Gearfest 2011: Tracking Part 6 - Whole Band

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See how the pros record, mix and master live bands on stage inside Sweetwater's auditorium and learn how you can make a record in any acoustic environment.

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This is a real-time shoot of a prototypical tracking session, with no smoke or mirrors. Going from scratch to a rough mix in an hour or so with mic choices and placements, preamp choices and mic swapping for tone shaping. All steps are explained and commented.

Tracked with Avid ProTools HD|Native, full line of Royer Ribbon mics and Mojave Condenser mics, UA 4-710, UA610, Great River MP2NV, Great River EQ1-NV preamps and eqs as well as Dangerous Music Monitor ST, Dangerous Music Summing and Focal speakers.

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is a Grammy winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has been nominated for Grammys 6 times, including two Latin Grammys and has received many other accolades around the world, including Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards and US independent music awards.


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2015 Nov 30
I was interested how the vocal mic had no plosives; my experience with ribbons has shown pops and plosives are normally a problem when the mic is that close , even with a filter. The Royer seems to be very useful. Cheers, Ross
2015 Jan 17
Very informative Fab! Great way to reinforce theory with lreal world experience.
2014 Jun 14
"Because they are professional musicians" Funny and so real ;)
2012 May 08
Extrêmement divertissante et instructive cette série vidéo. Ton sens du PR est incroyable !
2011 Nov 26
Wow, amazing. Where can we see the mixing video?
2011 Aug 31
Very Nice!! I actually like better this perfomance sound , than the original on "youtube".. yes of course this was better conversion.. but actually all the dynamics on this sound is GREAT! I hope someday we have albums like this ;)
2011 Aug 26
AWESOME video series Fab!!! You're the only person I know that can record a live band while explaining the process and be entertaining... all in 1 hour!!!