Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 13 - Lead Vocals Part 1

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With guitars in place, it's time to start laying down the lead vocal ideas for "Live And I Learn".

Watch as Vance:

  • Explains why he records two separate mics to one stereo track
  • Patches in CAPI & Neve mic preamps and inserts the Unfairchild across both channels
  • Checks polarity on the two microphones using the Galaxy Audio Cricket
  • Swaps microphones to better suit the performance
  • Coaches Issac through vocal takes

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
  • Capi VP28 Platinum
  • Neumann U47
  • Neve 1084
  • Placid Audio Carbonphone RU-80
  • Shure SM-7
  • UTA UnFairChild 670M II
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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

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2022 Jul 29
Spirit of booty. Nothing else needs to be said
2022 Jun 02
When he said switching to the worst mic... I love the SM7b its so versatile! ha
Mister Branch
2022 May 28
Good work
2022 Apr 08
watching vance work like this is so valuable. chippin away, keeping vibes high. masterclass in real music making. love this series!