Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 21 - Recording The Guitar Solo

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It's time to record the guitar solo with Issac!

In this episode, Vance lays out the plan for both synth and guitar solos, discusses "Guitar-monies" and dials in a brutal tone.

Watch as Vance:

  • Discusses doing both a guitar and synth solo with the band and adding "Guitar-monies"
  • Sets up the broken WEM amplifier at Sputnik, which only works when it's WIIIIDE open
  • Helps craft a thick, unique tone for the guitar solo
  • Coaches Issac through takes
  • Creates the final comp of the guitar solo

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 25
big thx @jaredpast!!!!!
2022 May 24
The pedal is the Knas Ekdahl Moisturizer Effects Unit. Looks and sounds pretty fun..
2022 May 22
Can anyone tell me the correct pedal name in 18:00-19:00 ,that the Vance said nas mosriser?? THX