Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 20 - Recording The Piano

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In this episode, The Weird Sisters get a few piano ideas and head back into the live room to add some layers.

Watch as Vance:

  • Explains the default piano micing setup at Sputnik Sound
  • Coaches the band through piano parts
  • Extends the length of the piano using Valhalla Shimmer

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.

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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 May 23
Same here. No episode 21.
2022 May 21
Like Curtis, I can't have the 21 to work.
2022 May 20
Episode 21 isn't working for me. I'm getting this message: Not Found The requested URL was not found on this server. Apache/2.4.18 (Ubuntu) Server at Port 443
2022 May 20
Nice work but I would have added more piano riffs like Jerry E Louis in the background. Like going off the grid and not the same notes as the guitar.
2022 May 20
Bad ass