Start to Finish: Matt Ross-Spang - Episode 10 - “That’s Love” Piano & Vocal Overdubs

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Moving on to "That's Love," Matt Ross-Spang and Eli "Paperboy" Reed work out piano and vocal overdubs.

In this episode, Matt and Eli cut piano overdubs, lead and background vocals, and discuss topics like overloading preamps, changing microphones for different parts, etc.

See how Matt Ross-Spang:

  • Shows us the built-in pair of U87s on the piano at Sam Phillips Recording
  • Mics the piano with a single RCA 77-DX through a Fairchild 660
  • Explains when and why he overloads mic preamps
  • Overdubs piano
  • Re-records the lead vocal
  • Describes pushing the limits on gain structure
  • Discuss their strategy for doubling tracks
  • Runs down his signal flow for printing the rough mix and monitoring
  • A/Bs the board mix versus the sound of the BURL converters and playback from Pro Tools

Join Matt Ross-Spang, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, The Hodges Brothers, Ken Coomer, and The

Masqueraders inside the legendary Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN, for an incredible recording event, from Start To Finish. Only on

Equipment & Software


  • RCA 77
  • Outboard Gear

  • 1969 Spectra Sonics Console
  • Ampex 351
  • Burl Mothership
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    Matt Ross-Spang

    Matt Ross-Spang is a Multi award-winning engineer, mixer, and producer. His first brush with greatness began at only 14 years old when he received 2 hours of studio time at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, for his birthday.

    He went on to intern at Sun Studios when he was 16 and learned what it meant to bring recording back to its roots. Matt now operates out of the newly renovated Studio B at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN, which he now calls “Southern Groove.”

    Among the many incredible entries in his discography, Ross-Spang was hired in 2016 by Sony Records to mix 18 previously unreleased songs by Elvis Presley from his historic 1976 sessions from the Jungle Room at Graceland.

    Known for his unique taste and ability to preserve old school recording techniques and bring them into today’s music, Matt Ross-Spang has worked with some of the world’s most cherished artists from the most legendary studios in recording history.


    John Prine

    Al Green

    Margo Price

    Elvis Presley

    Eli “Paperboy” Reed

    Mary Chapin Carpenter

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    2020 Sep 08
    Really inspiring session. Would love to know how to achieve that amazing bass sound. What‘s the secret?
    2020 Sep 04
    Excellent episode! Awesome track, too