How To Listen: Reference Mixes

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In general, our ears can be extremely impressionable from day to day. Some days we'll hear a piece of music and think it is dark. The next day, we may feel it's bright. All of this can cause havoc when trying to mix.

Sure, we think we know our speakers and our rooms, but even then it's easy to forget things like "how bright should this be?" "Do I have enough low end in my mix?"

Enter reference mixes. Reference mixes can serve as the roadmap to a great mix, and they can help answer questions when you find your ears feeling confused.

In this Exclusive, Multi Award Winning Engineer, Fab Dupont explains how he uses reference mixes to establish a baseline while he is mixing in different rooms, after long sessions, and as a tool to calibrate his own ears each day.

Fab will explain:

  • The importance of using a reference mix
  • How to choose a reference mix
  • How to use a reference mix
  • Reference mix workflow

Learn how to find and use your own reference mixes from Fab Dupont, only on

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • MeldaProduction - Mcompare
  • Dangerous Music - Monitor ST
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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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2022 Oct 02
Fab is a FABoulous teacher. You could be the best mixer in the world but without that teaching approach (an the technique!) you just can't create valuable content. Fab has it all. I'm so happy to have access to the knowledge stored here. All the best mr Dupont! :-)
James Cartwright
2021 Mar 28
Fab's on-fire in this episode. Very informative and entertaining. That is all.
2020 Jul 15
When you used Mcompare Meldaproduction , you can bypass in the plugin with click on Files 1 knob . and add 4 Files for testing better .
2020 Jul 11
Did anyone hear some mud or resonance in the vocal at 33:06?
2020 Apr 13
Thanks for this valuable resource. I particularly liked the Spotify trick. However, I have a suggestion for improvement. It would be great to have some pointers on how to calibrate the level of the Spotify output. I've looped it (at stun) at unity gain into Pro Tools and where a CD track has an integrated loudness, loudness range, and peak of -19.6 dBFS, 10.7 dB and -1.2 dBFS, Spotify produces -25.8 dBFS, 9.7 dB and -9.8 dBFS, respectively. No additional compression was expected, nor turning volume down by Spotify.
2020 Apr 04
Incredibly helpful. Many thanks!
2019 Jul 21
Finally took the time to watch this with a focused view. Learned a lot, well explained. I struggle with mixes and usually use my references for comparison. My signature sound. When they sound great from others compliments, many speakers and within my studio....that would be my current reference, Thanks much, well done tutorial.
2019 Jul 18
In Cubase you can switch between your mix and the reference with a single click by keeping the reference track on mute all the time. Click Solo on to hear only the reference track; click Solo off to hear only the mix. Do it with your eyes closed, just like with your Protools input trick.
2019 Jul 07
Thanks for this! Always end up feeling very confused after making 20 minute changes and wondering whether what I did was a step in the right direction or not. This video helped clarify my issue a lot :)
2019 May 31
Fab, merci. :-)
2019 May 13
Excellent as always, learned a lot and made much sense with your approach. Thanks Fab.
2019 May 11
Really, really appreciate the insight and wealth of information that these videos provide, and also the sincerity in the presentation, that's appreciated as well! Thanks Fab, and everyone at Puremix.
2019 May 10
This video answered exactly what I was wondering. Thank you!!
2019 May 10
Fab, I really love your sense of humor. So nice. It makes it more than fact one, fact two and so on. The only thing it would be great? The first part there would be an AB great. The Pultec setting and the Oxford EQ. Perhaps you can send many reference tracks via weekly newsletter? :-)
2019 May 09
nice nice nice
Denis Boucher
2019 May 09
La meilleure video (sujet) que tu as produit jusqu'à maintenant. Merci!