Start To Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 30 - Mixing Part 5

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We've seen the creation of "Live And I Learn" by The Weird Sisters from the start of preproduction and basic tracking at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN, to the overdub sessions and mixing at Sputnik Sound, with every take, decision, and detail documented on camera. It's time to watch as Vance Powell takes the mix across the finish line in the final episode of this Start To Finish Series.

But is it truly the end of the series? Stay tuned…

Watch as Vance:

  • Adds moments of interest in the bridge by automating the horns and guitars
  • Dials in his API 2500 2bus compressor
  • Does the last pass on his Pro-Ac monitors at a louder level to do the final tweaks to the mix
  • Brings in the band to hear the mix for the first time
  • Goes through the band's notes before printing the final version of the mix
  • A/Bs the transformers in his Burl converters on the print of the mix

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


  • API 2500
  • API 550A
  • Bendini BASE
  • Chandler Limited TG1 Limiter
  • Empirical Labs Fatso
  • Epirical Labs Distressor
  • Eventide H910
  • GML 8900
  • Looptrotter Monster 2
  • Manley Massive Passive
  • Manley Variable Mu
  • Morley House Studios Compressor
  • Neve 33609
  • Retro Sta-Level
  • Strymon Volante



  • Massey THC
  • Oek Sound Soothe 2
  • Orange Phaser
  • Sound Toys Echo Boy
  • Sound Toys Phase Mistress
  • UAD 1176 RevA
  • UAD 1176LN
  • UAD Ampeg SVTVR
  • UAD Fatso Jr
  • UAD LA-2
  • UAD MXR Flanger
  • UAD Neve 1073 Legacy
  • UAD Pultec EQP-1A
  • Valhalla Shimmer
  • Valhalla Vintage Verb
  • Waves L2


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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 23
Fantastic series. Great band. Love your work. Very nice job!!
2022 Jul 21
Fun series to watch. Cool band.
2022 Jul 09
Great series from start to finish. Always interesting to watch the choices being made toward the finished song along the way.
2022 Jul 09
Very very good serie, Vance is really didactique as we say in France ! A little bit surprise that the serie stop, I would have been happy to see the track go to mastering like the Greg Wells serie... Thank you ! Romain