13 Mar The Raconteurs – Mixing by Vance Powell
The Raconteurs are wrapping up the long-awaited follow-up to 2008?s Consolers Of The Lonely (Third Man Records), and are currently mixing it with GPS client Vance Powell at his Sputnik Sound Studios in Nashville, TN. In an Instagram video, Jack White demonstrates a unique technique developed for mixing and mastering mixes. Powell’s mix is broadcast directly from the studio through an FM transmitter to White’s car, where the band sits, listens and sends back real-time notes via walkie-talkie.
“This way the artist can mix in real time, and hear exactly?what the song sounds like on the radio as well. This speeds up the process of mixing and greatly and reduces the amount of remixes that occur after artists feel they?ve ?got it? in the studio, only to listen in the car on the ride home realizing that the kick drum is too loud!” says White.
Powell and White mixed Consolers Of The Lonely In 2008 and won The Raconteurs a Grammy for ‘Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical). The new album is expected to be released later this year. See the video and process below:
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Jack White shows us a technique he developed for doing master mixes. The Raconteurs are mixing their new album with Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound. One of their new songs ?Shine The Light On Me” is broadcast with an FM transmitter from inside the studio. Outside in the car park, the band listens to the broadcast on an unused FM frequency. ( the broadcaster only sends a small powered signal about a distance of a hundred feet or so ) The band uses a walkie talkie to give notes on the mix to the engineer ( Vance ) back in the control room. This way the artist can mix in real time, and hear exactly what the song sounds like on the radio as well, this time through the amazing sound system of a Tesla Model S. This speeds up the process of mixing greatly and reduces the amount of remixes that occur after artists feel they?ve ?got it? in the studio, only to listen in the car on the ride home realizing that the kick drum is too loud! . . . #brendanbenson #jacklawrence #jackwhite #patrickkeeler #theraconteurs #newalbum #mixing @vancalot