Learn How To Mix a Pop Song in Studio One

Duration : 01:57:27

In this three part video series, Fab Dupont takes a live recording of Jay Stolar’s ‘Fall Apart’ and turns it into a finished mix. Presonus Studio One was used for the entire recording and mixing process.

This video is great for any songwriter or producer working with live bands. You will learn ways to make real instruments sound punchy and present in a modern way.

Using Studio One’s built in plug-ins (ProEQ, Channel Strip, Expander, Compressor) as well as lots more from UAD (Pultec, Studer A800, 1176LN, Fairchild, DBX160, Roland R-201, Cooper Time Cube, Moog Filter, EMT250, Lexicon 224, EMT140, RS1, Precision Bus Compressor), Softube (Focusing Eq, Fet Compressor, TSAR-1 Reverb, Bass Amp Room) and Soundtoys (Echoboy) Fab takes the song from raw tracks to finished product in a little less than two hours.

He mixes drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals, comparing microphones when several are available (Original mic placements are shown) making choices based on the song context and the final desired results. Many mixing techniques are addressed including parallel compression and space design with multiple reverbs. You will also learn about transients management and tune a vocal track with taste.

Half way through the process, the mixing session turns into a recording session again when Fab realizes a hole in the arrangement. The whole process is documented live and integrated the series where he finishes the song and lets us compare before and after sounds.

The attached zip file contains the original uncompressed files of the session. Please download it and import these files in the DAW you use to make music. This way you can practice your skills and mix this song using your own tastes, tools, plug-ins and the guidelines provided in this video.

For more info about Jay Stolar, please visit his website

This video was kindly subtitled in Spanish and Italian by the guys at Fuseroom studio.

What you have to say
sorry, new to PureMix, what am I missing ? downloaded the stems but they are partial tracks i.e. they got up to bar 37 - 38 , not the full song.
this is great!!!! thanks!!!
Great material. How many Universal Audio Plugins do you have ? Where did you get that? Thanks Fab.
Fabulous Fab
@johnctiller: I'm not a big automation guy. I'd rather balance everything until it sits right (Except for special effects). It's only possible if someone who has a final vision produces the song. Otherwise one has to use automation to compensate for stuff that does not sit right in the mix.
I have lost my fetish for hardware. I only use what I need at any moment, software or hardware, does not matter to me anymore. I only kept the hardware that is not reproduced properly in software yet. The Neve console would not have been the right color for this song I think. It did not occur to me to try
Fabulous Fab
@DuckieTheAnk: You guessed right. We collectively decided, after a incubating period, to tweak the production a bit to make it closer to the other songs on the record in color. It always happens. Songs are never finished until someone screams at someone that we missed the deadline and comes pry the files from our clenched fists.
Fabulous Fab
@rmoreno: No, just this one as this is the only song I produced on that CD.
Hi, Fab good tutorial. Do you mixing all Jay Stolar CD using Studio One?
Great video Fab!
I listened to the track on spotify today and I noticed alot has been changed/added since the video. I would love to learn a little about what happened after the mix! I guess Jay had a listened and realized that he wanted more piano? other bits and pieces have been added aswell! Would love some insight in that process! =)

Regards Anders Bothén
Tuto fatal. Bravo Fab et merci, c'est vraiment top, indeed :)
fantastic video Fab!!!! not only did I learn a lot but I also became a fan of Jay's music in the process…..I just went to iTunes and bought his album…….same thing that happened to me after watching your Will Knox videos!
How about posting a finished project to reverse engineer...
Nice work, Fab. :)
Really awesome tutorial! Thanks Heaps FAB
Very good video tutorial, I'm learning a lot, thanks Jay!
Salai Pome
Thanks Fab ... i learn a lot from this tutorials... be blessed
This video series is INSANE! Thks so much guys.
God, I'm Learning so much from you guys... humbles
Great video. Learning a lot. I have not seen you do much automation n these full mixes. Is that common for you? Also, are you pretty happy with in the box mixes like this without really itching to try out some hardware? Sounds great o me as is so why mess with it....but I am not sitting a Neve surrounded by transformers and tubes glaring at me. Thank for all you do. Please keep it up! A bientot.
 Great video, lots to gleen from, much appreciated. THX ; r ) Always nice to see other DAWs in action as well.
HEy Fab, quick question? Is their anything that you can't do, I wish I had all your skills man...Your even a great cook! God Bless you man!
Truly amazing. Worth every penny. It's long fun and I learned tons of stuff. Thanks Fab!
Very nice.  Love the piano part.

1 - Mixing Part 1

2 - Producing on the piano

3 - Mixing Part 2