SoundOff is a quarterly forum for exploring the art and the science of audio recording and its storied and innovative history in Memphis.
SoundOff gives local and rising musicians the opportunity to learn craft from the producers and engineers who helped to create and continue to shape Memphis music.SoundOff is for musicians, professional recording engineers, producers, and anyone interested in better understanding audio recording. Ross-Sprang, who won a Grammy for his work on country artist Jason Isbell’s album, and Memphis music industry veteran Powell will discuss the recording process from start to finish, beginning with tracking and mixing and ending with mastering songs for vinyl. The talk will be moderated by The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter President Scott Bomar.
- When: Thursday, May 18th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
- Location: Crosstown Arts, 430 N Cleveland St, 38104
- Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
- Admission: Free admission with complimentary food and drinks
“I’m very excited to be featuring Jeff Powell and Matt Ross-Sprang,” said Bomar. “They have worked on some amazing albums, including albums by Margo Price and St. Paul and the Broken Bones and are doing some really excellent work at Sam Phillips Recording Service.”
Life-long Memphian Ross-Sprang was awarded his first Grammy for his work engineering and mixing Isbell’s “Something More Than Free.” Ross-Sprang has worked with such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Isaak, The Drive-By Truckers, Lori McKenna, and The Blind Boys of Alabama, among others. He began working at Sun Studio as an intern at age 17 and worked his way up to chief engineer before leaving Sun in 2015 to venture out on his own as an independent producer and engineer. Music industry veteran Jeff Powell has been recording, mixing, and producing records for 28 years, many of which were spent at Ardent Studios before he began a freelancing career. Jeff has worked on multiple gold and platinum records and six Grammy Award-winning projects, among other accolades. He also operates a vinyl-cutting business called Take Out Vinyl. His engineering/mixing credits include Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Tonic, The Dave Matthews Band, Big Star, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sharon Jones, Primal Scream, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and The Afghan Whigs, among many others.