Mixing the Song Set It Off in Logic

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Fab Dupont mixes the dance-pop song "Set It Off" from scratch, starting with the producer's rough mix, ending with a finished mix, all done within Logic Pro.

Learn how to mix a whole song : where to begin, what processing to apply to dance music drums, bass and vocals, how to give life and movement to a steady synth track by using side-chain tricks, and much more. The mix of this great radio-ready song is a concise illustration of the techniques that are used in today's musical productions, designed for optimal attention-catching from the listener, resulting in giving as much interest and character as possible to each individual track.

Using only plug-ins and no hardware, Fab Dupont takes the all-in-the-box mixing process one step further. Whether it's for creating specific tones for one track, or to give the whole mix a creamier and more consistent sound, Fab demonstrates once more than one does not necessarily need any outboard gear to achieve an amazing professional-sounding mix.

You can download the stems of this song for you to practice and import them in your favorite DAW (it does not have to be Logic)

Exercise files
Equipment & Software
  • UAD : 4K Buss Compressor, Studer A800, Precision Maximizer, Pultec-Pro, CE-1 Chorus, EMT 250, 1176LN
  • Stock Logic : Gain, Channel EQ, Stereo Delay, Compressor, Sample Delay, Space Designer Reverb, AutoFilter, AVerb, Tape Delay
  • Sonnox : Oxford EQ+Filters, Cambridge EQ, Oxford Dynamics, Oxford Limiter
  • Waves : RBass
  • ApulSoft : apTrigga 2
  • Soundtoys : Decapitator, EchoBoy, PhaseMistress, Devil-Loc Deluxe, PanMan
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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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2018 Dec 07
It's nice to see some logic pro too. I hope you do more of it. What about you guys mixing a song made entirely with vst instruments, something like addictive drums and omnisphere for instance and a mic connected to a focusrite interface and no more than that? Wouldn't be that interesting? Cause that is the real world for many beginners like me.
Phil Stuttard
2017 Jun 10
This is a fantastic tutorial. May I please ask, does anyone know where I can buy the actual song? It's a great track and I can't seem to find it online. :)
2016 Jul 10
Great Video.
2015 Oct 04
This is a truly great tutorial and an AWESOME music track!! I just couldn't stop bobbing my head. Thank you for sharing your thoughts so eloquently as you work - Best Track Name EVER: "Forgotten Track Vocals" :)
2015 Apr 06
Fab, Great video! Your style of teaching is the best on the web and I'm sure even better in person. Subscribing was the best $$ I've spent in a long time. After watching you I realize I'm not getting all that I can out of my plugs...mostly because I'm not approaching them in the methodical manner you displayed as well as the willingness to discard it and move to another one that might be better suited instead of fighting it for 20 minutes and then settling. Thanks again. I think this video can't be watched just once.
2014 Sep 20
I like all the voices. Unfortunately the nice "come" accent in the pre chorus gets always masked by the piano. What does a piano in that kind of song? It's probably a question for the producer. Informative and entertaining video.
2014 Jul 19
Das ist ein super Video! Fab scheint zu erahnen, was einem durch den Kopf geht! Obwohl ich nicht diese Art von Musik mische ist es dennoch sehr brauchbar, weil man lernt zu hören und ein Gefühl für plugins bekommt! Auf jeden Fall ist diese Serie ihr Geld wert und ich freue mich auf weitere Full Mix Videos! --> Love it!!
2014 Jun 19
Thanks for another good Logic tutorial. I love the standard compressor plugin in Logic. I've volume matched it against a few expensive comp plugins and it always sounds just as good or nearly as good by comparison. It's only been a year or less, but Logic 9 just looks so tired and outdated to me already. Logic X is so refreshing to work in. I sure don't miss that pale blue pallet.
2014 Jun 19
Very interessting your thinking approach and mixing tricks. But for me, while mixing, you lost the squared dry character of the original. Now it is a eurodance track instead of a punky nauthy piece. But as you said, it was fun :-)
2014 Jun 15
Great video! Very useful! But I don't have Decapitator :( What can I use instead?
Fabulous Fab
2014 Jun 10
@Some Guy: The UAD Pultec bypasses all processes when the bottom right power switch is disabled.
Fabulous Fab
2014 Jun 10
@Coenie: settings on processors have little bearing with reality most fo the time. They are estimates. And they feel different depending ont he process used. I would not read that stuff excpet for recall purposes. It's called 2Bus or 2Mix because people are too lazy to say Stereo Mix or Stereo Buss I guess. It probably also comes from the console Buss system and from the need to describe that this was the main stereo one.
Fabulous Fab
2014 Jun 10
@darrenjensen: This is a good way to leave headroom for whatabout to come and it;s less visually annoying than having all faders down in the socks.
Some Guy
2014 Jun 10
I had a hard time hearing any difference when you switch the Pultec off and on. I think the top half of the plugin has its own power switch but you were switching the bottom half. The light on the top half was staying on while you switched. Kinda makes sense since the real hardware equivalent is actually two separate boxes.
2014 Jun 07
Great video!!
2014 Jun 02
Thanks, Fab! That was a great journey through your thought process and listening approach. By the way, when you say "decapitator" are you intentionally pronouncing it as "dick 'n' potata"? It amuses my inner child ;)
Il Pianista
2014 Jun 01
"The first 90% takes 6 hours, and the next 10% takes 6 months". I'll send you a postcard! I think this too is a very important thing to say. This video is less "accurately structured", and I think it represents well a mixing session! Thanks for doing this too, Fab. Growing day by day in music production.
2014 Jun 01
Why this -6dB??
2014 Jun 01
Very helpful indeed. Just some questions regarding the 2-bus setup: in the video you mention you want a slow attack on the compressor and the limiter to let the transients pass. I see you slide the limiter to an attack of 1.04ms and a release of 16.5ms. Compared to my Fabfilter Pro-L these settings are very fast. Would you suggest setting my Pro-L to a higher attack/release time or keep them similar to your settings? When finished the mix would you take off the 2-bus plugins for mastering? Why is it called 2-bus? For a long time i was thinking it had to do with your 2-bus hardware ;-)
2014 Jun 01
Another great video. Early during the mix you turn the 2bus fader down by -6db. Is this just for monitoring level convenience or are you doing it to preserve headroom for mastering? cheers
2014 May 31
easy in the "everything station"
2014 May 31
Once again an amusing and helpful guide to mixing. It's amazing how some relatively simple EQ tweaks and saturation can improve the overall sound of a track. The song is very dense and I can imagine it was quite a challenge to get everything to sit properly... fab makes it look so easy. GRRRR!!!