Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 4 - Pre-production Part 2

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Continuing with pre-production for "Live And I Learn" in the control room on Blackbird Studio A, Vance and The Weird Sisters continue to iron out the song and prepare to cut the main tracks.

See how Vance Powell:

  • Adjust the settings on Gabby's Moog Subsequent 37
  • Work on the bass line for the solo section
  • Iron out transitions between sections
  • Work on the end tag
  • Discuss running the Pro Tools rig with Mike Fahey to keep the session moving quickly
  • Explains the data backup workflow to make sure the session is backed up throughout the day
  • Recaps the pre-production phase and prepares to move out to the tracking room

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 1073
  • 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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    2022 Apr 18
    Anyone rep a Windows alternative for Carbon Copy Cloner?
    2022 Feb 15
    2021 Dec 08
    Looking at the gear list, I see it says BAE 1073... I looks to me as it was a Neve 1073
    2021 Nov 20
    Hey Mike you'r lucky guy work's with uncle Vance ...keep cool
    2021 Nov 19
    Love watching Vance do his thing. Very comfortable rapport with Mike, the Blackbird techs, and the musicians. Thanks, PureMix!