How To Setup a Mastering Session In The Box

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Mastering is all about referencing, certainty and workflow. Although specialized mastering softwares are lovely and have many features we all would love to be able to use, one can use a regular DAW to master records without compromising sound quality.

In this video Fab Dupont shares his mastering setup in Protools (easily adaptable to any DAW you like) so you can get the most out of your existing software.

This smart three track setup will allow you to make true comparison for level and tone matching between tracks, organize your music so the record reveals itself to you without relying on long term aural memory skills.

Beyond mastering, this system is great to work on your ears and compare the sound of plugins and processes, both software and hardware.

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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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2019 Mar 27
While I absolutely love Fab's instructional videos (all 5 stars), this is not one of my favs. This workflow is impressive, but Studio One's Project feature (which follows the Song or mixing session smoothly) is most efficient. I'm surprised that Studio One is not mentioned as an option. No need for 3rd party album production software - and you can jump back to the mixing session to make tweaks seamlessly and then go back to your Project (i.e. mastering session). Inside the Studio One Project session, you can also add plugins across an entire album or across individual tracks to taste.
2019 Feb 02
Mastering process in Logic Pro X please.!!
2018 Feb 22
This is great, but I would love to see how it's done in Logic. I have tried the method in Logic, but the routing seems to be a bit different in the way that it works. Great stuff though.
2017 Mar 08
And not only for pro tools... this is my method for FL Studio and works Fantastic!!! also i use another track with a reference track.... important in my case when clients want an specific tone...
2016 Apr 19
hi fab. I heard, Making Master fader is always best way to get the hi quality sound even thought don't use master fader. Someone said master fader is kind of plug in , and it make possible to process high bit resolution. is it true?
Fabulous Fab
2016 Feb 24
@kebberj: There is no audio disadvantages that I can hear at this point. You should print a mix both ways and compare for yourself. Ergonomically I still think that printing in real is better because it allow you to print in segments, do inserts and hear your work one last time before you're done with the pressure of it being the last time.
2016 Feb 24
Hi Fab. Is there any disadvantage to using the "bounce to disk" feature in pro tools? It seems a better choice especially now that you can bounce offline in PT11 and 12.
2016 Jan 07
Hi Fab, "Some of you may want to dither"... doesn't Pro Tools add dither itself when exporting to, say, 24 bit to 16 bit? I can't find a clear explanation anywhere. Some say it adds dither, some don't. Would be nice to have a video addressing that issue. Keep up the fantastic work!!!
Gaetan F.
2015 Jun 06
@Robdig That's because it's not a Pro Tools HD, so we have to put the print track in rec and then hit option+k to enable the listening. Explanations here at 3:53 :
Gaetan F.
2015 Jun 06
Same as Robdig, no sound on the print track even with the right outputs selected (I'm learning the Pro Tools 12 that I won with The Arrow Remix Contest) Also, I see that I do not have the green buttons next to the rec buttons on my audio tracks ! I'm coming from Logic Pro Great video thought !
2015 Mar 13
just wondering why i can't get any audio to my print track I'm using protools10
2014 Aug 12
Thank you for this! I'm beginning to feel the limitations of mixing in Logic .... I learn so much every video and even more the second time.
2014 Jul 09
Hello Fab! In the end of the video, when you select all your masters to export, in that way pro tools won't sum everything in a stereo mix?
Fabulous Fab
2013 Dec 06
@ShineOnStudio: Int he group function of PRotools you can make the software do many things. The solos can ganged foer the whole group and also plugin parameters, automation settings. It's very powerful One of the reaons why it's hard to mix in other software when you have worked with that kind of power.
Fabulous Fab
2013 Dec 06
@jmastawoods: Sometimes 2 limiters at different speeds with less gain reduction is better than one with a lot fo gian reduction. Try it.
2013 Dec 05
Fab, You are a master. I'm new to PureMix and I've been working in PT for years, but I always want to know more. Can you tell me how you got the solos to follow your groups so they engaged / disengaged when you clicked on the solo buttons? Thanks.
2013 Dec 01
GREAT F'ing Video! Like Always, Bless.
2013 Dec 01
Hey Fab, I see you are using the Flux Elixir in series with the L2007. Mind commenting on this? Thanks again for the great, informative content!
2013 Nov 30
Fab you have lead me to water many times Now i,m starting to drink Grandwizz.