Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 3 - Pre-production Part 1

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With the tones dialed in on the pre-production setup in the control room on Blackbird Studio A, Vance and The Weird Sisters work through the structure and arrangement of "Live And I Learn."

See how Vance Powell:

  • Run through the current song structure
  • Find a tempo for the song
  • Discuss who should hear the metronome while recording
  • Add an intro and outro

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
  • Ampeg B-15
  • BAE 1073
  • Galaxy Audio Cricket
  • Meumann U67
  • Neumann FET 47
  • Neve 1080 Desk
  • Neve 31102
  • Shure 57
  • Shure SM-7
  • Teletronix LA-2A
  • Universal Audio 1176
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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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    2021 Nov 22
    I love Recording this, moog, Guitar, Drums. Vance Powell Studios.
    2021 Nov 21
    Great video on pre-production. Thanks Vance