GearFest 2015: Fab Mixing a Rock Song

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Modern rock music has an expectation of tightness that bands must achieve in order to compete on alternative radio and modern rock playlists. In this tutorial, Grammy winner Fab Dupont shows you how to make a hard rocking mix have has all the punch, sizzle, and pop that 21st century rock fans expect.

Fab uses Presonus Studio One Pro v3 as his canvas to sculpt his mix into a competitive modern rock track ready for radio.

This video is perfect for anyone wanting to go above and beyond that "home studio" sound and jump to the next level of professional polished audio engineering.

Topics Covered:

  • Dangerous Music Converters, 2 Bus+, and Liaison
  • Analog summing
  • Studio One’s easy to use “Folder” style arrangement
  • Treating rock vocal stacks
  • Combining samples with acoustic drums
  • Sidechain compression
  • The importance of referencing your mixes

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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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2016 Nov 29
First video i watched after buying pro membership. Astonishing from Fab - crystal clear. Great song, mix, and quite the rack! - Viccie
2016 Aug 06
very cool stuff!!
2016 Jul 13
Just Great! And quite amusing...
2016 Jul 09
Andre Zickerick
2016 Jun 24
How is the name of the referenzsong? Great Video. It was fun to watch
2015 Dec 26
2015 Dec 22
Entertaining, informative and utterly bullsheet free. Merci Fab.
Devora Clark
2015 Dec 15
I'm halfway through this video and it already has given me as an indie artist who records on my iMac using Logic Pro a tremendous leap in the ability to communicate intelligently with my current engineer who is mixing my CD. I never wanted to get into the knowledge of mixing - I just want to be a musician. I'm from the analog age and strictly use my ears and know this way what is good, but have not been able to speak this knowing with technical terms to a younger engineer who mixes digitally and is not familiar with a throbbing kick drum nor a driving bass line.
Kevin Gobin
2015 Dec 13
Salutations Fab. Je pense que tu connais déjà tes points forts car tu les as sans doute beaucoup travaillés, mais tu apprécieras j'espère un peu de compliments. En tout cas c'est très franchement que je te félicite pour ton savoir faire qui rassemble intelligemment la connaissance, la réalisation, la mise en scène et la comédie, au sens noble des termes. Tes prestations sont à la fois instructives et divertissantes, on ne voit pas les fils, le timing est excellent, bref un pur mix, et voilà. A plus! Kevin, honteux et reconnaissant fan de concours de mixage gratuits.
2015 Dec 11
Very informativ . Thank you !! :-)
2015 Dec 10
I've learned a lot of stuff
2015 Dec 10
Can one send a stem to the Paralimit only, so that that stem has a custom mix (for instance, sending only kick and snare and banjo and backing vocal 36 to the paralimit and not the overheads/rest) ?
2015 Dec 09
I loved this! Thank you so much. I'm learning about analog summing, and appreciate this information.
2015 Dec 08
Great tut Fab for me since I now own the 2-bus+ and needed to see how it's used. But what monitors are you using on the stands?? Thanks.
2015 Dec 07
Very nice..... Well presented and well explained as usual. Thank you!
2015 Dec 05
Very informative session. The band has a nice sound. Hope to see more of them around. I wish them well in their career. Great job!
2015 Dec 03
Fixed!!! Hurray!
2015 Dec 02
Fab + Studio one 3, I think I'm in heaven! ! !
2015 Dec 02
It was a very educational conference, helped me to expand my knowledge and learn excellent equipment. This guy know his stuff and keep my attention all the time.
Fabulous Fab
2015 Dec 01
@sral68: The boys did the vast majority of the recording on this in their home studio in Ohio (Which they built with their own hands, walls, wiring and all, before they started working on music). I was co-producing the record from NYC. There was a lot of back and forth and many layers were added to get the sound but I was not personally there for the capture except for a few added lines at mix time. These guys are very good at what they do. They just needed direction and a sounding board, aka production. And a mix. And a master.
2015 Dec 01
Hi! I liked this video a lot. Very interesting to hear you do a hard rock song. I find all your videos informative, but this falls into the category I mostly work in. Could you tell us a bit about the recording process of this song? There are obviously a lot of overdubs, but how much of it was done live?