Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 7 - Guitar Solo And Drum Samples

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Drums? Check. Faux Bass & Synth Bass? Check. Guitar Solo? Don't mind if we do!

To fill out the middle jam section of the song, the entire crew gets involved in the creation of the guitar solo, with Jeff playing, and Vance and Jake tweaking on various pieces of gear to create a cathartic and bold solo that makes it impossible to ignore in the track.

Watch as Vance:

  • Record's Jeff Gorman's guitar solo
  • Creates an exciting comp from the takes
  • Creates percussive feedback with Jake playing the guitar pedals and Vance dialing in unique outboard effects
  • Bandwidth limits extra guitar parts to fit into the mix during tracking
  • Rides the faders of the delay returns on the solo live, to tape to adjust the wet/dry relationship
  • Creates drum samples with Jake Cochran
  • Places drum samples throughout the track
  • Further enhances the drum "taste mic"

Watch the rest of the series here

Equipment & Software


  • Eventide 910
  • Kilobyte Delay Pedal
  • Klon Pedal
  • MXR Flanger/Doubler
  • Radial EXTC


  • UAD Distressor


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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

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2020 Dec 20
Those drums are bass ass! Great performance with great tracking/mixing!
2020 Jun 12
I really enjoy watching the process and seeing a master at their craft. I also have learned that I probably will never want to collab on my own music. I'm too much of a control freak.
2020 May 03
"Vance's Stomp Cymbals", has kind of a ring to it". Vance is the man...
2020 May 02
Did Y'all have lunch at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack?
2020 May 02
Love what you're doing, coming together very well. Great job!
2020 May 02
Jesus! The Solo with the Sub on is just CREAMY!!! WOW
2020 May 01
Guys, these start to finish series are awsome. In my opinion, you can learn much more, just being a fly on the wall and watch people doing it in real time. This concept for me is much better, that just to see people showing us what they have done beforehand. In these series we can see the proccess of "how to get there". Thanks a lot for doing this.