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

Exercise files
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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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-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 received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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Queen Latifah

Jennifer Lopez

Mark Ronson

Les Nubians

Toots And The Maytals

Featured Artists and Musics

Effee is the solo music project of singer-songwriter Fran Litterski, adding on to her impressive artistic career as a writer and member of Ohio indie-pop group Kid Runner. ‘You & I' has been written in collaboration with Sam Vanderhoop Lee (Magic Man), and is a mellow synth-pop ballad that delves into the tender feelings of a first love.

  • You and I

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2022 Jul 28
Excelente Muchas Gracias
zachary miller
2021 May 23
I've been a part of the Puremix community now for a few years and I'm still so gob-smacked, everytime, by how much I learn with Fab. He's the GOAT audio trainer in my opinion and probably the reason I can make a humble living through audio currently. great, great work!
Pisko Music
2021 Feb 18
Et voila! This guy is very charismatic, makes learning fun. Now I'll go n fix my own teeth =)
2020 Sep 18
Great video, the current true pick on Spotify is changed to -1.db. Unfortunately!
Adis Cengic
2020 Aug 22
We need more tutorials like this one that use just vst plugins.
2020 Jul 16
I saw that there was a send on the initial track, you also later move that send onto the master track. Might be a stupid question, but what is that send?
2020 Mar 21
Salut Fab, les commentaires en Français marchent pas bien a priori !
2019 Dec 10
Nice video , but why do you send them?
2019 Mar 10
I saw that there was a send on the initial track, you also later move that send onto the master track. Might be a stupid question, but what is that send?
2019 Feb 23
Fab makes it again! I started to laugh nervously because I had the same situation with one client, he didn't believe what I said about the levels and kept comparing my final mixes vs the iTunes and Spotify versions of his favorite bands. Thanks for this video! Pablo
2018 Dec 04
Great video Fab. Really well explained and straight to the point. Are there other plugins you might recommend to replace the Oxford Dynamics? I don't have that plugin but could possibly substitute it for something else I may have. Thank you.
2018 Dec 03
"Just like you fix your own teeth" So, here's how you do it if you want a toothless grin?
2018 Nov 19
REALLY enjoyed this video. LUFS is so excellent. Offers such piece of mind during the final stages of your creations. Nice to have a target in mind as far as final output goes. Awesome video Fab, thanks! Your relaxed delivery makes absorbing the content very easy.
2018 Nov 01
hey! nice vid. If you endly do the Spotify thing, please add also TIDAL as a case study, since its a much nicer platform (codec and compression-wise) and more and more music lovers is using it these days. (i stopped subscribing to spotify the same day i found this oder platform). thank you :)
2018 Oct 30
Im pretty sure Spotify determines LUFs levels offline and over the whole song therefore we should do the same. You can then manipulate the arrangement of the song to achieve the desired loudness. For example adding a fade in and fade out might let you push the master an extra dB while maintaining the same -14 LUFs.
2018 Oct 27
Thanks a lot fab! Really looking forward for the Spotify Special!
2018 Oct 25
I appreciate every lessons here, every one. But this one opened my eyes (ears?) more than any. Thanks a million, this is a great video ¡
2018 Oct 18
Check out... ... You can preview how your music will sound on each streaming service after their processing is done without having to upload anything.
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?
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.
2018 Oct 14
Great course! Thanks for putting the whole case in context.
2018 Oct 12
Thanks Fab. Adding the addendum at end was great idea. Good to have client's real world expectation involved.
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.
2018 Oct 12
Is it working same way also on apple music? Same parameters?
2018 Oct 11
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.
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!
2018 Oct 11
Excellent explanation, very interesting story behind your mastering with Spotify end result. Thanks.
2018 Oct 11
Great finale!
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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.
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.
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...
2018 Oct 10
Thank you so much Fab for this vidéo!