Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 12 - Guitar Overdubs Part 2

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Continuing with guitar overdubs, it's time to add some extra layers to "Live And I Learn"

Watch as Vance and the band:

  • Write the main melody for the bridge on the fly
  • Tweak the feedback on a space echo pedal to fill the space on a break
  • Add acoustic guitar to the track
  • Show the coolest trick known to man
  • Use gaff tape to mute a string on the acoustic guitar
  • Explain the cue system at Sputnik Sound
  • Break down the signal chain on the acoustic guitar
  • Try out several acoustic guitars on the track

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.

Equipment & Software
  • Peluso 47 Mic
  • RCA Mic Pre
  • Empirical Labs Fatso
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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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2022 Feb 16
Gack! We quit before the scratch vocal? You left us hanging, pureMix! ;^)