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Start to Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 9 - Recording The Clav and Congas

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Continuing on with overdubs, it's time to add the Congas and Clavinet D6.

See how Vance Powell:

  • Works through clavinet parts with the band to find a phrase that adds to the groove of the verses
  • Auditions congas on the track

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.

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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.

Credits

Jack White

Chris Stapleton

The Deadweather

The Raconteurs

Arctic Monkeys

Wolfmother

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DaveNJ
2022 Feb 16
Vance should have pulled Mike out at the end, too... :)
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