Gearfest 2011: Tracking Part 5 - Violin & Bass

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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 May 04
Et Voila!
2014 Sep 25
(Cont from below)... Golden Age makes the pre73 which is a nod to the Neve 1073 and a great all around preamp. Black lion makes both API and Neve clones (quite well also). Lindell has some great Pultec inspired 500 series EQ's. I also absolutley love my Warm Audio WA76's (1176 clone), bearing in mind I also own two original UREI Rev. E 1176's, the difference is negligible. I guess I've said all this to illustrate the gap between affordability and great sound is narrowing. But as fab says, the equip you have will get decent mileage as is.
2014 Sep 25
@purecountry In 2011 when this was tracked, a revolution had only just been set in motion, but now 3 years later is reaching maturity. I'm speaking about some of the companies who have brought excellent gear to market at budget or near budget prices. Companies like Warm Audio, Golden Age, Lindell, Black Lion, etc. My warm audio wa12's (based on the API 312) live comfortably beside my API4312 (4ch 312 preamp) and the gap between the two is subjective at best. Actually, I find my self preferring the WA12 on certain sources, such as bass DI. They've got Cinemag transformers and are lovely.
2011 Oct 07
I would not worry too much about your preamps, they are just fine. Lower cost preamps might have a little less headroom than a more expensive piece so it's always a good idea to be conservative on gain structure when you are tracking transient heavy stuff. The cheaper equipement sometimes tends to be brighter and not as solid sounding int he low mids as the more expensive stuff because the better parts used to build the better equipment cost more. (trickle up economics I guess) true and I really think you can get perfectly fine sounds from the units you own. Fab
2011 Sep 22
if I could ask one question, that is so important to me and I'am sure others with home studios, how to Compensate for us that can't afford, high end PreAmps as for myself, I have a Art Pro Channel preamp and a PreSonus TubePre.
2011 Sep 22
this seminar was great, thanks so much for putting it on video, I was at GearFest 2011 and seen the recording the band, and was hopping one day it would be on video for learning, thanks again