, I will most definitely check that out.  I have seen the Wilco documentary and I can make out a few mics here and there, if I recall it looked like they were using either some old ribbons on the toms or an occasional c414 and then c414s and c451s for overheads, sometimes a 451 up top and a 414 behind Kotche's right shoulder.

scottoliphant:
there are several shots in the DVD of tweedy recording live with the band and acoustic guitar. sings into some sort of "blue" mic, looks like the blue bottle.

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