Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 4 - Tracking The Band

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With the basic tones setup and sounding massive from episode 3, and a new song structure ready to go from episode 1, it's time to get some takes recorded.

Watch as Vance:

  • Uses a unique technique to eliminate guitar hum during tracking. You'll just have to see... we cannot in good conscious type it out here. Trust us.
  • Dials in vocal effects using analog tape delay and an analog outfitters scanner vibrato effect
  • Continues tweaking the structure of the song and works out individual drum fills and guitar parts with the band
  • Captures the foundational tracks that the rest of the production will be built around.

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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.


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2021 Apr 01
Love this drummer
2020 Oct 06
Does anybody have any details on how to make the Butt Plug mentioned in this video! I think its genius and I have a baritone guitar which has the noisiest lipstick pickups in the world and could benefit from this device! They mention is a Spark plug connected to a metal ring with a cable. I'd tried to build this yesterday and it didn't work. Thank you in advance!
2020 May 26
Great! Drums and guitar lines infect me, thank you.
2020 May 25
Beautiful tutorial, I hope the Italian subtitles will arrive soon ...
2020 May 02
This band played to twelve people at my house in Johnson City, TN in 2017. Now, they're doing this, on a big label and playing big venues. They deserve it. So glad to see their magic in the making with Vance!
2020 Apr 18
This is a great series for a great song!
Melodic Dreamer
2020 Apr 13
Love, Love that snare sound. Really enjoyed watching this. What is the slapback setting for the vocal?
2020 Apr 11
I want to know more about the butt plug
2020 Apr 11
Another excellent tutorial...Great song too.
2020 Apr 11
Being a fly on the wall is great for observing the interaction between Vance and the musicians. Killer drum sound!
2020 Apr 10
Awesome stuff! Really dig that drummer, good feel and does a lot with his setup!