EP 109: Vance Powell – Making Mixes With Character

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Vance Powell is an American six-time Grammy Award winning record producer, engineer and mixer. His credits include Phish, Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, Deadly Apples, Seasick Steve, Black Prairie, The Revivalists, Tinariwen, JEFF the Brotherhood, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, and Martina McBride, among many others.


  • Working with Jack White and Chris Stapleton
  • How his live sound experience influences his work in the studio
  • The importance of “making decisions” while tracking
  • Why he doesn’t edit his tracks
  • Should you record with a click track?
  • Imposter syndrome: How to learn from it
  • Why doing “shootouts” is a bad idea
  • Reverb vs delay: When it’s better to use one vs the other
  • Using saturation: 
    • How to dial it in
    • Where to use it
    • His go-to pedals for saturation
    • How using tape can give your drums a bigger sound
  • Mixing Snare:
    • How to make your snares sound more like a note vs a quick hit
    • His go-to compression settings
    • How to use a transient designer
    • How to get the right tuning
  • How to create ambience through mic positioning

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