Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 14 - Recording Bass Part 1

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Pausing from vocals, Vance and the band use the end of Day 2's session to lay down the bass line for "Live And I Learn".

Watch as Vance:

  • Sets up the Acme Motown Bass DI
  • Auditions the Gates STA Level and Unfairchild compressors on the bass guitar
  • Coaches Issac through different takes on each section of the song

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
  • Acme Audio MTP-66
  • Fender P-Bass
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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 Mar 12
Fantastic series, I look forward to every episode. But why did we watch Vance print a rough mix in its entirety?