Start to Finish: Matt Ross-Spang - Episode 15 - Mixing “Just As Long As You Want Me” Part 3

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Continuing with the mix of "Just As Long As You Want Me," Matt Ross-Spang brings the series to a triumphant ending with two new completed tracks from Eli "Paperboy" Reed.

See how Matt Ross-Spang:

  • Uses automation to paint the scene for each section of the song to make a cinematic mix
  • Automates the send to the incredible chamber at Sam Phillips Recording from section to section
  • Uses clip gain to adjust the average level of the vocal to make the fader rides less notable
  • Explains why he draws in automation on peaks instead of using compression
  • Uses a full tone tape echo to add a slack back to the lead vocal
  • EQs the reverb return to sit in the mix

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


  • EQ3 7-Band
  • FabFilter Pro-DS
  • FabFilter Pro Q-2
  • FabFilter Pro MB
  • FabFilter Pro Q-2
  • UAD API 550A
  • UAD LA3A>
  • UAD Neve 1073 Legacy
  • UAD Teletronix LA-2
  • Waves L1 Limiter
    • 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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    2022 Jul 08
    Outstanding! I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Thank you Matt for giving us a window into your process. Interesting blend of analog and digital, old and new. You are clearly a master of the tools and craft. I learned a bunch. Thank you Eli for sharing your artistic journey with these songs. You have Killer vocals! I will be checking out your other material.
    2021 Mar 03
    I love the 'keep it simple' philosophy. I learned so much watching this process start to finish.
    2020 Oct 26
    This whole series was just awesome. The artists are absolutely amazing and authentic and Matt manages to create and capture that 60-ties flair perfectly. Watching his way to listen to stuff an approach things was very helpful and inspiring. Really appreciate the time he took to explain his thinking and usage of tools to the puremix audience.
    2020 Oct 21
    Rivers of Reverb...
    2020 Oct 16
    Another great set of episodes. Really enjoying all the different styles of these S2Fs
    2020 Oct 16
    Very cool start to finish series, guys. Thanks to Matt, Eli, and everyone involved in the tracking and video production!
    2020 Oct 10
    I do love these Start to Finish series. But the video editors left out the bass player Leroy Hodges for the ending run through on this last video episode :( And Matt did such a great job and has a cool presence. Makes me feel like he's an old friend and we just hung out together for a cool session. Great job Pure Mix!
    2020 Oct 10
    Definitely should have been a re-take on those BGV's before the chorus - the high part is seriously out of tune (sharp) and killing the vibe. Probably an issue with the headphones, if I were to guess?
    2020 Oct 09
    I love this series. A little disappointed that this is the style of music I love working on the most and there's no multitrack to download.