Fab Dupont Mixing a Neo-Soul Song

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In this video, Fab Dupont mixes a Pop song from scratch using a Universal Audio Apollo and his laptop. UA plug-ins only. Those of you who watched the Apollo launch video for Namm 2012 will recognize the song 'Open Eyed'. It was recorded live at Flux studios on the same system it was mixed on.

This all in the box mix and showcases techniques on drum, bass, and vocal mixing as well as eq, compression and reverb setting, mix balance, 2-bus limiting and more.

Downloads include the stems of the ENTIRE song as well as UAD RS-1 reverb presets that Fab used.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • 1176 LN
  • Cambridge EQ
  • EP-34 Tape Echo
  • EMT 250
  • Harrison 32C EQ
  • LA2A
  • Moog Filter
  • MXR Flanger Doubler
  • Neve 88RS
  • Precision Enhancer Hz
  • Precision Maximizer
  • Precision Limiter
  • Precision Bus Compressor
  • Pultec Pro
  • RS-1 Reflection Engine
  • SPL Transient Designer
Featured Music

If you like the song, here is a link to buy it on itunes.

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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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2021 Jan 28
Wow, thank you. I really appreciate the perspective to take a good idea and shape it for life and energy (ie, a hit). So cleverly done behind the scenes. So much to learn...thanks!
2020 Aug 09
Many thanks for great video and lesson. I just tried to download the Exercise file ( fab_dupont_mixing_a_neo-soul_song) and the first Zip gives me an error when unzipping. Why are there 2 files to download ? what´s the difference ? I am on macosx Catalina 10.15.5 Thanks for help !
2019 Feb 12
Thanks Fab for this marvelous mix
2019 Feb 12
Why use those reverbs on each track if you can create an aux track to do it and use less dsp power, ok ok I know the answer "because I can", thanks Fab for this marvelous mix for a live bleeding tracking.
2018 Oct 26
Thanks...please answer the phone.....or may be something else ringing in the background.
2018 Oct 26
Thanks...please answer the phone.
2015 Jun 01
Thanks Fab for a great video. I was hoping to see a little more of the fine tuning process to see different approaches to enhancing drum tones, vocal processing, etc., but it was good to see the EQ balancing to clean up the mix. I was disappointed with the guitar sample timing though. I didn't see the production video to know how that sample came about, but it was a little jarring. If the band played to it as a loop when tracking, it seems to me like it would've been distracting since it's groove was off from the band. My mix - Thanks!
2015 Apr 23
I am so getting the Precision Maximizer.
2015 Apr 23
Fantastic Video! So much more comfortable with my UAD plug-ins now... Thanks pureMix. PoPe.
2014 Mar 31
Enjoying all of this so much. Cant thank FAB enough for all the Exercises! I saw some familiar faces on some of these live gearFest vids as well!!
2014 Mar 19
Fantastic videos! 100% Recommended
Fabulous Fab
2013 May 15
HI guys. JUst saw these questions. Please post them int he forum, it;s easier for us to catch. Quick answers: I did not hipass on cameara because I used the hipass that is built-in on the Apollo preamps and it worked great. Sorry, I should have noted that. The only plugin I used on the way in was a 1073 flat for transformer emulation on drums overheads and bass. I remember trying a Trident plug on the bass too but I think the Neve won. No eqs anywhere. I used the Echoplex plugin on stun to distort the Wurly so it was printed as you hear it on the stems. The rest was flat thru. Fab
2013 Apr 15
NIce video! I love this song, Ms. Colby sings really well! I mixed it with a smile on my face!
2013 Apr 09
I also ad the same question about Hi-Passing. In this video I didn't see you hi pass like you do in other videos. What was the reasoning behind that for this song?
2013 Apr 07
Fab is great, indeed... And a good teacher. Generous of him to make the files available as exercises. This is the mix I did, if you guys would like to check it out:
2013 Apr 03
This one is awsome !!! We got every thing we need to do a real mixing session. Now there is a little question, do you think, Fab, that you can tell about your settings on Apollo when you did the gig. I mean UA plugs that you've used, settings on each tracks and so forth? that it will be magic ... :)
Joseph Piccione
2013 Mar 27
Sweet, can't wait to mix it.
2013 Mar 25
Great vid! But I have one question: Are the days of "Hi-Pass the hell out of it, just because we can" over? :) / From Stockholm with love
2013 Mar 25
Wauw.... alot of cool stuf and as always great info fab.(The bringer of knowledge) Greets Ravian.