Lifeboats Series: Fab Mixing Will Knox in Cubase

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The Lifeboats series is going to be a unique chance to see how the pureMix mentors each approach the same song with their own unique vision for the mix. See how Grammy winners Fab Dupont, Andrew Scheps and Mick Guzauski shape Will Knox's song with their own tastes and creativity.

In this first installment of the Lifeboats series, Fab Dupont challenges himself to leave his familiar home of Pro Tools for a mixing adventure in Cubase 8 using only the built in plugins and Cubase channel strip.

In this 2 hour long mixing tutorial, you'll learn:

  • How Fab's mixing workflow translates from one DAW to another
  • How to set up your session and markers for easy navigation throughout the mixing session
  • Mixing live drums recorded with tons of microphone options
  • Creating a bass tone using the VST Amp Simulator that sounds better than the real amp.
  • Finding the perfect balance of space and support around the vocal using reverb and delay
  • Combining and EQing multiple mics on the guitar amp to craft a great tone that cuts through the mix
  • Adding creative effects to synths to create a vibe that compliments the song
  • Balancing all of the track together and automating problem areas.

Fab walks you through his entire mixing process from the raw tracks all the way to the mix bus processing. Watch how a Grammy winning mix engineer works piece by piece and explains not only what he's doing but why he makes each decision along the way.

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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

Will Knox is an alt-folk troubadour from Hammersmith, London. Knox has supported artists such as Art Garfunkel, Pete Francis (of Dispatch), and Tyrone Wells. His visionary melodies, hooks, and intricate arrangements create a stunning world where songs may hold shadow and darkness, but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

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Mr Rambolini
2022 Oct 02
This is the first video I've watched on this site, and I followed along diligently. I learned SO much here, it's just incredible. It gave me such an insight as to the process and the confidence to make mix decisions which I may have previously shied away from. Just Brilliant. Thanks Fab, thanks Puremix and thanks Will Knox for a brilliant song and the opportunity to mess around with the files!
2021 Aug 29
Great to watch--sorta makes me want to get Cubase. I listened through a pair of NS-10's and the kick sounded a little boxy until I switched to headphones. I usually mix alternating between Auratones and NS-10's. I find that helps me get the mix "in the ball".
2021 Apr 21
Great series! , I also appreciate to have short stems after all the goal is to experiment your own version and see how it compares to others and that's really very interesting. I am going through the versions and still not done with it but it's amazing how each one brings his own way of doing things mostly his own feelings and taste to this song. More of this kind ! thank you for bringing it in. Roland
2021 Jan 24
Id like to see what DAW and what plugins and hardware Fab would really use rather than the Cubase commercial. The trouble is he puts his name to everything from software to hardware, you can't really guess what he would use given the free choice and his best view of value for the client/customer.
2020 Dec 18
please German subtitles
2020 Sep 13
I downloaded the stems, started EQ-ing the kick drum, took me a whole day to just EQ the kick drum. I hope I get to that day where I can finish an entire song from scratch in a few hours. Thanks for the amazing tut.
2019 Jan 16
I have to say, I am not particularly impressed by the production. I do think though, that this sort of production quality is what people have to expect in day-to-day work, instead of the super high profile productions, where you just do levels and it already sounds like a record. What I also like about this fact, is that even with these highly regarded mixers, the song doesn't really transform into a bar of gold. This really emphasizes how important the right pre-production, arrangement and recording are.
Mario Kernn
2019 Jan 15
Hey Fab! I'm just too much jealous because you have a reaaaaaaly fantastic material!! To make a perfect mix in few hours is not so complicated. When you have "supermusicians" playing with crooked hands, one mic and few plugins - that's the life i love so much! Every day you meet new challenge: from "nothing" to do "the best". Resampling, reamping, quantising and Melodyne are your friend forever. I am really really jealous Fab! :)) I loved your video su much!! One day i will shake your hand! P.S. I will do the mix by my taste ;)
Antonio Robbins
2019 Jan 13
Seemed like a commercial for CUBASE, not a mixing video. After seeing the other guys mix the song fab's mixing skills just aren't .... Let's say the same.
2019 Jan 10
Hi Fab! Fab as always. My only comment, To me the snare could benefit from a little L1 so it gets tamed a little bit. Love the humour!
2018 Dec 27
Always insightful to watch Fab.
2018 Dec 27
*REALLY* would have liked getting all the tracks and the full song on this one, guys. No toms and fills (that happen more towards the end)? And no bridge (the high point and most dense part of the track)? I know it's at the artist's discretion, but this was pretty disappointing to load up ... Just saying.
2018 Dec 26
I like this concept - different mix engineers demonstrating using the same source material, and I waited till the CLA video was posted to watch them (Fab & Chris) back-to-back. Really enjoyed the approaches to production. Hope the next installment is not too far off? Great job, pureMix!
2017 Apr 19
I have another quick tip for using a VCA fader that i didn't see being used in this video. Use them to control your groups volume instead of using the volume of the group itself!. Why? because the individual tracks that are part of your group channel and are using post fader send fx will behave as pre fader when you touch the groups volume. So using the VCA for controlling the groups volume will leave your fx post fader as it was intended to do.
2017 Mar 19
My first puremix tutorial (I took a cubase related) and an easy but interesting one. Thanx Fab!
2017 Mar 10
Thank you Fab.
Fabulous Fab
2017 Mar 07
@TaluT: I have an analog VU meter on my monitor section. Good point. Taken. Will think of something for future in the box mixes.
2017 Mar 06
Why no use of VU meter or similar throughout the session to check levels?
2017 Feb 21
Is there meant to be a 'series' associated with this vid? I searched "lifeboats" but only this one came up. By the way, this is just an incredible access to a professional mixer/engineer/musician at work . This membership was the best thing I think I could have done for myself right now.
2017 Jan 21
Two questions: 1. On several of the parametric EQ dips (low-mid cuts) I noticed you had the widest Q setting: 0. The default setting on other EQs (which I've seen on other Puremix tutorials) is more around 1.5 to 2.5. Do you tend to use wide Qs for clean up duty, or does it not make much difference? 2. The EQ cuts in this video also tend to be deeper (mostly around -6dB) than when using your trusty Oxford. I find the Cubase stock EQ seems to encourage bigger cuts/boosts because of the scale of the controls. You're basically at 3dB as soon as you touch it! Any thoughts?
2017 Jan 21
Have a new-found appreciation for my stock plug-ins - and had never noticed the 'EQ Position' option in the strip before now. One question: on several of the parametric EQ dips (low-mid cuts) I noticed you had the widest Q setting - 0. I never have my cuts set to anything like this width, and the default setting on other EQs (a setting I'm pretty sure I've seen on other Puremix tutorials) is more around 1.5 to 2.5, which is a lot narrower. Do you tend to use wide Qs for clean up duty, or does it not make much difference?
2017 Jan 05
I think that's where Fab shines! Nothing special happens and voila - sounds like a record :) Thanks a lot!
2016 Dec 19
Hi all, maybe someone can help me. I couldn`t follow Fab during the parallel compresion, so I don`t know which tracks are being compressed when the drums hit. Thanks!
2016 Dec 03
A fine mix Fab!
2016 Oct 07
I appreciate you doing this in Cubase and with stock plug ins, that was a bonus. I enjoyed the session, thanks Fab.
2016 Sep 09
Hey Fab! As an exclusive Cubase user I enjoyed this tutorial a lot! Awesome techniques and uses of Cubase's new features!
2016 Aug 30
Please Bring thing song for mixing contest?
2016 Aug 26
I want download VDO file for watching if I not have internet, How I can do?
Denis Boucher
2016 Aug 08
Don't know why the Juno Bass is used on this? Maybe just fat bottom glue?
2016 Aug 07
This is the first video I have bought from Puremix. I've been able to download the files but not the actual tutorial video. Am I only able to watch this video on-line? That would cause me a problem as I don't always have internet access so if I could download the tutorial video to my laptop that would be helpful.
2016 Aug 06
Hey Fab...As a Cubase user thoroughly enjoyed the vids. Many thanks!
2016 Aug 05
excellent video everything very clearly . Greetings from Chile
Fabulous Fab
2016 Aug 02
@Studio Saturn: That's how it felt good at that moment. I may do it differently today. Not sure. I tend to like Will and his guitar coming from the same point though, because I'm used to hearing him play live in front of me and that's how it sounds.
2016 Jul 30
Hi Fab, Why didn't you make the guitar with is builtin with spring reverb a little bit bigger and spread through speaker? Rather than right around in the middle?
2016 Jul 27
Hey everyone, we're working on fixing the mono audio at the moment, the updated video should be here in a day or so.
Sara Carter
2016 Jul 26
Great video, thanks Fab. I particularly love the before and after. Who doesn't love the "big reveal"? A useful technique to employ, to see if you have made things better or worse!
Il Pianista
2016 Jul 25
I hear mono here too!
Fabulous Fab
2016 Jul 24
@Jackeyyow: A floating point daw means that the mix engine has a floating mantissa that allows master faders to basically shift levels up and down the scale without loss of quality (I'm simplifying). It came to be at a time when fixed point math was not good enough to provide a confortable enough dynamic range. Now, with new technology, a 48 bit fixed point DAW will provide enough headroom to blow up your house. Some people swear by one or the other. I personally think that none of it matters these days. Feel free to offset levels with those master faders. No one will get hurt.
2016 Jul 24
Very nice tutorial.. but i don't understand one thing, fab mentioned :"cubase is floating point DAW " when adjusting master fader... whats that mean?
2016 Jul 23
fab is great! xD
L Pass
2016 Jul 22
Love it!
2016 Jul 22
Fab, this is one of the most useful sessions I've every watched. Not just on PureMix but anywhere. Thank you for starting from the RAW tracks and walking us through your thought process to the final 1st mix. My entire perspective has been focused! Please - lots more of these :-)
2016 Jul 21
Raw files are up! You guys rock!
2016 Jul 21
No raw files for us? :-(