Start to Finish: Matt Ross-Spang - Episode 14 - Mixing “Just As Long As You Want Me” Part 2

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Automation is one of the most potent tools a mixer has to create the perfect balance and add excitement and motion to a mix.

In this episode, Matt Ross-Spang continues the mix of "Just As Long As You Want Me," meticulously riding each instrument to make sure they shine on their most exciting moments in the performance.

See how Matt Ross-Spang:

  • Breaks out his artist mix controller and starts writing automation with the lead vocal
  • Checks the phase setting on the vocal multi-band compressor
  • Rides the guitar send to the chambers at Sam Phillips Recording.
  • Talks about his preference between 1176s, LA3As, and other compressors
  • Automates panning
  • Adjusts the timing on the horns
  • Adds dynamics to each section of the song

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


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  • UAD Neve 1073 Legacy
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    • Outboard Gear

  • 1969 Spectra Sonics Console
  • Fairchild 670 MKII
  • Fulltone Tube Tape Echo
  • Sam Phillips Recording Service Plate Reverb
  • Spectra Sonics 610
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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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    Castor X
    2020 Dec 29
    Great Feeling here.
    2020 Oct 02
    are those "background" vocals or accompaniment? seems Eli turns into the background vocalist.
    2020 Oct 02
    Sure learned a lot and have a great approach..Love your work..Thanks