Over the past few decades, Matt Ross-Spang has made a name for himself by creating some of today's most treasured recordings, by drawing on his love for the history of recording and adding what's he has learned from records of the past to his personal sonic signature to bring intention, personality, and vibe to some of the world's most treasured musical talent.
In this pureMix.net Exclusive, multi-award-winning Producer, Mixer, and Engineer, Matt Ross-Spang, takes us into the live room of Studio A at the incredible Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN, and walks us through his entire process of setting up a band to record live off the floor.
Watch as Matt:
Discusses drum choice with former Wilco drummer and Nashville based producer, Ken Coomer
Tweaks the kit in the room, as opposed to through the microphones using different beaters, dampening tools, and drum tunings
Breaks down his microphone selection process on the drum kit
Explains his technique for using minimal micing techniques on drums and his placement of drums in the booth to find the perfect tone
Demonstrates the unique gain staging of the modules from his Spectrasonics console
Dials in the drum tones in the control room
Mics up the bass amp and compares with the DI tone to choose the best option within the context of the song
Dials in the bass tone with legendary Memphis bass player, Leeroy Hodges
Talks about the importance of choosing the correct players for the project
Explains his approach to micing Charles Hodges' Leslie cabinet on the Hammond B3 Organ
Chooses specific microphones on the different instruments and vocalists to EQ before reaching the console, as well as match the vibe of the track
Explains the importance of being out in the live room with the players
Join Matt Ross-Spang, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, The Hodges Brothers, Ken Koomer, and The Masqueraders inside the legendary Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN for an incredible recording event, from Start To Finish.
AKG D 25
1969 Spectra Sonics Console
Eli “Paperboy” Reed
Eli "Paperboy" Reed (born 1983 as Eli Husock) is an American singer and songwriter. After graduating from Brookline High School in 2002, he moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi. After spending a year in Clarksdale, he enrolled at The University of Chicago to study sociology. While in Chicago, he hosted a radio show called "We Got More Soul" on WHPK and played organ and piano in the South Side Chicago church of Mitty Collier. After one year of study in Chicago, he returned home to Boston to focus on music, recording his first album Sings "Walkin' and Talkin' for My Baby" and Other Smash Hits!
Camundongo •Friday, August 18, 2023
Three Chord Alibi •Friday, July 8, 2022
Outstanding! I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Thank you Matt for giving us a window into your process. Interesting blend of analog and digital, old and new. You are clearly a master of the tools and craft. I learned a bunch. Thank you Eli for sharing your artistic journey with these songs. You have Killer vocals! I will be checking out your other material.
thestudentproducer •Monday, April 26, 2021
This was great and very heart warming to watch. All that hard work paid off! Masqueraders, bless you guys, you rock!
robe1972 •Saturday, April 10, 2021
Amazing video...I loved it so much..!!!
bigsky •Wednesday, March 3, 2021
I love the 'keep it simple' philosophy. I learned so much watching this process start to finish.
more_drums •Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Someone get Ken a coffee
Brand.Audio •Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Great Tutorial. And i love the "Chunk"-T-Shirt. Goonies Rules!!!
jens.s •Sunday, January 10, 2021
Amount of compression?
Castor X •Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Great Feeling here.
callmemrnichols •Sunday, November 29, 2020
@jsdehlers the 2 mix is the mix bus. 2 mix is the term that a lot of old school mixers use. I'm assuming it has something to do with the way it's routed on the console, but don't hold me to that.
gemini8sound •Thursday, November 19, 2020
He's putting a gel that absorbs and deadens the vibrations... think of moongel, or a bandana, or tape or anything that steals some of the snare heads immediate vibrations which will deaden the sound.... sound is just vibration... absorb some, you kill some of the sound, just like putting up baffles or anything else that you want to stop a sound from doing something undesirable
jsdehlers •Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Quick question: what is the 2 mix?
wfrank •Monday, October 26, 2020
This whole series was just awesome. The artists are absolutely amazing and authentic and Matt manages to create and capture that 60-ties flair perfectly. Watching his way to listen to stuff an approach things was very helpful and inspiring. Really appreciate the time he took to explain his thinking and usage of tools to the puremix audience.