Start to Finish: Matt Ross-Spang -Episode 13 - Mixing “Just As Long As You Want Me” Part 1

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Now that the mix for "That's Love" is in the bag, it's time to move on to song number two!

In this episode, Matt begins the mix for "As Long As You Want Me," and discusses topics like how they achieved the Al Green sound by driving forward that goal at the very start of tracking.

See how Matt Ross-Spang:

  • Explains why he decided to mix both of Eli's songs in the box
  • Talks about the importance of going with your gut and fixing things as you find them
  • Discusses the sonic characteristics of the Spectrasonics and Neve 1073 preamplifiers
  • Explains his approach to getting the "Al Green" sound that they were going for, starting with an older piece of tape
  • Adds in the immaculate sounding chambers at Sam Phillips Recording
  • Tweaks a De-Esser on Eli's vocal to control, but not destroy the sibilance

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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    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 Nov 29
    @jsdehlers the 2 mix is the mix bus. 2 mix is the term that a lot of old school mixers use. I'm assuming it has something to do with the way it's routed on the console, but don't hold me to that.
    2020 Oct 28
    Quick question: what is the 2 mix?
    2020 Oct 09
    Great episode again! Exercise files would be awesome!
    2020 Sep 26
    Excellent explanation...
    2020 Sep 25
    It would be amazing to get exercise files !