The December 2004 John Hiatt tracking Session to Sonoma-24 at Ardent Studios in Memphis Tennessee marks a landmark event for the Super Audio CD Format. It is the first time a 24CH DSD recorder has been conventionally used to track a large commercial session. Because the Sonoma DSD multi-track recorder provides all of the features required in a professional multi-track recorder (Overdub recording and editing), the session proceeded without compromise. "The Hiatt session was a very important test case for us." Said Gus Skinas, CEO, Super Audio Center, "A lot is at stake. More and more SA-CD's are being produced on standard PCM workstations because DSD tools that can cope with the demands of a typical multitrack session do not exist, and analog 2" tape is getting harder to find. The Sonoma-24 gives the artist a new option; to get sound similar to that of analog tape with all the features of a powerful multi-track editor."
The project was tracked on the Sonoma-24 through a Neve-V series desk. Once the overdubs and edits were completed, the project was mixed back through the Neve to the Sonoma. This is possible because the Sonoma architecture permits playback of 24 tracks with cross-fades while recording up to 8 tracks.