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Well here's what I recall seeing-- which isn't much considering I just watched it two weeks ago:

Tweedy Vox: Blue Mouse, SM-7
Drums: Sony C37 about 6" over the rack tom.

Jacob Eli:
Correct, I surely saw those mics being used.  I'm pretty possitive I saw some 421 on organ speakers and the like.  Also, there is a scene with Jay Bennet at the piano and Jeff singing (I believe it was Poor Places) and on top the piano sat a shure KSM 32.  I'm pretty sure about the c451s and c414s on drums though.  I have no idea for bass drum and I think the snare was a 57.  Most the shots go by quickly so you have to pause to look better.

Another thing I noticed was Jay Bennet playing a Helpinstill electric piano-- we had one in the kitchen for a while when I was a kid and I've always wondered how they sound (I wasn't paying attention to such things then.)

Eric H.:
Reviving an old to comunicate my enthusiasm:
Just bought the 'ghost is born' Cd, done at Sear Sounds, and its a amazing sounding record with very good and attractive songwriting.
Beside the great songs, sounds, mixes, I LOVE the fact that the mastering didn't killed all dynamics. It must the best post 2000 pop/rock record I know that have the full range dynamics of the music. I dream of more records like that to finally hear the mixes and not the L2/brickwall.

I remember some of the 'Yankee' sessions at Soma ten years ago.  Casey Rice and I were working on video software for Tortoise at his place across the street.  Mike Jorgensen was doing some engineering and he and Jeff were interested in what we were doing - later we helped with the software Mike used on the subsequent tour and Wilco ended up using the video software later on.  Mike of course became a permanent member of the band by the end of that tour.

Soma at the time had a Neotek Series II with 32 or so channels, MCI tape machine and whatever the latest and greatest ProTools rig was (John McEntire loves the PT).  Sometime around these sessions and the Tortoise 'Standards' tour John bought the A Range which replaced the Neotek after a few years (!) of work by Shea Ako.  Schoeps mics are a favorite at the studio - often into Hardy pres back then or certainly the A Range these days (incredible sound).   I think the QTVR photos on the Soma wbesite date from around this period.

One of the great things about working at Soma is that it houses McEntire's synth collection and he has a seriously untreatable synth habit!  I would imagine some of the wall of modulars was put into use on the Wilco album either as sources or treating other instruments.  The studio also has the nicest sounding EMT 140 I've ever heard.


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