Start to Finish: Matt Ross-Spang - Episode 12 - Mixing “That’s Love” Part 2

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Continuing with the final mix of "That's Love," Matt Ross-Spang breaks out his artist mix controller to add his personal touch to the tracks of "That's Love."

In this episode, Matt and Eli continue mixing "That's Love," dialing in the final details with Matt's organic approach to automation.

See how Matt Ross-Spang:

  • Talks through his approach to automation
  • Focuses on each individual instrument to make sure the essential moments are showcased
  • Explains phase issues that can occur when micing a Leslie cabinet
  • Works on the balance of the left and right sides of the mix
  • Automates reverb sends on individual elements of the mix
  • Discusses the benefits of having the client in the room and addressing their notes on the spot
  • De-esses vocals and explains the problems easing can have when the time comes to print the vinyl
  • Has Eli do the final fade-out
  • Explains his process for printing full resolution and client files for review

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

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Equipment & Software


  • EQ 3 7-Band
  • FabFilter Pro Q-2
  • FabFilter Pro-DS
  • FabFilter Pro-MB
  • Waves L1 Limiter
  • 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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    2021 Apr 10
    Amazing video...I loved it so much..!!! Thanks
    2020 Oct 14
    Two questions Matt: on the de-essing, why not manually ride the volume on just those super heavy sss's? And might split band work better on the Pro-DS?
    2020 Sep 24
    best mixing series yet.
    2020 Sep 24
    Amazing episode again! Great song, I'm a fan! Never heard of Matt Ross Spang before and am listening through his back-catalogue since the first video of this series, really good work! I really hope that there will be a mixing episode of the other track as well! Keep 'em coming!