GearFest 2013: Fab & John Mix Off

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Mix Off Time! In this video Fab Dupont and John Paterno duke it out live in front of an audience. They are mixing the same song with the same tracks, the same speakers, in the same room at the same time with the same rig.

What is the difference? Philosophy, workflow, tricks, and vision. A mix off like this one is the only way to really see the impact of the human element on the mixing process.

This video features Fab Dupont and John Paterno, another Grammy-winning engineer, mixing a song called "10,000 Footsteps", performed by the great South-African band The Arrows. They both mix the song, taking 10 minute turns, using laptop computers, ProTools HD with a Universal Audio Apollo 16 interface and outboard gear including Universal Audio 1176s, and a complete Dangerous Music back end featuring a Dangerous BAX EQ & Monitor ST. They used Focal speakers.

Using a variety of hardware and software sound treatments, the two mixing engineers truly make magic happen. As the video progresses, Fab aims for a lush-sounding approach, achieving a sense of space and presence, while John is looking for a more rock'n'roll tone, by adding some grit and punch to the tracks. Who do you think will win ? It does not matter. This one is about the journey, not the destination.

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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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L Pass
2017 Mar 14
Cool and entertaining.
2016 Nov 29
Man.. Johns Mix was phenomenal to my taste.. Loving the grit
2016 Nov 29
Really cool concept! However - Would love to actually hear the mixes after watching for 1 h and 40 min..
2016 Feb 05
Nice Video.
2015 May 08
@dropfill Nope. No files for this session. Artist: The Arrows. (South African Band)
2015 May 07
Great video! I would love to mix this myself but there is no downloadable session files like you use to have in other mix videos. Is there any way to get the files? All the best!
2015 Feb 18
great!!! :D thanks!!
Fabulous Fab
2015 Jan 17
Hi guys. The 'less than pureMIx' protools capture picture quality is due to the fact that this was a public real time event and that we did not control the capture. We felt it would have been a shame to censor the whole series for that reason. Obviously the rest of pureMix instudio videos have flawless video quality.
2015 Jan 15
Hi Fab and John,can you tell us how was set the 1176 hardware for parallel BD and SD process. Thank's Best Regards
2014 Sep 20
I Have a question about Groups in pro tools. I use Pro tools 11 and when I make a group it doesn't show me the option to link the change in the plugins. are you using Pro Tools HD? or Pro Tools 10?
2014 Sep 20
that guitar sounds really funny.... true! was it delayed or a problem of timing? was it suppose to be corrected? I would. by the way lovely thanks for the free stuff.
2014 Sep 20
Great professionals..very inspiring.
2014 Sep 19
just watching these guys work makes me feel like i have a long way to go to begin understanding just how to get a mix going, let alone finish one. good thing i love music enough to keep on truckin'
2014 Sep 19
Great concept! I had a good time watching you play like kids^^ Only one complaint: the video quality is not great so I cannot see in detail what you do because it's too blurry! Sound is missing low-end too. Does every "PureMix" video has the same quality?
TC Hotrod
2014 Sep 19
Sorry for these previous sliced comments, folks. (please edit) Great show and a lot of experience shared inside. But what happened with Protools captures ??? They are totally blured, it's really a pity : there's a lot of useful informations lost therefore, and it's really nasty to watch this scenes. By the way, regarding current Gearfest Raffle, I'm really not sure this video is the best one to promote the quality footage of your other products , from a newbie point of view who will tests and start with this one. Don't you think so at PureMix? My 2 cents, with kind regards and bleeding ey
TC Hotrod
2014 Sep 19
Great show and a lot of informations shared. But what happened with Protools captures ??? They are totally blurred, it's really a pity : there's
TC Hotrod
2014 Sep 19
Great nshow and
2014 Sep 18
This was very educational and has help me to better understand, the concept of spacing instruments properly. Starting a mix with the vocals first made a lot of sense. I always had problem with EQ filtering, but this video help me a lot. Great video!!
2014 Sep 18
2014 Sep 18
PLEASE…. in future videos….. start with a list of the software that each engineer will be using, AND do a direct A/B back and forth comparison of various sections of each musical piece. Also, it would be helpful (even though I do realize that they are not actually teachers), if the engineers would slow down in their explanations and the moving of the dials. Not all of the kids today have been active with yrs of experience (hence the reason they are watching the video in the first place)… I would bet that MOST are at the learning stage that includes purchasing their first DAW.
2014 Sep 18
Def would be nice to hear both mixes! Great Show!
2014 Sep 18
What programs are they using? What kind of digital instruments do they use? What do the final mixes sound like?
2014 Sep 17
would be nice to hear both finished mixes