Start to Finish: Matt Ross-Spang - Episode 11 - Mixing “That’s Love” Part 1

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After two days of tracking at the Legendary "Sam Phillips Recording" in Memphis, Tennessee, Matt Ross-Spang, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, The Hodges Brothers, The Masqueraders, and Ken Coomer have created two soulful songs that are ready for the mixing desk.

In this episode, Matt and Eli pull up the multitrack for "That's Love" and create the final mix.

See how Matt Ross-Spang:

  • Breaks down his philosophy on hybrid mixing
  • Explains how he preps his sessions for mixing
  • Shows his technique for processing the drum kit as a whole, instead of individual microphones
  • Sculpts the bass guitar for the perfect amount of clarity and body without stepping on the kick drum
  • Explains why gain staging for fader resolution can help when you start to automate
  • Explains why voltage peaks can cause clipping before your meters show you, and how he deals with them during the mix using his Spectrasonics V610s
  • Blends in his Fairchild 670 on the 2 Bus
  • Tries his Fultone tube tape echo on the vocal
  • Patches in the plate reverb at Sam Phillips Recording
  • Sets up a parallel compressor on the drum kit and explains converter offset and how to compensate for it

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


  • EQ 3 7-Band
  • FabFilter Pro Q-2
  • Mod Delay III
  • Trim
  • UAD API 550A
  • UAD dbx 160
  • UAD Neve 1073 Legacy
    • Outboard Gear

  • 1969 Spectra Sonics Console
  • Fairchild 670 MKII
  • Fulltone Tube Tape Echo
  • Sam Phillips Recording Service Plate Reverb
  • Spectra Sonics 610
  • Spectra Sonics V610
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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 Oct 13
    Thanks Matt!
    2020 Oct 04
    please subtitles in spanish
    2020 Sep 15
    Getting a doors vibe here. Excellent engineering which left little work for the mix.
    2020 Sep 11
    Are there Exercise Files for this video?
    2020 Sep 11
    Great just keeps getting better. Great approach to mixing too.