Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 2 - Pre-production Setup

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The studio is set up, and it is time to head to the control room with Vance Powell and The Weird Sisters to work on "Live And I Learn".

In this episode, Vance dials in the pre production setup he has put together with the band.

Watch as Vance:

  • Gives the plan for pre production in the control room of Studio A
  • Patches the mics and outboard gear for the control room preproduction setup
  • Sets up his "Beard verb pedal" and explains its origin with Lowell Reynolds
  • Breaks down the control room setup
  • Checks the polarity of the equipment using a Galaxy Audio Cricket
  • Dials in the tones for the control room setup

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
  • Ampeg B-15
  • BAE 1073
  • Galaxy Audio Cricket
  • Meumann U67
  • Neumann FET 47
  • Neve 1080 Desk
  • Neve 31102
  • Shure 57
  • Shure SM-7
  • Teletronix LA-2A
  • Universal Audio 1176
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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 Aug 29
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    Mister Branch
    2022 Jan 23
    good to see how the neve 1073 preamps are set, they give a very bright and clear sound. awesome
    2021 Dec 20
    that's a cool trick, track a bit, get the eq right with the plugin then match it on your tracking channel strip. Nice!