Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 24 - Overdubbing the background vocals

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The final day has come, and the band has a few overdubs left before Vance gets to mixing.

Watch as Vance, and The Weird Sisters record the final background vocals for "Live And I Learn."

Watch as Vance:

- Gives the plan for the final day of production for "Live And I Learn"
- Goes over the final vocal harmony ideas for the choruses with Gabby
- Has his assistant, Mike Fahey, set up an RCA Silver 77, gifted to him by Jack White, for percussion and saxophone
- Records Gabby's final vocal harmonies

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.


Jack White

Chris Stapleton

The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

Arctic Monkeys


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