Soma Electronic Music Studios

  • 2001 W Division St
  • Chicago IL 60622
  • Website

The Scoop

Soma Electronic Music Studios is a professional recording facility owned and operated by John McEntire in Chicago, Illinois. The studio is a comfortable and unique space, featuring a vast range of audio devices and musical instruments including a diverse and extensive synthesizer collection.

ROOM RATES with ENGINEER (hourly): $40-60, $60-80, Contact for Rates
Clients/Credits: Antibalas, Arbouretum, Bell Orchestre, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Brian Bonz, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Chin Up Chin Up, Mark Eitzel, The Eternals, Feathers, Matt Friedberger, Fiery Furnaces, Junior Senior, Kaki King, Joan Of Arc, Minus Five, Jim O'Rourke, Plush, Sam Prekop, The Sea And Cake, Spoon, Mavis Staples, Stereolab, Teenage Fanclub, Tortoise, Via Tania, Wilco
Special Features: Large Synth Collection, Grand Piano, Extensive Instrument Collection, Newly refurbished Trident A-Range console


Consoles, DAWs, Tape Machines: Trident A-Range, Pro Tools HD3 Accel, MCI JH-16 2" 24-track with 16 track heads available, Ampex ATR-102 1/2" 2-track, 24-input Tonelux mixer, Lavry AD10, Tascam DA40 DAT Recorder, Timeline MicroLynx synchronizer with ACG card
Outboard Gear: AEA The Ribbon Pre 2-channel microphone preamplifier, Ako O-8 8-channel microphone preamplifier, John Hardy M-1 4-channel microphone preamplifier, Great River MP-2NV 2-channel microphone preamplifier, GML 2032 microphone preamplifier/equalizer (2), Thermionic Culture Rooster 2-channel mic pre/EQ, Crane Song Ibis 2-channel 5-band Parametric EQ, GML 8200 2-channel 5-band Parametric EQ, SND FB14S Extended Range Stereo Fixed Filter Bank BSS DPR-502 2-channel gate with MIDI, Chandler Ltd TG1 compressor/limiter, Empirical Labs EL8-X Distressor compressor (2), Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso Jr, Empirical Labs DerrEsser, E.A.R. (Esoteric Audio Research) 660 limiting amplifiers (2), Federal Limiter, Gates SA39 broadcast limiter, GML 8900 Dynamic Range Controller, Manley Electro-Optical limiter, Skibbe Electronics "Red Stripe" limiting amplifier (after Teletronix LA2A), Spectra Sonics 610 compressor / limiter, Standard Audio Level-Or (2), SPL Transient Designer 9842, Urei 1176LN "Black Face" limiting amplifier (modified by Alactronics)
Microphones: AEA R92, AKG C-12, AKG C-414 TL-II (2), AKG C-422 Stereo, AKG C-451/2 with various pads and capsules (6), AKG D-12, AKG D-112, AKG DX-11 with built-in reverb, Altec 201B, Audix D4, Audio-Technica 4047, beyerdynamic OPUS 65, beyerdynamic M88 Classic (2), beyerdynamic M160, beyerdynamic M380, beyerdynamic M500TG with Stephen Sank modification, Electro-Voice 635a (2), Electro-Voice RE20, Heil PR40, Microtech Gefell M294, Neumann CMV-563 with M7 and m55k capsules, Neumann M249b, Neumann M269c, Neumann SM23c Stereo, Royer R121, Schoeps CMC6 (2) with various capsules, Schoeps CMC6-xt, Sennheiser MD421-II (2), Sennheiser MD441-U (3), Sennheiser MKH 40, Shure SM57 (3), Shure SM7, Shure SM98 Beta, Shure 520dx, Sony C-37a (2), Sony C-500B (2), STC/Coles 4038
Monitoring: ADAM S3A active monitors, Spendor LS3/5a monitors, Quad 405-2 power amplifier, NuForce Icon HDP DA Converter/Headphone amp, Sony MDR-7506 headphones, Sennheiser HD 280 headphones, Furman HDS-6 headphone distribution system
Software: Pro Tools
Instruments & Amps: Chickering 5" 11' Grand Piano (1929, rebuilt), Jennings Clavioline, Dubreq Deluxe Stylophone, Farfisa Compact Duo, Fender Jazzmaster, Fender Mustang, Fender Precision Bass, Gretsch drums: 20", 12", 16" (late 60's), Gretsch drums: 22", 12", 13", 16" (mid 70's), Grassroots Hammered Dulcimer, Hammond A-100 (B-3) tonewheel organ, Hohner Combo Pianet, Jenco Glockenspiel, Ludwig drums: 18", 12", 14 (mid 60's), Musser Model 55 Vibraphone, Rhodes 73 mark I Stage Piano, RMI Rock-Si-Chord, Snare Drums by Ludwig, Dunnett, and Lang Percussion, Wurlitzer Model 200a Electric Piano ARP 2600, ARP analog sequencer, Discrete Synthesizers, MC-24 modular synthesizer, Electronic Music Studios (E.M.S.) Vocoder System 2000, Electronic Music Studios (E.M.S.) VCS3, Electronic Music Studios (E.M.S.) Synthi AK/S, Elektron SidStation 8-bit synthesizer, Elka Synthex polyphonic synthesizer, Roland SH-101 monophonic synthesizer, SND SAM-16 Sequential Analog Memory, Korg MS-20 monophonic synthesizer, Moog MemoryMoog, Oxford OSCar mono/duophonic synthesizer, Studio Electronics ATC-1 monophonic synthesizer, Yamaha TX-81Z 4-operator FM synthesizer