Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 6 - Dialing In The Band

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With the massive drum sounds dialed in, Vance sets up the rest of the band and tweaks their tones to compliment each other while making some final arrangement tweaks as the band starts to cut takes.

See how Vance Powell:

  • Dials in the Moog Subsequent 32 bass sound
  • Explains how he stereoized the mono bass synth using a DI, and Amp, and two LA2A compressors
  • Mics up the guitar cabinet using a U67 and SM57 and explains his approach to placement
  • Explains why he is using his 1073 mic pres instead of the console
  • Troubleshoots an issue with the SM57
  • Adds a Neve 33609 compressor to the overheads and explains what he is looking for
  • Tweaks the PCM 42 delays on the synth bass
  • Adjusts the arrangement

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
  • AEA R88
  • Ampeg B-15
  • BAE 1073
  • Josephson E22S
  • Neumann FET 47
  • Neumann KM84
  • Neumann U67
  • Neve 31102
  • Neve 8078 Desk
  • RCA 77-D
  • 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.


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The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

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2022 Feb 06
I like the vision and the clear ideas behind this process!