Gearfest 2011: Tracking Part 1 - Bass Drum

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This is a real-time shoot of a prototypical tracking session, with no smoke or mirrors. Going from scratch to a rough mix in an hour or so with mic choices and placements, preamp choices and mic swapping for tone shaping. All steps are explained and commented.

Tracked with Avid ProTools HD|Native, full line of Royer Ribbon mics and Mojave Condenser mics, UA 4-710, UA610, Great River MP2NV, Great River EQ1-NV preamps and eqs as well as Dangerous Music Monitor ST, Dangerous Music Summing and Focal speakers.

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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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2015 Jun 07
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2012 Dec 11
@rattlesnake: not less bleed but more even sounding bleed. I dont remember what I said exactly but my apologies if I said something stupid.
2012 Jun 12
Fab, does a LCM compared to a SCM record more degree and Hz's within that degree for which the mic is designed? So does the pattern of a SCM tend to have more room for error placement.
2011 Nov 24
cool series. fab is a good guy. but why is he wanting to tell us that small-diaphragm condensers (on the kick drum) would have less bleed than large-diaphragm mics? That's pure nonsense. Otherwise a dpa in front of an orchestra would give us a less-bleed-solution compared to a U87, which it quite simply is not... You can use dynamic mics to get less bleed. Or - as his engineer did it - just put the mic into the kick... that will definitely get rid of most of the bleed, too ;))
2011 Sep 08
Great video series, thank you!
2011 Aug 28
just start watching! i always pay attention to fabs videos! pretty smart! thanks
2011 Aug 26
"Thank You So Much" for posting this!!! I was able to attend the mixing seminar but missed the tracking session... so this is AWESOME!!! "Thanks" Fab "Touch The World" F.L. Freeman, Audio Engineer/ Mixer 111 Entertainment LLC
2011 Aug 25
thanks so much, looking foward to the mixing one. keep that great work and the sense of humor.