Start To Finish: Vance Powell - Episode 33 - Recording The Vocals

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After Vance Powell and The Weird Sisters complex the original production of "Live And I Learn," they had a feeling they could push it even further and… weirder.

In the epic conclusion of this Start To Finish Series, Vance and the band head back into Sputnik Sound with drummer Chris Powell (Brandi Carlile, KALEO, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Barry Gibb) and Michael Zimmerman on Bass guitar to record a new bridge and edit it into the previous version of the song.

Watch as Vance and the band record the new section, do overdubs and re-record all of the vocals for "Live And I Learn" before re-mixing the song from scratch and taking it to a whole other level.

Once you have seen how Vance does it, download the new multitrack and mix "Live And I Learn" in your own weird way.

Equipment & Software
  • Shure SM7
  • Chandler Limited REDD Mic
  • Neumann FET 47
  • UAD Korg SDD-3000
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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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