Gearfest 2011: Tracking Part 4 - Vocal & Guitar

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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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2021 Jan 30
Recording guitar and vocals together has always made me feel like a wanker...thank you for the figure 8 pattern technique + DI. I hope to make this a super power instead of my arch nemesis.
2019 Mar 03
The way Fab explains how the equipment works and how it works against each other is amazing!
Juan Raul Cruz Soriano
2017 Feb 23
Really great, results & performance... thanks ;)
2016 Jun 22
Awesome! Regarding 'live tracking' and 'tracking separately'. If it was just a singer songwriter track, what are your thoughts on capturing a live take of both voice and guitar (for the musical feel) and then tracking voice and guitar separately whilst playing along to the live take for the vibe. After which, removing the live take for mixing?
White Cat Studio
2014 Sep 08
Interesting trick with the 2 mics for the voice. :D Fab, do you try the same with condenser mics? Of course with the same pattern ...
2014 Jul 24
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2013 Oct 27
Great session. Fab knows his stuff!!!