Start To Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 27 - Mixing Part 2

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Continuing with the mix of "Live And I Learn" by The Weird Sisters, Vance sets up the rest of the tracks and brings them into his starting balance.

Watch as Vance:

  • Adds space to the horns and controls them with an 1176 Rev A
  • Dials in a phaser across the baritone sax parts
  • Explains his "between the 3's" target on VU meters
  • Brings the guitar and synth solo into the mix
  • Distorts and EQs the shaker
  • Explains his two lead vocal parallel processes with an 1176 and Fatso compressors
  • Uses Soothe to remove harsh resonance from the lead vocal
  • Shapes the vocal with a Pultec EQ
  • Adds the 33609 and Fatso Drum Parallel buses
  • Adds his El Capistan delays to the lead vocal

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


  • API 2500
  • API 550A
  • Bendini BASE
  • Chandler Limited TG1 Limiter
  • Empirical Labs Fatso
  • Epirical Labs Distressor
  • Eventide H910
  • GML 8900
  • Looptrotter Monster 2
  • Manley Massive Passive
  • Manley Variable Mu
  • Morley House Studios Compressor
  • Neve 33609
  • Retro Sta-Level
  • Strymon Volante



  • Massey THC
  • Oek Sound Soothe 2
  • Orange Phaser
  • Sound Toys Echo Boy
  • Sound Toys Phase Mistress
  • UAD 1176 RevA
  • UAD 1176LN
  • UAD Ampeg SVTVR
  • UAD Fatso Jr
  • UAD LA-2
  • UAD MXR Flanger
  • UAD Neve 1073 Legacy
  • UAD Pultec EQP-1A
  • Valhalla Shimmer
  • Valhalla Vintage Verb
  • Waves L2


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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 Jul 14
Really stellar sounds from Vance. Great musicians too, actually. It's just a damned shame they don't realize how bad the vocals and lyrics are. If this were an instrumental it would be solid, or if they found an interesting singer/lyricist. Every time those vocals hit I wince deep in the heart of my soul and fight not to turn the vid off.