Start To Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 19 - Vocal Doubles

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With the tuned lead vocal in place, Issac heads back into the live room to lay down the vocal doubles on the chorus.

See how Vance Powell:

  • Explains how vocals were tuned with an Eventide 910 or 949 before computer-based tuning was possible
  • Plays back the tuned vocals for the band
  • Explains the plan for the vocal doubles to Issac and Gabby
  • Adds the copper phone to the vocal double blend
  • Sends the recorded doubles back up to Mike Fahey in Studio B for pitch and timing correction

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.


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2022 Apr 25
Excellent !
2022 Apr 09
I'm enjoying the series, so far! Thanks to pureMix, Vance, & Weird Sisters.