Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 10 - Guitar Overdub Setup

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Vance and the band head up the street from Blackbird to Vance's studio, Sputnik Sound, to set up for overdubs.

Watch as Vance and his assistant, Mike Fahey:

See how Vance Powell:

  • A/Bs the print of the mix on Blackbirds Neve 8078 Console to his SSL Desk before starting the mix to show a proof of concept for recording with channel faders at unity in Pro Tools
  • Sets up the desk for guitar and sax overdubs
  • Patches his new Strymon El Capistan delays, Bricastic M1, Strymon Volante onto the auxes of the console for use during tracking, and a Loopstrotter Monster 2 across the guitars
  • Mic up the two guitar cabinets with an SM57 and U67 Re-issue
  • Use a Galaxy Audio Cricket to check the polarity on each of the mics
  • Sets up a Little Labs PCP Distro to send the signal to both guitar amps

This is your chance to join Nashville legend Vance Powell and The Weird Sisters at the world-famous Blackbird Studio and watch them craft "Live And I Learn" from Start To Finish.

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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.


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2022 Apr 09
Nice, what model is it on the Marshall?