Fab Dupont Mastering Grand Baton

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As a conclusion to our series of videos on the song "Carribean Raider" by Grand Baton, Fab Dupont puts on his mastering engineer cap to coax the song towards the final step of the recording process.

If you've ever wondered what happens when you send a song to mastering, or if you've been willing to do the mastering part yourself, this video gives you the fly on the wall point of view.

Fab details his workflow and explains what corrections to make and how to enhance a mix to make it a final distribution ready product. Using a combination of software and hardware (just because he can!), he tailors his original mix with Equalization (broad and precise), compression, limiting, MS tooling etc to reach yet another level of sound. Making it loud and competitive though still perfect sounding.

    Software used:
  • FLUX Elixir
  • SONNOX Oxford Dynamics
  • MASSEY L2007 Mastering Limiter
  • UAD Brainworx Modus Equalizer bx1
    Hardware used:
  • UNIVERSAL AUDIO 2192 Converter
  • NEUMANN PEa Stereo EQ
  • MANLEY Stereo Pultec EQ

If you would like to watch the previous steps of the recording of that song, please visit Producing Caribbean Raider's guitar sounds and Mixing Dubstep in ProTools

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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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2020 Aug 21
I keep realizing that Mastering is small incrementing steps. It's not drastic but the small steps lead to a big path. Patience is definitely needed to Master.
2019 Oct 10
hello good morning i would like to know if it is possible to do this Mastering Grand Baton inbox master process thanks
2017 May 08
Too Awesome, just what I was looking for
2017 Jan 22
Excellent tutorial Fabrice. While I rarely like what the Manley does above 5-6khz region, it's definitely a go to consideration for shaping a thick/fat round bouncy bottom. Thanks for this. Would love to see another mastering on big lush ballads or piano ballads. On a side note: Streaming this content can be really frustrating and disruptive to critical listening, if ever you guys decide to make downloading the video an option for pro members, I have my wallet ready to buy this one. kind regards, gene
2016 Oct 06
Really smart and elegant solution to treat the mix with limiting/compressing first, place the final limiter last of the chain and then insert the outboard. Do you often use EQ as a first in the chain, Fab? Thank you!
2015 Dec 31
merci beaucoup Fabrice, thanks a lot fab. this video helps me a lot
2014 Nov 18
another great video FAB! thanks!
Fabulous Fab
2014 Oct 29
@heli667: I master the song at whatever sample rate is comes in at. Most often 44K. I have not heard any value in upsampling myself. If the song does not come at 44K, I play it back from one system at the original sample rate and recapture it at 44K after my analog chain on a different system. For mixing, I use 88k for low track counts (under 30) and 44K for everything else. 192 is not practical and brings not sonic benefit that justify the associated pain in my opinion.
2014 Oct 27
Hi Fab ! Thank you for this great Video ! I was just wondering at what sample-rates you mix and master. is it important to have high sample-rates ( like 192 khz )when you use outboard gear or do analog-summing. Thanks
2014 Oct 19
no file? no exercise? lol
Fabulous Fab
2014 Oct 06
@edouarddarracq: it was have been similar. Probably not the same.
2014 Oct 06
Hi Fab, Really nice tutorial. If you have chosen the bax eq from UAD would have been the same tone as the hardware?
2014 Oct 01
2014 Oct 01
Hi Fab Excelent again. So now it's shipped to the Vinylplant who slam it with a 50-60 Hz LPF... :) Ain't it wonderful fullrange times, which render all pre 90's reference tracks semi useless. It's a great video and the points made are timeless, thanks.
2014 Sep 29
Excelent! Thanks Fab!
2014 Sep 29
Dear Lord... just what I needed. Thanks Fab!