Inside The Mix: Colt Silvers With Fab Dupont

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Learn Production and Mixing Tricks

In this installment of Inside The Mix, Grammy winner Fab Dupont walks you through his entire final mix track by track explaining the complex production and mix process involved in crafting this indie rock track by French rockers Colt Silvers.

Learn how Fab uses clever and practical production and mixing tricks to keep the listener engaged from beginning to end.

Listen to dozens of before and after examples and learn how a top professional mix engineer takes a song from a good sounding demo to an incredible sounding final mix.

In this 1.5 hour long tutorial, Fab teaches you how to:

  • Take on the role of both a coproducer and mixing engineer
  • Edit the song structure of the demo to maximize the listener’s interest
  • Crafting a drum vibe that blends together electronic and live drums to enhance the message of the song
  • Fix an acoustic kick drum sound in the mix without using samples
  • Sculpt the tone of thick sounding vocals to make room in the mix
  • Add vocal effects such as slap, reverb, microshift, and more
  • Remove grain and nastiness from guitars to create a unique tone that works for the track
  • Make muddy guitar and bass tracks speak and have presence
  • Shape keyboard and synths so that blend perfectly with guitars
  • Add layers on layers of parts while giving the mix space to breathe and grow
  • Setting up stereo bus processing and intentionally clipping the converters
  • Using analog summing for maximum clarity and headroom

Learn countless production and mixing tricks to spice up the band’s demo and create a professionally finished mix.

See what it takes to combine both in-the-box production and live track elements to give the mix sonic definition and creative direction.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software

  • Avid Dverb
  • Brainworx Bx Boom
  • Dangerous BAX EQ
  • Massenburg Designworks EQ
  • Massey Tape Head Saturator
  • OXFORD Compressor/Limiter
  • OXFORD Gate/Expander
  • OXFORD Inflator
  • Sonnox Oxford EQ
  • Soundtoys Decapitator
  • Soundtoys Devil Loc Deluxe
  • Soundtoys EchoBoy
  • Soundtoys Filterfreak
  • Soundtoys Little Microshift
  • Soundtoys Panman
  • UAD AMS RMX 16
  • UAD Buss Compressor
  • UAD Dbx 160
  • UAD EMT 140
  • UAD EMT 250
  • UAD Fatso
  • UAD Lexicon 224
  • UAD Little Labs IBP
  • UAD Marshall Amp
  • UAD Maximazer
  • UAD Pultec EQ
  • UAD SPL Transient Designer
  • UAD SPL Vitalizer MK2-T
  • UAD Studer A800
  • UAD UA 1176
  • UAD UA 1176LN
  • Waves RBass
  • XILS DeeS

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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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Featured Artists and Musics
Colt Silvers

Eternal unshaven kidults playing hide and seek at the frontier between the organic and the synthesis, the three boys in COLT SILVERS create their own intense sound, made of bright pop intervals and silky electronic layers, spangled here and there with angelic voices.

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2017 Dec 28
Wow Fab, great tutorial. It has been a little annoyance of some tutorials that the result of the short demonstration and the actual published mix could be to entirely different things. So I was very happy to see that in this video you took the real thing and just explained your choices. I think this is awesome and of great value. But what about Colt Silvers? Their website is down and I am having a very hard time finding their album ... It is not on iTunes (Germany) or bandcamp. Seems you can only find the digital version on Apple Music. Is that supposed to be like that? Would be a pity ...
2017 Oct 20
Best Overall Vocal Treatment Tutorial on Site. Elegance, ruby-like elegance.
2017 Oct 07
thank you again Fab!
2017 Sep 23
2017 Sep 19
Fab video and great song. Will check the album. Reminds me of Everything Everything.
2017 Sep 13
Fun fact: the character's name was actually Colt Seavers. Wonder if it was pronounced differently in the translation ... Oh, and speaking of Hall & Oates drums, check out the super-obvious transition in Maneater from drum machine intro (sounds like a Linn), to big, fat drum-room drums when the singing starts at around 45 seconds. It's ... not subtle.
2017 Sep 13
Fun fact: the character's name was actually Colt Seavers. Wonder if it was pronounced differently in the translation ...