Sputnik Sound Tour

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What originally began in 1999 as a home studio in Jars Of Clay band member Steve Mason's house, Sputnik Sound, has since bloomed into a landmark of the Nashville Recording Studio community.

Co-founded by producer Mitch Dane, the studio moved into the Berry Hill House Of Blues studio complex in 2003. Three years later, Vance Powell joined the studio's family and has since produced, engineered, and mixed countless records for artists like The Raconteurs, Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Phish, and worked on nearly everything in his discography at some point of the process from Sputnik Sound.

In June of 2015, Vance and Mitch opened the latest incarnation of Sputnik Sound up the street, featuring two incredible studios with enough gear to make a grown man sob uncontrollably.

In the Exclusive, Vance Powell takes you on a private, in-depth tour of both studios at Sputnik Sound for a behind-the-scenes look at where he and Mitch continue making some of the most important records to come out of Nashville, Tennessee.

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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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2021 Jul 14
Niiiiice ! Thanks Vance
2021 Jun 22
Nice touring
2021 Jun 18
Can't get enough Vance. On my bucket list to track some drums there... speaking of which, would be nice to get a feel for how large the tracking room. Really hard to tell.