Start To Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 8 - Overdubs Part 1

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With the track's foundation laid down, Vance works on some individual punches with the band before setting up the congas and clavinet for overdubs.

Watch as Vance:

  • Punches a cymbal grab with the drummer
  • Tries out different takes on the bill leading into the bridge
  • Punches spots on the sub-bass
  • Set up the congas and clavinet

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.


Jack White

Chris Stapleton

The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

Arctic Monkeys


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2022 Apr 30
I can sense the fatigue from here... long day for everyone. I'd love to know start time and current time at this point.
2022 Feb 18
I second that emotion! The congas sound great. Make and model of instruments would be a definite plus at least for studio supplied gear. Great video series as usual. Please keep up the great work. Also kudos to the band for allowing us to see them "hit the wall". This is common in the studio and Vance is very supportive and positive. As musicians we rarely play the same song twice in a show (except maybe the half dozen times playing "Born to be Wild" at your local biker rally).
Ross Martin
2022 Feb 16
Go Truckers Go!
Ross Martin
2022 Feb 16
Go Trucker Go!
2022 Jan 24
What make and model are those bongos? I like how they sound...
2022 Jan 12
Really enjoying these videos! Vance is so personable and I love how unpretentious the band are. I'm getting heaps of cool ideas for when I get into the studio later this year.
2021 Dec 26
2021 Dec 20
Love watching Vance work, and he's great at keeping the viewer informed as he goes. A masterclass!
2021 Dec 17
Cliff hanger for sure!