Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 1 - Working On The Song Structure

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Preproduction Is Everything.

In episode 1, Vance and vocalist/guitarist Jeff Gorman and drummer/back-up vocalist Jake Cochran dissect the song's arrangement and discuss different options to make sure the song is ready to record.

This is your chance to head into the studio and watch as Producer/Engineer and Mixer, Vance Powell works with an artist on the first steps to making the final record great before the first microphone is even plugged in.

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Vance Powell

Vance studied electrical engineering in Missouri and started his career in live sound as a front-of-house engineer. In 2002, he moved to Nashville in order to become studio manager and chief engineer at the legendary Black Bird studios in Nashville. In 2006, he co-founded Sputnik studios along with Grammy-winning engineer Mitch Dane, still in Nashville.

Vance Powell has won 6 Grammy awards working with rock artists such as The Raconteurs, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and more.

Powell's domain of expertise is definitely mixing and producing rock music. As shown in his pureMix videos, Vance likes to experiment and create new fuller and exciting sounds using all kinds of pedals, echos, analog outboards and plug-ins. Vance was used to recording to tape and definitely has an analog approach that makes him commit to fewer good sounding tracks rather than piling up takes in Pro Tools.

His goal is to make something new and warm that fits the band's vision with upfront snare drums and powerful guitars. Rocking.


Jack White

Chris Stapleton

The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

Arctic Monkeys


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2021 Jul 09
This is a general comment on site structure: I just watched the first episode of this start to finish series. Why can't I just have the second episode coming up next? Either automatically or at least make it easy for me to click on it. Why do I get unrelated "related" videos instead of the thing wich I want the most? I want a list of the videos coming up next in this start to finish series on every single episode. Please!
2020 Apr 06
It was a bet short, but my takeaway was. I had not thought about cutting up a track to get some ideas for an arrangement. Thanks!
2020 Apr 05
Why not subtitles in this series?
TC Hotrod
2020 Mar 28
Really too short !!! Don't you get anything ready to release so you're gonna slice up every video you've already shot, trying to allay our expectations with 10 mn weekly new videos ? Greg Wells series was the right format. Come on Puremix, your productions have always been very valuable and high level, and still they are but please, don't start trying to fool us.
2020 Mar 24
I don't see the point to post a 9min long video...
Mister Branch
2020 Mar 22
Great song and look forward the next sessions!
Mister Branch
2020 Mar 22
Great song
2020 Mar 22
I say you guys should provide a Vance Powell wardrobe option with each year's subscription! :)
2020 Mar 22
Those pre production videos are among the best! Every song oon Puremix should have one of these.
2020 Mar 21
Good to see this series starting, will help with the months of not-going-out ahead. Song sounds great so far
2020 Mar 21
This song has so much potential, so many ways to be great. I agree on the hook of that song change too. Looking forward to these sessions.
2020 Mar 21
Teasing, teasing... Please do not cut this good cake into too many slices ;-) The first episode was perfect, right amount of parts, right length for each part.
2020 Mar 21
I'm digging these guys... this is gonna be fun!
2020 Mar 21
Nice teaser
2020 Mar 20
too short!!!
2020 Mar 20
I´am so excited for the final result!