Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 8 - Recording Vocals

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With the instrumental full of vibe and intense performances, it's time to lay down some vocals.

Watch as Vance:

  • Produces and records the vocal session
  • Adds vocal effects to help inspire Jeff's performance
  • Comps the vocal takes
  • Creates a "super double"
  • Uses an Ampex mic through a small amplifier to create the vocal hook on the post-chorus

Watch the rest of the series here

Equipment & Software


  • API 2500
  • BAE 1073
  • Chandler RS124
  • Peluso 22 47 LE


  • Roto Speaker


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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 Jul 26
Would love to work with Vance! this seems so fun and sounds great.
2020 May 14
Was That Fab in the mirror?
2020 May 11
Interesting ...this will turn out great.
2020 May 10
Very nice! I really like the energy of Vance! I really like this song!
2020 May 09
Vance is the man
2020 May 09
Awesome to be a fly on the wall and notice the details like creating a good vibe with drinks and doing some adventure style recording.