Mixing a Dubstep/Rock Song in Pro Tools

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In this 68 minute video, Fab Dupont reverse engineers his own mix of the dubstep style song called 'Carribean' by Grand Baton.

Fab emphasizes the techniques required to handle and manage a heavily layered electronic music session in ProTools. From stem-mixing, to advanced routing techniques to serious 2-bus hardware processing and special Melodyne tricks to create otherworldly tones, he leaves no stones unturned.

Throughout the video, Fab studies advanced processing and special effects for acoustic and electronic drums, synth-sounding guitars, heavy keyboards and crushed vocals, reverbs and delays

The downloadable session is quite big and you can of course import it in any DAW you like. Enjoy!

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • UAD : Precision Enhancer, Precision Maximizer, 1176LN, 1176 RevA, Pultec Pro, DBX 160, EMT 140, Lexicon 224, Roland CE1, Little Labs
  • Sonnox : Oxford EQ, Oxford Limiter, Oxford Dynamics, Oxford Reverb
  • Soundtoys : Devil-Loc Deluxe, Pan Man, EchoBoy
  • Softube : TLA-100A, Tsar 1, Tonelux Tilt
  • Plug and Mix : Degradiator, Dimension 3D
  • Massey : L2007 Mastering Limiter
  • Slate Digital : Trigger
  • Metric Halo : Thump
  • Celemony : Melodyne
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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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2020 Aug 10
2017 Mar 06
haha were real men, well do it like real men do, and he puts in a nasty bass lol great
2015 Nov 17
Very nice to hear the 2 bus treatments ! I wonder if you listen through it while mixing or if you keep enough headroom to allow that last touch to come back at a nice pre-mastering level ?
2015 Oct 17
Another great video from Maestro Fab! I will have to comeback and watch this one over and over! The end was awesome cause of the outboard gear magic...My favorite section and one I have suffered from quite a bit in the past was the fattening of the vocals part! The three piece fattening of the guitar part was genius! Fab is an amazing sound engineer and he presents with such elegance and ease, not to mention clarity and attention to detail!
2015 Aug 24
Where is the 6th star? Thanks Fab!
2015 May 05
I have watched this video about 5 times now and I dig the "cojones" more and more ! Thank you Fab !!
2014 Jul 15
Fab, I have the fatso jr and the ssl compressor in hardware how do i use them in parallel compressor back into protools in my 2 bus mix? i also use the dangerous 2 bus record back in 2 channel stereo in pro tool..i do not have the dangerous liaison.i want to know is theres another way to do it..thanks
2014 May 19
Without!... Without!... "Without sounding..." ;-) Cheers
2014 May 06
Congrats Fab, really nice one!
Fabulous Fab
2014 Apr 07
@madkeim: yes I mastered the record too. It was more about evening out the different tracks than enhancing the sound. We were pretty happy with the mixes as is. Glad you like the music. Grand Baton is an exceptional artist.
2014 Apr 02
Hi Fab, Insane track and great video! You did give us a lot to chew with this one. I am really impressed with your master chain here, it really gives extra power to a already powerful mix. Did you also mastered the album? Or did you send that mix to a master engineer? I feel that it doesn't need much. Thanks for your videos, I love them (I'm so glad I won the Colette contest :p) Greetings from France!
2014 Mar 30
Amizing video! Great mix. Love Fab's humour, confidence with sounding pompous, and super clear communication of the reasons for his decisions. I'm learning while being entertained;-) Pete
2014 Mar 27
This is worth to learn the MOSt!!! not only about what tool to mix a record, but how and when to use the right tool ,and stay creative as well!!! THANK U~~~
2014 Mar 26
the key of a great mix,is the wine bottle behind the hardware stuff :) huge video!thanks fab!
2014 Mar 24
pros: -Fab is likeable, knowledgeable, concise and professional. and funny -Seriously this guy is brilliant just watch the first 10 mins or 18:50 mins and 21:34mins = PHYSICALLY ALLERGIC! lol he answers questions right after you ask them! this is fast paced (too many times do tutorials reiterate each point to to -he point where it kills the experience and the flow) you think producers would be able to clue in to this dynamic = well this video flows more than others! cudos! -advanced- finally I'm leainng something new! I find it hard to (as an already educated producer who wants to advance my
2014 Mar 21
Oh my god! Amazing mix. Let's add some fat, and some fat on top of that... Amazing work! And this Manley Pultec EQ is huge!!! I feel like i've been spanked, not so much by the music, but by fab especially! And i want to say Thanks! What just happened?
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2014 Mar 21
I think it's the first video where I see Fab using a gate on a drum :-)... I also learned a new technical expression: "cojones"..
2014 Mar 19
Cojones is a very technical word (y)