Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 11 - Mixing Part 2

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The gear is patched, the tracks are ready to go, and it is time to continue on with the mix!

In the second episode of mixing "Sweet Beast" from "Illiterate Light", Vance uses his signature techniques to continue dialing in the sound.

Watch as Vance:

  • Uses the B.A.S.E. to expand the width of the chorus guitars
  • Uses a combination of the B.A.S.E and an Eventide H3000 on the vocal "Super Double"
  • Adds a DBX 500 Subharmonic Synthesizer to the Sub Guitar Solo
  • Auditions several rotary speaker plugins and the dials in the winner on the lead vocal
  • Automates the speed of the rotary speaker for each section of the song
  • Uses an H910 to add width to the vocal
  • Adds multiple delay processors to the vocals to create movement and spread
  • Creates a pseudo doubled vocal using AutoTune and ADT
  • Sets up for automation passes on his SSL

Next week will bring the final episode from Sputnik Sound, where Vance will finish the mix, and print to his ATR 102 Tape Machine.

Watch the rest of the series here

Equipment & Software


  • API 2500
  • Bricasti M7
  • EQ 3D
  • Electrix MO-FX
  • Eventide H3000
  • Eventide H910
  • MXR Flanger
  • Radial EXTC


  • Roto Speaker
  • PSP L'ottary 2
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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 Feb 05
I really dig the tight ending, and those delays. Me gusta mucho el final apretado y esos delays
Castor X
2021 Jan 25
grandiose Arbeit.
2020 Jun 26
please subtitles in Spanish
2020 Jun 14
No está en spanish, que mal.
2020 May 30
Great job with these effects, sounds right on and filled in the mix well.