Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 25 - Recording sax and shaker

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To wrap up the overdubs on "LIve And I Learn," Gabby heads back into the live room with Alto and Baritone Sax in hand to add the final textures to the track.

Watch as Vance:

- Go over ideas for the saxophone lines with Gabby
- Coaches Gabby through takes on alto and baritone sax
- Has Mike Fahey check the timing and tuning of the saxophone parts
- Sets up drummer Jeff Brown for percussion overdubs
- Coaches Jeff through the shaker takes
- Gives the plan for mix prep and finishing "Live And I Learn"

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 Aug 16
Magnificent work everybody! I enjoy the creation. Excited for the mixing part!
2022 Jun 18
It has been a joy to watch