Start to Finish: Matt Ross-Spang - Episode 6 - Recording The Horns

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Tracks like Eli "Paperboy" Reeds "Anytime You Want Me" and "That's Love" demand a great horn section. Luckily, Memphis is home to legendary horn players Kirk Smothers, Mark Franklin, and Art Edmaiston.

This is a world-class trio who has played on countless records and toured the world with artists like Melissa Etheridge, Gregg Allman, Justin Timberlake, and so many more.

In this exclusive, they are adding their Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, and Tenor Saxophone blend to Eli's tracks through a single RCA 77-DX.

In this episode, you'll watch as Matt, Eli, and the horn players:

  • Position a single RCA 77-DX to perfectly capture the horns
  • Explain why Matt loves an Ampex 351 tube modules on horns
  • Create horn parts for "Anytime You Want Me" and "That's Love" live on camera after hearing the songs for the first time.

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.

Equipment & Software


  • RCA 77
  • Outboard Gear

  • 1969 Spectra Sonics Console
  • Ampex 351
  • Burl Mothership
  • Studer A27
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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 Jan 27
    Great Tutorial. And i love the "Chunk"-T-Shirt. Goonies Rules!!!
    2020 Aug 17
    Great series, I'd say important. Required watching for all engineers/producers.
    2020 Aug 15
    Awesome. After almost two years of coming regularly to this site, this is my new favourite puremix-video! Great work!
    2020 Aug 15
    BV need to be rerecorded. There are very out of tune on certain parts.
    2020 Aug 11
    Spanish Please
    2020 Aug 08
    Excellent..Brass made a huge difference
    2020 Aug 07
    I love this video. It is so organic and live...
    2020 Aug 07
    quote the rating: Outstanding!