Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 2 - Tracking Room Rundown

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Tracking Room Rig Rundown

In episode 2, Vance breaks down the setup in the tracking room on Jake Cochran's unique drum kit setup and Jeff Gorman's intricate guitar/bass/synth pedal rig.

Watch as Vance and the band explain:

  • The drum choice and setup
  • Microphone choices on the drum kit
  • Microphone placement on the drums including "the taste mic"
  • His love for broken cymbals and unique drums
  • Guitar amp selection
  • Guitar mic selection
  • The secondary use of the presidential podium…
  • Jeff's complex pedalboard, and ABY setup that allows for deep bass and massive guitar tones.
  • The use of the synth pedals
Equipment & Software

Drum Mics

  • AEA R88
  • Ampex 1101
  • Chandler Red Mic
  • Chandler TG Mic
  • Neumann KM 84
  • Shure Beta 52
  • Shure SM 57

Guitar Mics

  • Neumann U67
  • RCA BK5
  • Shure SM 57
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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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2020 Jul 16
Does he flip the phase om any of the guitar amp mics?
2020 May 25
Hi everyone, I found this tutorial very interesting, Vance Powell is a really great sound engineer. One question: Vance explains in "episode 3" that there are both the Home and the OVER with two R88 RIBBON stereo mic, but in the video I only saw one stereo pair positioned, the other R88 microphone was not present
2020 Apr 29
Heyho! Is there a reason that you didn´t dive into the Room Mikes? I think Vance says he´s got another R88 hangin´for Room Sound...? could you explain, how, where exactly he places it, and why he does it the way he does it. Please.
2020 Apr 28
he dont said whts mic he puts on overhead mic.. or he said??
2020 Mar 31
Ahh what a tease!! Cant wait for the rest.
2020 Mar 29
I've been singing and playing guitar and bass pedals for years in an acoustic duo we call Ike & Martin. I have to sit to play mine because I use both feet simultaneously. Great to see them being used in a different way than me. It's like juggling whilst riding a unicycle in heavy traffic. Can't wait to see the rest of the series. Cheers lads. Martin Shears
2020 Mar 29
2020 Mar 28
Great stuff, I can't wait to watch more!!
2020 Mar 28
Vance and the band are so cool! but the video is too short!!!!
2020 Mar 28
That octavebassguitarsound sounds really cool! Remindes me of the intro of nasty dogs and funky kings with zz top. This weekly dose of puremix is great