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Start to Finish: Vocal Production & Guitar Solos with Vance Powell

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01h 30min

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Learn Vance’s Unique Editing and Overdubbing Tricks

Between the tracking session and the mixing session is the often overlooked editing and production process that adds the finishing touches and details that can make a song stand out.

Every producer and engineer needs to help guide artists towards a cohesive vision for their records. Grammy winner Vance Powell works with the band Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown to add layers of vocals, guitar overdubs and create the final song arrangement together at his studio Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN.

Vance demonstrates and explains his strategies for:

  • Vocal comping, working line by line, take by take, to make a good performance great
  • Recording background vocals to make the arrangement even more dynamic
  • Using Vocalign on the vocal doubles for a wide and tight sound
  • Special effects processing including reverse reverb, distortion, and delays
  • Crafting the perfect guitar solo tone from the comfort of the control room
  • Vance’s special “spin fader” trick using analog delay

Learn how to give a song both polish and attitude with clever production touches that take the record from sounding good to feeling incredible!

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  • Avid D-Verb
  • Exponential Audio Nimbus
  • VocAlign Project
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    Vance Powell

    Vance Powell is a four time winning Grammy Award winning American record producer, engineer and mixer. Vance made his start in live sound, touring as a front-of-house engineer then in early 2002 an opportunity came up to help build what’s currently one of the largest studio complexes in the world, Vance was there, becoming chief engineer for Nashville’s Blackbird Studios. Vance began working extensively with Jack White's groups including The Raconteurs, The White Stripes, and The Dead Weather, as well as many of White's production jobs.

    Powell is the co-owner of Sputnik Sound, a recording and mixing facility he set up in 2006 together with producer/engineer Mitch Dane. He is also an active member of The National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) in their Producers and Engineers Wing.

    Credits

    Jack White

    Chris Stapleton

    The Deadweather

    The Raconteurs

    Arctic Monkeys

    Wolfmother

    Featured Artists and Musics
    Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

    Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown is a rock and roll band born of Nashville, TN. Their sound is a soulful patchwork of roots-infused melodies and muscular riffs, all woven tightly with the thread of their alternative psychedelic mystique. It’s as rambunctious, raw and real as rock & roll gets these days.

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    albrecr@gmail.com
    2017 Oct 17
    Great video. Love Vance's Rock-N-Roll attitude and Tyler is a little freakin' rock star. Did this song come out? The stuff I heard on Spotify sounds lame in comparison. Put out the heavy riffs guys.
    huhu9900
    2017 Oct 06
    This is awesome!
    composermikeglaser
    2017 Oct 01
    Love to watch other peoples philosophy and technique for comping, great to see Vance again!
    alexjergensen
    2017 Sep 29
    great video...does this mean the mixing video is coming next?! loving the start to finish process
    Candymanjl
    2017 Sep 27
    Lots of great little tips and tricks, awesome stuff!
    MarkNorman
    2017 Sep 27
    Once A guitarist...- Always a Guitarist..- Take 57..- Classic.."Just one more take... I think I got it.....!".. Great lesson in let the Artist see, but it's great diplomacy to tame the passion of just one more take..- Warts an' all fantastic example for all of us guitarists..- Keep trying, but listen to the expert
    samax80
    2017 Sep 27
    Awesome Tricks!! Thank You!!!!
    rickdrumss
    2017 Sep 26
    great teachers!!
    alfranchi
    2017 Sep 26
    Amazing. Thank you!
    pmlogin