Start To Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 7 - Getting The Take

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In this episode, the band continues to run down takes, working through arrangement issues, finding the perfect moments for accents, and nailing the track's foundation.

Watch as Vance:

  • Creates a count off for the band to follow on each take

    Comps together multiple takes for the band to hear and offers notes for a final take
  • Sets up a print track for the PCM 42 delays on the synth bass
  • Coaches the band through multiple takes to get the best out of each section
  • Comps together a final take with Mike Fahey

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
  • Lexicon PCM 42
  • 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.


Jack White

Chris Stapleton

The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

Arctic Monkeys


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2022 Apr 20
Salt Peanuts. Salt Peanuts. Groovy grit track for Vance to work his magix.
2022 Jan 12
Love the Human touch on this one video! Well done y'all.
2021 Dec 19
amazing video. thank u very much!!!
Melodic Dreamer
2021 Dec 19
Enjoying these videos. Playing the same tune over and over can sometimes mess you up. Especially if you start listening to the negative self-talk. It is easy to get in your own head. Vance handled it well and remembered to comfort the band when they needed it. It can happen to anyone.