How To Listen: Reverb Edition

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Reverb is one of the oldest tools we have as engineers to enhance our recordings. But how do we use it? What type should we use? Can YOU hear the difference?

In this Exclusive, Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Fab Dupont teaches you:

  • How to hear the difference between plate, spring, hall, and chamber reverbs
  • How to use short ambience to add size to your vocals
  • How to add a sense of height to your mixes with hall reverbs.

Plus, if you have ever been curious about how popular reverb plugins compare to their real-life counterparts, you will be able to listen to:

  • A real EMT 140 plate reverb next to the UAD EMT 140
  • A Spring Reverb plugin next to a real AKG BX10
  •  A classic Hardware PCM 70 Chamber next to a plug-in Chamber.

Learn how to hear the characteristics of these classic sounds, from Fab Dupont. Only on

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Equipment & Software


  • Avid ReVibe II
  • Avid Space
  • PSP Nexcellence
  • Softube TSAR-1R
  • UAD EMT 140
  • Valhalla Vintage Verb


  • AKG BX10
  • AMS RMX16
  • EMT 140
  • Lexicon PCM 70
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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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Studio Bungalow
2021 Nov 19
I spent 90 minutes watching a video that is less than 40 minutes long, and every minute spent was worth it beyond compare. I started watching it in my lounge, but quickly moved to my studio to really hear what is being explained properly. I learnt a shit load. Thanks Fab
2021 Nov 13
The sauce thickens...thank you.
2021 Aug 19
I'm loving this series! Thanks, Fab!
2021 Jun 02
2021 Mar 03
Love the "How To Listen" series Fab!
2020 Apr 27
"How To Listen has been my favorite series here on PureMix! Thank you Fab. Also how do you even mention hearing a fly's fart with such seriousness? Love it!
2020 Apr 26
2020 Mar 16
Really nice and practical tutorial about reverbs. Definitely a topic for go deeper "I wish more on that, also with delays" but FAT did it straight to the point and very fun to go thorugh. Also very happy I've got 10/10 in the quiz reverb. Amazing and very informative this How to listen episode.
2019 Sep 06
please cut that high drive me crazy...amazing tutorial the usual!yhis series is amazing
2019 Jun 22
really dope
2019 May 07
"You can hear a fly fart from the other side of the room". Laughing loud :) Seriously though, it was just the gravy on a super-important point for someone like me to hear. Great!
2019 Apr 04
Yes! Now I know the difference and I can chose the right one. Thanks Fab!
2018 Nov 16
The best reverb lesson I took so far! Thank you Fab!!Cheers from Brasil!
2018 Sep 23
This tutorial helped me so much that my numbers coincide with the numbers on the description. Thank you fab. Regards.
2018 Sep 13
french subtitle please
2018 Sep 04
I love the "How to listen" Series, that's what makes me progress the most, un grand merci a toi Fab !
2018 Aug 14
2018 Aug 08
Español por favor!!!
2018 Aug 02
Video is brilliant and the quiz is a great approach
2018 Aug 01
I don't know Fab? I'm so spoiled by actual plates. There is a density, I hear, from a plate. That is unparalleled with that of anything digital. Most of these reverbs, you're demonstrating, sound like mud. Hi pass filtered mud. Is still, mud. And hey. We heard the AKG BX-10. What the hell happened to my, BX-20 E? What? Not good enough for you? Maybe too good? Maybe right or left channel still funky? I mean you rebuilt my Neve, console. You didn't fix the BX-20 E? Damn! Well... that's muddy, also. In comparison in any plate. Yeah that pre-delay on your fake EMT, most definitely works better.
2018 Aug 01
Absolutely amazing, what I’ve been looking for, thank you Fab du pont, you are a legend, love sent your way from Scotland.
2018 Jul 30
Thanks thats great to stop and force ourselves to listen to the reverb types. I would have loved to see in more depth when you started to give your own taste on what could be nice in this track. Its great to see other people choose how they create space for vocals or other elements in the mix. Maybe a part II where you mainly focus on giving examples and point common mistakes etc. :)
2018 Jul 30
Excellent tutorial as always Fab, great stuff! Thank you!
2018 Jul 29
The jingle is very good ! At the end of the vide, with so much informations, i feel like Goku, like Saiyan, full of energy and knowledge. Thank you very much Fab. LOVE
2018 Jul 29
Thanks, Fab.The best video of audio teaching.
2018 Jul 29
Thanks, Fab to create a series of "How to listen" very useful!
2018 Jul 28
great lesson, just straight to the point!!
2018 Jul 28
Awesome ! Super helpful .
2018 Jul 28
Really helpful, great explanation. Chapter Quiz is great as well, because i guess right my reverb favorites chamber, plate and ambience ;) Please don't forget german subtitles, would be fine !
Phantom Studios
2018 Jul 27
This is a great video, very helpful. Thank you!
2018 Jul 27
These videos are super helpful, thanks Fab!
2018 Jul 27
Thank you for this great video. What about FabFilter Pro R where they don't care about giving us the type of reverb (mostly) ? Why ? Also there is no reveal button on the page right now. Cheers.