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Start To Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 29 - Mixing Part 4

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With the static mix in place for "Live And I Learn" by The Weird Sisters, Vance Powell sets up his SSL console automation system and dives into the creative automation decisions for the mix.

Watch as Vance:

  • Explains how he sets up the SSL automation with timecode and why he has to "burp" the automation and write a static pass
  • Discusses the different automation modes like Absolute, Trim, Mix Match, and Auto Override
  • Rides the VCA faders on the vocals while listening at low levels
  • Does multiple automation rides on different instruments in the mix

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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Equipment & Software

Hardware

  • 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

 

Software

  • 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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Mentors
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.

Credits

Jack White

Chris Stapleton

The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

Arctic Monkeys

Wolfmother

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