Mixing a Singer Songwriter in Mono

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You're handed one track: a singer and his guitar recorded with one microphone and you need to deliver it to the masses. How hard can it be? What does one do? Why? In this video Fab goes over the process of sweetening a singer songwriter track, turning a quick demo into a viable, listenable, song.

Whether you are recording yourself in your basement or just trying to refine your core eq and compression skills, this video, shot in Presonus shiny new DAW Studio One is for you.

Please download the track and import in the DAW you use to make music. This way you can practice your skills and mix this song using your own tastes, tools, plug-ins and the guidelines provided in this video.

If you would like to know more about Julian Peterson, here is a link to his website.

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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 Jan 29
Thx again Fab. I`m from Germany. 47yr, starting with Music generally in 2015 when i decide to learn Guitar. Well it ends up here, learning more and more about Sound. It opens a new World for me. Getting the Membership here , is very very helpful, because you and the "team" do a special freaking good job. Not only in your Jobs, but in teaching as well. THX Do a lot more more more more more...
2016 Jan 18
Beautiful work. Small moves done selectively. Great outcome! I am learning to listen here. Best, Grover
2015 Sep 01
Got this video when I first started. Didn't understand the finer points. I waited a year as I learned my DAW and watched it again. Outstanding - I could understand this time what Fab was talking about. It really taught me to listen.
2014 Oct 08
Hi Fab Could you do a video mixing any song in different daw to see the difference!
2014 Jun 16
So easy! Thanks for this "open mind" video
2012 Nov 12
Very informative. Subtle changes add up to make the end product very nice. Thankfully, unlike a Britney Spears single.........
2012 Oct 02
Thanks Fab. Super helpful. Any chance you'd share mic, placement, and room info for this song? Would really complete the picture as the quality of the tracking makes for a no fuss mix. Thanks again! Mike
Becky Jo Benson
2012 Sep 14
Fab, I can see how the patterns on the compressor and the EQ are very similar to the patterns in Pro Tools 10, and the basic principals are the same. I see that you turned up the gain on the limiter in the Studio One limiter. I'm going to try to see what that does for the volume of a track by turning up the gain in the Pro Tools Dyn3 Compressor/Limiter. THANK YOU for this video, Fab! I was wondering what the 'knee' was for. It makes the compressor line into a little bended 'knee'. And your kissing categories are so FUNNY! You really make learning fun! Becky Jo Benson
2012 Jul 10
Very effective and efficient use of signal processing to take a songwriter demo (guitar and vocal) to the level of competitive commercial quality and appeal. From a business perspective, I call this video a Money Video.... if you get my vibe... Thanks for this fantastic video, Fab... would like to see more videos utilizing Studio One inclusively. Warm Regards, Cornell
2012 Jul 06
I think a real nice job was done utilizing only a few processors, staying true to the track's genre/vibe... Great quality and senzasenzo comments are completely insane :)
2012 Jul 06
I find some other annoying things, like a nasty resonance around 800 hz and a harsh breath around 3300 hz on vocals, but I guess that if you start to twist too many knobs you'll end up ruining the mix.. is my intuition right?
2012 Jul 06
Hey Fab, Great lesson. One question I have is how you would process it to form a stereo mix or get a stereo spread from a mono track? Thanks, and keep those videos coming. Matt
2012 Jul 05
Hi Fab, Didn't the guitarnoises bother you in the second part right before she starts to sing stuck inside? You can hear 3 loud obvious fret noises. It's a matter of taste but I thought they distracted from the intimacy of the playing. With mastering I think it could become even more obvious. What I did was cut the exact same passage out of the first part and placed that in the second part. You can do that without taking anything away from the continuity, intimacy or quality of the song. What's your tale on this? Regards, Rob