Start to Finish: Matt Ross-Spang - Episode 9 - “As Long As You Want Me” Vocal Overdubs

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Continuing with "As Long As You Want Me," Matt Ross-Spang and Eli "Paperboy" Reed shift gears and focus on the vocals

In this episode, Matt and Eli re-cut the lead and background vocals to get an intense, passionate, and incredible performance out of Eli.

See how Matt Ross-Spang:

  • Add Eli's background vocals to the choruses
  • Re-record the verses
  • Explains his approach to microphone placement on vocals
  • Talks about dealing with dynamic singers, and choosing the vocal chain based on the intention of the song
  • Discusses the importance of knowing when to stop playback during record and when to let it roll, no matter what
  • Comps vocal takes together from the live-off-the-floor takes and overdubs
  • Has Eli do the fade out on the rough mix on the console to reference in the final mix
  • Prints the live chambers and plates from Sam Phillips Recording

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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  • 1969 Spectra Sonics Console
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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

    What do you have to say?
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    2021 Jan 10
    Find it strange that there is no talk about preamp gain, compression etc, the gain structure and all that is also very much why I watch these videos. This is important information for us learning.
    Melodic Dreamer
    2020 Aug 29
    Enjoying this series, but that reverb as of right now is distracting.
    2020 Aug 28
    Wow...One take a nailed it.....Truly a great artist...Excellent tutorial. Balance on the stereo image is perfect too.