Blackbird Studio Tour

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Founded by sound engineer John McBride, and his wife country artist Martina McBride, in 2002, Blackbird has become Nashville's preeminent sound studio. The Blackbird complex now includes nine studios and houses, The Blackbird Academy, a post-secondary audio engineering school.

In this Exclusive, pureMix mentor Vance Powell & studio owner John Mcbride takes you on a private, in-depth tour of Blackbird studio for a behind-the-scenes look at where the legends make records.

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Vance Powell

Vance studied electrical engineering in Missouri and started his career in live sound as a front-of-house engineer. In 2002, he moved to Nashville in order to become studio manager and chief engineer at the legendary Black Bird studios in Nashville. In 2006, he co-founded Sputnik studios along with Grammy-winning engineer Mitch Dane, still in Nashville.

Vance Powell has won 6 Grammy awards working with rock artists such as The Raconteurs, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and more.

Powell's domain of expertise is definitely mixing and producing rock music. As shown in his pureMix videos, Vance likes to experiment and create new fuller and exciting sounds using all kinds of pedals, echos, analog outboards and plug-ins. Vance was used to recording to tape and definitely has an analog approach that makes him commit to fewer good sounding tracks rather than piling up takes in Pro Tools.

His goal is to make something new and warm that fits the band's vision with upfront snare drums and powerful guitars. Rocking.


Jack White

Chris Stapleton

The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

Arctic Monkeys


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2022 Jan 22
John, I could really use that 1608 expander if you're not using it :) Great video
2021 Dec 12
Such inspiring video, thank you so much!
2021 Nov 25
Pretty a number of plugins are there on the shelves
2021 Nov 25
Totally blown away....Thanks for this.
2021 Nov 25
What a treat. Gotta book a day there and take a roadie at some point. Bucket list kind of a place. Wow.
2021 Nov 23
That was a great tour with Vance & John. I really enjoyed hearing about the facilities and seeing the various gear collections. John’s passion is evident! Thanks for recording this for us, PureMix.
frank van dee
2021 Nov 23
Love it! Seem to be overlapping audio tracks around 40:00
2021 Nov 23
Minor issues - Console is spelled wrong in the first section title and in the rental room, it sounds like you've got a second audio track going - a few seconds behind the first...
darrell ray
2021 Nov 23
GREAT tour and great personalities, but who the heck is that talking in the background throughout the rental room tour?