Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 15 - Recording Bass Part 2

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After getting some sleep, The Weird Sisters, Vance Powell, and Mike Fahey return to Sputnik Sound to continue with bass, vocal, and horn overdubs for "Live And I Learn". Day 3 starts now, with the final bass takes.

Watch as Vance:

  • Breaks down the plan for day 3
  • Sets up the bass guitar sound for the final bass tracks
  • Coaches Issac through the final bass takes
  • Explains the network server file management system at Sputnik Sound

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
  • API 550A Eq
  • 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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