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Fab Dupont Mastering Case Study

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Mastering can be an elusive subject, but it doesn’t have to be. The streaming age has declared war on the loudness war itself with new LUFS standards, allowing you to maximize the dynamic range of your masters without compromising the size and punch of your mixes in order to stay competitive.

In this Mastering Case Study, Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Fab Dupont, masters a single for the artist “Effee”, and shows you how to:

  • Set up Pro Tools for true before and after mastering comparisons
  • Read dynamic range and LUFS meters
  • Increase low-end definition with high pass filtering
  • De-clutter mud and remove harsh frequency buildups with M/S EQ
  • Open the top end on mixes without adding harshness
  • Add weight to the bottom end without adding mud

While learning how to make great sounding masters, you’ll also learn about Spotify and other streaming platform’s LUFS Standards as well as how to maximize the dynamic range on your masters.

After you’ve seen how Fab does it, download the original mix and practice what you’ve learned. You’ll also receive versions 1.0 and the louder 2.0 masters that Fab did to compare your work.

Learn how to make large, open sounding, dynamic masters, from Fab Dupont. Only on pureMix.net

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Equipment & Software
  • BAX EQ
  • Brainwork bx-Digital V2
  • FabFilter Pro-DS
  • FabFilter Pro-L 2
  • FabFilter Pro-Q 2
  • MAAT Dynamic Range Meter Mk II
  • Sonnox Oxford Dynamics
  • UAD Precision Maximizer
  • UAD Pultec EQ
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Mentors
Fab Dupont

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

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.

Credits

David Crosby

Queen Latifah

Jennifer Lopez

Mark Ronson

Les Nubians

Toots And The Maytals

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Serra496
2018 Oct 18
Check out... loudnesspenalty.com ... You can preview how your music will sound on each streaming service after their processing is done without having to upload anything.
soundgeezer
2018 Oct 18
I do understand the soft mastering for spotify and youtube. However when I buy a current pop song on itunes or a 44.1 kHz 16 bit version online the songs are still at around -8 dbfs. websites that put your songs on all those sides like tunecore or others don't allow different version for different platforms ... so what to do?
rickdrumss
2018 Oct 16
this class is pure gold for us when trying to figure out how to set up music for different plataforms like Spotify or youtube. thanks a lot Mr. Fab.
mtsswado
2018 Oct 14
Great course! Thanks for putting the whole case in context.
LazyOldSun
2018 Oct 12
Thanks Fab. Adding the addendum at end was great idea. Good to have client's real world expectation involved.
freebeatprod
2018 Oct 12
I hope you get ripped to create videos with subtitles, in my case "Italian". thanks and I hope I did not have a wrong section.
tommaso.s
2018 Oct 12
Is it working same way also on apple music? Same parameters?
gpetel
2018 Oct 11
Wow. THANKS
héctor.m
2018 Oct 11
Finally!!! Music is alive again! Everybody, please use the Loudness Targets and educate your clients. That way we don't have to go through this WAR again. Wars are sad and they always have casualties.
jmag02
2018 Oct 11
Wonderful demonstration, Fab! I very much look forward to a video series specifically on the intricacies of mastering for current streaming services (especially Spotify and YouTube). Speaking for amateur and semi-pro musicians out there, this is one of the least well-understood areas of music production today, and also an area in which there is loads of inaccurate and damaging information floating around the interwebs. Thanks again!
pearlpassion
2018 Oct 11
Excellent explanation, very interesting story behind your mastering with Spotify end result. Thanks.
sws1
2018 Oct 11
Great finale!
AMP Tracks
2018 Oct 11
Awesome you shared the update! In German we call it "beratungsresistent" - it means someone who's withstanding any professional advice. Good to know it happens in any type of work just the same, no matter how experienced or credible the advisor is.
JAW_007Mix
2018 Oct 11
Learning....I'm learning!! Full of great info...I'll be back to watch/listen again and again. Thanks Fab! Do you ever use automation when mastering? Seems tempting.
puReTom
2018 Oct 10
Fab! Thanks so much for advocating for dynamic music! The same kind of story happened to me not too long ago, unfortunately the artist was not so clever...
Anthony
2018 Oct 10
Thank you so much Fab for this vidéo!
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